Productivity through Innovation (PtI)

Productivity through Innovation (PtI)

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Productivity through Innovation (PtI), part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), provides businesses with tailored support from the University of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent University and the University of Derby for meaningful and sustainable productivity improvements to increase turnover, competitiveness and profitability.  

Productivity through Innovation was first launched in April 2019 and gives SMEs a high-impact, low-cost intervention to develop their organisation, enhance a project or take a fresh look at their business processes. The collaborative partnerships formed between businesses and the three universities examines how innovation can enhance firm-level productivity to deliver sustainable growth and positive development of the D2N2 regional economy.”
Dr Megan Ronayne, PtI Programme Manager

Who's it for

Small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) across a wide range of industries and sectors in the Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire area (D2N2).

The programme is particularly interested in working with research-active companies looking to work with Universities on innovative research projects.

The programme is not suitable for new start-up businesses.

The support includes

  • Up to four fully-funded 200 hour postgraduate placements.
  • Up to five days of consultancy from academic experts for technical interventions including prototyping and testing.
  • A 20% - 30% grant towards the salary of a graduate for up to 12 months.
  • Funding towards bespoke collaborative research carried out by a postgraduate student and supervised by an academic.

How to apply

The programme is open to SMEs in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. To find out more about the programme and eligibility, contact our team on  


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