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RTC North can accept separate applications from companies based in Northumberland, Tyne & Wear and County Durham (NE LEP area) for eligible projects on the programme below.

Pathway to Innovation: Through this programme, RTC North Ltd can provide up to 35% funding for projects that will support the introduction of new products, processes and services into healthcare and life sciences, advanced manufacturing, digital and creative and offshore and subsea sectors.

  • Eligibility and application process
  • Projects between £3,000 and £6,000 - please complete the form below
  • Project value must be a minimum of £3,000 (£1,000 grant funding) and can only be used to support companies based in Northumberland, Tyne & Wear or County Durham.

  • Total project values over £6,000 will be assessed on the ability of the business to deliver significant product design or service innovation and to create jobs.

  • Successful projects will be subject to ERDF Procurement regulations.

*Please note: This is a competitive process and a limited amount of funding is available. As a result we have to prioritise companies and projects which can demonstrate significant potential for sales growth, new job creation or for new products and services which will be taken to market. If you are unsure if your application is suitable, please email enquiries@rtcnorth.co.uk or call 0191 5164400 and speak to an RTC advisor.

Completing this outline application

Before you start your outline application, please check you have all the information required as this form cannot be 'saved'.

If you have any questions about the outline application please call RTC on +44 (0)191 516 4400.

Where did you hear about these programmes?

Which programme are you applying for?

About the Business

Private Ltd Co Partnership Sole Trader LLP

Income / Turnover per Year

Please select one.

Less than €2m Less than €10m Less than €50m More than €50m

Balance Sheet Value

Please select one.

Less than €2m Less than €10m Less than €50m More than €50m

Tell Us About Your Project

Please indicate the kind of support you need:

Business Model/Strategy Development

Product/Service Design and Innovation

Process Management

Route to Market / Market Entry Strategy

Brand Strategy Development

Intellectual Property


Does your business own more than a quarter of any other companies or does any other company own more than a quarter of yours? No Yes

If yes... what is the company name (or registration number) of the owner or subsidary?

If yes... is the total number of staff employed by the group more than 250? No Yes
If yes... is the total turnover for the group more than €50m? No Yes
If yes... is the total group balance sheet value more than €43m? No Yes

Finances / GVA

Previous Funding Support (DeMinimis)

I understand that The Designing Better Business & The Innovation Pathway project is part financed by the North East – European Regional Development Fund Programme and my business may only receive State Aid subsidised support to the value of €200,000 within in a three year rolling period.
*NB - if your business is more than 25% owned by another organisation, please include the State Aid support provided to that business.
No  Yes

I declare that the comprehensive amount of De Minimis aid received by the company/organisation over the last three rolling years is:

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