GX Project – collaboration with research institutions launched

The GX Project builds on the fantastic platform created by the Great Exhibition of the North to promote the region, local businesses and boost innovation-led economic growth.

Collaborate is a new GX opportunity for SME wanting to collaborate with a research organisation to develop a new product/service/process.

We will be focussing on supporting companies operating in one of regional smart specialisation sectors and areas of opportunities: Passenger vehicle manufacture; Subsea and Offshore Energy, Life Sciences and Health; Creative, Digital, Software and Technology based services, Health innovation, business information modelling and immersive technologies.

We are currently in the process of inviting Research Institutions to join the Collaborate framework.

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The process and indicative timescale will be as follows:

17 Jan to 15 Feb SMEs express interest in receiving collaborate support
15 Feb to 1 March GX project team to clarify proposals and assess applications
1 March to 31 March GX project team to broker SMEs with Research Institutions (on the Collaborate framework)
1 April to 30 September SMEs and research institution deliver the project

The costs of research and development undertaken by the Research Institution (maximum of £11,000 per collaboration) will be directly paid by NGI to the Research Institution subject to satisfactory reporting.

What do you need to do?

Please complete a short expression of interest and return it to us by Friday 15 February 2019.  This will enable us to check you are eligible to receive ERDF support and assess whether you can benefit from one of our partners’ support.

We will aim to broker 16 collaborations across all smart spec sectors with businesses located in all local authority areas across the NELEP area.


Expression of interest

Collaborate FAQ

Applications have now closed.