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There are several stages to preparing and making a successful claim The first and most important is identifying those projects that qualify. Crucially you must understand when R&D has taken place – as if you don’t get this right then you wont be able to claim the right amount of […]

With MSC R&D, it is not just the company that is paid-on-results – it is everyone who represents the company – and that is why we are all focussed on delivering the best possible service to our clients.

Unlike many service providers, where you only see their top people at the pitch – with MSC R&D you get our best people throughout the process. Our trademarked Team Way approach guarantees this.

Patents can deliver IP protection, pander to your vanity, and increase buyer confidence, but what about generating extra profit?

According to Cisco Europe’s Director of Innovation, speaking at techUK’s Supercharging the Digital Economy, 50% is way too low to be good!

What is research and development?  It depends entirely on who you ask.  A Technical Director is likely to set the bar higher than a Financial Director.  Someone in the metal forming industry will probably set the bar lower than a counterpart in the space industry.  So, who’s assessment is correct?

If you don’t register your trademark, then someone else can. This immediately puts your business and any product or service development you are undertaking at risk.

As an SME involved in R&D grants offer the opportunity to extend the research budget, to develop  competitive technology and bring new products to market more quickly.  Why would you pay for advice; you can read the calls for bids and their associated notes, you are perfectly capable of answering […]

A variety of grant schemes offer funding for “Collaborative” projects.  The European Commission, Innovate UK and several others have schemes of this type.  When discussing grant funding opportunities with SMEs I am often faced with the reaction “we don’t want to work with competitors – it’s too risky”.

The size of grants varies considerably between schemes, provider organisations and type of recipient.  It is also worth noting that the size of the grant can vary significantly in percentage terms as a proportion of the total cost of the project.  So, what does this mean for your R&D project?