Funding for bespoke consultancy is provided in the form of access to academic expertise. Through Sheffield Innovation Programme businesses can receive up to 10 days of support from Sheffield Hallam University and University of Sheffield staff to investigate a problem or challenge and develop a project proposal that will address their requirements.
Small projects can usually be completed within the initial 10 day timescale but there is flexibility to offer additional time for some larger projects. For very large projects we would seek to identify options for continuation funding through, for example: Innovate UK programmes such as SMART awards and KTP projects. In such instances it may be possible to utilise SIP support to assist the SME with the development of the funding bid through initial investigative or feasibility work.
Examples of such SIP projects can be found HERE.