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Intensive Industrial Innovation Programme

Delivered by Knowledge Transfer Partnerships


This project is an intensive support programme for SMEs in the North East and Tees Valley area. The programme will directly connect with SMEs from the smart specialisation sectors with the region’s University research expertise and will work actively with them to address their specific research needs. The project will offer three years of dedicated postgraduate researcher time plus associated academic oversight time to each SME research project. 

Who Can Apply? 

Businesses who wish to participate in the ERDF Industrial PhD programme must: 

o meet the EU definition of SME 

o be located within the North East of England geographical area 

o be active in one of the key sectors for the North East 

o be financially stable 

o not exceed State Aid limits as a result of participating in the programme. 

 

 

 Tees Valley Key Sectors 

Chemicals. 

Health Innovation. 

Energy. 

Advanced Manufacturing. 

Logistics. 

Digital & Creative. 

The Circular Economy 

North East & Durham Key Sectors 

Passenger & Vehicle Manufacturing. 

Subsea & Offshore technology. 

Life Sciences & Healthcare. 

Creative, Digital, Software & Technological based services. 

Surface Science. 

Ageing. 

Energy. 

Systems Satellite Applications. 

Energy Networks. 

Materials Integration. 

Water. 

 

 

This programme is open to receive applications NOW. Full applications must be submitted by noon on 30/04/2019. For further information visit: https://www.dur.ac.uk/iiip/ or email: [email protected] 

 

 

 Who can apply? 

Businesses who wish to participate in the ERDF Industrial PhD programme must: 

Ø meet the EU definition of an SME 

Ø be located within the North East of England geographical area 

Ø be active in one of the key sectors for the North East 

Ø be financially stable 

Ø not exceed State Aid limits as a result of participating in the programme 

 

The eligible key sectors are: 

· Passenger vehicle manufacturing 

· Subsea and offshore technology 

· Life sciences and healthcare/health innovation 

· Creative, digital, software and technology based services 

· Surface science 

· Ageing 

· Energy 

· Systems satellite applications 

· Energy networks 

· Materials Integration 

· Water 

· Chemicals 

· Advanced Manufacturing 

· Logistics 

· The Circular Economy 


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