Northern Accelerator funding call – could your research lead to a new spin-out or licensing opportunity?

Do you want to be part of the next university spin-out success story? If you think the outcome of your research could lead to a commercial opportunity – Northern Accelerator funding can help you make that a reality.

Applications are invited for the third round of funding from Northern Accelerator, an exciting collaboration between four North East universities that is increasing the translation of world-class research into commercial opportunities. The current funding call will close on 31 July 2019, with a panel of representatives from each of the partner universities, alongside invited innovation experts, assessing applications in September.

Northern Accelerator is a partnership between Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria and Sunderland Universities and is funded by Research England. One of the programme’s initiatives provides £1.65m of funds to take promising new research outcomes closer towards commercialisation. Funding is available in two forms – feasibility awards and proof of concept awards.

Northern Accelerator has already provided funding to 20 academics across the four universities this year, investing over £670,000 to allow them to progress the commercial potential in their research.

For an informal discussion about making an application for a feasibility or proof of concept award, please contact your university’s technology transfer team. To find out more about what the funding can be used for, and the application process, visit