Projects, Partnerships and Collaborations

Eastern Arc has been the catalyst for a wide range of projects, partnerships and collaborations. These have made a significant difference to both our region and to the wider society and economy.

Enabling Innovation: Research to Application (EIRA)

Funded with a £4.7m grant from Research England, EIRA supports innovation in the East of England by providing businesses with access to academic expertise, including consultancy and collaborative research, specialist facilities and funding. You can find out more on EIRA here.

Business and Local Government Data Research Centre

The ESRC-funded BLG DRC provides a range of no-fee services and academic expertise from the Universities of East Anglia, Essex, Kent and London School of Economics to help use data more effectively. The Centre works together with and helps local authorities, businesses and other organisations nationwide to harness data more effectively.You can find out more about the Centre here.

Thames Estuary Production Corridor

Funded by a £4.3m grant from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Suport (DCMS), Kent and Essex have worked closely with a range of partners to establish a creative hub connected to London, the UK, Europe and global markets. It aims to unlock long-term, transformational, culture-led growth across North Kent and South Essex. Find out more about the project here.

Doctoral Training Partnerships

Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) are block grant awards. They support postgraduate studentships, and provide innovative training environments for doctoral-level research. They include opportunities for PhD students to undertake broader training or development, such as language learning, overseas research visits, or placements with non-academic partners.

Eastern Arc universities have collaborated together in three DTPs.