COVID-19: Support for business

We understand that organisations in our region are facing increasingly challenging times and we want to help. We’re offering organisations impacted by COVID-19 access to a new initiative.

Innovation vouchers – access our expertise

Our innovation voucher initiative gives you access to academic knowledge that can help your business through this difficult time. It could be advice (consultancy) on how to develop your innovative idea, learning more about diversifying your business offer through R&D activities or how you should make the most of intellectual property.

Our innovation vouchers provide you with funding which can be used to access our research and innovation support such as consultancy and contract research. Each voucher is worth up to £5,000. Successful applicants will need to match the value of the innovation voucher, meaning for each £1 received from ARU, the applicant must also contribute £1. For example, if you applied for the maximum voucher value of £5,000, you would also contribute £5,000 (plus the full VAT cost). The minimum contribution from businesses is £1,000.

Please note, as of the 31 March 2021, we will no longer be offering the funded internship scheme.

Get in touch

Find out more and register your interest by contacting

Additional information

  • There are a limited amount of innovation vouchers available.
  • Any organisation (including charities and local government authorities) can take advantage of the initiative, regardless of size, sector or location.
  • We’ll work with you to learn more about your needs and how we might be able to help you.

Don’t forget, you can also take advantage of one of our existing initiatives that support general business growth and access to student and graduate talent:

Internships in action

Learning technologies business International Workplace Limited tackled the challenges posed by COVID-19, with the help of two ARU graduates.

Read more about the business recovery initiative