Scale-up your business through funded access to research, development and business expertise

Grants are available of up to £8,750 for SME businesses to grow and innovate.

The IMAGE programme, supported by the European Regional Development Fund, is offering funding opportunities for SME businesses to work with universities and tap into their leading expertise.

IMAGE can help your business through funded opportunities in a number of ways:

  • Research and development
  • Bespoke training
  • Consultancy
  • Specialised events and workshops

Cranfield University in partnership with the University of Bedfordshire, can support you in conducting a range of activities - from prototyping, development and testing of your product through to management coaching, finding business solutions and networking solutions. 

To find out whether your business is eligible for a grant contact the IMAGE team on:
T: +44 (0) 1234 75 4423

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The IMAGE programme and our collaboration with Cranfield has meant that we have moved our product much closer to market, thanks to the practical advice of the academics and the facilities and capabilities of the University.

Adam Connolly, Managing Director, Adjacency

Research and development

As an SME you can benefit from support with the design, prototyping and testing of a new product, service or process or technical validation of a technology. Get free consultancy support from Cranfield University’s academic research and development specialists, along with the use of the University’s specialist facilities and equipment.

Helping new innovation take-off

If you are a new business or have a new product, process or service to launch, we can help you. Our leading academics can support you with developing your technology through access to cutting-edge research thinking and facilities, and enhancing your business strategy and planning. By also providing advice on relevant grant opportunities, it is the ideal package for those SMEs who want to take their innovation to the next level.

Moving manufacturing SMEs to the next level

If you are an SME in the manufacturing sector, then you can access mentoring and high level or in-depth consultancy support from leading academics through one-to-one support, bespoke training and networking events. If you want to develop your future business strategy then IMAGE is the programme for you.

Growth Through Green

Too many people believe that you can’t have growth while developing your environmental credentials. This programme is aimed at high growth, scale-up businesses and those tapping into the emerging priority of the green sector agenda. It is a programme of masterclasses, online learning and mentoring to build organisational resilience; creating and communicating the value proposition; ensuring resources fit ambitions for growth and meeting the right people that can help you scale-up.


Food waste innovations

For those businesses in the food manufacturing, retail, hospitality and service sectors we can help you reduce food waste – enabling you to save money and protect the environment. To find out more information download our programme brochure.


IMAGE grant panel monthly meetings

The IMAGE grant panel meets monthly throughout the year. If you have a proposal that you would like to receive funding towards then please submit your proposal before the following dates:

  • 27 February
  • 27 March
  • 24 April
  • 22 May
  • 26 June
  • 24 July
  • 28 August
  • 25 September
  • 23 October
  • 27 November