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Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships is a UK-wide programme that has been helping businesses for the past 40 years to improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills that reside within the UK Knowledge Base.

A Knowledge Transfer Partnership serves to meet a core strategic need and to identify innovative solutions to help that business grow. KTP often delivers significant increased profitability for business partners as a direct result of the partnership through improved quality and operations, increased sales and access to new markets. Social enterprises see improved results, too.

Interface - Innovation Vouchers content

Interface - Innovation Vouchers

Interface - Innovation Vouchers

Eligibility All Scottish Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) are eligible for these funding streams. SMEs require an academic partner to apply, if you do not have an academic partner the Interface Business Engagement team can help to identify one, please email info@interface-online.org.uk

Standard Innovation Vouchers

Up to £5,000 of funding aimed at encouraging first-time partnerships between a company and a university or further education college. The company contributes an equal value in cash or in-kind (such as staff time, materials or equipment) or a combination of both.

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Student Placement Innovation Vouchers

Up to £5,000 to fund a PhD or Masters student to work within your organisation on a clearly defined project and continue the development of a Standard Innovation Voucher award. The company must have suitable premises to host a student for the duration of the project.

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Advanced Innovation Vouchers

Up to £20,000 of match funding to either encourage sustained relationships with academia and enable existing partnerships to continue the development of a project or for those companies who are beginning their collaborative journey with a HEI / FE college partner. The company must provide a mix of in-kind and cash contributions.

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Horizon 2020 SME Engagement Scheme

Up to £5,000 of funding to help businesses, and academics, scope and define an opportunity for applications for the €70 billion Horizon 2020 European Funding programme.

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Defence and Security Accelerator content

Defence and Security Accelerator

Defence and Security Accelerator

Open Call for Innovation

The Open Call exists to offer suppliers the opportunity to submit their ideas to defence and security stakeholders.

The Open Call welcomes innovations that address defence and/or security challenges. The Open Call is open for proposals all year round, with assessment dates scheduled across the year.

More information on the Open Call.

Research and development (R&D) grants Scottish Enterprise content

Research and development (R&D) grants Scottish Enterprise

Research and development (R&D) grants Scottish Enterprise

Get help researching and developing your big ideas.

Full Details on Eligibility and levels of funding.

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