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Process

Register your interest here. You will be asked to provide some basic information which will give us your contact details, and enable us to establish more about your business and its suitability.

The type of question we will ask are:

  • Are you an SME, a mid sized business or a large corporate?
  • Location
  • Are you using the programme to develop or commercialise innovative products, processes or services?
  • What is the potential economic benefit from supporting you?

When registering, you will have the option to register R&D projects. This will require a brief summary of the project, its needs and benefits. It will be judged on its innovation, commercial opportunity, fit with the university's R&D and study areas, and the medium / long term potential.

Your project will be forwarded quickly to the most appropriate department at the University. The students are allied to a number of pathways (Computer Science, Design, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Environmental Science and Telecommunications) and students will select their preferred project from the descriptions submitted by companies.

You will then be invited to meet with the project team to discuss your business, its needs and opportunities, and the support plan.

Upon mutually deciding to enter into a project a beneficiary agreement - a legal agreement covering the support offered - between Lancaster University (as lead partner) and your company will be drawn up.

At this stage you will be asked to sign up to increasing Gross Value Added, to recruiting staff and to achieving environmental benefits over the three years. This commitment is not to attain legally binding figures, but to the endeavour to achieve and exceed them.

The objective in funding this programme is to achieve results in the following areas: increasing profitability, creating new jobs and products / services, and reducing environmental impact. While it is recognised that different businesses will contribute more to different measures, all assisted businesses have a part to play, and this commitment will be considered in selecting which businesses to assist within the programme.

At the end of the programme you will be asked to report the results of the project, in terms of Gross Value Added, staff employed and environmental benefits achieved (we'll help).