Last year, around 200 manufacturing businesses received an R&D grant from Callaghan Innovation. These R&D grants are structured to meet a range of business needs, catering for young start-ups as well as for established R&D performers. The suite of grants includes: • Growth Grants – support evolving, multi-year R&D programmes in businesses that are experienced R&D performers. • Project Grants –help businesses to develop specific products, processes or services while growing their commitment to R&D. • Student Grants –provide businesses with access to both undergraduate and postgraduate students who can assist in R&D projects and thereby gain commercial experience.
• Driving Innovation: a 12-month skills development programme for growing manufacturing businesses to help them uncover new ways to innovate. It helps increase the pace of innovation with new product development methods. • Better by Lean: helping businesses improve performance by focusing on activities that add value for customers while eliminating waste in inefficient processes. 721 people attended the Better by Lean manufacturing programme in the last year.