Driving Research and Innovation

Driving Research and Innovation

Driving Research and Innovation is a three-year project (2020 to 2022) which helps Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire businesses to improve their innovation culture and productivity through free access and support from our world-class expertise and facilities.

Funded by the European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural Investment Fund
 Midlands Engine

The project has been developed by the University's Precision Manufacturing CentreChemistry Innovation Laboratory and Food Innovation Centre and will provide free support to businesses through R&D collaborative projects, including new product, process and service development, bespoke workshops, dissemination events, and one-to-one consultancy. 

How it works

If you’re eligible to take part, we will complete a diagnostic meeting to help us better understand your business, innovation and productivity challenges, and identify opportunities to improve your performance through one of our three centres.

If we can mutually agree a suitable project that is within our capabilities, your business can access the University expertise and facilities free of charge for a limited period of time.

How to apply

The project is open to small and medium sized enterprises in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. You’ll need to have a clear innovation and/or productivity challenge, or wish to attend one of our workshops or dissemination events. Only applications which meet the minimum criteria will be eligible to receive free support.  

To find out more about eligibility and the project, contact our Programme Manager at dri@nottingham.ac.uk.



The project (either has received or is receiving up to) £2.3 million of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. 

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund. Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding.