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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 funded access to the University of Lincoln’s academic expertise, specialist equipment and facilities.

Proof of Concept Grants

Business grants from £1k – £10k towards research and development costs. 


Part funded from £1.5k – £3k for graduate level talent. 

Business Support & Advice

12 hours of innovation guidance from specialist advisors.

Innovation & Leadership

A bespoke programme delivered by Lincoln International Business School.


Designed to encourage innovative thinking and best practice sharing.

Welcome to Lincs Innovation

Innovation is key to growth, and in a modern, technologically savvy and ever changing world it is vital for businesses to keep looking to the future and striving for improvement. Innovation is risky; when done well it can bring huge successes, however without the right support it can result in failure. And that’s where we come in.

The Innovation Programme for Greater Lincolnshire is a support scheme for small to medium sized local businesses situated within Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire. We provide the necessary small business grants, guidance, expertise, advice and skills to not only help you innovate your current projects and processes, but also to plan for the future, instilling a culture of innovative thinking across all parts of your company.

The information on this site is designed to provide an idea of the many varied types of support and funding we can provide, however for more indepth information it’s worth getting in touch with the team who will be able to talk to you through the programme and work with you to find the best fit for your business needs.

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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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We also work with Business Lincolnshire Growth Hub who offer business support services which could be of benefit. Please let us know if you would like us to pass your contact details on for further support.