Research funding opportunities for West Midlands SMEs

PNO Consultants

EBRI is working with the PNO Group, Europe’s leading grants consultancy, to support SMEs in the West Midlands to identify and secure grant funding for their research activities to grow their business.

Support is available from EBRI to businesses who have an interest in bioenergy, could contribute to the development of a regional bioenergy supply chain, and who promote the adoption of innovative new bioenergy technologies across the West Midlands.

West Midlands-based businesses can take advantage of:

  • Support for the identification of relevant grant opportunities through 1:1 consultations
  • Help to develop grantable projects
  • Bid writing assistance
  • Opportunities to partner in European projects that offer relevance to their activities.

EBRI will be running a series of workshops covering topics ranging from information on relevant national and EU grants through to bid writing tips and tricks.  One-to-one drop in sessions for businesses will be taking place at EBRI on Friday 7th November and a grant funding workshop will take place on Tuesday 2nd December. You can register your interest for these events by emailing [email protected].

Founded in 1985, the PNO Group are Europe’s largest independent public funding advisory, annually raising over €350 million on behalf of its clients. PNO’s success rate with UK national programmes is over 80% and 47% for European proposals.

PNO work closely with clients from a range of industries to identify funding programmes suitable for the company’s strategies, ambitions and projects. PNO guide the application process and provide comprehensive support with the writing and submission of grant applications. PNO supports over 10,000 clients active across all principle industry sectors, throughout Europe; annually developing over 200 consortia-based European proposals and fostering their successful implementation. In the UK, the company has a full understanding of all principle National and European R&D funding schemes including Smart, Energy Catalyst, Industrial Biotechnology (IB) Catalyst, Collaborative R&D and H2020, particularly within the IB, chemical, energy and environmental sectors.

Senior Innovation Consultant, Helen Carr said: “PNO is excited about working with EBRI, to bring European funding opportunities to the West Midlands. The region contains a wealth of expertise that could be further developed and commercialised  with some financial assistance in the form of grant funding. We are looking forward to working with EBRI to discuss project ideas and technologies with SMEs in the region.”