The workshop aims to help small and medium businesses apply for research and development grants available from the European Commission and UK government. The workshop will help SMEs understand available funding options, eligibility criteria and application processes. SMEs also have the option to pitch project ideas to experts at the start of the event or discuss them 1-1 in networking sessions.

Funding Areas:

  • Innovation Vouchers - Up to £5K of funding to work with an external expert for the first time, to gain new knowledge to help you innovate.
  • SMART - Co-funded proof of market, proof of concept, and prototype development grants to help you develop new product, process or services.
  • The Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) - A lead customer and a contract for the cost of demonstrating your technologies feasibility to solve published public sector challenges.
  • EUROSTARS2 - Up to 50% funding for at least 2 SMEs in different member states, to undertake R&D projects for up to 3 years to access new markets.
  • SME Instrument A fund for highly innovative SMEs with international ambitions to progress a project from feasibility assessment (£50k 100% grant), through R&D (£3 million at 70%), to commercialisation over 2 years, including expert coaching throughout.
  • Responsible Innovation - Horizon 20/20, the sole source of European R&D funding between 2014 and 2020 has 3 cross cutting themes: low carbon, responsible innovation and sustainable growth that applications will need to address to some extent. However, all applications need to show how they will innovate responsibly to benefit society.

Who can attend?

As this event is fully funded by the KARIM project SME attendance will be prioritised. SMEs have less than 250 employees and an annual turnover of less than 50 million euros.


  • 10:30 - 10:45 - Registration and coffee
  • 10:45 - 10:55 - The KARIM Project - Chris Holroyd (Lancaster University)
  • 10:55 - 11:45 - 90 second pitches of project ideas by businesses
  • 11:45 - 12:30 - Accessing UK Funding Schemes and Eurostars - Graham Mobbs (Technology Strategy Board)
  • 12:30 - 13:30 - Networking lunch
  • 13:30 - 13:40 - How KARIM can support SMEs in forming transnational partnerships - Hugh Hayden (University College Dublin)
  • 13:40 - 14:20 - The SME Instrument - Steve Bradley (Beta Technology)
  • 14:20 - 14:50 - The Enterprise Europe Network and support available with the SME Instrument - Andrew North (Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) and ChamberLink)
  • 14:50 - 15:15 - Break for coffee
  • 15:15 - 15:45 - What is responsible innovation? - Doris Kirschner (Paris Region Innovation Centre)
  • 15:45 - 15:55 - Questions to the panel
  • 15:55 - 16:00 - Summary and close


Graham Mobbs is the National Project Co-ordinator for EuroStars and the European Operations Manager for the TSB. Graham an expert on both Eurostars and the TSB's UK R&D funding opportunities.

Hugh Hayden is a Business Development Manager in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at University College Dublin. Hugh is experienced in technology commercialisation and works with businesses to develop collaborative R&D projects using both European and national funding within the KARIM project.

Steve Bradley is the UK National Contact Point for SMEs under Framework 7 and in Horizon 20/20 for the SME Instrument. Steve is a qualified business advisor and has held various specialist roles delivering high profile economic regeneration initiatives.

Andrew North is an experienced Innovation Advisor with the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) for the North West of England. The EEN will facilitate the delivery of the SME instrument in the North West.

Doris Kirschner is a Business Advisor and Project Manager at the Centre Francilien de l'Innovation, (the lead partner in the KARIM Project) and has considerable expertise in educating businesses across the Paris region about responsible innovation.

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For further details or to register for the event, please contact Helen Boulton on 01524 510409 oremail

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