All entries for February 2012

February 16, 2012

Funding Opportunities – TSB and European Schemes

There are a number of funding opportunities available to smaller businesses who are interested in developing new technologies and collaborating with other businesses/academic institutions.

See below some of the latest opportunities from the TSB and the Seventh Framework Programme:

1. Technology-inspired innovation - £2m Competition For Feasibility Funding

The TSB aims to stimulate innovation across a range of core technology areas to help ensure that small and micro businesses in the UK are well-equipped to respond to society’s current and future challenges.
Up to £2m will be invested in feasibility studies through grants of up to £25,000.
The SME can work collaboratively with one partner.

The funding competition will focus on feasibility studies in four technology areas:
Advanced Materials and Nanoscale Technologies
Electronics, Photonics and Electrical Systems
Information and Communications Technology
Open Date: 12th March 2012
Deadline: 11th April

2. Boosting Innovation in Manufacturing Competencies

This competition focuses on production technologies that, within a global marketplace, can create high value through novel processes, advanced product manufacture, resource efficiency and production techniques and thereby enable greater product customisation. It also encourages technologies that will facilitate greater environmental sustainability through efficient disposal, recycling or remanufacture of assets at the end of their useful life.
Proposal Deadline: 29th February 2012

3. FP7 Research and Innovation

ICT-PSP-2012 : Innovation Programme - Deadline: 15th May 2012


Future Emerging Technologies (FET) - Final Deadline: 12th March 2013

FP7-2012-ICT-FI: Future Internet: Pervasive and Trusted Network & Service Infrastructures - Open Date: 18th May 2012 Expected Deadline: 24th Oct 2012

Intelligent Energy Programme: CIP-IEE-2012: Bioenergy/ Energy-efficient transport/ Clean and energy-efficient vehicles - Deadline: 8th May 2012

4. EUREKA’s Eurostar’s programme
The Eurostar’s Programme is a European Joint Programme dedicated to R&D SME’s, which aims to SMEs to lead international collaborative research and innovation projects by easing access to support and funding. It is fine-tuned to focus on the needs of SMEs, and projects can address any technology but must have a civilian purpose and be aimed at the development of a new product, process or service.
Type of participants can include; R&D SME’s, SMEs, Large companies, Universities, Research institutes.
Deadline: 1st March 2012

February 10, 2012

Polymer Innovation – What Does it Mean to You and Your Business?

The Polymer Innovation part of the IIPSI project is tasked with helping West Midlands based SMEs to grow by assisting them to develop and introduce innovative polymer products. This is a huge research area with new materials and processes appearing all the time, so the potential range of projects we can carry out with companies is very broad. Current research that we are working on includes:

  • Additive Manufacturing – building plastic parts a layer at a time using printing techniques
  • Plastic electronics – embedding functionality such as lighting into plastic parts
  • Micromoulding – making tiny parts using specialist injection moulding equipment
  • Sustainable polymers and composites – ‘green’ materials with lower environmental impact

…but now is your chance to have your say and ensure that the IIPSI provides the assistance that you need!

We’d love to hear any comments and suggestions on the innovative uses of polymers you’d like to develop within your business. Please feel free to comment below or to contact one of the SME team by email or on Twitter @WMGSME.

February 08, 2012

IIPSI Images

The IIPSI (International Institute for Product and Service Innovation) is continuing to grow in size and stature. I came across a beautiful image on Flickr recently thanks to Mistdog ( If anyone else has any images that they want to share, then please get in touch with us via the blog.

IIPSI in winter sunshine


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