The University works with a range of external funding organisations to secure support for its research, knowledge transfer and commercialisation activities. Some of these funds are available to businesses and organisations who wish to partner with staff at the University, perhaps on a research or commercial project.
If you have identified someone you would like to work with, have a project in mind and would like to find out if we are in a position to help, please contact us, as we may be able to help with funding.
Some of the successful funding schemes that have supported industry, business, not-for-profit and charity engagements include:
- Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP)
- Knowledge Catalyst
- Regional schemes
- Research Councils UK, e.g. AHRC, BBSRC, NERC, ESRC, EPSRC, MRC
Very few projects receive full funding and most funders will expect organisations to contribute to the cost of a project. Contributions might be a cash contribution to the overall costs of the project or in kind support such as providing staff time or access to facilities.
Current funding opportunities
Start-ups and small and medium-sized businesses from across the UK can apply for an Innovation Voucher worth up to £5000, which is available to businesses to work with a supplier for the first time, and should be used to pay for knowledge or technology transfer from that supplier.
Once you have submitted an online application it will be entered into a draw, which take place every three months. Approximately 100 successful vouchers are then issued. You will be informed if you have been successful or unsuccessful. If you are unsuccessful in receiving an voucher, you can try again. You can only have one live application at a time.
There is no deadline for submissions; each submission will be go towards the next draw deadline which occur quarterly (January, April, July, and October).
For further details on how to apply please visit the Innovation Vouchers Portal.
Data analytics innovation vouchers
Data analytics innovation vouchers are available to Small to Medium sized enterprises (SMEs) through the ESRC Business and Local Government Data Research Centre if you want to receive data-related academic support, at a minimal cost to your organisation.
Whether you have a specific data project in mind or want to know how you can use the data you have more effectively, we can help.
These vouchers could help fund:
- specialist training to up-skill your analysts
- specialist expertise through providing research placements
- feasibility study or scope for data analysis and improvement
We'll guide you through the application process. You can get up to two vouchers a year, for a maximum of three years.
Find out more about our expertise in data analytics and what data can do for your business by contacting Lisa Howlett on 01603 591273 or Lisa.Howlett@uea.ac.uk.
You can apply for a voucher if your organisation has:
- fewer than 250 employees
- an annual turnover of less than £25.9 million
- no other enterprises holding 25% or more of your company's capital or voting rights
Priority will be given to businesses that have not previously worked with us.