Innovation & Enterprise

Innovation, Creativity     & Enterprise

Funding opportunities

The University has specialist knowledge that could help your organisation develop forward-thinking solutions or ideas to create new products, services or processes and we have funding available that you can access to collaborate with the University.

Our expertise is world-leading and we have cutting-edge facilities making us perfectly positioned to provide innovative and creative solutions to you. We take time to understand your needs then match each project with the most relevant resources within the University.

Most funding schemes are highly competitive, and there is no guarantee of success; however drawing on our many years' experience interpreting rules and requirements, we are ideally placed to work with you to produce a high quality funding application.

The University has a long track record of successful funding applications and can provide practical experience of a number of schemes listed below.

For more information about potential project funding opportunities at the University of Kent, please get in touch with our dedicated team.

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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 and digital creative. There are a range of financial enablers – from seedcorn funds for graduate start-up, 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

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: 08/10/2018