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Supporting South London business growth through innovation

About the vouchers

The Innovation Vouchers are an exciting opportunity designed to support businesses in developing new ideas, products or services. The intention is to create a valuable and meaningful pathway for businesses and academics to work together to find creative solutions to improve the communities.

The value of each voucher is £5,000. Businesses need to contribute 30% (£1,500 per voucher) match funding to the project, either in cash or in-kind. Funds can be used to fund research assistance, product development and testing, marketing, stakeholder and user groups engagement, consumables and equipment under £1,000, if a need is clearly articulated.

What Sectors do they cover?

Mental and physical health and wellbeing

Roehampton researchers have a wide range of expertise across all areas of healthy living, and considerable experience in designing, implementing and evaluating mental health interventions, gut health and nutrition, and impact of high temperatures on the body, including in the performance of professional athletes. We further work with organisations that have a focus on supporting the most vulnerable communities in our society, including organisations working with homelessness and survivors of violence.

Business sustainability and growth

Roehampton researchers are experienced in working with businesses and organisations of all sizes to transform their business practices, including how to embed greater sustainability, supporting the development of new products and services.

Green Skills and the built environment

Members of our recently launched Sustainable Engineering and Technology Centre have a wealth of expertise and experience to support projects focused on sustainable building design, construction and occupation, environmental assessment codes and standards, energy efficiency in buildings, Sustainable social housing, Renewable energy systems, Bioclimatic design Passive design strategies.

Who can apply?

The University of Roehampton is offering South London-based businesses the opportunity to collaborate with academics.

This support programme is relevant for all, from registered sole traders, start-ups and established businesses of any size to social enterprises and charities.

It is exclusive to those based in the South London boroughs of Croydon, Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Sutton, Southwark, Lambeth and Wandsworth.

We are particularly keen to collaborate with businesses with diverse leadership to ensure that our innovation partnerships in South London are reflective of the region’s diverse communities.

This project is funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, people and skills.

Innovation Voucher – Expression of Interest


Contact Details



Please confirm if your business is eligible for support. You must meet the following three criteria:(Required)

Business Details

(Describe your product or service, which sector you operate within)



Please select which outputs you would most like to achieve from a collaboration:(Required)

Innovation areas


How experienced are you/your team on working with universities for R&D and innovation?(Required)


Please complete the below to confirm the details you have provided are correct, that you wish to be contacted to find out more about the programme. Please note if we identify suitable support, you will be required to complete a full registration form and collaboration agreement. The University of Roehampton collects your personal and business information on this form on behalf of London South Bank University (LSBU) to assess the eligibility of you and your business for BIG South London, as necessary for GDPR legal basis 6(1)(b) 'contract' (i.e. the agreement you enter into with us). If you provide a response, you thereby give consent for this processing under GDPR Art 9(2)(a) Explicit Consent. You can withdraw your consent at any time by contacting [email protected], in which case this data will be deleted within 30 days. BIG South London is delivered in partnership with Kingston University, University of the Arts London, St Mary’s University, Sussex Innovation Centre Management Ltd, and St George's, University of London therefore all data shared on this form, and throughout your participation with BIG South London may be shared with these parties. Your details will be stored by Roehampton using Microsoft SharePoint and will be shared with LSBU and the Greater London Authority (GLA) as part of regular programme monitoring, or as part of an audit, as required through the funding arrangement. Your data will be retained for six years from the end of the programme and then deleted. You can use the links below to find out more information about your privacy rights with each organisation: LSBU: GLA:
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