Research and Development

Warwickshire has a strong research base with world-class facilities.

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University of Warwick Science Park

University Of Warwick Science ParkThe University of Warwick Science Park (UWSP) is a leading centre for innovation, research and development, located across four sites in Warwick, Coventry and Solihull.

UWSP provides property for knowledge and technology based businesses, whether they are a business start-up, a small to medium sized enterprise or an international company. In addition the facility provides assistance in start-up financing, technology transfer, networking opportunities and marketing programmes for entrepreneurs and SMEs.

The Science Park takes pride in being innovative and in delivering facilities and business services to high standards of quality and professionalism.

Please visit the website for more information about the Ignite and Lab-start schemes for innovative start-up businesses, and how UWSP can help your business grow. In addition, the UK Market Access Programme (UK MAP) is delivered through UWSP for foreign companies looking to set-up and start a business in the UK.

Key Local Organisations


MIRA Crash TestMIRA are leading providers of design, development, research and information services. MIRA operates around the world and across the whole range of automotive technologies. At the UK HQ, a core staff of over 420 dedicated employees work in the state-of-the-art facilities securely housed within the 760-acre site. MIRA deliver tailored solutions ranging from individual tests to large-scale turnkey projects. MIRA’s customer base is truly global and includes the major vehicle makers, component suppliers, and other independent consultancies throughout most of the vehicle-producing world.

Warwick Manufacturing Group

WMG LogoWarwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) is one of Europe’s leading manufacturing groups and is involved in publicly and privately funded research on innovation in products and in manufacturing processes. Focus is strongly on research, development and application of new approaches for a wide range of industrial sectors. WMG adopts a partnership approach, involving industry closely in the delivery of its extensive research, technology transfer and training programme.

WMG has formed five Centres, with a physical base at Warwick University, to provide a focus for its collaborative research and development (R&D). The Centres comprise state-of-the-art equipment coupled with research teams formed from staff with both traditional academic and industrial backgrounds.

Mirroring the multidisciplinary nature of research topics the teams comprise individuals with a wide range of specialities including engineers, physical scientists, materials scientists, mathematicians, designers, IT specialists, social scientists, economists and knowledge transfer experts.

A strong postgraduate presence in the region has supported and encouraged research in operational areas including logistics, manufacturing strategy, supply chain management, benchmarking and business process improvement.

This is a superb achievement. Everywhere I go, whether it’s India, China, Malaysia, Thailand or South Africa, people talk to me about the success of WMG, about the links that it has built up around the world as a result of the magnificent work that has been done.

Gordon Brown, Former UK Prime Minister

Research and Development Grants

Our grants and funding section contains information on research and development grants.