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Funding for Innovation

Host: University of Nottingham
Venue: The Ingenuity Centre, University of Nottingham Innovation Park, NG7 2TU.
Date: Thursday 28th March, 2019
Time: 7.45am - 9.30am
Cost: Free

This breakfast event will highlight a number of different funding mechanisms that SMEs can access for innovative projects, including ERDF-funded Postgraduate Placements, Innovate UK-funded collaborative R&D projects and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships. Join us to explore how collaborating with the University of Nottingham could help your business to innovate and grow, with experts in all of these funding areas on hand to answer your questions and share case studies of real-life projects.

Our speakers

Paul Rice
Postgraduate Placements Nottingham Manager

Getting the leading-edge – how your organisation can access our postgraduate researchers’ expertise.

If you are looking for a high impact, low cost intervention to develop your organisation, enhance a project, or take a fresh look at your business processes, then the University of Nottingham Postgraduate Placement Programme (PPN) could hold the answer.

We offer organisations the opportunity to work with high-calibre postgraduates for up to 200 hours, part-time for between 3-6 months. We also offer a seamless process, which includes recruitment and contracting, to allow you to focus on the supervision of the project itself. The project could be anything from a scientific research project that needs specialist resources and expertise to developing a marketing strategy for your business. The benefits are mutual – businesses gain bright, capable individuals keen to make a positive impact within their organisation and postgraduates get the opportunity to develop skills and experience in a non-academic environment. Full and part funding for projects is available subject to eligibility. Our award-winning placements programme supports around 130 postgraduate placements per year and we have an excellent track record of matching the right students to our host organisations. Placement students are on our payroll so there are no headcount of payroll requirements for the host organisation, and our contracts cover IPR, commercial confidentiality and Health and Safety.


Paul Yeomans 
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships Manager

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) is a UK-wide programme that has been helping businesses for the past 40 years to improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills that reside within the UK Knowledge Base. A KTP serves to meet a core strategic need and to identify innovative solutions to help that business grow. KTP often delivers significant increased profitability for business partners as a direct result of the partnership through improved quality and operations, increased sales and access to new markets. Social enterprises see improved results, too.


Alex Titcomb
Collaborative R&D Project Officer

The Collaborative R&D Team support the development of collaborative projects that draw together partnerships of University researchers, companies and other organisations capable of producing innovative solutions that meet the challenges set out in the government’s Industrial Strategy.  The “risk” of innovation is underpinned by government grants worth between £25k and £10m, administered by Innovate UK, the government’s innovation agency. Companies benefit from this relationship by being able to accelerate the development of new and improved products and services through access to state-of-the-art research and facilities. The University benefits by giving researchers the opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge to challenges that will have an impact on the UK economy.


The programme

07:45 – 08:10       Registration, breakfast and networking
08:10 – 08:15       Welcome and introductions
08:15 – 08:35       Postgraduate Placements Nottingham with a case study talk from a business collaborator
08:35 – 08:55       Knowledge Transfer Partnerships with a case study talk from a business collaborator
08:55 – 09:15       Collaborative R&D Team with a case study talk from a business collaborator
09:15 – 09:30       Q&A
09:30…                   Networking for those that want to stay on

State Aid

This event is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020 and is part of the Enabling Innovation Programme. This event is classed as State Aid to participating businesses, the value of which is £100, but is delivered completely free of charge to participants.

The venue

The Ingenuity Centre, University of Nottingham Innovation Park, NG7 2TU. View on Google Maps.

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