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Innovation and knowledge exchange opportunities for academics

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Getting involved in innovation and knowledge exchange activities can be a rewarding experience and a gateway to many career enhancing prospects, such as the opportunity to:

  • Achieve impact through your research, which could contribute to REF.
  • Apply your knowledge and expertise to current business scenarios to validate your research.
  • Develop long-term relationships with the business sector, which can help you identify new research themes.
  • Inform your teaching activities, including case studies and data for teaching and potentially projects for your undergraduate and/or postgraduate students.
  • Provide employment opportunities for your most promising graduates.
  • Networking opportunities.
  • Generate income for your faculty/department.

At ARU, we're leading or are actively involved in three ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) projects which are running over the next three years:

  1. Innovation Bridge
  2. KEEP+
  3. REACTOR

These opportunities, along with Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) vary in length and time-commitment and offer different opportunities for you to develop your knowledge exchange experience.

All projects offer financial assistance to support companies considered to be small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) - including those in the not-for-profit sector – to work with academics to develop a new product or service. This can be a product/service which is totally new to the market or just new to the SME.

By giving an SME access to our research and knowledge we can help them get their innovation to market and build a stronger future for the company by transferring and embedding that knowledge into the company. We will also build stronger links between universities and organisations that will foster longer term relationships meaning we develop opportunities to do further work together in the future.


At a glance: What's available?


You can work with an organisation on a range of short term projects, build up a relationship with that organisation and then progress on to a larger scale project. Or, if you’re interested in committing to a longer term project, there are a number of options which may be more suitable.


The below table summarises our current ERDF programmes:


Support includes:

Typical project length

Typical project value

Programme name

Create an action plan for an organisation and help them decide how they could take forward their plans for a new product or service.

20 hours

£1,000

Innovation Bridge

Provide bespoke mentoring support to a company who is developing an applied gaming application

12 hours

£1,200

REACTOR

Provide innovation support to an organisation which will help them launch a product to their organisation

5-7 days approx

£3750

REACTOR

Provide innovation support to a company which will help them launch a new product to market

10 days approx

£6000

REACTOR

Work as an academic consultant or as a group of academics (with technical support if needed) to enable a company to develop and launch a new product or service

6-12 months project timespan – all projects are designed with the company and your input so can be designed to fit around your other responsibilities e.g. could be 1 day a week

£30,000-60,000 but could be £15,000 for shorter term projects

KEEP+

Work as an academic consultant to enable a company to develop and launch a new product or service BUT with the help of a full time graduate working in the company with you supervising their work.

12 months project timespan (an average of 1 day a week)

£60,000

KEEP+

Get in touch with RIDO:

Phone: 01223 69 5878
Email:
rido@anglia.ac.uk

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A summary of our current ERDF projects

Innovation Bridge

Innovation Bridge is a new three-year £3.896 million economic development project, running until summer 2019 offering free support to help small to medium sized businesses innovate and grow.

The programme is designed to help businesses access our specialist expertise and knowledge in order to help them develop an action plan that will support the introduction of a new product or service into the firm or to market. It will also enable access to a grant programme that will assist with the implementation of an innovation action plan.

We're looking academics to get involved in this project

Our Knowledge Exchange Team will help the business source an ARU academic who will help them develop an innovation action plan outlining potential support to develop a new product or service - at no cost to the company. The report you, the academic, produces will recommend a range of support activities and resources applicable to the businesses requirements. For example: identifying equipment; recommending prototyping and drawing on ARU's existing research.

Who is Innovation Bridge open to?

The programme is open to the following:

  • start-ups and existing businesses with fewer than 250 employees
  • businesses looking to grow and develop a new product or service with experts at the cutting edge of research.
  • businesses based in Aylesbury Vale, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Cherwell District, Milton Keynes, Norfolk and Suffolk covered by three Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs): South East Midlands LEP; Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough; New Anglia LEP.

GET IN TOUCH WITH INNOVATION BRIDGE:

Phone: 01223 69 5878
Email:
rido@anglia.ac.uk

 

KEEP+

The KEEP+ programme is led by Anglia Ruskin University and delivered in partnership with Norwich University of the Arts, University Campus Suffolk, University of Brighton, University of East Anglia, University of Essex, University of Greenwich, University of Hertfordshire, University of Kent and the East of England Local Government Association.

KEEP+ gives researchers the opportunity to apply their knowledge to real business problems. KEEP+ will leverage European Regional Development Funding (ERDF) against SME match to provide subsidised innovation support services, including knowledge transfer and consultancy to local SMEs. We’re aiming to increase companies’ profitability, create jobs, reduce costs and develop/adopt new products or services for businesses.

What are the benefits to you, the academic?

Getting involved with the kind of interventions supported by the KEEP+ Programme can support you to build your academic career by:

  • Generating income for your faculty/department.
  • Achieving impact through your research, which could contribute to REF.
  • Applying knowledge and expertise to current business scenarios to validate your research.
  • Developing long term relationships with the business sector, which can help you identify new research themes.
  • Informing your teaching activities, including case studies and data for teaching and potentially projects for your undergraduate and/or postgraduate students.
  • Providing employment opportunities for your most promising graduates.

What’s on offer?

There are three ways you can get involved in the Programme.

  • KEEPs (Knowledge Exchange and Embed Partnership) – The Knowledge Exchange Office will support you to develop a partnership with an SME to facilitate the transfer of your knowledge into the SME. You’ll supervise and mentor a graduate who’ll be specifically recruited to support the SME develop a new product and service, aided by your knowledge and expertise. There is a supporting capital grant available for those projects which need to make capital investment to realise their goals.
  • The KEEP R&I Collaborations (RICs) – You’ll work in collaboration with an SME and potentially a larger corporate or public sector organisation to develop a new product or service. RICs require a more intensive level of feasibility work and research support from academic and technical colleagues than the KEEPs.
  • Innovation Networks – You can attend a series of events (free to both you and SMEs) that bring public and private sector players together with universities enabling you to initiate discussions with potential research and innovation partners.

What will I need to do if I am interested?

Further information can be found in this Academic Factsheet.

GET IN TOUCH WITH KEEP+:

Phone: 01223 69 5878
Email:
rido@anglia.ac.uk

 

REACTOR

What is REACTOR?
REACTOR is about finding new ways to use games to innovate products and services that enhance life and improve human experience. REACTOR is also a regional development project led by Anglia Ruskin University and co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.


The project’s aim is to support the growth of an applied games (gamification) sector in the Cambridgeshire/Peterborough region. We will do this by enabling connections between businesses and our talent, expertise, facilities and grants. In essence, we support SMEs to develop and launch new products and services to the market.


Applied gaming (Gamification) is about the use of user experience design methods and technologies of the games industry and play, applied to other sectors such as health and wellbeing, sports, education, smart cities, tourism, transport and logistics, culture and arts. The objective is to add user experience value to new products and services through the use of gamification techniques. Ultimately, increasing the chances of positive behavioral changes of individuals and in the society at large.


Project deliverables. In brief the project deliverables are: 1) grow and cluster an ecosystem in applied games, 2) develop a new enterprise support model and 3) engage ARU in SME product development resulting to a centre of excellence in applied games. In ERDF project terms this means delivering the following outputs:

  • Supporting 93 enterprises, 64 of them receiving grants between 1,200-6,000£,
  • Establishing 24 new collaborations with research entities
  • Introducing 10 new to the market products and 24 new products to the firm
  • Creating 22 new jobs

Events and knowledge Exchange. The purpose of the series of events (see website for details) is to establish a community of SMEs, academics, business and games industry experts around applied gaming. It is important for academics to come to the events to meet SMEs to speak about their expertise.


Business support.  REACTOR will provide high quality business support to SMEs delivered by both academics and external business experts (mentors, professional advisers). Business support is delivered during the events, as well as bespoke consultancy support. Support can consist of instance technological support, game design, story telling, business support such as assisting launching the products. Business support can also include access to publishing platform and innovation space.


Grants. The project offers financial assistance (Grants) to support SMEs to develop new products and services. As part of the REACTOR Grant Scheme academics can offer their expertise to participating SMEs.


Why to get involved as an academic?
Getting involved in innovation and knowledge exchange activities can be a gateway to enhancing research and collaboration between ARU and participating SMEs.

  • Develop long term relationships with the business sector, which can help you identify new research themes.
  • Apply your knowledge and expertise to current business scenarios to validate your research.
  • Achieve impact through your research, which could contribute to REF.
  • Networking opportunities. REACTOR is enabler, connector; there are a lot of activities that happen outside of REACTOR boundaries.

How to get involved as an academic?

  • Participate the events. By participating the events you will meet SMEs, learn what their challenges are and what type of expertise they need.
  • Talk openly about your areas of expertise. By providing your support to SMEs, they will learn about us, our set of expertise and will engage you to their projects.
  • Provide ideas how to solve SMEs challenges. It will build trust.


GET IN TOUCH WITH REACTOR:

Phone: 01223 69 2997
Email:
Jan.Storgards@anglia.ac.uk, REACTOR Project Director

 

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) are designed to help encourage growth and inject valuable knowledge and expertise into a company.

A partnership is a three-way collaboration between:

  • the organisation
  • a graduate employee, from any university (known as a KTP Associate) who transfers the knowledge your company is seeking into their organisation
  • us (Anglia Ruskin, known as the knowledge base). As the academic you will supervise the KTP Associate and offer your consulting support throughout the collaboration.

Together you work on a project central to the business' needs as it will require the injection of knowledge, expertise and financial assistance.

KTPs helps our University exploit its knowledge and increase the industrial and commercial relevance of our teaching and research.

KTPs are supported by a government grant of £38,000 per year, complemented by financial contributions made by the partner company of £19,000 per year. These funds support the employment of high calibre graduates, who work full time at the company on projects designed to realise strategic advances. The company will receive over 25 days of academic consultancy and support each year of the programme.

The graduates are supervised jointly by senior company personnel and an academic from the university. You will contribute half a day a week for the KTP project. In addition graduates receive formal training aimed at developing technical and managerial skills to develop them as business leaders for the future.

GET IN TOUCH WITH RIDO:

Phone: 01223 69 5878
Email:
rido@anglia.ac.uk