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Research, Innovate and Emerge

Brunel’s Research, Innovate and Emerge (RIEm) programme is a Runner Up with Highly Commendable status at the West London Business Awards

The judges at the West London Business awards stated: “Brunel University provides a nation exemplar for how a university can combine external funding and use it to serve and support SMEs with a regional focus. The popularity and impact of their RIEm programme is particularly striking.”

We are now inviting applications for Brunel University's award winning RIEm programme 2025 edition

SME support for innovation funding through collaborative research and innovation (R&I)

Our trade mark protected initiative, Research, Innovate and Emerge (RIEm), is designed to support SMEs to access innovation funding for collaborative research and innovation (R&I), validate a technology or solution and grow your business. Since its launch  in 2022, we have supported 75 UK SMEs and helped them secure over £2.7 million in total. RIEm went international with RIEm India in 2023. For details, please visit here.

Mirjana, First Edition RIEm Participant
Programme Outline and Experience of SMEs


Edward, Second Edition RIEm Participant
RIEm Second Edition SME Feedbacks



Brunel will help you with a research and innovation (R&I) needs assessment, and strengthen your capacity to develop R&I strategy, proposal development and joint collaborative proposal development for funding. We can also offer you expert mentoring and one to one support. 

  • Expert facilitation on R&I needs assessment, and support for developing organisational specific R&I strategy and implementation plan.
  • Skills strengthening for developing collaborative funding proposal integrated with expert support and one-to-one mentoring.

SME selection criteria and required commitments:

  • Registered businesses in the UK with evidence of financial expenditure/investment over £100,000 in the last financial year with limited or no success of securing funding for R&I.
  • Have achieved the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) three of their proposed solution.
  • Commitment to participate in three day workshops and receive up to five hours of expert mentoring support.
  • Commitment to develop specific research and innovation strategy and concept note leading to potential collaborative proposal for funding.
  • Minimum two full time staff employed in the organisation

Key tentative dates:

  • 15/12/2024       - Application Deadline
  • February 2025 – R&I Needs Assessment Worksop                12pm - 6pm
  • March 2025      – R&I Strategy Development Workshop        12pm - 6pm
  • April 2025         – R&I Proposal Development Workshop       10am - 6pm

The maximum number of participants: 25; The seats are allocated on a first come first serve basis.

You will benefit from:

  • three day workshops and
  • up to five hours of expert mentoring support
  • free expert consultancy and mentoring support to develop specific research and innovation strategy and joint collaborative proposal for funding
  • introduction and exposure to funding partners and high potential for securing funds
  • opportunity for strategic partnerships and access to a world leading university
  • accelerated route to market possibilities
  • Receive a Completion Certificate issued by Brunel University London (provided participants attend all the three workshops and submit two homeworks with reasonable standards as assessed by the programme facilitators).
   Phase 1  Phase 2  Phase 3  Phase 4
Objectives  R&I needs assessment R&I strategy development R&I proposal development R&I joint proposal submission
 Outcomes Familiarization with R&I strategy. 1-to-1 Expert mentoring support. Development of R&I strategy. Awareness of funding sources. 1-to-1 Expert mentoring support. Development of draft R&I concept note. 1-to-1 Expert mentoring support. Development of a joint R&I proposal. Wider business impact. 1-to-1 Expert mentoring support.
<span class='contactname'>Dr Michael Joseph</span>
Dr Michael Joseph Email Dr Michael Joseph
RIEm Programme Lead
Research Support and Development Office
"I manage partnerships for collaborative research and innovation in health care and medical technology. I facilitate collaborative research and innovation funding partnerships with businesses, investors, public funding organisations, and health care organisations in the healthcare and MedTech sector. I manage collaborative Masterclasses and engagement events for research and innovation capacity strengthening in health and MedTech ecosystem"
  • Please complete the details below to apply for the Research, Innovate and Emerge programme.
  • Name
  • Can you provide evidence of £100,000 Investment / Expenditure during last financial year?
  • Can you commit to attend 3 day workshops(as per the schedule) and receive mentoring support (up to 5 hours) to develop organisational R&I strategy?
  • Declaration 1:
  • Declaration 2:

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