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Intensive Industrial Innovation Programme

The Intensive Industrial Innovation Programme (IIIP): Phase 3

The IIIP Programme supports innovation in Small or Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) with funding for collaboration with regional universities (Northumbria, Durham, Newcastle and Teesside) provided by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Participating SMEs receive part-funding for a PhD student to work on a business-led innovation project. The SME retains the intellectual property generated by the research to drive the development of new products or services. The PhD student gains experience of research in both an academic and an industry environment, harnessing innovation to tackle real-world challenges.

The IIIP cohorts have formed a community fostering collaboration and sharing knowledge and experience on grant funding, IP management and innovation.

Recruiting to New PhD Projects: Deadline 16th August 2020

IIIP PhD students are enrolled for 3 years by Northumbria University with a stipend of £15,300 PA and UK/EU fees.  Students spend up to 49% of their time working within the SME, gaining experience of research in both a business and an academic environment. They are provided with a dedicated academic supervisor plus an industry mentor providing transferable communication and organisational skills as well as opportunities for career development. This multidisciplinary programme offers experience of research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle real-world challenges.


An undergraduate degree, Masters or equivalent practitioner achievement

Applicants from outside the UK/EU must self-fund the difference between UK/EU domestic fees and international fees:

How to Apply

For further details of entry requirements and the application form, see  

Deadline for applications: midnight 16th August 2020

Interviews will take place week commencing 24th August 2020

Start Date: 1st October 2020

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