Funding and Opportunities

Funding and Opportunities

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.

We also have opportunities for start-ups, students, graduates, and university staff.

What support is available for my business?


  • Innovation Vouchers

    Innovation vouchers can provide your small or medium-sized business with up to £5k to engage with EIRA expertise, with the opportunity to foster a long-term partnership. Funds pay for our academic experts to provide you with tailored expertise.

    We can help you with:

    • scoping or developing new products
    • solving problems
    • developing your employees
    • carrying out a feasibility study
    • scoping a new business idea
    • improving business efficiency
    • exploring other ways to stimulate your company’s growth

     

    EIRA funds 80% of the total value of innovation vouchers, with companies funding the remaining 20%.


  • Research and Development Grants

    Research and Development grants can provide companies of all sizes with £20-50k of funded support for collaborative R&D activity for projects.

    We can help you with:

    • feasibility testing
    • development of a product or service
    • identifying the next development required
    • de-risking a complex innovation
    • applying our expert knowledge to enhance your products
    • expanding your current knowledge
    • diversifying product range
    • enhancing products from prototypes
    • providing underpinning research evidence
    • optimising organisational processes

     

    EIRA funds 75% of the total value of Research and Development grants, with companies funding the remaining 25%.


  • i-Teams

    Bring fresh thinking and new ideas to your organisation by mentoring a team of interdisciplinary students to develop a product solution for issues affecting your business.

  • Hothouse Events

    Explore business and academic collaboration for the topics most relevant to your organisation. Attending events hosted by BT at their Adastral Park R&D headquarters, or our partner institutions, provides opportunities to network with the wider business community and draw upon BT’s new interdisciplinary graduate research centre.

  • Innovation Internships

    An EIRA internship programme is in development and more details will be available soon.

Talk to us about support for your business

 

What is available for early-stage businesses, student and graduate start-ups, or students?


  • Start-up Microfinance

    Students and recent graduates from the University of East Anglia (UEA), University of Essex, and University of Kent, can apply for a grant of up to £3k to help kick-start a business idea.

  • i-Teams

    Bring fresh thinking and new ideas to your organisation with facilitated mentoring of a team of interdisciplinary students to develop a product solution for issues affecting your business.

  • Innovation Internships

    An EIRA internship programme is in development and more details will be available soon.

  • EIRA Enterprise Accelerator

    We will run a series of events for HE students from EIRA instutions to build entrepreneurial thinking and develop skills in areas such as idea generation, market research and pitching.

Talk to us about support

 

What opportunities are there for academic staff?


  • Proof of Concept Fund – now closed

    The Proof of Concept Fund is now closed for applications. Due to the impressive range of applications the Grant Review Panel received, all funds have now been allocated.

    The Proof of Concept Fund provided support for academic staff to develop an idea with a commercial focus. The fund helped academics apply to develop further their innovative idea, to produce more robust data or generate more data to support a patent application, test feasibility, and prove market potential.

    Businesses will benefit in the future from the outcomes of this fund by accessing the new products or services developed.

Talk to us about our proof of concept fund