Businesses across the West
Midlands are being encouraged to make use of £1.5 million worth of
government grants, which provide direct access to high quality academic
research and consultancy.
As the credit crunch continues to
cause financial problems, Aston Business School in partnership with
Warwick Business School and Birmingham University are urging businesses
to discover more about over 48 projects, which directly link academic
research to current business needs. The schemes, ranging from short
seven day academic consultations, through to three-year PhD student
placements, are available to businesses over the next five years.
Ben Clegg from Aston Business School believes the funding, from the
Economic and Social Research Council will help to drive forward and
support the West Midland’s skills economy.
“We’re aiming to engage
with small and medium size (SME) organisations operating within the
energy, financial services and health technology sectors through our
innovative EREBUS (Engaging Research for Business Transformation)
project. Our overall aim is to ensure we can bring high quality and
relevant advice and research, directly into the workplace, to help
public and private sector organisations compete in an ever changing
global market place,” said Dr Clegg.
SME’s within the region have
opportunity to directly benefit from accessing a variety of resources
and support identified through the following four categories:
- CASE awards (each 3 years) – which enable organisations to work with high calibre dedicated PhD students
- Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (each 2-3 years) – which allow top
flight graduates to work in organisations on challenging initiatives
beneficial to the graduate, organisation and the university
- Placement awards (each for 3 months) – which allows research students to work for organisations for short durations
- A voucher scheme – allowing academics to work on short term (1 or 2 weeks) consulting projects.
For further details on the opportunities available and assistance in applying contact EREBUS project Manager, Dr Ben Clegg, on firstname.lastname@example.org
or 0121 2043063.