Research Funding

At Staffordshire University we appreciate that funding can prove a major hurdle for organisations looking to work with a research partner.

That’s why, before assisting with academic expertise and best of breed solutions, we’ll use our considerable knowledge of regional, national European and international funding to see if we can leverage the resources that could help make your project a reality.

To discuss your business objectives and the funding opportunities that could be available, please contact: forbusiness@staffs.ac.uk

Examples of funding opportunities:

Research and Development Funding - The Technology Strategy Board (TSB)

The Technology Strategy Board promotes and invests in technology-driven innovation that benefits businesses, encourages sustainable economic growth and an improvement to quality of life. The TSB operates a variety of programmes that could enable us to work in collaboration with your business.

Opportunities can also exist through Innovation Platforms – which bring industry, government and academia together to stimulate innovation and focus on specific societal change.

Research Councils UK

Research Councils UK comprises of seven separate research councils that invest in a range of academic areas. They focus on research excellence and provide considerable amounts of funding each year, part of which is focused on university-led research. Only recently, Staffordshire University was involved in a Research Council project with the AREVA T&D Technology Centre that involved researching the next generation of voltage source converter technologies.

EU Funding

Provided by the European Union, this funding involves a partnership of companies and universities. Staffordshire University, the European Centre of Studies and Initiatives (CESIE) and other European organisations have secured over €350,000 from the European Commission and will be working together to produce a more effective way of improving people's skills whilst they are at work.

The Knowledge Exchange and Enterprise Network (KEEN)

KEEN is a business improvement programme that is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The programme involves a graduate known as an Affiliate, working full-time on a bespoke project within the business. KEEN is designed to help West Midlands’ based SMEs increase their profitability and achieve growth through working with a regional university. Unique to the West Midlands, KEEN is available to SMEs who are at pre-innovation level. Micro-businesses may also be considered if they are able to demonstrate a commitment to the management of the Affiliate.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP)

KTPs support UK businesses wanting to improve their competitiveness, productivity and performance by accessing the academic knowledge, resources and expertise available within UK universities and colleges.

This involves the formation of a partnership between a business or an organisation (the business partner) and the University (the knowledge base partner). The partnership also involves one or more recently qualified persons (associates) to enable the transfer of knowledge under the supervision of the business and knowledge base partner.

  • Read about Staffordshire University’s award-winning KTP