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Boosts business competitiveness and productivity with up to £30k of funding for a collaborative project with an academic partner.

The BIG Hot-House Research Innovation Fund helped South London-based businesses and third-sector organisations undertake research and development activities to grow through partnerships with academic institutions. It offered businesses the opportunity to access the world-class knowledge and expertise of one of BIG South London’s partner universities, further education colleges or research-intensive organisations, to bring in new skills and the latest academic thinking to deliver a specific, strategic innovation project.

Up to £30k of funding was available for each successful project and the academic partner helped develop the project, provide expertise, and recruit a suitable student/graduate as an in-house Hot-House Associate, who has worked to take the project forward.

Any proposed Hot-House project included the need for strategic innovative input such as:

  • developing new products or services
  • stimulating and enhancing your R&D
  • finding innovative solutions to manufacturing, production, or processing challenges
  • adopting and embedding new technologies
  • addressing sustainability issues
  • developing new service models and operational capacity

Programme Case Studies

South London Spotlight: Shine a Light and Kingston University, Outstanding Collaboration in Product Innovation

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South London Spotlight: NURVV with St Mary’s, Outstanding Collaboration in Technical Innovation

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Turning up the heat on some of South London’s most promising ventures

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