SME Funding Event


Enterprise and Commercial Development  were joined yesterday by our UK Research Office (UKRO) representative Blazej Thomas and National Contact Point (NCP) for SME Innovation, Dr Jane Watkins as well as Mudlark owner Charles Hunter for an interactive session on European Funding and SME’s.

(pictured above from left to right, Prof Allan Howells, Dr Jane Watkins, Matthew Hocking, Jose Beech, Blazej Thomas & Charles Hunter)

The all day event, sponsored by EUREKA and hosted by the External Projects Team was held in the Ashley Building, and was designed to stimulate discussion and debate on the routes to EU Horizon 2020 funding for SME’s and local organisations as well as providing insight to academics on funding opportunities within the programme. Over 50 attendees had the opportunity to listen to expert advice as well as question our speakers on the nuts and bolts of European funding.

The slides will be avaliable to all participants, so if you didn’t attend and would like to recieve them please email:


Be a Part of European Funding: November 20th


Be a Part of European Funding

The External Projects team’s annual UK Research Office (UKRO) event is on Thursday November 20th, LT114/116 Ashley Building, Stoke. This is our opportunity to hear the latest EU research funding news from our Brussels based UKRO representative Blazej Thomas.

9:00-10:30 –SME involvement- how researchers can work with businesses and other non-academic sectors under the different Horizon 2020 programmes

10:30-12:00 –Marie Sklodowska Curie funding. An overview of the fund, what we can do with it and the level of detail required for an application

12:00-16:30 – Information and Networking session for Businesses and University Staff Businesses interested in getting involved with European funded projects are invited to come to the University to find out how the programmes work and talk to academics about how they can collaborate on projects. The University has lead and partnered on many European projects. It is a great way for businesses to develop their European networks and to get funding to develop a new idea to improve your business. This event is free and includes lunch.

12:00-16:30 –One to One Sessions Book a one to one session with our European specialist to get inside knowledge on developing your European Project. Get individual advice on which conferences to attend to meet people, which EU policies you should be focusing on, how to find partners, how to develop your bid and more.

To book your place email saying which sessions you wish to attend.