The Dowling Review of Business-University Research Collaborations looks at how the UK can grow the number of research partnerships between universities and businesses, in order to scale up the benefits delivered to both the participants in the collaboration and to the nation as a whole.
EEF says that the review holds part of the answer to boosting effective industry/university collaboration and propelling British innovation forward.
Felicity Burch, Senior Economist at EEF, says: "Collaboration between businesses and universities is highly valuable to Britain’s future productivity as it increases the speed and effectiveness of innovation. The Dowling Review offers a comprehensive set of recommendations to ease that process. While many manufacturers already work with universities, it is not always straightforward and the review is right to highlight the importance of sustaining key support mechanisms such as Catapult centres and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships.
"Our recent Innovation Monitor shows that 61% of manufacturers think that working with others is now more important for successful innovation than it was in the past. But while over half (53%) of innovative manufacturers collaborate with universities on innovation, this is not always easy and two in ten are concerned that their ability to partner effectively is poor.
"This is why the Dowling Review is important as it tackles some of the key concerns and sets out a blueprint for industry and universities to follow to ensure they get the best results from their partnerships and joint innovations."