PhDs for SMEs

Are you a local SMEs? Newcastle University is looking to recruit SMEs to the next round of ‘PhDs for SMEs’ project.

Newcastle University is looking to recruit SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises) who may be interested in taking part in the latest round of the Intensive Industrial Innovation Programme (IIIP), a scheme funded by the European Regional Development Fund, to connect regional SMEs with research to encourage growth and job creation. There is £3.7m available to allow 45 SMEs to co-sponsor a PhD position commencing 1st October 2019.

Eligible SMEs will be supported by a dedicated PhD research student for 3 years as well as access to senior academic researchers and university facilities.

The scheme is targeted at supporting businesses in (or hoping to access) the priority sectors identified in the economic plans of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership and Tees Valley Combined Authority.

Priority sectors include:

North East LEP: Passenger vehicle manufacturing; subsea and offshore technology; life sciences and healthcare; creative, digital, software and technology-based services; surface science; ageing; energy; systems satellite applications; energy networks; materials integration; water.

Tees Valley Combined Authority: Chemicals; health innovation; energy; advanced manufacturing; logistics; digital and creative; the Circular Economy.

We are now accepting applications from SMEs in Tees Valley, Durham and North East areas.

If you are aware of any SMEs who may be interested in taking part in the scheme, please find attached the application forms and further guidance. The deadline for applications is 30th April 2019.

For further information, examples of projects that commenced in October 2018 and the SMEs involved, please see the IIIP website, hosted by Durham University, the project lead:

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