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Intensive Industrial Innovation Programme

Intensive Industrial Innovation Programme

The IIIP scheme is open now, offering part-funded industrial PhD placements to eligible SMEs in the North East of England. This scheme could support your R&D needs, develop new products and services, and create high quality jobs in the local economy.

Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria and Teesside Universities offer part-funded 3 year industrial PhD placements to eligible SMEs in the North East of England (ie Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, Durham and Tees Valley).

This project is funded by the Universities and European Regional Development Fund. It looks to support local firms with their research and development needs, developing new products and services in key sectors and creating high quality jobs in the local economy.

How does the scheme work? What does my company receive?

A dedicated post graduate researcher is assigned to your company working exclusively on your research needs whilst pursuing their PhD studies. This post graduate researcher has the support of experienced academics to ensure they are maximising the impact that can be made on your project and also access to world leading research facilities. The programme itself has dedicated administrative support to ensure that the process is as seamless as possible. PhD students balance their time between working on the business’s premises and at the university.

Who can apply? How to apply?

The scheme is open to applications now. If you are interested, please contact Carl Samuel.

Businesses who wish to participate in the ERDF Industrial PhD programme 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:

  • Passenger vehicle manufacturing
  • Subsea and offshore technology
  • Life sciences and healthcare/health innovation
  • Creative, digital, software and technology based services 
  • Surface science
  • Ageing 
  • Energy 
  • Systems satellite applications
  • Energy networks
  • Materials Integration
  • Water 

IIIP Success Stories

The scheme has supported 58 SMEs since October 2018, 13 of these at Newcastle University.

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