Access Innovation announces funding opportunities for SMEs


The Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) is delighted to announce new funding and support that is available for SMEs to develop new innovative products and processes.

The Access Innovation programme, part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), is available through the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP), and we are pleased to support investment into healthcare focussed SMEs who aim to carry out research, product development or evaluation activity.

The Access Innovation team supports SMEs to access the specialist expertise needed, by teaming up with the research organisation that can help launch your idea off the ground.

Working with key partners in the healthcare sector in Leeds, including the City Council, the regional Universities and the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN, the LEP is able to help create the relationships needed to bring innovative products to the market.

Access Innovation can typically fund 50% of the costs of accessing specialist equipment or expertise through research organisations. There are different types of research organisations, and a variety of expertise that is provided based on the support you need.  The programme can support innovation projects of between £10,000 and £200,000 – i.e. maximum grant of £100,000.  Access Innovation is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the Government through the LEP’s £1 billion Growth Deal.

The Leeds City Region has a diverse population of over 3 million citizens, two Russel group Universities and one of the largest and highly successful research focussed hospitals within Europe (Budget circa £1.2 Billion per annum), making the region a dynamic and successful healthcare base for any SME.

More information about the Access Innovation programme and how to apply can be found here