Eco-innovation Cumbria

Eco-innovation Cumbria is a 4-year programme to help SMEs just like yours to improve efficiency, grow capacity and develop new solutions for industry.

The programme is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and brings together expertise from the University of Cumbria, University of Central Lancashire and Lancaster University.

Eco-innovation Cumbria will help SMEs to:

If you are an SME based in Cumbria and think this is of interest, please contact us by emailing or calling 01228 888740 or contact Glyn Griffiths directly at or call 07779 132185.


Student internships – how to search & apply

Paid opportunities are advertised on our current vacancies section of the website

If you are interested in signing up for notifications of our internship opportunities please sign up here

Benefits of taking on an internship include:

o    Getting paid fairly for the work you do

o    Adding to your CV by increasing your skills, knowledge & experience

o    Helping you to gain an insight into the way organisations operate and the challenges they face

o    Giving you and the employer a chance to 'try before you buy' and clarify whether this type of work is really for you

Reasonable travel expenses will be paid and an academic leader will support you whilst you are undertaking your internship and a dedicated project manager will help you along the way.

Open Innovation Workshops

For upcoming innovation workshops for SMEs in Cumbria, see below;

Coaching for Innovation 

A 3-part short programme designed to help small businesses overcome barriers to innovation and encourage innovative thinking within their business, book here

Following these short sessions you will be entitled to a 1-hour follow up session/call with one of the course leaders.



Want to know more?

How does the programme work in practice?

Eco-Innovation Cumbria will support SMEs in developing their eco-innovation projects, involving either:

  • In-depth and intensive one to three year assistance, provided collaboratively by experienced academics, graduate and PhD students

  • 20 day research projects provided by undergraduate students, supported by academic supervisors

Which sectors are best suited to the programme?

The project will target sectors that contribute to Environmental Sustainability, which could include, but is not limited to:

  • Renewable energy
  • Energy efficiency
  • Water management
  • Waste management
  • Transport
  • Visitor economy
  • Conservation
  • Natural resources
  • Manufacturing

If you have queries about whether your organisation is eligible, please feel free to get in touch with us by emailing or calling 01228 888740.

What else does Eco-innovation Cumbria involve?

Eco-innovation Cumbria will provide a variety of free workshops and events around Cumbria to explore innovation challenges across multiple sectors, including:

  • Key note lectures to expand knowledge and stimulate divergent thinking in an informal setting
  • One day thematic workshops to explore a range of real and theoretical challenges around innovation
  • Open innovation forums enabling inter-company cooperation around Research & Development, sharing knowledge and experience for mutual benefit
Seedling in a log

Grow your idea

If you are interested in finding out more, get in touch today to discuss the eligibility of your business with one of our team.






Call us on 01228 888740 or contact Glyn directly on 07779 132185

The programme is led by the University of Cumbria, partnering with Lancaster University and the University of Central Lancashire, and funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)