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The iNet @ Loughborough University – Open Call for Collaborative R&D projects

Closing date: Noon, Wednesday 28 September 2016     

As a UK-based HEI/Research Institute, this Call may be of interest to you. As a collaborating partner, you may be eligible to receive 40% grant towards your costs.


The aim of this call is to assist the industrial and research communities to work together to stimulate innovation within Transport Equipment Manufacturing (TEM), and eligible R&D projects may address any challenges pertinent to the sector without restrictions. 


The iNet is seeking SME led projects from any technology, engineering or industrial area within TEM involving collaboration with at least one UK-based HEI/Research Institute. The project may involve more than one SME but SMEs must be based in the D2N2 area in order to receive funding. HEI/Research Institutions can be based within or outside the area.


The collaborative project can last from 6 months (feasibility studies) up to 2 years, or any suitable time period in between.  Potential project goals may include:

  • the acquisition or application of new knowledge and skills for developing new or significantly improved products, processes or services
  • establishing the commercial viability or exploitation opportunities of a potential product, process or service
  • enabling the collaborator(s) to bid for future funding from other sources in order to take a product, process or service towards commercialisation


This Collaborative R&D call is delivered by The iNet @ Loughborough University as part of The Catalysing Growth Through Research for Transport Equipment Manufacturing project (GTR), a partnership between the University of Derby’s Institute for Innovation in Sustainable Engineering (IISE) and The iNet @ Loughborough University.  It is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).


Further details of the call, including eligibility criteria, are contained within the CRD Call document, which is available to download from the iNet Website Please contact The iNet on 01509 635270 or inet@lboro.ac.uk for an application pack.


Please note: the completion date for projects will be 31st December 2018 with final claims to be submitted by 31st January 2019. These dates cannot be extended so applicants should ensure that completion of the proposed project is achievable within this timescale.



Applicants should complete a CRD Application form, referring to the Guidance notes, which contain relevant links to eligibility, procurement and State Aid in particular.

Full application and Annex 1 to be emailed to Georgette Hall:

Signed hard copy to be received by The iNet within one week of submission of electronic copy.

Please send to:

Georgette Hall, The iNet, Hazlerigg Building, Loughborough University, Loughborough,, Leics  LE11 3TU

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