About Us



Unlike many of our competitors MSC R&D has been supporting R&D led companies for over a quarter of a century. Building on our history as the UK expert provider of assistance in obtaining R&D Grants and R&D Tax Relief we have expanded our service range to offer a complete range of integrated R&D funding and commercialisation solutions.

We have built up a team of specialist consultants with real expertise in numerous areas of technology and are able to structure and present grant and funding applications and R&D Tax Relief claims authoritatively to maximise your benefit, while giving you the confidence that your application/claim is well founded and fully defensible. We believe our consultants are the best in the business and our service is second to none. Our long history has been built on a reputation for reliability and securing real and lasting benefits for our clients.

Our ethos of wishing to be paid on results provides our clients low risk, fast-track integrated processes.


If you just want help in preparing a R&D Tax relief claim or an R&D grant application, we are an expert provider. Our knowledge of R&D goes much deeper than many of our competitors and we understand the issues around planning, financing, developing and marketing new technology-based products.

This means our tax relief and grant conversations are much more informative – we can provide support through the whole life-cycle of your technology product development.

Our R&D client base, built on the strength of word-of-mouth referrals and long-term relationships, boasts some of the UK’s most innovative companies, all in high-technology sectors. These range from software development and advanced manufacturing to biotech, oil and gas. Many of these companies have worked with MSC R&D on a number of projects.

Our results speak for themselves:

  • Over £180m funding raised
  • Over £125m R&D expenditure identified
  • Over 500 successful R&D grant applications


The success of MSC R&D is undoubtedly testament to the calibre of people we have in our team.

We believe that our clients deserve to deal with people of a similar level of experience and expertise.

On every project we bring together the appropriate team of leading analysts, each an expert in their field.

Empowered with the latest skills and current industry knowledge, our people have the experience to quickly gain a deep understanding of our clients’ strategies, enabling us to provide the right solutions to add real value.

Each MSC R&D accredited analyst undergoes a rigorous MSC R&D accreditation process, as also used by MSC Interims – our R&D resourcing service, which enables us to match each analyst’s skills to the client.

Visit Our Teams to see the range of skills and experience within our team.


MSC R&D’s goal has been and remains always to provide the highest levels of quality in customer service.

This motivation has driven us to achieve ISO9001 accreditation in 2015 and subsequently become one of the first companies to convert to the new ISO9001:2015 quality management system in 2017. This change signifies MSC R&D now operates according to the latest industry standards.

The next step on our Business Excellence journey has been to use the EFQM (European Foundation for Quality Management) Excellence Model to benchmark ourselves against industry best practice.

After a stringent and robust assessment carried out by the British Quality Foundation, MSC R&D was awarded with 5* R4E (Recognised for Excellence) certification in 2020. MSC R&D is one of the first companies of its size to achieve the EFQM’s R4E certification, further proof of our commitment to our people, our partners and our customers.



Underpinning every piece of work MSC R&D does for its clients is the MSC R&D ‘Team Way’ – an approach based on the core MSC R&D principles of experienced proven teams and our ‘fast track blitz’ methodologies and processes, working in partnership with our clients, and on a Paid-on-Results basis.

The MSC R&D Team Way delivers strong business growth in the shortest possible timescales, whilst minimising cost and risk.


Experts who speak your language

MSC R&D delivers a wide range of solutions to a wide range of clients. Our ability to deliver consistently high quality results is due to our ability to draw from our extensive team of over 30 MSC R&D Accredited Associates – experts in their field, and fully trained in the MSC R&D Team Way processes and methodologies.

Our Associates all operate within the MSC R&D ‘Results Based Culture’, ensuring they are totally focussed on delivering results within the shortest possible timescales, minimising our clients’ risk and cost.

Supporting our Associates are a number of Contracted Partners (e.g. Patent Lawyers) who provide specialist support when required, ensuring we can address every client requirement.

Associate Accreditation

Every MSC R&D Associate has to undergo a thorough accreditation process before they can be accepted into our team. This includes:

  • Submission of detailed CV
  • Fluid Intelligence Testing (GIA)
  • Personality Profiling
  • Emotional Intelligence assessment
  • Interviews
  • Competency tests in their field of expertise

If they pass through all these stages successfully, they will be asked to sign the appropriate Associates Agreement.

Our Associates


Experts in their own fields, but with extensive experience in most aspects of business, PLAs act as project manager when delivering team based solutions to our clients.

PLAs have an eye for detail, a passion for business excellence and a commitment to project completion on time and to budget.

All our PLAs have broad based business backgrounds, primarily in the high technology and manufacturing sectors


Developing a new product or service is half the issue. Being able to exploit its market potential profitably is equally as critical, and that is what our marketing analysts understand and are trained in.

Each of them has many years experience planning and implementing sound business strategies for large and small companies. They will have worked in sales, marketing and business development.

Whether it is a detailed business plan, or a strategy to successfully launch a new innovation, our marketing analysts can apply the appropriate processes and thinking, and in plain English as well.


Technically, all our financial analysts are fully qualified certified, chartered and management accountants, all with business experience and able to translate finance-speak into plain English.

The work they produce is accurate, precise, relevant and above all, easy to understand.


With doctorates, masters degrees, and even a professorship to add to their names, our technical analysts are highly qualified, incredibly experienced professionals.

Their knowledge of systems architecture, design and development, advanced engineering and electronics is unparalleled, enabling them to add real value and direction to our clients’ businesses.

And techno-speak and jargon isn’t all our clients hear. Our technical analysts have the rare ability to present technical information in a way we can all understand and appreciate.


The rapid expansion of MSCs R&D Tax Relief business has led to a number of our financial analysts becoming specialists in this area.

Our tax specialists live and breathe the HMRC R&D Tax Relief Manual (CIRD), producing detailed, optimised and fully compliant submissions.


To complement the main analyst roles within MSC R&D, we have a number of technology sector experts. These are people with very specific skills and experience who are authorities in their particular area.

These areas include HR systems and processes, European funding, HMRC tax operations, the healthcare sector, and Intellectual Property commercialisation and exploitation.

Examples of our Associates’ qualifications

  • FCA
  • CFPA
  • Phd in Computer Sciences
  • BSc in Applied Physics
  • BA in Public Administration
  • MBA
  • MA in Natural and Electronic Sciences
  • Masters in Computer Integrated Manufacture
  • PHD in Natural Sciences
  • BEng in Electronics
  • BSc in Management Sciences

Examples of our Associates’ industry and academic experience

    • Unipart Group – automotive aftermarket
    • Applied Chemicals – specialist chemicals
    • TBA Textiles – high performance textiles
    • ENG holdings – IT maintenance
    • Plessey Telecoms  – telecoms
    • Head of department of Computer Science – Sheffield University
    • Associate Lecturer – Sheffield Hallam University
    • Hyperion Systems – systems consultancy
    • eLoki – e-learning consultancy
    • Nettonics – network modelling consultancy
    • Codemafia – consultant to games manufacturers
    • EDS – Systems
    • Cometa Games – games manufacturer
    • Ferranti – Systems
    • Security Centre – enterprise security software
    • Leyland Trucks – automotive
    • BMI Healthcare – health
    • Scott Paper – paper
    • W R Grace – specialty chemicals
    • HMRC
    • NHS
    • Westwind Precision Air Bearings – manufacturing
    • Esterline Corporation – Aerospace/Defence
    • Excellon Automation – PCB


The success of MSC R&D is undoubtedly testament to the calibre of our people – professionals who have a passion for technology and innovation. And now we’re taking MSC R&D to the next level, so we need the right people to be part of a very bright future.

If you are ready to tip the work/life balance in your favour, make a career move that puts you at the forefront of cutting-edge ideas and be a vital part of a company with real ambition……then the future starts here!


You’ll be given the opportunity to:

  • Become a key member of a market leading, profitable and growing company
  • Have a unique range of services and proven processes at your disposal
  • Be continuously involved at the cutting edge of innovation
  • Work with a wide variety of companies within your area of expertise – from small to large multi-nationals
  • Face different challenges on a regular basis
  • Work in a challenging, stimulating and enjoyable environment
  • Be highly rewarded – reflecting the quality of your work
  • Enjoy team camaraderie
  • Share experiences with like-minded individuals – your own support community
  • Have flexibility in when and where you work
  • Have the support of a small, friendly and supportive head office team


The structure of the MSC R&D teams network is deliberately flexible, thereby creating a number of different ways in which individuals and companies can join us

We have a number of key positions we are seeking to fill, covering our key technology sectors:

  • Associates
  • Technology Business Managers
  • Technology Business Sales Managers
  • Mentors
  • Head Office Support Team Members
  • Interim Managers
  • Project Managers
  • Partners
  • Sales Agents