Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing (SAM) Scheme is now available across the North East LEP region

More than £800,000 in Collaborative Projects Fund grants are now available to North East manufacturing businesses following the launch of a £5.1million project by the University of Sunderland.

The University of Sunderland is receiving almost £2.6million from the European Regional Development Fund towards the project.

The Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing (SAM) project is a multi-million pound scheme to support small and medium-sized manufacturing enterprises (SMEs) across the North East LEP region, aiming to create jobs and unlock growth.

The pioneering initiative will enable businesses to become more productive and sustainable by supporting projects that develop their products, processes and technology.

Grant applications are invited from North East manufacturing SMEs looking for investment to support:
New technology development and/or use by the firm
New product validation (tests/consultancy/prototypes)
Process improvement
Research and development

Applications from SME consortiums are particularly encouraged. It is anticipated that most awards will be between £5,000 and £35,000 per project.

Anyone interested in a grant can find out more information on the SAM website –