The EIRA project (Enabling Innovation: Research to Application) will support innovation in eastern England by helping business to access research expertise from universities and colleges in the region. The project has a specific focus on three themes: artificial intelligence, biotech and digital creative.

EIRA’s aim is to develop and accelerate new innovative business clusters through an expansion in knowledge exchange activities in the region.  A combination of well-established and more innovative methods will be used to support the scaling of start ups, leading to cluster growth, provide a more fertile supply chain and improve productivity.

In addition, EIRA will work to develop knowledge exchange activity and collaborative activities across the network.  A repository of case studies and examples of good practice will be generated during the life of the project.

The three Eastern ARC insitutions will each lead on one of the three themes, and contribute specialist expertise to the all three themes as well as physical campus facilities.  Additional knowledge and facilities will be provided by Harlow College, Norwich University of the Arts, University of Suffolk and Writtle University College who complete the full EIRA network.

A range of financial interventions – from seedcorn funds for graduate start-up, to £50,000 grants for substantial R&D projects – will be complemented by a series of networking events and initiatives to enhance the skills available in the region.   Businesses active in the South East LEP and New Anglia LEP areas will be eligible to apply.

All project activities will be live from Autumn 2018.  If you have any queries please get in touch.