West Midlands Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Funding Opportunity

The Accelerating Business-Knowledge Base Innovation Activity (ABIA) Project was established to underpin growth (using the European Regional Development Fund) among SMEs operating in the science and technology sectors in the West Midlands with a focus on the life and environmental, engineering and medical and dental science sectors.

ABIA offers: (1) One-to-one assistance to help identify how a business could be supported (2) themed events providing ideas and the opportunity to meet academics currently conducting research in collaboration with industry (3) collaborative projects of varying length  (4) tailored support for short-term or longer-term R&D projects.

More information can be found at


or contact John Hampson at j.hampson@bham.ac.uk