Research management

Our research management brings the academic excellence that helps you achieve your organisation’s goals.

Frazer-Nash carries out research and research management work for clients across a diverse range of sectors and technical capabilities. We help you to transfer expert knowledge from emerging engineering science and technology research to innovate your products and services, and to solve your real-world challenges.

Through forming lasting research partnerships with universities and other research institutions, we deliver maximum benefit to our clients. Our excellent reputation for managing research is built upon an appreciation of university requirements around intellectual property and publication, and the experience to understand how this can be used to inform and support your organisation’s objectives.

As part of our team, we have three Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professors and EPSRC Strategic Advisory Team (Engineering) member, further enhancing our understanding of the research landscape.


Examples of our research management activities include:

UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Nuclear Innovation Programme

Frazer-Nash has led a successful multimillion pound research and development (R&D) programme on advanced manufacturing and materials, thermal hydraulics and safety and security, funded by the UK government’s Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). We developed the strategy for the programme of R&D to maximise value, and managed delivery, including landing the output of this research in the stakeholder community. More than 20 other organisations were involved in the programme, either as suppliers of primary research (mostly universities), as end-users (for example, nuclear power plant developers), or as important gatekeepers (UK government and regulators).

Dstl SERAPIS Research Framework

Frazer-Nash is framework lead for Lot 6, ‘Understand’, the 'data fusion' space. The Lot covers artificial intelligence (AI), autonomy, machine learning, behavioural sciences and related topics. The team is responsible for turning research requirements into taskings which ultimately have impact upon defence capabilities. There are over 110 suppliers in the supply chain, including small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), non-traditional defence suppliers, academia and industry primes. The annual budget exceeds several million pounds, 75% of which is going to the supply chain. Frazer-Nash designed the operational model, including the top-table executive partnership of four organisations comprising university, public and private sectors.

Australian Defence Innovation Hub

The Australian Defence Innovation Hub was established in 2016 to nurture and accelerate the development of innovative technology and ideas. Frazer-Nash has continuously provided strategic advisory, technical assessment and project management expertise to support the operation and continuous improvement of the Hub. This includes expert input to the assessment of innovation proposals, review of technical risk for contracts, and managing innovation project progress and milestone reviews.

The Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA)

Frazer-Nash provides a range of services in offshore wind energy, including wind resource assessment, wind farm design, and turbine engineering. This puts us in an ideal position to combine our knowledge of industry needs with research and development know-how via our research management services. The Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) is a research partnership consisting of the Carbon Trust and several European energy majors. Frazer-Nash has been continuously involved in the OWA since 2009, providing technical expertise and research management on a range of wind energy topics. We have designed and managed research procurement programmes and demonstrated impact in pulling through low-technology readiness level (TRL) concepts to full production. Our inclusive, requirements-led approach to delivery and stakeholder management has led to genuine successes in reducing the cost of energy.

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