Low carbon Research & Development and innovation support for businesses across the UK North West
Enabling collaboration and innovation in business for a clean and sustainable future
Delivered by a consortium of universities; Lancaster, Central Lancashire, Cumbria, Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores and Manchester Metropolitan, Eco-I NW is a £14m Research & Development support project now open to businesses across England’s North West. The programme has a distinctive model for interdisciplinary research and seeks to support low carbon business innovations across the region, including the areas of Cumbria, Lancashire, Liverpool City Region, Cheshire & Warrington and Greater Manchester.
Business projects will be delivered through a variety of short-term interventions and long-term technical assistance.
There are 4 main programmes of support that Eco-I North West offers:
1. Collaboration Support
1.1. The Innovation Catalyst: Join a low carbon business cluster to stimulate innovation leadership, peer-to-peer learning and new ideas.
1.2. Insights to Innovation Events: Thought-provoking open events connecting businesses and focussed on key emerging low carbon themes.
1.3. Innovation Workshops: Broad workshop topics aiming to support clean growth, inward investment and the management of innovation.
1.4. Technical Workshops: Thematic workshops and cohort events to build technical understanding and innovation.
1.5. Clean Growth Platform: Online business networking site and resource library.
2. Short Term Practical Support
2.1. Commercialisation Support: Support to develop routes to market and next steps for clean growth innovations delivered by university academics, researchers and students.
2.2. Internships: Short-term and flexible support delivered by a university student.
3. In-depth R&D Projects
3.1. Research & Development: Up to 12 months of focused R&D directed at your challenge area, delivered through a specially recruited researcher with academic support and access to appropriate equipment.
3.2. Student Research Projects: Access current university students from relevant disciplines to deliver your research project.
Providing match-funded grants to support prototypes, pilots or demonstration systems, allowing innovations to move beyond lab-scale and progress from research level to commercialisation.
Cost & Eligibility
There is a total £14m fund available to support the Research & Development projects. All programmes will be part-funded and are available to businesses which:
- – are based in North West England
- – employ fewer than 250 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees
- – have annual turnover of less than €50 million (or the equivalent in GBP)
- – received less than €200,000 of de minimis State Aid in the last 3 years.
To register your interest, please complete the online form, and one of the advisors will get in touch with you.
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