Catalysing Growth

ERDF funding to support SMEs who wish to improve existing products or develop new products, processes and services in Transport Equipment Manufacturing (TEM)



Led by the College of Engineering and Technology, University of Derby in partnership with The iNet at Loughborough University, Catalysing Growth for TEM will make it easier for SMEs to accelerate their development and implementation of new products, processes and services and to work with UK research institutes. The programme will operate from July 2016 through to June 2019.

Businesses must be engaged in the general area of transport equipment manufacturing and/or associated supply chains and be based in Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire Local Enterprise Partnership area (D2N2 LEP)

The support includes a mixture of:

  1. Fully funded access to expertise and co-operation with university research centres and institutes
    1. This includes access to University of Derby facilities and staff with up to 100 days worth of support
  2. Part-funding (grant) towards external costs of innovation projects

SME Support - Main points to note

Support may include one or more of the following:

  • Review of company research, innovation and development needs a company review to help you develop your innovation and growth plans

  • Identifying and signposting to appropriate research institutes  for research and innovation collaborations – to enable you to progress your plans

  • 2 days of research work carried out by our internal researcher

  • Fully funded access to support and facilities from University of Derby and Loughborough University – different levels of assistance are available depending on your company’s needs

  • Part-funding towards external costs relating to company based innovation projects – via simplified application process

  • Part-funded collaboration with research institutes across the UK – this call has now closed

Download details: Catalysing Growth Information Sheet

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