Business Engagement Forum


The Business Engagement Forum (BEF) was established to provide regular opportunities for two-way engagement with our key business stakeholders and other non-academic collaborators. Our aim is to develop a community of enterprise and non-enterprise partners that represent the whole of our remit and research landscape; from which we can:

  1. Engage in early sharing of mutual corporate strategies of relevance to engineering, physical sciences and technology research and training, with a view to maximising strategic alignment where appropriate
  2. Identify opportunities to work together to maximise the impact from our investments through, for example, greater coherence across the public and industrial funding landscape or working to co-create research challenges with the academic base and cross company consortia
  3. Work together to continue to strongly advocate for sustained investment in engineering, physical sciences and technology research research and training for the benefit of the UK economy and society

We value engagement with the members of the Business Engagement Forum because they provide a key link between business needs and long-term research, and they provide a clear route to exploitation of our research investments.

For some video interviews with members of the Business Engagement Forum, please see later on this page.

Current membership of the Business Engagement Forum:

Airbus Group Ltd., Arup, AstraZeneca, Atomic Weapons Establishment, BAE Systems, British Broadcasting Corporation, British Petroleum, British Telecom plc, Cancer Research UK, CD-adapco, Constellium, Costain, Culham Centre for Fusion Science, Dassault Systemes BIOVIA, Dstl, Dyson, EDF Energy RDUK Centre, Finmeccanica, GCHQ, GE Power, GKN Aerospace, GSK, Han's Laser Technology Industry Group Co., Ltd., Honeywell Aerospace, Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, Intel Corporation, Jaguar Land Rover, Johnson Matthey PLC, Leonardo (formerly Finmeccanica), Microsoft Research Limited, M Squared Lasers Ltd, National Grid, National Nuclear Laboratory, National Physical Laboratory, Network Rail, NDE Research Association, Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Ocado Group Plc, Ordnance Survey, Pfizer, Procter & Gamble, QinetiQ, Renishaw PLC, Rolls-Royce plc, RSK, SAS Software, Schlumberger Gould Research, Sellafield Ltd, Shell, Siemens, Syngenta, Tata Steel, Thales UK, Toshiba Research Europe, The Welding Institute Ltd, Unilever and Wellcome Trust

Video interviews with Strategic Partners

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