Collaborate with a university
It is proven that collaborating with universities on research and development generates a higher return on investments than projects without academic input. The Dowling Report (2015) found that for every pound invested in R&D, projects who collaborated with academic partners saw a return of over £9 Gross Value Added (GVA), compared to just over £4 GVA for projects without academic involvement.
The ECO I NW team is keen to hear from and work with Cumbrian SMEs looking to boost their low carbon innovation activity.
This is a fully-funded programme available to European Regional Development Fund eligible companies.
ECO-I NW builds on a previous ERDF-funded Eco-Innovation project.
Get in touch with the ECO I NW Team
For more information about the project and how we can support your business, please contact:
Mike Siddall - Eco-I North West Project Manager
Laura Giles - Carbon Innovation Fellow
Benefits to your business
Increased return on R&D investment.
Access extensive research and development support at the state of the art laboratories and facilities.
Speed up innovation and support transition to zero-carbon by developing new low carbon products and services.
ECO-I North West events
Our programme of funded workshop and events has been created to meet businesses’ innovation needs. The programme focuses on each aspect of the carbon innovation journey.
Our events provide businesses with valuable opportunities to hear from expert speakers, network with other Cumbrian business, and share best practice.
Get paid carbon reduction innovation research experience with our internships and master's placement opportunities
Our ECO I North West low carbon innovation research projects are an ideal way for you to extend your research skills and enhance your employability. Work with a real business to help address their low carbon innovation needs and boost your CV along the way. You’ll be paid for your work on the project. Find out more about the different ways to get involved below.