Work with us

Our first recommendation is to try us out. Contact us directly via:

  1. Consulting which is usually a good way to get a dedicated expert to assess the requirement and define a project
  2. Industrial project – can be resourced by the university or a mixture between the company and the university.

Or if you have limited funds and you are happy to share your idea with the wider industry then you have some other options:

Research councils (

Initial work defining new research – you can look at supporting an EPSRC program an academic is putting forward. This is often a university project with many chosen industry partners supplying data.

Innovate UK (if you are eligible) (

If you applying known research to existing  capability you can use:

  1. SMART awards – Proof of Market, Proof of Concept, Proof of Demonstration (Open all year round with 4 review panels annually) – More information
  2. Innovate UK Collaborative research and development: Latest calls 
  3. Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) – 12 months to 3 years in length

Note that Innovation Vouchers have been recently mothballed.

European Union – Horizon 2020 (

The Research for SMEs scheme endeavours to enhance the research and innovation capacities of European SMEs which have little or no research capacity themselves to turn innovative ideas into products and services with clear future market potential in line with the aims of the Innovation Union.  It provides financial support to SMEs to outsource research and technological development, with the view of acquiring intellectual property rights, preferably ownership, of the project results. The scheme is collaborative, requiring at least 3 SMEs from three different Member States or Associated countries, along with 2 Research & Technological Development (RTD) performers (independent from any other participant). It follows a bottom-up approach, meaning that it can be carried out in the entire field of science and technology, with support targeted at projects aimed at creating new knowledge or achieving results with a clear exploitation potential to improve or develop new products, processes or services which meet the needs of the participating SMEs. This scheme is not a suitable instrument to solve short-term technological problems, but can assist companies in acquiring technological know-how and accessing international networks for their medium to long-term business development.

Steve Bradley (from Beta Technology Ltd) is the official UK National Contact Point for SMEs, part of the wider EU network, assisting UK businesses to progress their innovation led development plans, through EU funded projects as part of Framework Programme 7, and later Horizon 2020.

Steve Bradley, UK National Contact Point for SMEs
Tel:  01302 322633
Mob: 07501 463314
Fax: 01302 388800


Other Funding for Larger Projects

CASE: Cooperative Awards in Science & Technology

Major Development Funds
Tax credits