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Intensive Industrial Innovation Programme

Supporting your North East SME's R&D needs through doctoral research.

The IIIP scheme provides part-funded 3 year industrial PhD placements to eligible SMEs in the North East of England (i.e. Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, Durham and Tees Valley).

We support your organisation through collaborative projects. The projects can assist with your R&D needs, develop new products and services, and create high quality jobs in the local economy.

The scheme has supported 58 SMEs since October 2018.


Finding the best partner for you

IIIP is partnership of Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria and Teesside Universities. We work together to find the best partner to tackle your challenge.

This project is funded by the universities and European Regional Development Fund.

What your company receives

A dedicated postgraduate researcher is assigned to your company. They balance their time between working on your organisation's premises and at the university.

The researcher works exclusively on your needs whilst pursuing their PhD studies.

The researcher has the support of experienced academics. This ensures they are maximising the impact that can be made on your project. It also provides access to world leading research facilities.

The programme itself has dedicated administrative support to ensure that the process is as easy as possible for you.

European Union and UK Northern Powerhouse.

Who can apply?

The scheme is not currently taking new applications.

Organisations who wish to participate in the scheme must:

  • meet the EU definition of an SME
  • be located within the North East of England geographical area
  • be active in, or hoping to access, one of the key sectors for the North East (see below)
  • be financially stable
  • not exceed State Aid limits as a result of participating in the programme

The eligible key sectors are:

  • ageing
  • creative, digital, software and technology based services
  • energy and energy networks
  • life sciences and healthcare/health innovation
  • materials integration
  • passenger vehicle manufacturing
  • subsea and offshore technology
  • surface science
  • systems satellite applications
  • water

IIIP success stories

Contact us

To find out more about IIIP, please contact Dr Carl Samuel using the link below.