Funding opportunities worth up to £40k now open to academics engaging with businesses

New funding opportunities worth up to £40k are now open.

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Funding schemes for business engagement opportunities now open

The schemes aim to support projects that are being led by academics in collaboration with external organisations. The opportunities fall under two schemes:

Business Engagement Seed Fund

Innovation and Industrial Engagement Fund

Successful projects under both schemes must be delivered either before 31 July 2019 or before 31 July 2020

Previous successful applicants include Dr Rasool Erfani, who used the Innovation and Industrial Engagement Fund to develop a prototype for a device that can allow patients with tracheostomies to talk earlier during their treatment.

Marloes Peeters used the Business Engagement Fund to make a recent UK patent filing. Through the funding she was able to purchase nanoparticles needed for her research, cover travel expenses and pay for some student time to support the project development.

Supporting innovation

The Business Engagement Schemes are funded by the Research and Knowledge Exchange Directorate to stimulate academic engagement with business and external partners resulting in opportunities for impact and high quality applied research activity.  

Martha Sama, Head of Business Engagement at Manchester Metropolitan University, said: “These new funding opportunities are a great way to encourage further collaboration with businesses. The opportunities are suitable for a range of commercial opportunities both large and small.”

She added: “Our research expertise at Manchester Metropolitan University is closely aligned with the strengths of the regional economy as well as the areas of growth identified by our local industrial strategy. These funding schemes are an excellent way of helping businesses to innovate and grow, positively impacting the local economy. I look forward to seeing applications for novel and exciting projects.”

To develop your funding application, please talk to your faculty business development team (see below) or contact a member of the RKE team on 0161 247 2186

Find out more and apply

Contact our Business Development Managers for further details:

Art and Humanities

Rebecca Batten and Caroline White

Business and Law

Jennie Shorley


Please contact the RKE Team

Health, Psychology and Social Care

Clare O’Neill and David Tyson

Science and Engineering

Michelle Lockwood and Rachel Tomlins

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