Scaling up and demonstrating your innovation is a critical step in the commercialisation of new products. Capital grants are available to Small to Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) for projects of up to £10k and up to £25k to support the development and installation of pilots, prototypes and demonstrators of emerging technologies. Enterprises need to match fund these projects.
Each project is delivered by a dedicated graduate researcher recruited specifically to undertake your project full time, supported by our academics, global contacts and resources. This provides more than 4000 hours of dedicated R&D with the researcher working at PhD level. In effect the university becomes your dedicated R&D facility. A contribution towards PhD tuition fees is required.
Each research project is undertaken by a dedicated full time researcher working on your project at Masters level, supported by our academics, global contacts and resources. A company contribution towards the researcher’s tuition fees and is required.
Typically these are short projects of a week to a month or so requiring the hands on technical support from a post-doctoral researcher with specialist knowledge and equipment. This provides direct research and development on your product or process, giving independent results to substantiate or improve product claims.
Fully funded, these are in-curricular research projects of between 6 and 12 months in duration delivered by a student in an appropriate discipline. These are available from across university departments and faculties, benefitting from academic input and guidance.
Up to 140 hours of support is available delivered by an appropriate student or researcher, funded to work on your project.
Peer to peer business workshops for cohorts of businesses. From workshops focussed on a technology to forums focussed on location, these workshops run over a period of 3-4 months and are designed for business directors and technical managers needing to address the acceleration, management and success of innovations.
Presentation and discussion events designed to raise awareness of technical advances and business challenges which may accelerate productivity and innovation in thematic areas. These events in person and virtually, allow businesses to gain an understanding of particular technologies and challenges faced by large organisations which are seeking solutions.
Interaction, learning and sharing through our Clean Growth Platform, allowing the creation of business networks and dissemination of innovative research findings and innovations.
When a business works with universities the return on R&D more than doubles according to UK Government statistics. (Dowling Review 2015)
We have won national awards for our work with business and innovation support.
You will access high value research facilities and resources to work on your project.
Gain access to the knowledge, skills and people who can make a difference to your business.
Build a network of like-minded enterprises, collaborators and global contacts.
This programme of support is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and by the university partners. It is available to ERDF eligible enterprises across the North West. There is a small cost associated with projects of duration of a year or more to cover items which fall outside of the support available under ERDF. Short-term opportunities are usually available without any charge to the business. Capital grants for demonstrator projects need to be match funded by the SME.
The Eco-I North West project is providing innovation consultancy and advisory aid in line with the De Minimis Exemption (in accordance with Commission Regulation (EU) No 1407/2013, OJ L 352/1) and Innovation R&D aid in line with the General Block Exemption Regulation (in accordance with Commission Regulation (EU) No 651/2014 of 17 June 2014, OJ L 187/1).
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