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Konfer - Collaborate with industry, charities and the public sector

konfer can help businesses, of all sizes, connect with universities.

The online tool has been designed to:

  • Help businesses find opportunities for collaboration including research, researchers, facilities, equipment, funding and support
  • Establish opportunities for universities to find potential research partners

konfer has been created by The National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB) in partnership with the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and Research Councils UK (RCUK).

When a business owner spots an opportunity, konfer supports the journey from finding a research partner and funding to planning and co-creation. It does this by giving direct access to:

  • 8000 academics
  • 11,000 facility and equipment listings
  • 800,000 web pages from university sites and social media
  • 22,000 YouTube videos from university channels
  • 10,000 news, funding and events articles from curated feeds
  • 50,000 publicly funded research projects

konfer brings knowledge and growth to businesses, valuable exposure for university talent, and future strength for the UK economy. 

Alpha: The alpha version of konfer is available so you can help us make the tool as useful as possible. It may be a little rough around the edges and there may be bugs we will need to squish. By sharing this early version with users, we can work together to make it better.

If you have any comments, questions or queries please email

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