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Knowledge Exchange for innovation

Knowledge Exchange for Innovation The University of Derby is running a project called Knowledge Exchange for Innovation (KEI) which is designed to support SMEs to collaborate with the university. The programme enables SMEs in the D2N2 area to employ a graduate to undertake an innovation project.

SMEs Wanted The University is looking for KEI project applications from SMEs across a wide range of industries and sectors. Similar in many ways to the national Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) programme, each KEI project will consist of 3 key component parts: 1. The Business, 2. The Graduate (Affiliate), 3. The University (academic).   

  • A recently qualified graduate will be recruited to undertake a bespoke project to identify innovative solutions to enable your business grow.
  • Businesses will also have free access to University expertise as well as a 30% grant to support the costs of employing the Graduate.
  • Project length – typically 6 – 18 months.  Projects will need to include a sound business rationale, detailing why the project is innovative to the business and what impact the KEI project is going to have in terms of business growth and expansion. For the purposes of a KEI project, innovation can be something which is new to the business, a step change or new way of doing business – not just the development of new products and processes.

> Click here to find out more about Knowledge Exchange for Innovation (KEI).