With the exception of the Innovate UK / Technology Strategy Board voucher scheme, the following provides information to companies and social enterprises based in Scotland that require financial support to work with a Scottish academic institution.
The voucher schemes mostly operate on an always open basis, any periodic or special call deadlines will however be noted on the specific scheme. If you would like to find out more about these schemes, or about services, facilities and expertise at the University of Aberdeen, e-mail us or call +44 (0)1224 272123.
Innovate UK / Technology Strategy Board Innovation Vouchers
The Innovate UK / TSB's national Innovation Voucher scheme enables your business to obtain help from a range of expert suppliers - universities, further education colleges, Research & Technology Organisations, technical consultancies and Catapults, design advisers and intellectual property advisers. Any micro, small or medium enterprise located anywhere in the UK is eligible. Calls are issued around priority areas with four deadlines per year.
Scottish Funding Council Innovation Vouchers
Scottish Universities can offer Scottish based SMEs up to £5,000 towards University project costs in a collaborative project. Your company must match the voucher contribution in cash/in-kind or a mix. All market sectors. For new partnerships only.
Scottish Funding Council Follow-on Voucher
For Scottish SMEs who wish to continue to collaborate from a completed £5,000 voucher project, or enter into a new partnership at the same or different university, this voucher contributes up to £20,000 to University costs. The company partner must match the voucher contribution in cash.
Horizon 2020 SME Engagement Scheme
The Horizon 2020 SME Engagement Scheme is aimed at supporting Scottish based SMEs (Small to Medium sized Enterprises) to explore the opportunities of Horizon 2020 funding and apply for particular schemes or calls under it, with the assistance of a Scottish Higher Education Institute (HEI). To explore partnerships at Aberdeen contact our European Business Development team.
Interface Food and Drink
A network is a partnership of 17 Scottish universities funded by the Scottish Funding Council, trade associations and Scotland Food and Drink with contributions from companies and universities. The network has voucher funding to deliver a range of knowledge exchange projects in areas including food science, supply chain development, waste management, packaging design and marketing for the benefit of industry. Note: IFD will finish in July 2016. Applications for funding must be submitted before the end of April.