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The exciting ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) project ARLI offers funded advice and technical support to eligible SMEs within the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) area, on developing innovative low-carbon products and processes.

COVID-19 Update

The safety of our staff, students, partners and visitors is of paramount importance. In accordance with the advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), World Health Organisation (WHO) Public Health England (PHE) the University of Birmingham is operating a restricted campus with the majority of University staff now working remotely. Whilst this has resulted in all laboratory and field based work for businesses under the ARLI project being put on hold, our project team are still working and are available to offer support to build resilience in your business in these challenging times. Should you have any enquiries please do not hesitate to contact us at

About ARLI

ARLI brings together a team of experienced academics and engineers to support businesses in developing cost-effective products and processes, which provide energy-efficiency gains in the use of raw and waste materials. The project, delivered through the School of Engineering, aims to identify waste streams, or other materials that could be transformed into higher value goods for construction and other manufacturing industry applications. 

 The ARLI areas of expertise are:

  • Reducing raw material useA scientist working with equipment in a laboratory.
  • Material substitution & waste reduction
  • Reuse of waste streams
  • Geotechnical engineering including buried infrastructure
  • Infrastructure monitoring and assessment
  • Erosion detection and monitoring
  • Design for disassembly
  • Sustainability in the supply chain

Resulting in:

  • Generation of new materials from  waste – spurring growth through the commercialisation of novel products
  • Address acute raw material deficiencies  which are crippling industrial supply chains.
  • Aid efficiency and improve environmental impact, with cost-effective solutions realised through reduced carbon emissions
  • Better infrastructure asset management
  • Preventative maintenance  

ARLI Case Studies

Read about the variety of projects we have undertaken to date (PDF 602KB).

Where is the programme available?

To eligible SMEs in Birmingham,  Bromsgrove, Cannock Chase,  East Staffordshire, Lichfield,  Redditch, Solihull, Tamworth  and Wyre Forest.

Am I eligible for support?

If you are an SME in the GBSLEP area with fewer than 250 employees and a turnover of less than 50 million euros then you could be eligible for support.

How to get in contact

For further details about ARLI and how the project can support you please contact the ARLI business engagement team: