Innovation Programme for Greater Lincolnshire (Free)

What is the business support?

Many forms of activity fall into the category of 'innovation' - from creating a brand new product with a global impact, through to diversifying your existing product line, or refining a process already embedded in your business. Basically if you're looking to do something differently then this could be for you! We'd encourage you to get in touch for an initial chat to discuss your ideas so that we can determine the most effective way for the programme to support your business. 

The programme is designed to stimulate business innovation and develop collaborations between the business and research communities. The support available includes:

  • Proof of concept grants - Grants from £1k – £10k are available for SMEs to fund product, process and market development
  • Innovation vouchers - Providing SMEs with access to the University’s expertise, specialist equipment and facilities from a value of £1k – £5k
  • Business support - 12 hours of innovation advice and support for SMEs from specialist advisors
  • Internships - Part funded from £1.5k – £3k to connect graduate talent with SMEs requiring an injection of specific skills to support their research or innovation activity
  • Leadership & management courses – Delivered through the Lincoln Leadership and Management Centre
  • Events - Designed to encourage innovative thinking and best practice sharing

The application process is relatively painless, we intitially ask businesses to complete an enrolment form to check that you are eligible for the programme. Once this has been checked by our compliance manager we ask you to complete an application. We have Business Development Officers who are on hand to help you through the process and answer any queries you may have and give support where needed.  Once you have completed the application, it will be reviewed by an independant panel who meet on a monthly basis. A decision will be made on the day and you will be notified. 


What could it do for your business?

The Innovation Programme for Greater Lincolnshire is designed to enable SMEs to advance and develop their innovation ambitions through collaboration with the University of Lincoln.

Who runs it?

University of Lincoln


How to find out more

Contact: or 01522 837877 / 01522 837874 - Twitter @LincsInnovation , , LinkedIn - Innovation Programme for Greater Lincolnshire


Contact Information:

Karen Froggatt
Charli Whittaker

University of Lincoln
Brayford Pool

Telephone numbers:
01522 837877
01522 837874