Small-Business Engagement Award

The Small-Business Engagement Award is designed to enable University of Nottingham academics to engage in knowledge exchange with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) via the established pathway of the Ingenuity Network – the university’s local business network.

Via a proven platform of events and facilitated business engagement activities, successful applicants will be given the opportunity to develop their business engagement skills, disseminate their research to SMEs and develop meaningful external relationships that can lead to impact.

Funded by the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF), the activities supported by these awards must be geared towards HEIF goals of achieving economic and/or social benefit to the UK.

Awards of up to £4K are available to cover direct costs of academic time and project delivery costs.

A typical Small-Business Engagement Award journey is reflected in the following diagram, although completion of all steps is not necessarily mandatory:

At each stage of the journey, full support will be provided by the Ingenuity team, from practically brokering conversations with companies, to pitching your content at the right level and in the right language to help you connect effectively with a business audience. Event planning, marketing and management also sits with the Ingenuity team, leaving the awardee to focus solely on the development of their content.

The Ingenuity Network is a non sector-specific network of SMEs, so applications are particularly encouraged from individuals who can demonstrate the ability to communicate the relevance of their research to a broad audience.

The initial call looking for projects/programmes to start in early 2020 is now open. The call will close at 5.00pm on Friday 27th September 2019. Please complete the Expression of Interest form and return this to Gemma Morgan-Jones. Expressions of interest will be assessed by a small panel and successful applicants will be contacted in mid-October.

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For an insight into one University of Nottingham academic’s experience of working with small businesses via the Ingenuity Network, you can read Professor Paul Grainge’s story here.