Smart Innovation & Networking for Growth (SING)

ERDF funding to support SMEs who wish to improve existing products or develop new products, processes and services.



Managed by The iNet and based at Loughborough University SING will make it easier for SMEs to accelerate their development and implementation of new products, processes and services, as well as working with UK research institutes . The programme will operate from October 2016 through to September 2019.

Businesses must be based in Leicester & Leicestershire Local Enterprise Partnership area (LLEP) and be engaged in the general area of one of LLEP’s priority sectors:

The support includes a mixture of:

  1. Fully funded access to expertise and co-operation with university research centres and institutes
  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 an enrolment meeting to discuss your innovation and growth plans
  • Identifying 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 Loughborough University

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

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

Download details: SING Information Sheet

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