Talent and Innovation Programme

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Commencing in April 2024 and running until 31 March 2025, or until the funding has been exhausted, The University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University will collaborate to deliver a programme of grants and support to businesses to improve innovation, productivity and skills across Nottingham City.

Eligible Businesses will be able to access bespoke support through Talent Grants, and/or Technical Innovation Vouchers.


Talent grants

Nottingham City based organisations will receive a talent grant to promote and elevate innovation including but not limited to; innovative practices, innovative products/services and/or innovative roles. The businesses will receive a grant of £2,500 to subsidise the recruitment of a graduate or student role for a minimum 8-week period. We will work with the business to give them access to a range of opportunities to engage with students and graduates from both institutions.

Technical Innovation Vouchers

These will be delivered through Nottingham Universities Technical Innovation Centres of Excellence. Innovation Vouchers (up to £5K) will be offered to Nottingham City businesses enabling them to access a range of technically focussed support. Support will be delivered through:

  • Food Innovation Centre: providing science and technology consultancy, new product or process development support for food and drink focussed businesses.

  • Chemistry Innovation Laboratory: providing analytical and product development support across chemistry and materials using and life sciences businesses.

  • Institute for Aerospace Technology: working across the aerospace supply chain.

  • Design Matter, providing professional sustainable product and packaging design consultancy.

For more information on how to obtain this fantastic support and eligibility, please email the project team on talentandinnovation@nottingham.ac.uk