Partnerships between academics and industry are booming, according to Sheffield University – with more than 100 projects currently in development.
The university has launched its Science Gateway, which aims to help businesses large and small team up with researchers in their field.
It means their work can be pushed to higher levels while students get a better chance of gaining work placements.
Projects under way include those with companies working in areas such as healthcare and green technologies.
One example is the development of special gels, built into dressings for wounds which would help clinicians to quickly identify and treat infections.
Scientist Professor Steve Rimmer said: “The availability of these gels would help clinicians and wound care nurses to make rapid, informed decisions about wound management.
“Importantly, it would also help to reduce the overuse of antibiotics.”
Work with green roof supplier Boningale Ltd has allowed scientists to engineer bespoke roofs which are then tailored for specific climate zones.
The new style roofing conserves energy in the home and saves householders money.