Useful third party links and resources

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Association of Independent Research and Technology Organisations  AIRTO provides a useful link to a wide range of government bodies, research organisations and trade associations. 
Business Link Support and advice 
Cambridge University Technology and Enterprise Club  CUTEC aim at engaging Venture Capital for technological innovations. Their goal is to raise the entrepreneurial spirit amongst academics and students by facilitating interaction between researchers, entrepreneurs, and successful investors, through various events. 
CBI - Confederation of British Industry  A lobbying organisation for UK business on national and international issues which works with the UK government, international legislators and policy-makers to help UK businesses compete effectively. 
East of England Energy Group  A focal point representing the energy industry in the East of England region. 
East of England Multimedia Alliance  EMMA is dedicated to the promotion and growth of the digital industries in the East of England. 
EEDA - East of England Development Agency The Regional Development Agency for the East of England. 
EEESTA - East of England Engineering Science & Technology Association  EEESTA's mission is to enhance the standing and contribution of UK engineering, science and technology in the national interest and to the benefit of society within the East of England Region. 
Enterprise Europe East Enterprise Europe East is your local link to a network comprising 600 organisations across 40 countries in Europe and beyond. Visit this new website to access technology offers, technology requests and more. 
Enterprise Europe East Database A free service for making technology offers or requests throughout Europe. 
ERBI - East of England Regional Biotech Initiative ERBI is focused on growing BioTech and Medical Technologies in Cambridge and the East of England. 
Framework 7 The national contact point for the European Framework Research and Development Programme - FP7.  
FSB - Federation of Small Businesses A non-profit making membership organisation providing many useful services to small businesses. 
Gibson Index The Gibson Index contains profiles on some 38,000 early stage start-ups, University spinouts, SME veterans, technology-led consultancies and business partnerships. It forms the world’s first comprehensive national small company database of any major nation. Gibson Index 
Lambert Tool Kit for Collaborative Research This website provides a toolkit for universities and companies that wish to undertake collaborative research projects with each other. The toolkit consists of a set of five Model Research Collaboration (one to one) Agreements numbered 1-5 and four Consortium (multi-party) Agreements lettered A-D and documents that should help you to use and understand those agreements. 
LinkedIn  A network where over 35 million professionals use LinkedIn to exchange information, ideas and opportunities. 
Practical Guide to EU funding A Practical Guide to funding opportunities for Research and Innovation. Conceived to help potential beneficiaries of EU programmes find their way through the three funding instruments and identify the most appropriate funding scheme.  Practical Guide to EU funding 
Proof of Concept An EEDA Grant to investigate an innovative idea by helping to fund market research. 
Proof of Market Due to replace Proof of Concept, this Grant through EEDA aims to help fund market research for an innovative product. 
R&D Grants Grants to offset technical risks offered by the East of England Development Agency.  
R&D Links - BERR The Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform website useful R&D links page.  R&D Links - BERR 
R&D Tax Credits R&D Tax Credits are available to SME's and large companies. 
Science Business  An independent news service that brings together buyers and sellers of emerging technologies. 
Screen East  Developing, supporting and promoting the film and media industries and culture in the East of England. 
St John's Innovation Centre  St John's Innovation Centre provides early stage knowledge-based companies with business advice, strategic consultancy, introductions and flexible accommodation. 
Strategic Partnerships  Strategic partnerships are formal arrangements between EPSRC and other organisations where they agree to jointly support research, training and other activities in UK universities. A partnership can involve one or several organisations, and gives a framework for supporting mutually-beneficial activities in areas of interest. Activities can include things like research chairs, research grants and consortia and studentships.  Strategic Partnerships 
Tax Reliefs and Allowances for R&D  Learn all about R&D Tax Credits.  Tax Reliefs and Allowances for R&D 
The R&D Society  A UK based organisation formed to promote the better understanding of research and development in all its forms. Holds regular meetings open to all. 
UK Intellectual Property Office The UK IPO was previously known as the UK Patent Office. This site provides advice on all forms of Intellectual Property. 
UKTI - UK Trade and Investment  UKTI provides practical assistance to international companies establishing and expanding their business in the UK, as well as for companies looking for assistance in reaching export markets. 
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