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Funding opportunities with businesses

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Here are a few current funding opportunities available for projects with businesses:

  1. Formulated projects: meeting the product and process design challenge. This is being run by the  Technology Strategy Board and Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, who are looking for proposals for collaborative R&D projects. The competition is designed to support innovative developments which aim to accelerate the development of new ways of designing, improving and manufacturing complex high-value formulated products in sectors such as pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, detergents, food, agrochemicals, paints, adhesives, lubricants and formulated process chemicals. The competition has two strands, one for feasibility studies and one for collaborative R&D projects. Projects must be business-led, include an end user formulating company and last one to three years. Businesses can attract up to 50 per cent public funding for their project costs, while SMEs may attract up to 60 per cent. Collaborative R&D projects are expected to have a total value of up to £1m, including grant and private sector contributions. Closing date: 12 June 2013
  2. Power electronics – enabling a resilient energy system. This call aims to establish new knowledge transfer partnerships (KTPs) in the area of power electronics to stimulate and support supply chain innovation in power electronics and energy sectors. It’s being run by the Technology Strategy Board, in association with the Welsh Government and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. Up to 12 KTPs will be funded under this call, up to three of which should be in Wales. The competition has a total budget of £1 million. Closing date: 19 June 2013
  3. Supporting innovation in the retail sector. This competition is aimed at establishing new KTPs to stimulate innovation in the UK retail sector. It’s being run by the Technology Strategy Board on behalf of the Economic and Social Research Council. Projects should be collaborative and focused on activities that will maximise the impact of social research on the retail sector. Closing date: 21 August 2013

If you’d like to discuss these or require any support, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Author: Michael Daw

When working for Manchester Met University, I'm responsible for facilitating strategic relationships with businesses and other external organisations. When doing Transition New Mills, I'm on the Steering Committee and facilitating the Energy Action Group.

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