EIRA (Enabling Innovation: Research to Application) supports innovation in the East of England by providing businesses with access to specialist facilities and academic expertise, including consultancy and collaborative research through funding opportunities. Backed by £4.7million of Research England’s Connecting Capabilities Fund, EIRA seeks to boost economic growth and productivity in the region.
EIRA began in April 2018 and will run until March 2021. This ground-breaking project harnesses the expertise of seven universities and colleges in the region to offer knowledge exchange across three key areas:
These themes support a known market need within the region. The network is led by the University of Essex and our Eastern ARC partners the University of East Anglia, the University of Kent as well as:
Writtle University College.
EIRA is further supported by BT Group, TechEast and AgriTech East, Digital Catapult, New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (NALEP) and South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP).
EIRA offer a range of majority-funded grants to help you develop new products and services, as well as opportunities to work collaboratively with partners on important topics and issues for your business. Some of the support EIRA can offer your business includes Innovation Vouchers, Research and Development Grants, i-Teams, Hothouse events, Start-up Microfinance and Innovation Internships. If you would like to find out more, get in touch with us through the EIRA website.
EIRA funds the majority cost of each activity through Research England’s Connecting Capability Fund. The remaining cost is paid for by the beneficiary business.
Whether you’re a start-up, an SME or a large company, EIRA has an opportunity that could work for you. Businesses should be based within the East of England, or looking to bring significant benefit to this region. Get in touch with us to find out whether your business is eligible.