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This project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.


About the centre

The Centre for Global Eco-Innovation is the only centre of its kind in Europe and is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund. It brings together the expertise, resources and global contacts of Lancaster University and the University of Liverpool, together with international commercialisation consultancy Inventya Ltd. SME-led collaborative R&D partnership with two world-ranking universities underpin the development of new products, processes and services for the global marketplace, which by virtue of their use, manufacture, raw materials, reuse or disposal, deliver positive environmental impacts.

An intensive 3-year programme of funded R&D for 50 of the regional most ambitious businesses

We are working with 50 businesses that have a clear and original concept which forms the basis of a collaborative research and development project with either Lancaster University or the University of Liverpool. These substantive collaborative projects started in October 2012, running over a three-year period. Projects underpin the development of a number of new products, processes and services with positive environmental benefits for the global marketplace. Each project is being undertaken by an appropriately skilled, qualified and experience graduate. The graduates use these collaborations as the basis of a PhD programme of study and are supported by senior academic members of staff, all internationally-recognised experts in their fields. We are particularly working with businesses which have ambitious plans for major export markets.

Providing support to Northwest businesses

The centre will provide opportunities for up to 235 additional companies to be supported in their development of new products and services. This will be provided by business mentoring, and shorter research collaboration of between 3 and 12 months, with a partner university.

There is some flexibility on how this support is delivered to allow for different types and complexity of projects. Delivery may be through:

  • A full time research project undertaken by a graduate researcher working on the project full time for 12 months. The research will be written up as a dissertation for a postgraduate Masters qualification.
  • A research project undertaken as part of the academic curriculum at either undergraduate or postgraduate level. The research is written into a dissertation which forms part of the final degree. Typically these are 3-6 month projects lasting some 600 hours.
  • An internship which is undertaken outside the constraints of the coursework timetable, by an appropriate student. Typically these assignments are carried out over a period of approx. 3 months and are of 140 hours duration.

Register now for commercialisation support through Inventya and research support from the universities.

The economic impact of the centre

Between 2012 and 215 the centre will provide more than 285 businesses with research and development expertise. The centre aims to deliver a significant number of new jobs to the region making a measurable contribution to the Northwest's economic recovery. The centre will bolster the Northwest economy in key export markets and drive forward improvements in green technology and services.


The £9.8m Centre for Global Eco-innovation (CGE) is part financed by Lancaster University, the University of Liverpool and Inventya Ltd and via £4.9m of funds from the North West operational programme for European regional development funds.