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Worcestershire Proof of Concept

European Union - European Regional Development Fund

Worcestershire County Council
Central Technology Belt

Worcestershire Proof of Concept

Worcestershire Proof of Concept Programme is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020. The grant funding programme can support SME’s to investigate, advance, commercialise and protect early stage innovative business ideas, through a partnership with the Central Technology Belt (CTB).

The Proof of Concept fund will provide grants of up to 50% of the total cost of a project (to a maximum contribution of £30,000) for businesses to prove that their innovations have significant economic potential.

The grant can fund:

  • new machinery - hardware and equipment
  • market research and assessment
  • IPR protection
  • accreditations
  • prototyping
  • marketing/events/demonstrations
  • building works

Please note only external expenditure can be funded; internal costs such as staff salaries cannot be funded.

The business would receive support from CTB Business Manager to get draft applications appraisal ready.

The grant encourages businesses to bring new products to market and introduce new products to the business, which will result in increased economic benefit and job creation in Worcestershire.

Deadline Dates

The call for applications is now open, and will remain open subject to funding.

Contact Details

EU Programme Manager, Worcestershire County Council: Jane Yardley, JYardley2@worcestershire.gov.uk

Business Manager, Central Technology Belt: Jane Holmes, jane@centraltechnologybelt.com

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