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Swindon & Wiltshire Innovation 4 Growth

If you are a SME based in Swindon & Wiltshire, UWE Bristol's Innovation 4 Growth (I4G) programme can help support you to innovate, to solve new challenges, and to create new employment opportunities.

The I4G programme aims to support research and development (R&D) initiatives from all sectors for grants of between £10,000 and £40,000 to fund 35% of total project costs. We are looking for applications from R&D projects that will create jobs in the region by developing innovative new products, technologies, processes or services.

The I4G grant funding is an open call, which means you can submit your application as soon as it is ready but be quick as we're now down to the last available funds. Check if you are eligible to apply and then read the full Guidance notes here. Please note, if successful, your project must be completed by 31 December 2022.

Alongside grant funding we are offering free training workshops and have a dedicated team available to support you to develop projects and applications.

Register your interest here in the I4G grant funding and/or training workshops and you will be sent the guidance notes and application details.

You can also contact us on: innovation4growth@uwe.ac.uk

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Fully-funded training workshops are now running with the latest Growth through Innovation workshop being held at the Business Cyber Centre in Chippenham, Wiltshire on 5 & 6 July 2022.

"The 2 day course was fun, interactive and lively. The facilitators did a great job in keeping us focused & entertained. It was challenging & thought provoking and the networking was excellent for our needs."

Am I eligible?

If your business has a presence in the Swindon & Wiltshire region and you are making changes to your business that will create jobs you are likely to be eligible.​ I4G is available for small or medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and uses the European Commission's SME definition which takes into account staff numbers, turnover and relationships with other enterprises.

In addition to creating jobs in the region, your project needs to be delivering one of the below areas:

  • Produce a new product, technology, device, or material

  • Install a new process, system, or service

  • Improve substantially on those already produced or installed

  • Lead to a pre-production prototype of an innovative product, service, or industrial process

The I4G programme will contribute up to a maximum of 35% of total project costs, so you will need to be in a position to cover the remaining 65%. Your project contribution can be made up of a variety of eligible costs, including consultancy, materials, equipment and testing fees.

Capital purchases (excluding buildings/land) and training fees are also likely to be eligible, as long as they directly relate to R&D being carried out. PAYE costs are not eligible. Note that grant funding will be paid quarterly in arrears, after the eligible invoices have been paid and a claim form submitted.

Projects will be assessed for eligibility and sent to at least three independent assessors for comments. Final funding decisions will be made by a Recommendation Panel who will take these comments into account.