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We have partnerships with a number of organisations such as Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, local authorities, and Chambers of Commerce to ensure we have a joined-up approach to improving our economic impact.


Through these partnerships a range of funding is available to underwrite the costs of collaborating to help develop your business. We can advise on opportunities which may meet your needs and assist with the application process.


Innovation vouchers


Funding of up to £5,000 is available for Scottish small to medium sized enterprises to work with us on the initial development or improvement of innovative products processes and services.


The awards are intended to encourage new partnerships between businesses that have not previously collaborated with Edinburgh Napier University. Funding is available to all sectors and businesses must match the grant in cash or in kind (e.g. staff time).


SMART Scotland: Technical and Commercial Feasibility Studies


SMART: Scotland provides discretionary grants to support technical and commercial feasibility studies. Projects must last between six and 18 months, and up to 75% eligible project costs are available, to a maximum grant of £100,000.


SMART Scotland: Research and Development


Discretionary funding is available for projects that aim to develop a pre-production prototype of a new product or process. Projects must last between six and 36 months, and up to 35% of eligible project costs are available, to a maximum of £600,000.


R&D Grants

Scottish Enterprise’s Research and Development (R&D) Grants can provide assistance to support industrial research and experimental development. 


Projects typically last six to 36 months, and the grant can cover up to 35% of the project costs.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs)


KTPs support collaboration between a company, the University and a recent graduate, enabling the company to access the skills and expertise needed to undertake strategic growth projects.


Each KTP employs one or more high calibre graduates to facilitate this transfer of skills and expertise. The graduate works within the company on a project central to its needs and is jointly supervised by company personnel and a senior academic.
Projects can last from one to three years and typically aim to introduce new or improved products or services, new or improved processes or systems, marketing or management capabilities. Average annual costs are £60,000 and SMEs typically contribute a third of overall costs whilst large companies and non SMEs typically contribute half of the overall costs.


There is also a range of sector specific and discretionary funding available. For further advice please contact us.


Partnership projects


Edinburgh Napier University has been involved in a number of successful and innovative partnership projects which support businesses and economic development. If you are interested in partnership working with Edinburgh Napier please contact us to share ideas.


Entrepreneurial Spark


In partnership with Edinburgh Napier University and City of Edinburgh Council, Entrepreneurial Spark, Scotland's first business incubator and accelerator programme, is opening its first centre in the east of Scotland.


The not-for-profit venture provides space, advice and support for start-up businesses and the Edinburgh ‘hatchery’ will follow on the success of ESpark’s existing two centres in Glasgow and Ayrshire.


ESpark’s Edinburgh ‘hatchery’ opened on 4 February 2013 and is home to up to 50 ambitious start-up entrepreneurs. More information on the programme and how to get involved on the ESpark website.