ECO-I NORTH WEST IS A LOW CARBON INNOVATION PROJECT DELIVERING BUSINESS SUPPORT THROUGH RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
Eco-I NW seeks to support low carbon business innovations across the region through a variety of short and long term interventions. The aim is to deliver a transition to a low carbon economy in all sectors.
The project is not led by specific technologies, but instead is driven by business needs and helps to facilitate a collaborative approach to problem solving.
Collaboration is at the heart of Eco-I NW- our partnership includes the universities of Lancaster, Central Lancashire, Cumbria, Liverpool John Moores, Liverpool and Manchester Met, and operates across multiple LEP areas in the North West.
In Cumbria, we are keen to hear from and work with SME’s who want to make innovative changes to their products or services, in order to reduce their carbon output.
ECO-I NW builds on a previous ERDF-funded Eco-Innovation project. You can read about that project here: Eco Innovation Review
What are the benefits of Eco-I North West for students?
Eco-I North West provides a number of research placements and internships for students interested in low carbon innovation. These are an ideal way for students to extend their research skills, enhance employability by researching for a real business, strengthen CVs, and gain excellence references.
There are two options for students wishing to get involved with low carbon innovation research:
- Paid internships lasting for a maximum of 140 hours. Internships are usually worked flexibly, and can be done on campus or with the business. Students often undertake internships whilst studying and some use the experience as a theme for their dissertation.
- Paid* Masters research placements lasting for the duration of the student’s research modules, usually up to 4 months (*stipend paid each month of the research dissertation module). Masters students usually use the 4-month placements to generate evidence for their research dissertation. Like internships, the Masters placements are flexible and can be managed alongside other commitments.
All students are supported by academic supervisors and mentored by the Project Manager. We are on hand to answer any questions you may have and to ensure that your placement is enjoyable and productive.
Eco-I North West Events
For upcoming innovation workshops for SMEs in Cumbria (and other events at the University of Cumbria), see the calendar below:
Support is available to European Regional Development Fund eligible companies. To find out if your company is eligible for support please contact
Mike Siddall- Eco-I North West Project Manager
Along with Eco-I North West, the University Of Cumbria is also hosting the Cumbria Innovation Platform (CUSP). CUSP is similar to Eco-I North West in providing research and development support for SME’s to innovate, only without the focus on carbon reduction. For further information, see Cumbria Innovations Platform
You may also be interested in the other Eco-I North West project being delivered by our partner universities:
Manchester Metropolitan University
Liverpool John Moores
University of Central Lancashire