Eco-I NW seeks to support low carbon business innovations across the region through a variety of short and long term interventions. The aim is to deliver a transition to a low carbon economy in all sectors.

The project is not led by specific technologies, but instead is driven by business needs and helps to facilitate a collaborative approach to problem solving.

Collaboration is at the heart of Eco-I NW- our partnership includes the universities of Lancaster, Central Lancashire, Cumbria, Liverpool John Moores, Liverpool and Manchester Met, and operates across multiple LEP areas in the North West.

In Cumbria, we are keen to hear from and work with SME’s who want to make innovative changes to their products or services, in order to reduce their carbon output.


ECO-I NW builds on a previous ERDF-funded Eco-Innovation project. You can read about that project here: Eco Innovation Review


How Eco-I North West can help your business

Internships and Masters Research placements

Through Eco-I North West, the University of Cumbria offers assistance for businesses wishing to make carbon-reducing innovation through the support of skilled and experienced student researchers. 

  • Internships provide 20 days (140 hours) of flexible research support to meet the innovation needs of your business.
  • Masters placements provide up to 4-months of in depth research

Innovation Workshop and Events

A programme of funded workshop and events created to meet the needs of businesses innovation. The programme focuses on different aspects of the innovation journey.

These events provide business with a number of great opportunities to hear from expert speakers, network with other Cumbrian business, and share best practice.

Click below to view the Eco-I NW Low Carbon Events Programme 2021/22 (opens/downloads as a pdf file).

ECO-I Events brochure 21/22 front page, image of ECO-I NW events brochure 2021/22



What are the benefits of Eco-I North West to your business?

  • Access to knowledge and insight - When a business works with universities the return on R&D more than doubles according to UK Government statistics. (Dowling Review 2015)
  • Gain tools which shape your innovation business ideas and inspire a low carbon culture
  • Access extensive research and development support at state of the art laboratories and facilities
  • Reduce the risk and address the barriers and challenges to innovation within a supportive environment
  • Develop new low carbon products and services
  • Speed up innovation and support transition to zero carbon
  • Create a network of like-minded businesses to explore and share new ideas

Next Steps

For more information please contact

Mike Siddall- Eco-I North West Project Manager



What are the benefits of Eco-I North West for students?

Eco-I North West provides a number of research placements and internships for students interested in low carbon innovation. These are an ideal way for students to extend their research skills, enhance employability by researching for a real business, strengthen CVs, and gain excellence references.

There are two options for students wishing to get involved with low carbon innovation research:

All students are supported by academic supervisors and mentored by the Project Manager.  We are on hand to answer any questions you may have and to ensure that your placement is enjoyable and productive.


What are the benefits of undertaking a student research placement or internship?

  • Getting paid fairly for the research you do
  • Adding to your CV by increasing your skills, knowledge & experience
  • Helping you to gain an insight into the way organisations operate and the challenges they face
  • Providing opportunities to gain evidence and research for your dissertation
  • Reasonable travel expenses will be paid
  • Playing a part in Cumbria’s transition to zero carbon

Student internships and masters placements: how to search and apply

Student internship opportunities are advertised on the current vacancies section of the University Of Cumbria website. 

Be the first to hear about opportunities by registering your interest and signing up here.

Eco-I North West Events

Support is available to European Regional Development Fund eligible companies. To find out if your company is eligible for support please contact

Mike Siddall- Eco-I North West Project Manager




Along with Eco-I North West, the University Of Cumbria is also hosting the Cumbria Innovation Platform (CUSP). CUSP is similar to Eco-I North West in providing research and development support for SME’s to innovate, only without the focus on carbon reduction. For further information, see Cumbria Innovations Platform

You may also be interested in the other Eco-I North West project being delivered by our partner universities:

Lancaster University 

Manchester Metropolitan University

Liverpool University

Liverpool John Moores

University of Central Lancashire

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