As a university we seek to generate and apply new knowledge in order to transform society.

Knowledge transfer, entrepreneurship and partnership working with industry are critical components of this endeavour.

  • The SLMS Knowledge Transfer and Enterprise Board seeks to support these activities, working through UCL Enterprise

Enterprise contacts

Vice-Deans (Enterprise)

Each Faculty has a Vice-Dean (Enterprise) who is responsible for developing faculty strategy and operational planning in the area of knowledge transfer and enterprise. They work with the KT Champions and the SLMS Knowledge Transfer and Enterprise Board to enthuse and engage both SLMS academics and external partners in knowledge transfer and entrepreneurial activity.

Knowledge Transfer and Enterprise Champions

Our Knowledge Transfer and Enterprise Champions are appointed to promote Knowledge Transfer within UCL and make it easier for academics to receive recognition for their work. The seven KT&E champions working within our four faculties also aim to create inter-departmental links throughout the university, working with champions outside the School of Life and Medical Sciences.

Translational Research Office

The aims of the TRO are to enhance the translational culture within UCL and to facilitate the translation of UCL’s basic and clinical research into therapies, techniques and medical products with therapeutic value. These aims are achieved through interacting with investigators, identifying translatable opportunities, advising on project progression strategy and accessing suitable funding. The TRO also provides project management expertise to steer programmes towards practical endpoints.

We are able to link investigators to the necessary resources (either internal or external) for projects at all phases - discovery, preclinical or clinical.

The TRO has specialist knowledge of the translational funding landscape. We provide assistance with translational funding schemes from the MRC (DPFS/DCS), Wellcome Trust, CRUK, NIHR and others.

UCL Enterprise

SLMS enterprise activities are supported by UCL Enterprise, which is delivered by UCL Advances, UCL Business and UCL Consultants.

  • UCL’s Industrial Partnership Group (IPG) provides dedicated support to faculties and departments across UCL SLMS and UCLPartners  to identify, develop and manage long-term relationships with companies within the healthcare sector.
  • UCL Advances is the centre for entrepreneurship at UCL. It offers training, networking and business support for staff, students and external entrepreneurs to encourage and enable new enterprises to get going.
  • UCL Business assists the technology development process, from consultancy through to collaborative research, IP licensing and the creation of spinout companies and joint ventures to maximise the commercial potential of new discoveries, materials and processes.
  • UCL Consultants offers bespoke consultancy services from UCL academics to companies and organisations ranging from the small to the very large.


Building on a history of increasing collaboration between UCLPartners, King’s Health Partners, Imperial College Academic Health Science Centre, Oxford and Cambridge, MedCity has been established in partnership with the Greater London Authority (GLA) to provide a vehicle to realise that ambition, ensuring London and the Greater South East become the a global hub for the development of novel therapeutics, devices and diagnostics to address medical need.

UCL has remarkable capability across 5 therapeutic innovation networks, reflecting major therapeutic modalities and diagnostic innovation (imaging, genomics, and molecular pathology).

MedCity Therapeutic Networks

 For details of UCL's engagement with MedCity visit the UCL@MedCity website.

Enterprise information

Routes to Enterprise: Funding and Support for SLMS academic staff


Routes to Enterprise: Funding and Support

Support for Hospital Trust staff with UCL honorary contracts

Follow the links for where to find help and support if your primary employer is:

If you are employed by another Trust please speak to the UCLB Business Manager for the UCL academic department you are affiliated with in the first instance. They will be able to connect you to the correct support organisation.

Information about SLMS IMPACT PhD Studentships

IMPACT studentships support collaborative partnerships between a UCL investigator and external organizations. They allow new partnerships to be established with industrial or enterprise partners, new opportunities for knowledge transfer with external organizations, or support and extend existing partnerships. In recognition of the value of such external partnerships in enterprise and knowledge transfer, UCL makes a significant contribution to the cost of the studentship so that the external partner needs to provide only part of the total funds required.

Please discuss potential applications with your Institute or Division Manager or Director early in the process and certainly prior to any commitment to an external partner. Studentships are part of the annual planning cycle and involve a financial commitment from your Institute or Division. The Vice-Deans, Enterprise, will evaluate the academic merits of individual cases, but only your institute can provide the financial authority for a studentship to progress. Letters of award will be issued by SLMS Finance once all financial approvals have been secured.

Applications are accepted for IMPACT PhD studentships in each Faculty on a rolling basis. To be considered for an IMPACT studentship, a UCL investigator must identify an external partner and project that fulfills the criteria set out below. The external partner must be willing to commit appropriate supervisory or project support plus a financial commitment as outlined at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/slms/enterprise/funding towards the cost of a three-year PhD. If approved, UCL will then provide the additional funding required. Awards may be used to support 4 year PhDs, where the additional year is charged in full to another source.

IMPACT awards cover home/EU fees, stipend (minimum UK Research Council with London weighting), and research costs of £1000/annum. Any additional costs must be charged entirely to the organisational partner. Awards may be used to support UK and EU nationals only.

SLMS Enterprise publication

Case Studies

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