Innovation & Enterprise

your business         & innovation gateway


Accessing Funding

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.

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Enabling funding - 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
  • biotech
  • 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. 

For more information contact us or visit the EIRA website: www.eira.ac.uk

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

Innovate UK drives productivity and growth by supporting businesses to realise the potential of new technologies, develop ideas and make them a commercial success.

Research Councils

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.

Industrial Strategy

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 

 

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Last Updated: 14/02/2019