Collaboration labs

A programme to support research consultancy opportunities, professional training and bespoke coaching for postgraduate and early career researchers interested in co-designing collaborative projects with non-University partners.


Collaboration Labs aims to bring doctoral research outside academia to tackle business challenges and co-design solutions that make a difference for the wider community. The programme is committed to social responsibility by creating opportunities for new academic research to engage with current societal challenges and create positive change towards cultural engagement, better health, environmental sustainability and inclusion.  

Collaboration Labs is a programme created by Dr Rosalinda Quintieri, based on her experience with REAlab knowledge exchange and doctoral training agency, that she founded in 2015. Collaboration Labs is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and further supported by the NWCDTP and the NWSSDTP.


The 2021-22 round is now closed. 

The programme is open to all Humanities and Social Science postgraduate and early career researchers of The University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, the University of Salford, The Royal Northern College of Music, Keele University, the University of Liverpool and Lancaster University.

For questions and for partners to propose project ideas, please contact the Programme Director, Dr Rosalinda Quintieri 

What researchers say 

I loved being part of the programme, and I would definitely recommend fellow researchers to take part. This was an excellent opportunity to meet other researchers, enhance skills (and learn new ones), and use my research skills to support a local business, which I believe is extremely important, as I think research needs to be able to translate into the real world, and provide solutions to real-life problems. The coaching received during the programme was extremely useful and the level of skills and knowledge shown by the coaches was very high. I felt the feedback was constructive, clean and directed to improve our work.

Andreina / Global Development Institute, University of Manchester.

Participating in this programme was a fantastic experience. Being part of a highly interdisciplinary team, I benefited from being exposed to a variety of methodologies, learning from all my teammates and developing new skills along the way. This experience was extremely enriching for my personal and professional development and I would highly recommend this programme to all PhD students.

Marta / School of Arts, University of Liverpool.

I would absolutely recommend this programme to my peers if they are keen to engage with business partners and think about the contemporary relevance of their work. The scheme lends itself to the dissemination of research beyond academia and also provides researchers with training in project development, which I feel was extremely useful, whatever career path one takes after their PhD.

Charlotte / School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, University of Manchester.