Project SIBLING (Scientific Instrumentation for Business Leadership in Innovation and Growth) is an exciting £1.9 million programme which is co-funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) allocated via the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA). The project aims to contribute to improving pride in place and increasing life chances in the West Yorkshire region by enabling local manufacturing and “medtech” businesses (SMEs) to advance their respective markets through R&D and innovation.
The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills. For more information, visit:
The project will see investment in advanced scientific instrumentation, housed at the University’s City Campus, that will be made accessible to SMEs in the West Yorkshire region. Eligible SMEs will be provided with free-of-charge research and innovation projects on these new instruments performed by experts based at the University.
SIBLING will also provide access to existing instrumentation in the University's Centre for Chemical and Biological Analysis and its Advanced Manufacturing Laboratories, ensuring that services can be tailored precisely to SMEs’ individual requirements.
SIBLING will establish a range of new instrumentation including 6 cutting edge, versatile scientific instruments for regional SMEs to access: X-Ray diffraction, thermal analysis instrumentation and metal/composite 3D printing (additive manufacturing) by March 2024 and Schottky FE-SEM and Field Flow Fractionation by Sept 2024.
SIBLING is dedicated to delivering 45 fully funded research and innovation projects over a 20-month period (Sept 2023 to Mar 2025).
Project SIBLING follows on from the highly successful ERDF-funded initiative, Project CAYMAN (on which it is modelled), for examples of R&D innovation projects that may be performed under SIBLING, please visit our Client Case Studies pages.
For more information on how to apply and what is available through Project SIBLING please contact us.