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Contact UsThis project will deliver much needed transformation for home building in the UK, making innovation accessible to businesses of all sizes, driving collaboration and injecting fresh thinking.

The MOBIE Northumbria Homes For The Future Innovation Centre aims to make innovation accessible to business of all sizes. It will focus on improving the entire lifecycle of designing and delivering homes including new methods of construction, design, offsite manufacture, digital competencies, new materials and much more. The goal is to create a more efficient, precision-engineered process with great quality control – this will in turn help to build more quality homes, faster, so people can live in the home they want, in the place they chose.

Participating businesses will co-design a research project based on their business need – and a PhD student will be recruited and assigned to work exclusively on that project for three years while they pursue their PhD. The programme is co-funded by Northumbria, meaning businesses will only need to contribute £10k for each of the three years – a fraction of the usual cost. All of the administration is also taken care of by the university, meaning businesses can just focus on core business and the task at hand.


  • A three-year R&D project specifically addressing challenges / opportunities identified by your business for approximately £10k / year
  • Access to new products, services or processes arising from the project, providing competitive edge, access to new markets and improved bottom line
  • Access to highly-skilled talent – PhD student plus an academic expert in a relevant field
  • Access to MOBIE training programme to help upskill existing staff to be more effective in the roles / progress to senior positions
  • Networking opportunities and knowledge sharing with other companies involved in the programme – from large corporates to innovative startups, scaleups and SMEs

More information on eligibility and how to apply can be found in guidance notes which can be downloaded here. If you’d like to discuss the programme and your application in more detail before applying, please complete the register interest form and one of our team will be in touch.

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