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Flood Innovation Centre (FIC)

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What is the Business Support?

Building on its strengths in flooding, geoscience, climate change, logistics and computer science, the University of Hull has established the Flood Innovation Centre (FIC) to provide a hub for research and innovation focused on flood risk and resilience.

The Centre supports Humber based small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to develop flood resilience, mitigation, management and response solutions. The £3.4m Flood Innovation Centre is based within the University’s Energy and Environment Institute and is supported with £1.9m from the European Regional Development Fund.

FIC is delivering a programme of research, development and innovation support to help businesses to collaborate with the University to develop flood resilience solutions. Collaborative projects and partnerships may also involve large companies and other research organisations where appropriate.

If you’re an SME in the Humber region driving flood innovation you could be eligible.

Primarily, we’ll be working with (but not restricted to) the following sectors:

  • Transportation and Logistics
  • Utilities
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Energy & Renewables
  • ICT
  • Financial Services
  • Business Support
  • Public Sector

Our packages work around your business goals and you’ll work with a dedicated Technology Research Manager to ensure these are achieved.

If you’re a business based in the Humber region with the ambition to develop a new or current flood-related product, service or process – The Flood Innovation Centre is here to help.


The Flood Innovation Centre can support eligible SMEs in Transition category of region areas.

What could it do for your company?

We can support your business to expand into new markets, increase sales opportunities, diversify your product range or improve efficiencies. If you have an ambitious flood resilience idea that needs support, our bespoke Innovation Support Packages can help you to develop or bring new ideas to life.

Who runs it?

Delivered by University of Hull and part funded by ERDF.

What is the incentive/subsidy on offer?

FIC will provide participating SMEs with access to specialist academic expertise and/or consultancy to enable them to develop and test new solutions.

How much is the incentive/subsidy?

Maximum value of the innovation support is £20,000.

Capital, revenue or both?



ERDF eligibility and State Aid assessment will apply.

What could it do for your company?

Develop new products/processes/services, grow your business, provide new market opportunities, create jobs.

How to find out more

Get in touch with us at or complete an enquiry form on our website and one of our advisors will get back to you.

Contact information:

Flood Innovation Centre (FIC)


University of Hull, Hull HU6 7RX

Additional information

Closing Date: 01/12/2021

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