Our Aim is clear

Like a Butterfly the project will blossom and transform. Our aim is clear ..... to develop resources which enables SMEs to break down barriers and gain access to dormant research at HEIs and allow universities to find outlets for current and previous research, making them more responsive to current market needs Project objectives:

Identify the barriers that SMEs face when trying to access HEI research, the training needs of growth orientated SMEs who wish to innovative, particularly with regard to the commercialisation of applied research.
Identify the barriers & training needs that HEI staff have in accessing and engaging SMEs in their research projects.
Design and produce a handy roadmap, outlining the routes SMEs should take to access HEIs' applied research, & the routes HEIs should take to access SMEs.
Design & produce a training course for delivery to SMEs and HEI students as part of business studies programmes .
Design & produce a complementary web-site, directly targeting SMEs offering "bite-sized versions" of the full course.
Pilot test the training resource with target users.
Promote the resources to maximise uptake, by entrepreneurs and also by SME support bodies and HEIs
Carry out an evaluation of the project, to feedback into future policy and practice and sustain collaboration between SMEs, the SME support profession and HEIs.