Eastern ARC: Enabling Innovation: Research to Application (EIRA)
Lead higher education institution (HEI): Universities of Essex
Higher education (HE) partners: East Anglia and Kent
CCF award: £4,696,000
This project is extending the established ‘Eastern Arc Research Consortium’ to support businesses and priority technology sectors in the East of England, working with a network of regional higher education providers, and focussing on three key themes: Digital Creative, Biotechnology, and Artificial Intelligence. The EIRA Network seeks to build connectivity across the region, exploiting its potential, its asset base and facilitating improved harnessing of the combined capacity to support business growth through innovation. The project aims to allow new innovative business clusters to develop and accelerate through an expansion in Knowledge Exchange (KE) activities across the region.
A combination of well-established and more innovative methods will be used in this project to support the scaling of start-ups, leading to cluster growth, providing a more fertile supply chain and improving productivity.