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Project description

SMARTExpertise forms part of an integrated ERDF funded suite of programmes to provide support to Welsh businesses and research organisations to commercialise new products, processes and services developed through research, development and innovation processes.

SMARTExpertise aims to increase commercialisation of Research, Development and Innovation (RD&I) within research organisations in collaboration with industry.

  • To encourage businesses and researchers to work together on innovative projects in strategically important areas of science, engineering and technology.
  • To assist in securing competitively won follow-on funding
  • To assist the growth of R&D expertise and capacity in research organisations and industry creating Innovation Clusters

Further information:

Delivery model

SMARTExpertise will be delivered by a team with experience of innovation, knowledge transfer and technology gained in industry, the public sector and academia. The team have extensive experience of engaging with academia and industry, and of previously delivering against EU funded projects.

The Research Development Managers are key to the delivery as they identify and scope collaborative projects between research organisations and industry. The SMARTExpertise team will add value by working in close alignment with SMART Innovation, SMARTCymru, other ES&T operations, UK and EU RD&I programmes and Horizon 2020.

Innovation Specialists from SMARTInnovation will work in a closely integrated fashion with the Research Development Managers, ensuring improved and enhanced communications between all parties.

Geographical coverage

The project will benefit all local authority areas in Wales.

Essential eligibility criteria

Funding will support 100% of the research organisations eligible project costs which shall equate to a maximum of 50% of the total eligible project costs. The industrial partners shall provide the remaining balance of the total eligible projects costs. The funding will be awarded to the research organisation.

There are no restrictions on size or location of industrial partners, however, the project must demonstrate it is an effective collaboration and will deliver positive Welsh economic impacts.

Duration of projects: up to 36 months

Contract research and provision of research services are not eligible.

Specific targets

  • No. enterprises cooperating with supported research institutions – 464
  • Employment increase in supported enterprises – 173
  • No. enterprises supported to introduce new to the market products – 47
  • No. enterprises supported to introduce new to the firm products – 75
  • No. patents registered for products – 79
  • Private investment matching public support in innovation or R&D projects – 19,427,163

Contact details

Name: Michelle N Stockham/James Peel
Telephone: 0300 062 5725
Address: Welsh Government Offices, Sarn Mynach, Llandudno Junction, Conwy, LL31 9RZ
Website: Website
Twitter: Twitter


Progress to end June 2017

8 Projects Approved – Total Funding Granted – £3,020,302