SMART Expertise

East Wales and West Wales & Valleys

These regions are now currently closed. If you are based in the East Wales or the West Wales & Valleys region, please do contact your RDM who will be happy to assist whilst we seek additional funds to support further quality RD&I collaborative projects.


You are advised to discuss any possible RD&I collaborative projects with your local Research Development Manager (RDM) see below for contact details.

To contact your local Research Development Manager:

For applications from Mid and North Wales – please contact Sam Williams, email:

For applications from the South East and South West – please contact Richard Morgan, email:


Please note, all currently supported SMART Expertise projects must be completed by 31 December 2022.



Introduction to SMART Expertise

SMART Expertise offers financial support to innovative collaboration projects that require a range of expertise to solve industry problems.

The aim of the call is to support collaborative projects, between industry and Welsh research organisations, which address strategic industrial technical challenge/s with a clear focus on commercialisation and exploitation of new products, processes or services and growth in capacity and capability in key areas of Smart Specialisation.

There are no restrictions on size or location of industrial partners, however, the project must demonstrate it is an effective collaboration and will deliver positive Welsh economic impacts.

Funding will support 100% of the research organisations eligible project costs which shall equate to a maximum of 50% of the total eligible project costs. The industrial partners shall provide the remaining balance of the total eligible projects costs. The funding will be awarded to the research organisation.

Duration of projects: Project activity must be completed by 31 December 2022

Contract research and provision of research services are not eligible.

For further information please contact your Research Development Manager