Accelerating business knowledge


The ABIA Project is a European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) funded initiative established to underpin growth amongst SMEs operating in the science and technology sectors in the West Midlands.

ABIA focuses on the life and environmental, engineering, and medical and dental science sectors.   

ABIA offers:

  1. One-to-one assistance to help you identify what expertise is available to match your needs and requirements and how we can support your business
  2. Regular themed events providing inspiration and ideas from those already involved in innovative projects with the University of Birmingham, together with the opportunity to meet members of our academic team currently conducting research in collaboration with industry
  3. Collaborative projects of varying length from short-term consultancy to longer-term collaborative R&D projects:
  • Dedicated support from a doctoral researcher to overcome a key challenge or pursue a new innovation opportunity in a long-term collaborative R&D project
  • Shorter 6 week – 6 month industrial R&D projects supported by a project team
  • The flexibility to tailor support to meet the needs of your business and to find the best mechanism for collaboration.

Contact the ABIA Team on +44 (0)121 414 2615 for more information about the ABIA project and to check if your business qualifies for funding.