KEEP+ European Regional Development Fund


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."
Hudson Architects

Burden and Burden: The benefits of KEEP+

What is KEEP+?

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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:

  • develop new products or services
  • increase profitability
  • reduce costs
  • provide you with a stepping stone to larger-scale innovation opportunities
  • access graduate talent.

The programme offers two interventions: Knowledge Exchange and Embed Partnerships (KEEPs) and Research and Innovation Collaborations (RICs).

What is a KEEP?

What is a Research and Innovation Collaboration (RIC)?

What are the benefits of KEEP+?

Why does this programme exist?


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 criteria.

  • Be considered as an enterprise - an enterprise is 'any entity engaged in an economic activity (the sale of products or services at a given price, on a given/direct market), irrespective of its legal form'.
  • Have its registered head office, as per its Companies House records, within the Programme’s qualifying geographical area (SELEP, GCGP, Hertfordshire and New Anglia LEP areas - see map below) OR have at least 75% of its economic activity occurring there.
  • Employ fewer than 250 persons (including full/part-time/seasonal employees, owner/managers, secondees).
  • Have EITHER an annual turnover not exceeding 50 million euro, OR an annual balance sheet total not exceeding 43 million euro as evidenced by last approved annual accounts or in the case of new businesses by a declaration from the SME containing a bona fide estimate of future turnover (exchange rate to be used is 1 euro = 0.78 pound sterling).
  • Have been in receipt of no more than 200,000 euro of State Aid notifiable assistance in the previous three years (guidance on State Aid is provided and an assessment made at Application stage) (exchange rate to be used is 1 euro = 0.78 pound sterling).

Graduate opportunities

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

What is a KEEP+ Associate and how does their role fit in with the partnership?

What's in it for me?

Are there any other benefits?

What do I need to apply to be a KEEP+ Associate?

How long do the projects last for?

What happens at the end of the project?

Is there support for the Associate during the project?

Contact us

For more information about KEEP+ and other business support programmes, contact:

Tel: +44 (0)1223 695878