Collaborative research & development

Advanced Forming Research Centre Collaborative research & development

Here at the Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC), we often find ourself working with companies who have some very innovative and creative ideas for solving their problems and developing their businesses, but who don’t have funds to help them achieve their aims.

The good news is that there are many different funding opportunities available at a regional, national, European and even global level. We can help support companies in accessing those funds. The value can range from a few thousand pounds to several million.

Funding opportunities

Four examples of funding opportunities available to companies that would like to work with us are:

The impact accelerator account

  • Provides funding for the concepts, technologies and methodologies developed at the AFRC and elsewhere within the university to be introduced into industry and embedded within companies to make an economic impact.

Collaborative research & development

  • Funds are available from Innovate UK (formerly Technology Strategy Board). They range from feasibility studies, valued from around £10k up to £250k, through to multi-million pound programmes of work with many partners.

Innovation vouchers

  • £5k vouchers are available to allow start-ups and small and medium-sized companies to work with the High Value Manufacturing Catapult centres.

Knowledge transfer partnerships

  • A recent graduate is recruited to work on a particular project with a company. The project should lead to an improvement for the business either through increasing competitiveness, productivity levels or performance.

Contact us for further information on the funding opportunities available. Your call will be answered by our business development team.