Demystifying funding opportunities for business

Posted on Tuesday 7th February 2012

For some businesses applying for funding may seem like a complicated process, however working in collaboration with a University Partner can make things a lot simpler. The University of Birmingham and University of Warwick hosted a packed event to demystify the process.

Over 80 businesses from manufacturing and engineering backgrounds recently gathered at the impressive new Manufacturing Technology Centre at Ansty Park, the perfect setting to inspire cutting edge applied research. Delegates listened to a number of initiatives designed to reduce the costs of research and development and ultimately boost growth.

Perhaps the most persuasive presentation came from Mr Greg Hall, Managing Director of Fusion Innovations ltd, a company with considerable experience of working in collaboration with the University of Birmingham, spoke of the increased success in receiving funding support if a company’s idea had been validated by a leading expert in the field, such as a university.

To close the event, delegates were treated to a tour of the MTC for a glimpse of the £40 million ambitious project to create a world-class manufacturing research centre.

This event is one of many organised by the Science City Research Alliance (SCRA) project looking at Next Generation Advanced Materials. The Advanced Materials programme has expertise to cover everything from materials synthesis, analysis and characterisation through to processing and device fabrication. 

Professor Chris McConville, The New Director of SCRA said:

I was delighted to see such a large number of SME's represented at the meeting. It was an excellent opportunity to discuss how Government backed initiatives supported by Universities can offer affordable access to leading edge scientific research to companies across the West Midlands region”.

Notes to editors:

The Science City Research Alliance (SCRA) is a strategic research partnership between two of the leading research universities in the Midlands, the University of Birmingham and the University of Warwick.  Working across the technology areas of Advanced Materials, Energy Futures and Translational Medicine, the principal aim of SCRA is to engage with business and industry - giving access to the latest research and state-of-the-art equipment in science and technology.