A free workshop to help Scottish SMEs in the energy sector find research partners and bid for funding is being held today (9 September) in Edinburgh to help businesses explore how they can partner with Heriot-Watt University’s Energy Academy on collaborative research and innovation to access new funding from UK Government and under the European H2020 initiatives.
Funding areas include ocean energy, heat storage, responsible shale gas and oil extraction and technologies for solving the energy trilemma of low carbon, low cost and sustainability.
The new funds will support feasibility studies, technology development and the capability and validation of the performance of innovative technologies including prototype and pilot testing.
Scottish energy SMEs will have the opportunity to present their technology to Energy Academy engineers and scientists and find out about the research expertise and technical support they can access via the University, to build partnerships to bid for funding.
Ms. Mercedes Maroto-Valer, Director of the Energy Academy at Heriot-Watt University, said “We want Scottish SMEs to find out how they can partner with us and others on collaborative research and innovation to access some of the significant funding opportunities now on offer.
“It’s an informal networking and brokerage event. Some companies will be looking for partners while others will be pitching to showcase their projects.
“By partnering up with the Energy Academy’s experts, Scottish SMEs could take a share of the millions of pounds of funding that’s available to develop new technology or improve the resources available to the energy sector.”
“We hope that the workshop will stimulate some fruitful discussions and allow people to take forward ideas that will help Scotland take a share of the funding that’s available.”
Heriot Watt’s Energy Academy offers a wide range of consultancy services to business and industry, including R&D, expert witnesses, professional advice, technical analysis and reports, use of laboratory facilities and language translation services.
The Energy Academy business development team can help link companies into world class research and expertise; Facilitate collaborations, joint industry partnerships, strategic alliances and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP); Identify appropriate funding mechanisms for collaborative work; offer consultancy support; provide cutting edge facilities and technical support; Provide students for placement opportunities.
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