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Funding opportunities

Developing innovative products and services will always involve risk. To better manage and reduce financial risks associated with a business venture, there are a number of funding schemes available for collaborative projects with the University of Kent.

We can help identify the best scheme for your project idea and guide you through the application process.

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 can work with you to produce a high quality proposal.

The University has practical experience of a number of schemes, including TSB Collaborative R&D, The Small Business Research Initiative, Smart Grant, and funding from Research Councils. Specific strategic projects can benefit from the Knowledge Transfer Partnership funding and programme. Innovation vouchers are designed to develop small research and consultancy projects within the University.

Get in touch to talk about potential project funding opportunities at the University of Kent.

Secure up to £3,000 Equity Free Seed Funding

Secure up to £1,000 Equity Free Seed Funding

The Santander Internship programme is a partnership between Santander Universities and the University of Kent which can enable you to employ fresh talent and a highly-skilled workforce. The programme is aimed at Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) who can provide paid internships to all current students and recent graduates from the University of Kent.

A collaboration with Kent, Cambridge, UEA & Essex University. Providing training days & growth funding to rapidly accelerate startups with the most growth potential.

The team at the Hub for Innovation and Enterprise are able to help with grant/competition application. Email and arrange an appointment to speak with an advisor.

Under the Interreg IV Seas EU programme [2], Kent Innovation and Enterprise worked in collaboration with Kent County Council [3] and other partner organisations to develop new methods of supporting start-up companies and SME’s. The Fusion project finished at the end of 2014. With just under 100 business support sessions for staff, students and alumni and 6 cross-border visits the University of Kent has been able to support and assist the development of start-up companies and SME's in Kent.


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Last Updated: 10/04/2019