Collaborative working

Strengthen your business, raise its profile and open up a world of new opportunities. How?

By collaborating with other businesses and organisations within and outside Northern Ireland.

We can link your business with other businesses, colleges, universities or organisations so that you can explore ways to exploit new market or research opportunities. We run workshops about collaborative working and can signpost you to further sources of advice and assistance.

We can help you access the following collaborative opportunities:

EU Horizon 2020 Programme
The Horizon 2020 Programme is the main source of European funding for research and innovation. Collaborative projects require the involvement of partners from other EU Member States and involve a competitive process. We can help your business to identify the most appropriate work programme within Horizon 2020 , find the right partners and offer comprehensive guidance on the application process. We can also offer funding towards the costs of making an application if you meet the eligibility criteria. Find out more about Horizon 2020.

Innovate UK
Innovate UK offers a range of opportunities for collaborative R&D through a competition based approach. We can keep you informed on new opportunities, help your business identify the most appropriate competition for your business, find the right partners and offer comprehensive guidance on the application process. We can also offer funding towards the costs of making an application if you meet certain eligibility criteria. Find out more about Innovate UK.

Enterprise Europe Network
Aimed at helping local businesses improve competitiveness and foster innovation through partnership, the Enterprise Europe Network is your local gateway for doing business abroad, finding EU partners, accessing European funding for research and development projects, and improving your presence in new markets. Find out more about the Enterpise Europe Network in Northern Ireland.

Competence Centres
If you want to leverage the opportunities presented by collaborating with local universities by undertaking high-risk, long-term, strategic research that will focus on the future needs of local economy, then Competence Centres may be an option for your business. Our programme brings together the experience, expertise and resources of industry and academia to achieve common research goals. Find out more about Competence Centres.

Collaborative Growth Programme
We can help to link your business with other private sector businesses, investors, researchers and academia so that you can explore ways to exploit market or research opportunities that will result in the development of new products, processes and services. Find out more about the Collaborative Growth programme.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships
If you have an innovative project that could benefit from university-based research and knowledge and a graduate to help you deliver it, you should talk to us about this programme. Find out more about the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme.

Innovation Vouchers
Innovation Vouchers enable Northern Ireland small businesses to access knowledge and expertise to develop innovative solutions to business issues. You receive a voucher worth £5,000 to allow you to buy expertise from one of 39 universities, colleges and other publicly funded research organisations throughout Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Find out more about Innovation Vouchers.

 

Not sure that this support is right for you? Contact us and we can explore options for your business together.

Our support may be subject to some eligibility criteria.

 
 

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Grow your business through collaboration
Aug 18, 2015