The University of Bradford supported the full range of project types and delivered roughly one third of all regional Yorkshire Innovation Fund activity. Their support spanned a wide range of sectors and incorporated a cross-section of academic schools and expertise, including collaboration with several other partner institutions.


The University of Huddersfield delivered both Research & Development Projects (RDPs) and Strategic Interventions (SI), the latter drawing on Huddersfield’s niche expertise in metrology to work with a specialist agency and support many regional companies.


The University of Hull delivered Small Innovation Projects (SIPs) and Research & Development Projects (RDPs) to tackle a range of predominantly technology based projects. The University was successful in collaborating with a number of partners to deliver a complete package of support to the recipient SMEs.


The University of Leeds offered the full range of project types. Many of the projects they supported drew on the university’s expertise in nanotechnology and concentrated largely on experimental research and process innovation.



Leeds Beckett University delivered a number of Small Innovation Projects (SIPs) and a Research & Development Project (RDP) to support a broad spectrum of small business innovation challenges.


Leeds College of Music opted to support their businesses with a suite of Small Innovation Projects (SIPs). Due to eligibility requirements, projects did not progress as planned. However, the College chose to remain within the partnership to provide strategic support to the remaining partners.


With a history based in vocational learning, the academic researchbased nature of innovation support was unfamiliar territory to Leeds Trinity University. Despite this, the team at Trinity tapped into their expertise in nutrition to deliver a successful Research & Development Project (RDP).


While the University of Sheffield did not undertake any direct project delivery, the value and benefit of partaking in the overall YIF project was recognised and the team provided strategic support to both the central project team and their fellow partner institutions.


The team at Sheffield Hallam University supported a number of businesses through three Strategic Interventions (SIs), capitalising on their institutional strengths in material technologies, design for healthcare and innovative packaging design.


The University of York offered support in the form of Small Innovation Projects (SIPs) to a wide cross section of SMEs, working on a diverse range of innovation projects including several delivered in collaboration with other partner institutions.


York St John University offered SMEs support through both Small Innovation Projects (SIPs) and Research & Development Projects (RDPs) and worked primarily with businesses in the creative and media sectors, in which the university has long-established specialisms.