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Eco-I North West.

Lancaster University is proud to lead Eco-I North West, a £14m research and innovation project part-funded by theEuropean Regional Development Fund. Eco-I NW is a collaboration between the universities of Lancaster, Central Lancashire (UCLAN), Cumbria, Liverpool John Moores, Liverpool and Manchester Metropolitan. Eco-I NW facilitates business-led R&D by opening up university expertise, resources and facilities.

Eco-I NW has created a distinctive model for interdisciplinary research with businesses. Previous programmes have supported more than 700 SMEs since 2012 and two of its graduates won the prestigious James Dyson Award in 2018. 

At Lancaster Eco-I NW sits within the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation, an award winning university research centre which supports the development of new products and services with environmental benefits. 

Centre for Global Eco-Innovation

The Centre for Global Eco-Innovation was established in 2012 based on the University’s pioneering decision to place its world-class environmental research at the heart of driving innovation for Clean and Sustainable Growth.

The Centre led a Science Innovation Audit published by the Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy demonstrating that the North West of England has the knowledge, skills, place and capacity to be world leading in the development of technologies for clean and sustainable growth.  As a result it now leads a consortium of six of the region’s universities to support business innovate for a better environment.

With growing international reach, the Centre now leads the Global Challenges Research Fund RECIRCULATE project supporting African businesses and researchers to develop and deliver safe and sustainable water use. RECIRCULATE is led by the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation at Lancaster University, with partners in Ghana, Nigeria, Botswana, Malawi, Kenya and Zambia. The project has supported a Global Research Translation Award, ACTUATE, which will accelerate the demonstration of community-based bioenergy systems in Ghana and Nigeria.


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