Birmingham Research Park was established in 1986 as a joint venture between the University of Birmingham and Birmingham City Council. The driver was to create a location for new or developing small companies wishing to work with the University of Birmingham and benefit from the proximity of the University’s research and technical expertise. Through the growth of these companies, the park has contributed significantly to economic development and employment in Birmingham.

Eight acres of land are reserved for Research Park use comprising two neighbouring areas in Vincent Drive, Edgbaston. Part of the site is occupied by the Institute of Research and Development. In February 2000 the ICT Centre opened offering purpose-built accomodation for IT-based companies.