The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) supports research and innovation, small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs), and the creation of a low carbon economy.

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The Coast to Capital LEP area has an ERDF budget allocation of £31.1m.

 

ERDF is facilitated in the Coast to Capital area through the "Maximising the benefit of ERDF in Coast to Capital" Technical Assistance Project, which is worth £133,151 in ERDF. The project is led by Coast to Capital, with Surrey County Council and Brighton & Hove City Council providing support.

 

Latest Funding News

 

A call worth £5.5m ERDF in support of Priority Axis 1: Promoting Research and Innovation in the Coast to Capital LEP area is now open.

 

Further details including the Call specification and links to the application forms and guidance can be found here.

 

The Call closes at 23:59 on Friday 23rd November 2018.

 

ERDF applications against this call must:

 

We would particularly like to encourage ERDF project applications which aim to:

  • Build/develop an innovation centre/innovation space in the Coast to Capital LEP area to provide maker and innovative work space for emerging technology companies.

 

Open Calls

See above.

 

Contracted Projects

5 projects totalling £3.2m ERDF have been fully contracted with MHCLG:

 

“Export ASEAN” Priority Axis 3 (Business Support)

Lead Partner: Newable ERDF Value: £1.1m

The project aims to increase support to SMEs, new exporters and those already exporting, specifically those in the Life science/healthcare sector, to grow their business internationally, especially in the ASEAN markets.

 

“South East International Business Growth (SEIBG)” Priority Axis 3 (Business Support) Lead Partner: Newable ERDF Value: £500k

This project aims to enhance the competitiveness of SMEs and improve business support for all stages of SME development & growth. Target Geographical Areas: This is a Cross-LEP project covering the Coast to Capital, Enterprise M3, Solent, and Oxfordshire LEP Areas (Sussex, Surrey, Croydon, Hampshire, and Oxfordshire).

 

“Utilise Plus” Priority Axis 4 (Low Carbon) Lead Partner: Sustainable Business Partnership ERDF Value: £500k

Financial and non-financial support are available on this project, including Energy Audits, Energy Efficiency Workshops and Case Study Visits and grant funding through an innovative Best Practice Discount Scheme.

 

“BRAIN” Priority Axis 1 (Innovation) Lead Partner: SINC (University of Sussex) ERDF Value: £600k

The Sussex Innovation Centre (SINC) is developing the Business Research Academic Innovation Network (BRAIN) along the economic growth corridor from London to Brighton to create new connections between start-up and early stage technology / new product businesses, as well as providing financial and business support for innovation SMEs.

 

“Digital Research & Innovation Value Accelerator (DRIVA)” ERDF Priority Axis 1 (Innovation) Lead Partner: University of Brighton ERDF Value £500k

DRIVA is supporting 114 digital SMEs to engage in knowledge transfer and innovation, develop links with Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), and demonstrate the benefits of working with those knowledge base partners. The project seeks to overcome barriers to collaborative R&D for Creative, Digital and Information Technology (CDIT) sector SMEs in the Coast to Capital LEP area.

 

Pipeline Projects

8 projects totalling £17.2m ERDF are currently in the pipeline at MHCLG.

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