i-Teams is a fantastic opportunity for researchers in the early stages of their careers to widen their experience outside of academia, acquire new skills, and increase their commercial awareness.

The programme is open to postdoctoral researchers, postgraduate students, and masters students from UEA and all other Norwich Research Park institutions, as well as students from Norwich University of the Arts.

Participants work in small teams together with industry mentors, creatively planning business impact for real innovations developed at Norwich Research Park or heritage projects with regional organisations.

In previous years, participants have worked on projects with organisations including Adnams, the Broads Authority, Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, and The History of Advertising Trust.

The teams have produced commercialisation plans for Norwich Research Park innovations including Insect Detection, Microplastic Detection and Movetech.


The programme runs for up to 12 weeks between January and March/April, with group sessions every Tuesday evening from 6pm to 9pm (at the latest). This will include workshops and presentations by entrepreneurs and industry experts. We expect that these sessions will be run online in 2021. In addition, you will be expected to put in at least four hours of individual work each week. The programme culminates in a final presentation to colleagues, business leaders and employers.


Projects 2021

Information on the projects and start date for the 2021 programme will be available soon, but you can register your interest in participating now by emailing iteams@uea.ac.uk.



Bio-based chemicals from seaweed – how we can use industrially-useful monomers extracted from farmed seaweed.

PulseON – a patented legume protein food additive for the sports and nutraceutical markets.

Healthy Peas – innovative ways of incorporating pea starch into foodstuffs.



Norwich Theatre Royal – exploring uses of its extensive archive of programmes, marketing and other material from 1000s of shows.

Bressingham Gardens – looking at how to bring the benefits of gardening and visiting Bressingham to a broader, potentially worldwide, audience in their own homes.

“Through my participation in i-Teams, I gained huge insight into how my academic skills can be effectively applied in the world of business.”
Elizabeth Mossman, i-Teams 2019

“My time spent as a researcher on one of UEA's first ever Heritage i-Teams projects not only pulled me out of this academic bubble, but served as a crucial reminder of the importance of collaborating with others.”          
Samuel Foster, i-Teams 2018

"In my experience, participating in i-Teams is the closest thing to working for an innovative company. I now work in a fast-paced biotech where the projects and teams are very interdisciplinary and the projects are driven by strict timelines."
Elliot Lawrence, i-Teams 2017

“I really enjoyed participating in i-Teams and would definitely recommend it to everyone. I learnt about how to approach contacts within professional companies and hold successful conversations about the project I was working on. I had never done anything like this before, so it was a great experience of the business side of innovation and entrepreneurship. This furthered my confidence and skills in networking and presenting under formal situations which are good skills to have for future work.”
Jessica Watt, i-Teams 2016

"For me i-Teams was very exciting and useful because the project was a taste of the real world, totally different from academia. I would highly recommend i-Teams for every PhD student."
Nicolle Som, i-Teams 2015