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Business development

The Business Development team is the primary point of contact for all commercial engagements.

Based at ECCI, the team is a gateway to the knowledge in the University of Edinburgh.

The team works in cooperation with the School of Geosciences, Bayes Centre, Data-Driven Innovation team and Edinburgh Innovations - the University of Edinburgh's commercialisation service - to link to wider services, facilities and resources to support a range of innovation activities to link research, innovation and impact. The Business Development team can support company led research and innovation to deliver impact.

The team work with these partners to:

  • Build industrial partnerships
  • Support innovation
  • Commercialise university research
  • Secure development funding

Key themes

  • Geoenergy
  • Space and satellites
  • Digital health and the environment
  • Supporting the net-zero transition  

Recent successful bids

Data SlipStream project

The University of Edinburgh will develop and demonstrate efficient, scalable data handling systems for use by organisations working on climate change mitigation. These systems will have a further potential impact on the agriculture, forestry, coastal, freshwater, urban and infrastructure domains. Their pathfinder system, SingleTree, will use EO data to detect small scale land use changes that are important from a climate policy perspective. Read more.

Carbon Capture in Infrastructure

The University of Edinburgh has been awarded funding by the UK Government’s Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), to demonstrate the feasibility of using carbon capture technologies within UK infrastructure projects to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. Read more.

Direct Air Capture and Greenhouse Gas Removal Technologies competition

Industrial, agricultural and research partners have been awarded funding as a part of the UK government’s Direct Air Capture and Greenhouse Gas Removal Technologies competition. The project will test the feasibility of using biochar commercially in agriculture. The consortium is led by Sofies and supported by some of the best industrial and research bodies in the UK and Germany including Newcastle University, University of Edinburgh, UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH), Biomacon and R&S Biomass. Read more.

Meet the team

The Business Development Team includes Business Development Executives Stuart Simmons and Kristina Tamane.