Work with us:

TFRC has tremendous breadth of skill and depth of experience in the development, translation and application of textile and material-based research and innovation. This diversity allows us to respond to a variety of briefs in inspiring and original ways.

We can deliver bespoke consultancy services as well as collaborating on research-led programmes. Our client list spans different industry sectors and includes Burberry, Gucci Group (part of PPR), VF Corporation, H&M, EDF Energy, Nissan, Unilever and Philips Research.

Here are some of the ways we can work with you.

Consultancy Services

Sustainable Design & Training – we can originate sustainable concepts for products and services or work with in-house design teams to enable and embed sustainable design thinking through mentoring and training using practical tools and resources drawn from our TED research initiative.

/ Trend Briefings

We interpret and translate academic research and trend information in an engaging and accessible way, using highly visual and interactive formats in our events, presentations and reports.

/ Product Development, Prototyping & Sampling

We can help companies catalyse innovation through creative workshops and hack-style sessions and also help them take advantage of new advances in science, technology and textile practice to create new techniques, processes and finishes.

/ Sponsored Student Projects

These are a great way of generating a wide range of ideas and fresh insights. TFRC is based at the University of the Arts London and this enables us to draw upon the creativity of our student community on BA and MA Textiles courses and across other disciplines, including architecture and interiors, communication, fashion, jewellery, fine art and performance.

/ Contract Research

We can deliver in-depth research driven by client requirements and specific industry needs.

/ Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP)

This well-established scheme involves a qualified graduate or postgraduate working with your company on a specific commercial project. The graduate is mentored by an academic from our team and is therefore able to transfer specialist expertise into your organisation. KTPs are also part-sponsored by the government, allowing your company to benefit from funding support of 50%-70% of project costs.

/ Curation & Creative Direction

We are experienced in curating exhibitions and experiences for the general public, as well as more focused innovation showcases and installations for corporate audiences and trade events.

/ Board/Committees

We can also transfer our expertise into organisations via advisory positions on boards and committees.


Sponsorship and partnership in our research projects gives companies access to a valuable resource for conducting research that is too costly or considered too ‘far out’ to be accommodated within the corporate environment. Corporate sponsors and partners also get first access to new knowledge and the option to acquire or license new intellectual property.

/ Collaborative Research

Gives industry the opportunity to participate in pioneering research projects initiated by TFRC that are co-funded or fully funded by the government, EU, or other international funding sources.

/ PhD

TFRC has a vibrant community of PhD students aligned to the centre, focusing on a range of topics including ‘Sustainable luxury’, ‘ Novel laser finishing of polyester for a closed loop economy’, ‘Social innovation approaches to reconfigure waste as an asset in the textile supply chain’ and ‘Energy harvesting & self actuated textiles’. Companies can sponsor existing students or bursaries for new PhD projects.

For more information please contact: Prof Rebecca Earley, TFRC Director | Tel: +44 (0)207 514 7811 | Email:



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