A new business support programme in the Liverpool City Region aims to develop low carbon goods, processes and services through collaborative partnerships between SMEs and local universities.
The ‘Low Carbon Eco-Innovatory’ will offer SMEs within the Liverpool City Region access to university resources and expertise to identify opportunities for lower carbon products and processes that will bring economic and environmental benefits, as well as giving businesses a competitive advantage.
In particular, there will be opportunities to collaborate with Liverpool John Moores University, the University of Liverpool and Lancaster University through 20 fully-funded PhD projects and five one-year Masters projects alongside a range of internship opportunities and commercial support.
Dr Matt Fulton, research associate at the University of Liverpool’s School of Environmental Sciences, which is leading the project, said: “This project aims to link university research and development expertise with local companies who want to innovate and ultimately to have a positive impact on the environment.
“We will work closely with companies to identify the course of action to help them, and this will be translated into postgraduate or undergraduate projects. Projects can be based in departments and schools across campus, as long as we can demonstrate it will have a positive impact on greenhouse gas reductions.”
The support is similar to that provided by The Centre for Global Eco-Innovation, an earlier collaboration between Lancaster University, the University of Liverpool and commercialisation consultancy, Inventya, which helped to develop a number of low carbon projects with SMEs.
The Low Carbon Eco-Innovatory is one of a number of new investment projects which have collectively received £21 million in funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to drive forward the economy of the Liverpool City Region, including an integrated package of business support accessible through the region’s Local Growth Hub.
To find out more about the Low Carbon Eco-Innovatory, contact Dr Matt Fulton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Companies in Greater Manchester can access eco-innovation support through the Greater Manchester Business Growth Hub.