Sheffield Innovation Programme

Sheffield Innovation Programme (SIP) is a regional initiative which aims to stimulate business growth and promote the development of long-term relationships with SMEs; this is achieved by providing access to a broad range of academic expertise and university facilities.


The programme is jointly funded by both universities, the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF). The new phase of the project also includes the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, and enables the project to continue for a further three years until 2022 (see press release).

The support is in the form of bespoke research and innovation based consultancy, workshops and other events.

This scheme is a fantastic way for regional businesses to access our world-leading facilities and academic expertise to drive innovation and find solutions to the challenges they face. This is an excellent example of working together with partners in our region to drive economic growth.

Professor Dave Petley

Vice-President for Research and Innovation

The universities will each provide a minimum of 12 hours of contact time to each company. The programme is free for businesses to use and, since it began, more than 200 academics from both universities have worked with more than 300 companies from across the region.

This has helped businesses in the region to engage in more than £1.2m worth of collaborative projects through Innovate UK programmes.

Our expertise

Sheffield Innovation Programme provides access to a broad range of expertise across the University of Sheffield, some key areas include:

  • Computing and software design
  • Cybersecurity
  • Energy solutions
  • Food  sustainability
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Materials science and engineering
  • Manufacturing and digital technologies
  • Robotics
  • Business management

Of particular focus for the University of Sheffield is providing companies access to our world-leading translational research facilities including:

  • The Royce Translational Centre - encouraging manufacturing companies to adopt next generation technology in the manufacturing of advanced engineering products and components: the technology of producing and processing metal powders.
  • The Dynamics Laboratory for Verification and Validation (LVV) - which will support and accelerate the design of innovative engineering structures, for example planes and civil structures such as bridges, by using computer models, to predict the product performance prior to build in order to reduce costs, shorten the time to market, improve safety, increase energy efficiency, and improve longevity.
  • The Integrated Civil and Infrastructure Research Centre - which will provide an industry facing innovation hub that leverages our regional innovation capacity in advanced manufacturing and engineering to solve national civil engineering and infrastructure challenges.

Who can get involved?

Eligible businesses in the Sheffield City Region, particularly SMEs, can either get involved via bespoke consultancy projects or through industry focused workshops.

Visit the SIP website

For further information please contact

Laura Talbot, Regional Partnerships Development Officer, Partnerships and Regional Engagement


Phone: +44 114 222 9841

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