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Our Current R&D Programmes

R&D is central to Zinc’s programmes and activities. We work with Zinc ventures, and across our other programmes, to build, test and scale new products and services. We are committed to sharing the learning from this activity – our most recent report (on later life innovation) is available here.

In addition to working with Zinc’s programmes and ventures, we also:

Run funded R&D programmes

The experimentation of early-stage ventures creates unique and fertile ground for R&D. We run funded programmes that maximise the impact and learning from this experimentation. Two of our current programmes include:

Tackling Taboos: Funded by a Public Engagement Award from the Wellcome Trust, this programme brings together ventures and researchers to engage underrepresented user groups around ‘taboo’ health issues (read more here).

Scaling a new approach to building science-rich ventures: Funded by a Future Leaders Fellowship Award from UKRI, this 4-year programme of work focuses on scaling our approach to innovation for the social and behavioural sciences (read more here).

Support researchers & innovators

We provide a platform for talented researchers and innovators to engage in problem-led research and innovation. Zinc offers a range of structured opportunities and fixed-term placements for PhD students and postdocs, allowing researchers, scientists and innovators to work directly with our ventures and/or in-house R&D team, applying their knowledge and skills within a fast-paced, creative, experimental setting.

Collaborate with R&D and stakeholders

We are working to develop an exciting new R&D ecosystem that maximises and accelerates the impact of research. Our work builds new bridges and partnerships with top universities and other research partners. We are a founding partner in ASPECT, a network for organisations looking to make the most of commercial and business opportunities from social sciences research.

Here’s a short overview of our approach to user research.

Getting Involved

Watch this video to hear from researchers who are using their talents in Zinc ventures. To find out more about our work, please get in touch via research@zinc.vc. We’re particularly keen to hear from:

Researchers & Innovators

We’re always keen to hear from individuals who are interested in exploring routes to impact through applied experimentation. There are a range of ways to work with Zinc and our ventures, including through the Catalyst Awards, collaboration opportunities, and PhD / Postdoc Fellowships. We’re also keen to speak with individuals involved with Doctoral Training Partnerships and PhD Academies.

Researchers & Innovators

We’re always keen to hear from individuals who are interested in exploring routes to impact through applied experimentation. There are a range of ways to work with Zinc and our ventures, including through the Catalyst Awards, collaboration opportunities, and PhD / Postdoc Fellowships. We’re also keen to speak with individuals involved with Doctoral Training Partnerships and PhD Academies.

Knowledge Exchange & Impact Professionals

Generating and maximising research impact is core to R&D at Zinc. If your institution has research strengths in areas relevant to our missions, we would be happy to talk about how we might work together on new institutional partnerships and innovation-based research impact.

Knowledge Exchange & Impact Professionals

Generating and maximising research impact is core to R&D at Zinc. If your institution has research strengths in areas relevant to our missions, we would be happy to talk about how we might work together on new institutional partnerships and innovation-based research impact.

Funders

Zinc works closely with Research & Innovation funders to deliver programmes intended to maximise research impact, create new innovations, and build a more inclusive and connected R&I system. We’re keen to explore new opportunities with R&I funders who are interested in our missions and/or approach.

Funders

Zinc works closely with Research & Innovation funders to deliver programmes intended to maximise research impact, create new innovations, and build a more inclusive and connected R&I system. We’re keen to explore new opportunities with R&I funders who are interested in our missions and/or approach.

Become a Founder

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