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The STFC CERN BIC focuses on developing new products and services using technology originally developed for use in high energy physics research. The centre will help businesses to grow from technical concept to market reality, from small start-ups into thriving high-tech companies.

The BIC provides an ideal package of both funding and business support to accelerate innovative business concepts, including:

  • £40,000 of total funding for use on intellectual property protection, design, prototyping, market studies etc
  • Access up to 40 hours of CERN and 40 hours of STFC scientists and technical expertise
  • Use of CERN intellectual property at favourable conditions
  • Access to collaboration and networking opportunities at Sci-Tech DaresburyHarwell Campus​ and the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh and through the STFC and CERN networks
  • Wider access to potential sources of financial support through STFC’s links with venture capitalists and funding bodies​

“We would not have been able to grow and develop without the support that we have received from STFC. Having access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities for affordable rates make STFC hugely ideal for launching successful tech start-ups.” Alex Reip, CEO, Oxford Nanosystems

Who is it for?

The programme accepts any high-tech entrepreneur, research group or small start-up company looking to develop innovative products and services from technologies originally developed for high energy physics. You do not have to have a previous relationship with STFC or CERN to apply for the scheme.

Key criteria:

  • You have an innovative, technology driven idea
  • Your business plan is based on applying high-energy physics technologies in industries such as but not limited to: accelerator beam physics, cooling and ventilation, electrical power converters, high performance detectors, microelectronics, ICT, surfaces and coatings, industrial controls and engineering, high and ultra-high vacuums, mechanical engineering, cryogenics, magnets, superconductivity, radio frequency technology, materials science, high performance computing.
  • Your business is based on CERN’s technologies, especially:
    • Initiatives based on technologies developed at CERN or with CERN’s direct contribution
    • Companies developing technologies of interest to CERN and similar facilities
    • Any innovative project that could clearly benefit from the support of CERN experts in the core competencies listed above
  • Or you are academic staff wishing to set up your own company to bring cutting-edge research to the market

How does it work?

  • Submit Expression of Interest (2019 deadlines 31st July, 30th November)
  • Invitation to apply
  • Application
  • Application review
  • Invitation to join STFC CERN BIC

How do I find out more and apply?

For more information visit:
Contact: Delyth Lloyd Edwards

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