The Knowledge Exchange and Embed Partnerships (KEEP+) is a business support programme, supported by the European Regional Development Fund, which enables small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to access knowledge and expertise through collaboration with the university sector.
KEEP+ will provide your business with flexible opportunities for innovation, with a focus on developing new products or services, increasing profitability, reducing costs, providing opportunities to collaborate and accessing graduate talent.
A three-way collaboration between a business, a University and a graduate employee who will work with the business to achieve agreed goals. (Limited capital funding may also be available to support the approved collaborative activity.)
A collaborative research and development activity for projects requiring more feasibility work and greater levels of research support than a KEEP.(Limited capital funding may also be available to support the approved collaborative activity.)
A 12-week placement within a company enabling graduates to work in a role aligned with their qualification, and giving businesses access to the expertise needed to bring their products or services to market.
Depending on which part of KEEP+ you access, benefits include:
The KEEP+ programme is a match-funded activity, with part of the cost of each activity being met by the European Regional Development Fund and part by the beneficiary SME. SME match funding contributions are generally 50% for revenue costs and 70% for capital costs.
To qualify for KEEP+ funding, your business will need to meet the following initial criteria: