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Collaborative Research and Development (CR&D)

CR&D is suited to SMEs who are unable to fund a project independently or through a private investor. This type of project usually addresses a market need with the aim of solving a business defined problem to generate economic impact. There are several funding sources for this type of project, whether it’s through Innovate UK, H2020 or Regional LEPs; we can help you through your application process in order to receive the funding to carry out your project with CPI.


A private project is suited to SMEs who are able to independently fund their project or have gained funding from a private investor. CPI is happy to work on private projects as well as CR&D.

Innovation Projects

CPI is more than just facilities and kit, we offer problem solving services, we can identify key suppliers, stage gating and project management.

Access to Facilities and Technicians

Some SMEs may only require access to certain equipment or labs. With an extensive range of facilities and equipment across a broad set of markets and technologies we enable SMEs to utilise kit that they may not have access to elsewhere. Our highly skilled scientists and engineers are on hand to help with your project.

Pilot Production

For SMEs who require pilot production in order to test new processes or systems CPI is happy to work with you. We offer a range of pilot production options across a range of technologies. CPI offers proof of concept programmes resulting in small scale production, along with economic assessment and scale up packages.