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High speed machinery

We have a long track record of helping clients to successfully apply for grant funding to support projects we undertake on their behalf.

We are not only able to advise you on the most appropriate source of funding; we will work with you to complete this sometimes time consuming process as efficiently as possible.

We can help you to apply for Government Grants for Research and Development, these are administered by the nine English Regional Development Agencies (RDAs).

Additionally as we are an appointed OutReach Subcontractor of the National Composites Network, we can provide subsidised R&D and consultancy services to qualifying UK companies.


Government Grants for Research and Development

The Government Grant for Research and Development is administered by the nine English Regional Development Agencies. The scheme provides finance to individuals and small and medium-sized businesses in England to research and develop technologically innovative products and processes.

There are 4 types of grant under the Grants for Research and Development scheme aimed at supporting different types of R&D projects:

1. Micro Projects are simple, low cost development projects lasting no longer than 12 months. The output should be a simple prototype of a novel or innovative product or process. A grant of up to £20,000 is available to businesses with fewer than 10 employees.

2. Research Projects typically involve planned research or critical investigation lasting between six and 18 months. The result of the project could be new scientific or technical knowledge that may be useful in developing a new product or process. A grant of up to £100,000 is available to businesses with fewer than 50 employees.

3. Development Projects involve the shaping of industrial research into a pre-production prototype of a technologically innovative product or industrial process. Up to £250,000 is available for businesses with fewer than 250 employees.

4. Exceptional Projects involve technology developments which have higher costs. These projects are likely to generate much wider economic benefits and must have strategic importance for a technology or industrial sector. Grants of up to £500,000 are available to businesses with fewer than 250 employees.

Please note: Projects based in the assisted areas of England may benefit from higher rates of grants.


Subsidised R&D and consultancy services

A new scheme is currently being established that will allow us to offer subsidised R&D and consultancy services to clients based in the West Midlands (please click on the map on the left) and we are hoping that this scheme will be accessible by the end of February 2008.

We are an appointed OutReach Subcontractor to the National Composites Network and when this new scheme is underway this will allow us to offer grant assisted support on two different levels of project size.

The project work will comprise either a Product and Process Review (PPR), or a Feasibility Study (FS). The cost of the time spent by ourselves on your project is covered by the NCN provided it is matched with in-kind or cash support to an equal or greater amount by the client.

Product and Process Review

Under the terms of a PPR we usually visit your company to help with one of the following:

  • A new product you wish to develop.
  • This may be a troubleshooting exercise to solve a specific technical problem.
  • Or it might be an evaluation of manufacturing practices to identify opportunities for reducing costs or find where improvements in productivity, quality or health and safety can be made.

A written report is provided summarising the findings of the PPR. It is expected that the time spent with the you will not be less than 3.5 hours and the whole job (defining the work to be done, the review, reporting, travel & scoping further work) will exceed 2 man-days.

Feasibility Study

In most cases, practical trials or development work are required to confirm or amplify the conclusions of a PPR. The work undertaken will be to ascertain the feasibility of introducing new processes, materials or product designs. The work (i.e. definition, study/trials, reporting, travel & scoping further work) will exceed a further 5 man-days.

Therefore, you can see there is a good degree of flexibility in the scope of the work and the paperwork to test for eligibility of the project (by the NCN) is not too involved. The OutReach programme does have a defined budget so it is on a first come first served basis.

Therefore, you can see there is a good degree of flexibility in the scope of the work and the paperwork to test for eligibility of the project (by the NCN) is not too involved. The OutReach programme does have a defined budget so it is on a first come first served basis.

Case studies

We have helped the following clients to win grant funding under this scheme and we are grateful to them to allow us to present you with the following case studies as most of the projects we undertake are confidential:



Other sources of grant funding

As we are specialists within this field we maybe able to provide you with other sources of project funding, various initiatives are conducted from time to time and as we keep up to date with this we can advise you of all appropriate sources that are currently available.

Should you be interested in applying for a grant to support a project then please do not hesitate to contact us for an exploratory discussion, either by e-mail or if you would prefer you can use this form.


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