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The Interface Mission

To enable business-academic collaborations for economic and societal benefit.


The Interface Vision

  • To stimulate business and third sector communities that are committed to accessing the research and knowledge capability and expertise of Scottish Universities and Colleges.
  • To encourage an academic community that is well placed to respond to the requirements of companies, third sector and commercial organisations both large and small for knowledge and expertise.

Five interlinked priorities underpin the delivery of our mission:


PRIORITY ONE - Inspire more businesses to partner with Scotland’s Universities and Colleges  
PRIORITY TWO - Escalate and deepen company partnerships with Scotland’s Universities and Colleges to accelerate the scale up of businesses through innovation
PRIORITY THREE - Enable economic and societal impact to transform lives locally and globally
PRIORITY FOUR - Inform policy and practice in an ever-changing landscape
PRIORITY FIVE - Be inclusive and open to all to enable a well-being economy and transition to a net zero carbon society


How we deliver

Interface works with businesses and organisations of all sizes, in all sectors, to match them to Scotland’s world-leading academic expertise for research and development to help them adapt, diversify and innovate.

The Interface team unlocks this support for businesses, communities, and social enterprises by offering free impartial support, facilitating collaborations, alongside helping to identify possible funding options that support academic partnerships from a wide range of public and private organisations.

On receiving a business enquiry, the dedicated Interface team member will work with the client to develop a project brief to circulate to universities and further education colleges who will have around two weeks to respond with their project capability. Interface will then introduce the client to their chosen academics and will help to identify possible funding options.


Case Studies and Blogs

If you are interested in learning more about Interface's values in practice, feel free to browse our Case Studies and Blogs. Here is a collection of some recent highlights: 

Case Studies

  • Sustainable Thinking Scotland Community Interest Companya social enterprise, based in Falkirk, created to address a wide range of social and environmental issues.  
  • CogniHealth Ltd - CogniHealth collaborated with the University of the Highlands & Islands to strengthen the monitor-and-track functionality and add interactive features to their healthcare app. 
  • Phoenix Instinct Ltd - collaborated with the University of the West of Scotland to undertake a feasibility study to determine if their idea of incorporating cutting edge smart systems into an old concept – the manual wheelchair - was practical and achievable.  

Blog Posts