Research industry engagement

The engagement imperative

In times like these, research is valued by its real-world impact.

To solve urgent technical, economic, social and environmental problems, government and other grant providers prioritise industry engagement as much as research quality when funding universities and other research organisations.

As well as enhancing your impact and reputation, industry engagement can bring extra funding, new research avenues, expert collaborators, and career development opportunities for research staff and students.

How we help

We develop customised partnership strategies and assist you in implementing them by leveraging our extensive, cross-sector networks.

We increase researchers’ confidence and skills in industry engagement to reduce the burden on business development managers and tech transfer staff, so they can focus on high-value support for research commercialisation.

Our award-winning industry engagement training empowers researchers to:

Identify industry needs

and design research to meet them

Find potential partners

and stakeholders in industry, government, and the community

Build lasting relationships

based on trust and mutual benefit

Demonstrate their research value

with compelling grant applications and pitches

Grow their network and profile

by harnessing social media

Adapt their communication style

for businesspeople or policymakers


of participants would recommend this training to others


of participants agreed that the facilitators were knowledgeable


felt it increased their confidence and ability to deliver a compelling pitch to industry


believed it increased their understanding of how to engage with external partners

Associate Professor Noushin Nasiri, Head of NanoTech Laboratory at Macquarie University recalls how gemaker’s industry engagement training, while she was a Postdoctoral Researcher, set her up for success throughout her career.

We've trained over 900 researchers and tech transfer staff from:

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