The University has a long track record of successful funding applications and can provide practical experience of a number of schemes listed below.
Some of the funding available is listed below. If your business is seeking funding to develop products and services, please get in touch with our dedicated team for more information.
Enabling Innovation: Research to Application - The EIRA Project
The EIRA project (Enabling Innovation: Research to Application) supports innovation in eastern England by helping business to access research expertise from universities and colleges in the region. The project has a specific focus on three themes:
- artificial intelligence
- digital creative
There are a range of financial enablers – from seedcorn funds for graduate start-ups to £50,000 grants for substantial R&D projects and these will be complemented by a series of networking events and initiatives to enhance the skills available in the region. Businesses active in the South East LEP and New Anglia LEP areas are eligible to apply.
Project activities will be funded from August 2018 to March 2021.
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships
A KTP enables businesses to improve their competitiveness by bringing in new skills and the latest academic thinking to deliver a specific strategic project.
Innovate UK drives productivity and growth by supporting businesses to realise the potential of new technologies, develop ideas and make them a commercial success.
While the bulk of Research Council funding is directed at University research, there is increasing emphasis on funding knowledge transfer and exchange activity.
This can take many forms, from disseminating University research results to a wider audience to commercialising innovative ideas and even placing a PhD student with a company.
As part of the government's vision for a modern British industrial strategy, the University is able to access funding to promote collaborations and partnerships with the University. This particular funding is available until 30 June 2019. All collaborative projects must fall within the following sectors and areas of technology:
- Creative industry – new technologies and discovering new business opportunities
- Logistics and transport – improving information for Cross Channel network optimisation
- Food and agriculture – determining the region’s best opportunity for disruptive innovation
- Environment and construction – use of sensor technology and innovation in business systems
- Bioscience and medical – building on the University’s growing strength in the region
Funding News from the Business & Innovation Gateway
Eurostar and The University combine for innovative project
1 May 2019
Experts from the University are working with their counterparts at Eurostar to help them better prepare for changes to their stations and services. Under a Knowledge Transfer Partnership, a scheme which brings businesses and academics together, Kent simulation researchers helped the company develop digital models of its stations in London and Paris. These now form a core part of the Eurostar's planning process, allowing the...
Funding available for business-university innovation collaboration.
25 April 2019
Funding is available through the Kent Innovation & Enterprise Industrial Strategy Fund for business-university innovation collaboration. This round of funding is available until, and must be spent by, June 30th 2019, and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. This is support funding whereby a cash contribution from business is match funded from the University – in effect the University contributio...
Kent to support start-up with machine learning
5 March 2019
With the support of Kent Innovation & Enterprise, the University's School of Computing and London-based fintech start-up Youtility have been awarded funding to begin a 30 month Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) to enhance user experience using machine learning models. Dr Fernando Otero and Dr Matteo Migliavacca from the University's School of Computing will be working with the Government backed start-up to develop and integrate machine lear...
Connecting businesses with research power through new £4.7m funding pot
16 January 2019
Businesses in the south east will be able to harness the power of the latest breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, biotechnology and digital creativity thanks to a new partnership between seven universities and colleges including the University. The EIRA project (Enabling Innovation: Research to Application) was awarded £4.7m from Research England's Connecting Capability Fund and is now open fo...
Announcing the Industrial Strategy Fund
30 August 2018
Funding is now available through Kent Innovation & Enterprise for business-university innovation collaboration. The aim of the fund is to drive commercial development, economic growth and job creation by enabling UK businesses to undertake innovation projects with the University of Kent. Collaborative development projects are designed to assist the industrial community in areas highlighted in the UK Industrial Strategy. This is support funding whereby ...