The Low Carbon Innovatory (LCEI) is a partnership between Lancaster University, Liverpool John Moores University, and the University of Liverpool and is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). It combines the resources, expertise and equipment of these 3 universities to support the development of low-carbon business innovations across Liverpool City Region.
Low Carbon Innovatory (LCEI) offers three types of support:
1. Short-Term Practical Support
Fully funded short-term projects, almost like a short piece of consultancy work to deliver quick turnaround support for a business. This may be to help test a new product, deliver market research, review a business process or give a carbon footprint. These projects are very flexible and can begin at any point in time. Projects are defined by the business to ensure it gives a useful outcome. Projects are typically delivered within 140 hours, taking place over several months.
2. In-depth R&D Projects
Part-funded 12-month research projects delivered by a dedicated researcher hired specifically and working full time on your business project. Full access to academic research teams, university equipment, labs and contacts to give hands-on technical support to your innovation. These projects can deliver transformational change and allow for the development, testing, prototyping and market launching of new low carbon products.
3. Student Delivered Support
Fully funded in-curricular student dissertation research projects delivered by Lancaster University Undergraduate or Postgraduate students. All topics, themes and disciplines can be discussed. This research benefits from academic input and support and access to university facilities and are typically around 9 months in duration.
This programme is available to businesses in the Liverpool City Region who are eligible under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) criteria, as follows:
- Employ fewer than 250 full-time equivalents (FTE) employees
- 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
Guidance & Application
If you would like to find out more information about LCEI or discuss your business needs, please contact Carolyn at email@example.com
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