Tell us about the business issues you're facing, and we'll guide you through the funding options we have available to help you drive innovation and improvement.
We're number 1 in the UK for the number of Innovate UK funded KTPs
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships are part-government-funded collaborations between universities and businesses.
Come to us with an issue and we'll identify one of our academic teams to work with you and recruit a high-calibre graduate who will be based in your company as an associate to manage the project.
KTPs can last up to three years and you could access around £150,000 through this program.
We have more KTPs than any other university in the UK, helping more businesses across the country gain a competitive advantage and ultimately improve their profitability.
Innovate UK Smart Grants, are funding for game-changing and disruptive ideas no matter what sector for UK based companies.
To apply your business needs either:
If you think your business fits the bill, contact our Business Engagement team for more details.
After a successful pilot scheme in 2022, this new programme from Innovate UK has been designed to create short-term collaborations between a business and a UK Knowledge Base, such as the University of Essex, to rapidly inject innovation capacity.
Inspired by the highly successful Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) model, the aim of Accelerated Knowledge Transfer (AKT) is to deliver a rapid and targeted collaboration to accelerate the evaluation or development of an innovation project or concept, which has the potential for significant impact for the Business Partner.
The programme offers grand funding of up to £35,000 per project for collaborations lasting two to four months.
Find out more about AKTs with Essex here.
The Corporate Partnership Fund offers companies with an impressive scale (who are often excluded from certain grants due to turnover) up to £25,000 (excl. VAT) to work with experts from the University of Essex. The fund can be used to access consultancy or collaborative contract research projects from our world class researchers to help develop new products, solve problems or develop new training schemes. The fund can also be matched by the industry partner to create a larger budget.
SMEs can get University of Essex innovation vouchers (.pdf) worth up to £10,000 to start working with us. This could go towards scoping and developing a new product, staff training, or stimulating growth. Contact us and we'll guide you through the application process. Your application will be reviewed by our business panel, and if accepted, you can reclaim costs of up to £10,000 once your project is complete. We assess applications based on the scope and value of the project, and on the potential of you working with us in the future.
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