The research organization that I work for does consulting and does collaborative work. The section I work for specializes in medical devices, but other parts of the organization cover a wide range of technologies, including areas such as astronomy, nano-technology, materials research, and plant biotechnology. (Anyone interested in more information can send me email at my contact address in my profile.)
I know that some of the regulars here either work at universities or have good contacts with universities, and so might be interested in contracts or collaborations with research organizations.
Depending on the field of research, some of the industry people and people working for commercial organizations might happen to be working in related areas.