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The Innovation Programme for Greater Lincolnshire, delivered by the University of Lincoln and funded by the European Regional Development Programme, is designed to enable micro, small and medium businesses to do things differently through grant funding, business support and collaboration with the academic capacity of the University.

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How We Can Help

Innovation Vouchers

Providing SMEs with access to the University’s expertise, specialist equipment and facilities from a value of £1k – £5k.

Proof of Concept Grants

Grants from £1k – £10k are available for SMEs to fund product, process and market development.


Part funded from £1.5k – £3k to connect graduate talent with SMEs requiring an injection of specific skills to support their research or innovation activity.

Business Support & Advice

12 hours of innovation advice and support for SMEs from specialist advisors.

Innovation & Leadership

Delivered by Lincoln International Business School.


Designed to encourage innovative thinking and best practice sharing.

Welcome to Lincs Innovation

The University of Lincoln is at the heart of innovation for the county of Lincolnshire. Large companies are constantly revolutionising their approach to align with a technologically savvy and sustainable modern world. Collaborative thinking, corporate social responsibility, enhancing productivity, empowering employees and looking for environmental solutions to age old issues, are now as important as brand awareness. The traditional business model is being disrupted for a more socially and economically flexible approach. That example is equally attainable for small to medium sized businesses who have a hunger for growth and a rounded understanding of the market. Innovation is a core strategy for modern business and Lincs Innovation can help your business instill those values. Lincolnshire is a dynamic landscape that we have deep connections to. Whether you are considering grants, internships, advice or leadership courses we have a range of services available to you.

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Eligibility Criteria

The Innovation Programme for Greater Lincolnshire is funded through the European Regional Development Fund. To fit with their eligibility criteria a business must be;

  • Based within Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire or North East Lincolnshire
  • An SME; employing fewer than 250 people and have an annual turnover not exceeding €50m
  • In receipt of less than €200k of De Minimis state aid in the past 3 years
  • Not based in the following sectors;
    • fishery and aquaculture sectors supported by the European Fisheries Fund
    • primary production, processing and marketing of agricultural products, supported by EAFRD
    • coal, steel and shipbuilding sectors
    • the synthetic fibres sector
    • generalised (school age) education
    • banking and insurance companies
    • retail businesses

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