Staffordshire Advanced Manufacturing, Prototyping and Innovation Demonstrator (SAMPID)

Helping businesses to realise their potential by offering a bespoke package to support the development of a product, ready for commercialisation.

The Staffordshire Advanced Manufacturing, Prototyping and Innovation Demonstrator programme will drive innovation in Advanced Manufacturing Sectors across the region. The programme will offer collaborative partnerships between Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire businesses and Staffordshire University. Each partnership will support businesses to develop new-to-the-market products or components utilising cutting-edge equipment. Research and expertise from world-class academics will offer another dimension to your idea.

All of the above is fully funded by Staffordshire University and the European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020 and offered completely free of charge to each participating business

Business benefits

  • One student or graduate for 15 hours per week for 12 weeks, to support the development of the prototype or innovation (to be based at the University)
  • A dedicated academic expert offering 12 days of support to the business over the course of the project
  • Each partnership will be bespoke and will include access to both existing and newly purchased state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing equipment all based within the zone.
  • A simple application process

Who can apply?

The programme is open to small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) in the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire area who are looking to drive innovation across advanced manufacturing sectors. The support will primarily focus on the following sectors and their supply chains by designing and developing new products, services and processes:

  • Aero-auto
  • Energy
  • Agri-tech
  • Medical Technology
  • Applied materials
  • Transport
  • Food and drink

The programme's tailored support provides an excellent route for businesses that currently do not have the resources or knowledge to embed advanced manufacturing solutions to transform their business.

Case studies



Philip O'Neill

Employer Partnerships Development Mgr

I work with businesses regionally and nationally, to understand their needs, and ensure they are suitably supported by Staffordshire University.

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Staffordshire Advanced Manufacturing, Prototyping and Innovation Demonstrator

Staffordshire Advanced Manufacturing, Prototyping and Innovation Demonstrator


This webinar is an introduction to our fully funded project: Staffordshire Advanced Manufacturing Prototyping & Innovation Demonstrator (SAMPID).

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