We cannot always directly fund a partner to collaborate with us, but we can fund our own costs and license the resulting IP exclusively to a partner. The following opportunities are tailored to be attractive to the needs of our different business partners. No matter what shape, size or sector your business is in we have something for you.
Explore our list of funded opportunities that are currently available and learn how to apply.
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Our SME Innovation Voucher Scheme funds innovative, collaborative projects between small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and our world-class academics.
A Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) allows a business to benefit from the knowledge of a recent graduate, supported by a senior academic to help deliver a specific, strategic, innovation project, creating commercial impact for the business.
Our student entrepreneurs can apply for a range of prizes and small grants to help them to develop their business ideas and start investing in their business upon graduation.
Our Impact Acceleration Accounts aim to accelerate the exploitation of current or recently-completed research, through the increased engagement with key stakeholders and business partners and innovation education for our community.
The ESRC IAA helps bridge the gap between the findings of social science research, and their uptake by businesses, policymakers and others.
Each year, we make funding available to support collaborative innovation projects between businesses and our academics that develop knowledge exchange pathways and have potential for commercialisation of the outcomes and real world impact.
We have a number of publicly funded collaborative programmes that offer funded opportunities for businesses in specific sectors to gain access to our (and our partners') knowledge, skills and facilities. Each programme targets a different opportunity for growth.
Helping R&D rich SMEs engage with the SETsquared Scale-Up partner universities (Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey) and benefit from their knowledge, skills and facilities
Blockstart is a European project, funded by Interreg North West Europe, to help SMEs strengthen their competitive positions through the use of blockchain technology.
IKEEP matches regional SMEs looking for fresh insight with students for short innovation project based placements. The students receive training in innovation skills and the businesses get funded access to a team of resources to solve their business challenge.
SPRINT is a partnership of top UK space universities, industry, and the investment community. It provides unprecedented, funded access to expertise and facilities to help businesses accelerate the development of their space related products and services.
£986K for Knowledge Transfer Partnerships
We have supported five Knowledge Transfer Partnerships in 2020.
£100k in Covid-19 grants
We have supported 59 businesses get access to Covid-19 grants in 2020.
£166k for SME Innovation Voucher Scheme
We have supported 19 businesses gain access to the SME Innovation Voucher Scheme in 2020.