Find out about the benefits of sharing learning, ideas and experiences

Business, civil society, public service organisations as well as individuals in these organisations can benefit by collaborative working with academic researchers. Through collaboration, partners can learn about each other's expertise, share knowledge and gain an appreciation of different professional cultures.

The benefits of such collaborative activities are greatest when considered before the start, and when built into a project, and shouldn’t be considered an add-on at the end of a project.

Business, civil society and public services can directly benefit through knowledge exchange and collaborative working with researchers by:

  • accessing experts and cutting edge research
  • accessing innovative ideas that could improve policy or practice
  • enhancing organisational creativity, performance and productivity

The ESRC provides a wide range of opportunities to engage with world leading social scientists and their work, including:

  • networking
  • collaboration and training
  • evidence and data.


If you would like to find out more or need advice and guidance please email us:

Opportunities for business


How businesses of all sizes can benefit from the researchers and research we fund.

Opportunities for public services

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How local authorities, governments, parliaments and assemblies and public bodies can benefit from the researchers and research we fund.

Opportunities for civil society

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How can voluntary and community organisations benefit from our research?

Opportunities for collaboration

Connected across the world

Find out about opportunities for collaboration.

Knowledge exchange

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How knowledge exchange can benefit our partners.

Postgraduate collaboration


Find out about collaborating with postgraduates through our DTCs.