The Wood Products Innovation Gateway (WPIG) is an ERDF and
Scottish Enterprise funded project within The Wood Studio at
Edinburgh Napier University. The WPIG project supports SMEs
in Scotland to develop a range of new added value wood based
products, processes and construction systems. The project
aims to raise the value of the forest resource in Scotland.
Supported by ERDF, Forestry Commission Scotland, ConFor and Wood
for Good the project team engages with Scottish architects,
engineers and construction industry specifiers. This is done
through several channels, including workshops, seminars,
conferences and lectures introducing new products and addressing
common topics related to timber construction.
Over the 36 months of the project, it will engage with more than
600 Scottish-based SMEs with a view to identifying ideas that can
be taken through initial appraisal, full
research & development and
testing; and on to commercial
production. We intend to engage with
a minimum of 20 new research networks (e.g.
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships) and to target an equivalent number
of commercially viable uses for Scottish grown timber.
Two programmes, both of which can provide small funding packages
(up to £5000) are available through The Forest Products Research
Institute at Napier Univesity, for SMEs to start
initial pieces of work with researchers. The programmes are
principally aimed at building new relationships between Scottish
based SMEs & Universities; and need to demonstrate an
innovative and/or product development element. The work undertaken
- and results obtained - will ideally then be able to demonstrate
the potential to move to a longer term project able to bring in
further external funding. For example, through a Knowledge Transfer
Partnership or a fully funded research or commercial project.
Further information is available from:
Mr Alastair Stupart, FPRI Assistant Director
Tel: +44(0)131 455 2831
Contact Andy Leitch (firstname.lastname@example.org) for
more information on suitable projects or Claire
Goncet (C.Goncet@napier.ac.uk) for
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