News / £14m Low Carbon Innovation Fund Available to North West SMEs

£14m business R&D programme is now on offer to businesses across the UK North West to support a green recovery. Delivered by a consortium of universities; Lancaster, Central Lancashire, Cumbria, Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores and Manchester Met, Eco-I NW follows 8 years of award winning and successful collaborative R&D activities.

The Eco-I NW initiative seeks to support low carbon business innovations across the region, including the areas of Lancashire, Cumbria, Liverpool City Region, Cheshire & Warrington and Greater Manchester.

This is the first project of its kind that will open up such a huge regional resource to regional businesses. In a time of crisis, the fund is designed to facilitate business recovery, resilience, innovation and growth. Business projects will be delivered through a variety of short term interventions and long term PhD level technical assistance.

A current call for collaborative PhD projects is now open for innovation-ready SMEs based in the UK North West across all sectors.

The project is not led by specific technologies, but instead driven by business needs and can facilitate a collaborative approach to problem solving. Our approach is to talk to companies and uncover challenge areas and support requirements to their particular needs. This often means supporting the development of a new product or service, exploring an innovative technology or expanding understanding to allow new markets to be reached.

This collaborative approach means that there is something for everyone. Each institution offers a different set of expertise, equipment and resource which we are opening up to businesses. Through Eco-I NW we’re able to offer a complementary approach to suit business research and development across a variety of sectors, disciplines and complexities.

Eco-I NW is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

For further information abut Eco-I NW and business enquiries please contact business@cgeinnovation.org / 07970 744235 / 07773 098578

£14m Low Carbon Innovation Fund Available to North West SMEs