What is SIP?

Sheffield Innovation Programme (SIP) is a regional initiative which aims to stimulate business growth and promote the development of long-term relationships with SMEs; this is achieved by providing access to a broad range of academic expertise and university facilities. The support is in the form of bespoke research and innovation based consultancy, workshops and other events, all at no cost to the business.

SIP support is available to eligible businesses in the Sheffield City Region and the districts of Bassetlaw, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Derbyshire Dales & North East Derbyshire.


The programme is an initiative led by Sheffield Hallam University, the University of Sheffield and Sheffield City Region Growth Hub until June 2023. Key areas of support include:

  • Computing and software design
  • Cybersecurity
  • Energy solutions
  • Food engineering and sustainability
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Materials science and engineering
  • Manufacturing and digital technologies
  • Robotics
  • Sports engineering
  • Packaging and product design
  • Food Science

SIP is part-financed by the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.

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