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Research Partnership Programme

The Research Partnership Programme (RPP) at Microsoft Research Cambridge facilitates collaboration between researchers, Microsoft teams across EMEA and key industry partners and clients.

RPP Initiatives 

Through Research Partnership Programme (RPP) at Microsoft Research Cambridge (MSRC) Lab we facilitate collaboration between researchers and Microsoft (MS) teams in Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). We ensure that research insights and innovative academic thinking are embraced in ground-breaking projects by Microsoft customers and partners.

We share our knowledge and experience with industry-leading customers, including governments and public sector organizations.


Our discussions inform their innovation strategies and help them maintain a competitive edge in their industry. At the same time, we gain exposure to real-world problems and expand our research agenda to address new challenges.


We work closely with the Microsoft innovation strategy teams to develop programmes that strengthen local economies and connect research and business communities.

 RDD Activities

Technology Briefings

At Microsoft Research Cambridge we host visits by business strategy and innovation teams from Microsoft partners and clients to discuss opportunities for innovation in specific industry segments. Through informal and engaging discussions, researchers from our Lab share their knowledge and insights on specific issues and research areas.

Collaborative Research

We actively engage in research projects on topics that are strategic for the computer industry and MS clients and partners. We participate in consortia of industry, public sector organizations and academia.    


Collaborative Projects

PLANETS Project 

Long Term Preservation of Digital Content and the PLANETS Project


In June 2006 we joined the PLANETS (, sponsored by the European Union, and the consoritum of 16 organizations from Europe lead by the British Library. Over the four years, PLANETS will investigate critical issues and develop methods and technologies for long-term preservation of digital objects. We are contributing the expertise and tools for preserving Office documents through conversion into the Microsoft Office Open XML format. Microsoft is a non-funded partner on the project. Our participation is sponsored by the External Research and Programs team at Microsoft Research in Redmond. More …




CFMS Project: Supporting engineering design


Microsoft Research is collaborating with the University of Southampton, Microsoft Research UK, and partners in the aerospace industry to study the existing practices and design tools that support management and sharing of information during the engineering processes. Industry partners include the British Aerospace, Rolls-Royce, Frazer-Nash Consultancy, Airbus, MBDA, and Williams F1.

CFMS is initially named after ‘Centre for Fluid Mechanics Simulations’. The participating industry partners incorporated CFMS Ltd ( as a non-for-profit company to facilitate collaboration on development of design simulation systems.







LLECOS Project: Exploration of Community Services in a Living Lab


LLECOS Project: Exploration of Community Services in a Living Lab
In collaboration with the IBBT and the Living Lab in Hasselt we have conducted research on the deployment and adoption of services for rich media sharing. The Living Lab environment enables in-situ observation of the users who volunteer to participate in trial of new applications and services. LLECOS project focussed on the usage of weConnect service ( among friends and colleagues, family members, and individual in close relationships.