KEEP+

KEEP+

What is KEEP+?

KEEP+ is a European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) supported programme assisting small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) developing new products and services.

What’s on offer?

The range of interventions on offer can cover a wide variety of business needs and scenarios, providing your business with flexible opportunities for the innovation of new products and services:

Knowledge Exchange – collaborate with a university or research institutions to assist in the development of your new product/service and embed new knowledge into your organisation:

  • Knowledge Exchange and Embed Partnerships (KEEPs) – a three way collaboration between a business, a university and a graduate employee who will work with the business to achieve agreed goals
  • Research and Innovation Collaborations (RICs) – a collaborative research and development activity for projects requiring more feasibility work and greater levels of research support than a KEEP
  • Innovation Internships – a 12 week placement enabling graduates to work in a role aligned with their qualification, and giving businesses access to the expertise needed to bring their products or services to market.

High and Low Value Capital and Grants – KEEP+ can also offer assistance in the form of capital grants for specialist equipment purchases or consultancy services vital to your project’s development.

Purchases of non-specialist items (e.g. company vehicles, furniture, standard software) cannot be funded.

Stand Alone Capital Grant

  • Small Value

40% funding towards the cost of equipment purchases vital to the development of your new product or service. This grant is capped at £9,999 with a total spend not exceeding £24,999 excluding VAT.

  • High Value

30% funding towards for higher value equipment purchases. This grant is capped at £59,500 with a total spend not exceeding £199,000 excluding VAT.

Grants for Consultancy Support

  • Small Value

40% funding towards the cost of fast track assistance to contribute to the development of your project. This grant is capped at £9,999 with a total spend not exceeding £24,999 excluding VAT.

  • High Value

30% funding for higher value consultancy activities. This grant is capped at £59,500 with a total spend not exceeding £199,000 excluding VAT.

Is My Business Eligible for KEEP+?

KEEP+ is open to SMEs who meet EU eligibility criteria and have a project underway requiring either specialist expertise or essential kit to contribute to its development. Full details about eligibility criteria is available at www.keepplus.co.uk

Contact Us:

If you think your project could benefit from a KEEP+ grant the team or one of our delivery partners would be pleased to discuss your requirements.

Carole Randall – KEEP+ Programme Manager

01245 684310

carole.randall@anglia.ac.uk

Cheryl Cook – KEEP+ Marketing and Administration Manager

01245 684207

cheryl.cook@anglia.ac.uk

Kayleigh Parkes – KEEP+ Project Finance Officer

01245 684985

kayleigh.parkes@anglia.ac.uk