Connecting SMEs to academic expertise and graduate talent, this new European Regional Development Fund-subsidised programme will help boost your business through research and development support that will help you launch new products and services.
The KEEP+ team is delighted to announce the launch of KEEP+ phase II.
We have received further funding and would love to hear from innovative SMEs.
"KEEP+ has provided valuable self-assessment within our SME and allowed us to nurture the positive aspects of the business while also improving the weaker elements. Having the KEEP+ project to focus efforts has allowed us to create methods and protocols to try and improve our knowledge transfer that would not be otherwise possible."
KEEP+ will be able to help your business achieve its goals for growth by helping you overcome barriers to innovation.
By partnering with Anglia Ruskin University, KEEP+ will provide your small to medium sized enterprise (SME) with a flexible programme that will help you innovate. KEEP+ is designed to help your company:
The programme offers two interventions: Knowledge Exchange and Embed Partnerships (KEEPs) and Research and Innovation Collaborations (RICs).
A Knowledge Exchange and Embed Partnership, known as a KEEP, is a three-way collaboration between:
Projects typically last 12 months. Each project is different. We work with you to establish the requirements of the project, which will determine its length.
The KEEP+ programme offers a number of research and innovation collaboration opportunities that can help your SME develop projects that test, develop and launch new products, processes and services. Known as 'RICs' for short, these Research and Innovation Collaboration interventions are designed to help your business grow its product or service portfolio.
You can use the intervention from initial idea/conception stage all the way through to market launch. We can provide collaborative research services or research and development support in a number of ways. Access to our research facilities and expertise will be integral to the project’s success. Through our network, it may also be possible to access new markets and stakeholders such as public sector organisations, other research entities and larger businesses.
By participating in KEEP+ you can:
Written agreements are drawn up between you and the Knowledge Base to make sure you own the Intellectual Property of the project.
The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) has funded this programme to support business investment in research and innovation (R&I) and help foster collaboration between businesses and the higher education sector.
In doing so, KEEP+ will:
To qualify for KEEP+ funding you must be a small to medium sized enterprise (SME). To qualify as an SME your business must satisfy all of the following crtieria.
Being a KEEP+ Associate on a Knowledge Exchange and Embed Partnership (KEEP+) project is a great opportunity to put your graduate skills to use and to fast-track your career.
To register your interest in future opportunities, please send your CV, plus an indication of what job roles you are seeking (eg Graduate seeking Electronics Engineering Role) to email@example.com
A KEEP+ is a collaboration between a company, a ‘Knowledge Base’ (an academic department within the University) and an Associate (that’s you).
The KEEP+ Associate is a recent graduate who is employed by our University to work full time at the company. As the KEEP+ Associate, you are really the bridge in the collaboration and will drive the project, with academic support, to deliver a strategic change and embed expertise into the company.
KEEP+ is designed to fast-track your career development. You’ll have the opportunity to work with senior management, often including the Managing Director, of a company on a pre-defined work plan. That means that not only will you have real, commercial deliverables with which to enhance your CV with but you will also have delivered a critical change within the core of a business.
A training budget specific to the KEEP+ Associate is built into each project. This means that you will be able to create a personal development plan and propose courses needed to complete the project as well as to enhance your post-project employability. Approximately 10% of your project time is dedicated to your training and development. You’ll come out with vital industry experience and with better skills, ready for your next opportunity.
You need to be a UK citizen or have the right to work in the UK without visa sponsorship. As far as qualifications are concerned you need to be a recent graduate (i.e. have graduated from University within the last two years), with either Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree or PhD.
Each project will have specific requirements, particularly with regards to technical skills but what KEEP+ is looking for is an Associate who is ambitious and driven, prepared to take ownership of the project and to drive it forward to deliver commercial out outcomes.
The basic salary for a KEEP+ Associate is between £20,000 and £30,000 and is dependent on qualifications and experience. Those with higher degrees such as Master’s and PhD will generally be offered a higher rate. Don’t forget that each project includes a training budget of up to £5,000 making it an additional benefit included in the package.
Most projects run for a duration of 12 months. As you will be employed by our university, you will be employed on a fixed-term contract for the duration of the project.
Many KEEP+ Associates make themselves an integral part of the company through their project and our company partners are always looking to retain valuable members of staff.
The Associate will have support from two supervisors; one within the business (Company Supervisor) and one from the Lead Academic from our university. Although the Associate is expected to take ownership of the project and to drive the project forward the two supervisors will be available to support and guide. Weekly and monthly meetings take place between the Associate and the Supervisors. In addition, the Knowledge Transfer Partnership team within the University will also be able to support and advice on project finance and administration.