£14m business R&D programme on offer to businesses across North West UK

Posted on: 16/07/2020

Eco-I NW, a consortium of universities, seeks to support low carbon business innovations from SMEs across the North West.


A £14m business R&D programme is now on offer to businesses across the UK North West. Delivered by a consortium of universities; Lancaster, Central Lancashire, Cumbria, Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores and Manchester Met, Eco-I NW follows 8 years of award winning and successful collaborative R&D activities.

Through Eco-I NW we seek to support low carbon business innovations across the region, including the areas of Cumbria, Lancashire, Liverpool City Region, Cheshire & Warrington and Greater Manchester.

This is the first project of its kind that will open up such a huge regional resource to our businesses. In a time of crisis, we hope to facilitate business recovery, resilience, innovation and growth. Business projects will be delivered through a variety of short term interventions and long term PhD level technical assistance.

A current call for collaborative PhD projects is now open. We are seeking innovation-ready SMEs based in the UK North West across all sectors.

We are not led by specific technologies, but instead are driven by business needs and can facilitate a collaborative approach to problem solving. Our approach is to talk to companies and uncover challenge areas and support requirements to their particular needs. This often means supporting the development of a new product or service, exploring an innovative technology or expanding understanding to allow new markets to be reached.

Our collaborative approach means that there is something for everyone. Each institution offers a different set of expertise, equipment and resource which we are opening up to businesses. Through Eco-I NW we’re able to offer a complementary approach to suit business research and development across a variety of sectors, disciplines and complexities.

Eco-I NW is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Please contact Eco-I NW directly for further information and business enquiries:


or telephone them on 07970 744235 or 07773 098578.

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