Further information

The Keele Research and Innovation Support Programme (KRISP) has been designed to support businesses that are thinking about or are currently in the process of, developing a new product, process or service.

ERDF portrait logo By providing academic expertise and dedicated human resource, we can deliver the expertise, focus and processes that will help your business innovate and grow. 

KRISP, which is part-funded through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the England 2014 to 2020 European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) Growth Programme, can provide expert personnel and financial support in order to help businesses achieve and exceed their goals.


Research suggests that small- to medium-sized UK businesses do not invest sufficiently in research, development or innovation due to a lack of dedicated human resource. By providing the additional personnel and academic expertise, the Keele Research and Innovation Support Programme aims to support businesses in bringing their innovative products and services to the market quicker than would have otherwise happened. View what previous KRISP businesses thought about the programme here.  


‌Businesses will benefit from the support of a fully-funded Innovation Team. Collaborating with you on a part-time basis, the team consists of:

  • An Innovation Advisor who will work with you to scope and define the project brief, supervise the work of Research, Development and Innovation (RD&I) Associates and input research expertise and subject knowledge where necessary;
  • Research, Development and Innovation (RD&I) Associates - a dedicated resource, working on business innovation;
  • Business Engagement Manager - your dedicated point of contact for the duration of the project and beyond. They can also broker other resources where necessary;
  • Additional academic expertise to ensure the project reaches its full potential, the expertise of the wider Keele University workforce can be drawn on where necessary.‌


The programme is open to small- to medium-sized UK businesses in the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire area that has an innovative idea that has the potential to grow the business. This is ideal for businesses that do not currently have the human resource to take their innovation forward.


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The programme is free to SMEs – the only cost is your time.


The Keele Research and Innovation Support Programme runs from June 2019. Enquire today.



For the latest vacancies for Keele Research and Innovation Support Programme (KRISP) projects click here. Find out what previous students said about participating in a KRISP project here.

How to apply

 Apply today and take your business idea to the next level

Fill out an enquiry formbusiness.gateway@keele.ac.uk | 01782 733001 

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Keele Research and Innovation Support Programme information sheet

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