Next round of Researcher to Innovator (R2I) launched

Information Sessions 20th-21st March

Following the success of the Researcher to Innovator (R2I) programme inspiring early career researchers to translate research to impact we are pleased to announce the programme will be running again from April 2024.

R2I is a bespoke entrepreneurship training programme for final-year PhD students, PDRAs and early-career researchers from across all faculties with ambitions to develop commercial ventures or to create impact from their academic studies.

The programme includes a series of interactive personal and professional development sessions, which introduce the concept of commercialisation, equipping researchers with strategies to take ideas forward and discover new pathways to funding.

Read more about the researchers from cohort 1 supported to further their ideas.

Discover more and register now to attend one of our short Introductory Sessions to hear more about the programme and how to apply.

Key Dates

Cohort 2:

  • Introductory Sessions: In person and online across 20th and 21st  March Register Now
  • Applications Open: 21st March
  • Application Deadline: 1st April
  • Programme: 16th April - 13th June 2024


The Researcher to Innovator (R2I) programme has been coordinated by the University’s Innovation Academy, which brings together knowledge, expertise and routes to facilitate the commercialisation of research. It is a joint venture between the Business Engagement Team, the University of Manchester Innovation Factory and the Masood Entrepreneurship Centre


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