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 12 weeks and includes workshops and presentations by entrepreneurs and industry experts, culminating in a final presentation to colleagues, business leaders and employers.


“Although an area I am completely unfamiliar with, I loved this project because it was challenging in so many ways for both my team and me. The issue of ethics allowed the team to get to know each other and what their individual core values were, which enabled them to gel very quickly and explore all aspects. A live project like this is exciting and real which I felt gave my team more determination in the conclusion.
“It is a brilliant idea, which links industry with academia… I loved every aspect of the process, seeing students develop, sharing ideas and getting significant results.” 

John Farley, i-Teams Industry Mentor, 2019

"Mentoring is highly rewarding. It was a joy to see mentees expand and develop their ideas and understanding and realise their skills and knowledge can be applied to new areas. I thoroughly enjoyed working with my team of students; learning about the other projects and meeting the whole i-Teams support structure." 
Chris Liggett, i-Teams Industry Mentor, 2019


If you are interested in becoming an industry mentor, contact iteams@uea.ac.uk to find out more.