Interface - The knowledge connection for business
Topic of the practice
Interface provides a central point of access for industry to Scotland’s research base through its unique matchmaking service. Its aim is to maximise business potential by stimulating innovation and matching a company with the relevant expertise at universities, which can help develop solutions to solve business challenges.
Good Practice Information
Hosted by the University of Edinburgh, Interface comprises 24 partner universities and research institutions within Scotland. The partners have come together to provide a central point of access for companies to tap into their expertise in science, engineering and technology, arts and humanities. The initiative is designed to stimulate demand for knowledge exchange between industry, universities
research institutions. Interface is a unique model which offers businesses the impartiality of understanding what academic capabilities are available and how easily these can be accessed without the need to contact many different groups individually. The service is completely financed through public sources.In the past 12 months 306 Scottish SMEs were supported with 401 expertise specifications
Evidence of success
The companies supported by the Interface team have demonstrated significant business benefits from their academic partnerships including new products, sales and international links. Interface has introduced over 1227 businesses to academic partners and 600 collaborative projects have been facilitated since 2005.
Contact details to obtain further information on the practice
Dr Siobhán Jordan, Director
INTERFACE - The knowledge connection for business