Rolls-Royce is to invest more than £1.6m over the next five years to establish a technology centre at the University of Southampton.
The centre, which will specialise in gas turbine noise research, particularly in relation to aircraft engines, is one of 18 such centres Rolls-Royce has established since 1990.
Dr Brian Tester, chief turbo-machinery noise specialist at Rolls-Royce, said academic research centres tend to have longer-term objectives. They can also produce more innovative research than industry-based R&D teams and are less encumbered by short-term demands.
The centres also provide an outlet for encouraging graduates and post-doctoral students to join Rolls-Royce.
Meanwhile, Ray Chamberlain, the electronics millionaire who founded Forward Trust, has invested £20m of his own money in a scheme at Leeds University to help researchers develop and commercialise their work. Chamberlain said he had chosen Leeds because of its reputation in science and technology.