EIRA Funding and the University of Suffolk

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My own first experience with entering the world of virtual reality made me realise we needed to research how we would deliver soft skills training using this technology.Quote Mark

Trudy SoreTrudy Sore
Learning and Development Director
Blue Novation

EIRA Funding – Enabling Innovation: Research to Application

We secured a grant from EIRA, Enabling Innovation: Research to Application, an organisation that supports innovation in the East of England by providing businesses with access to academic expertise, including consultancy and collaborative research, specialist facilities and funding.

EIRA (Enabling Innovation: Research To Application) was a pioneering new project that transformed the business and economic landscape in the East of England by creating a step change in the way Knowledge Exchange (KE) was delivered.

With £4.7 million funding from Research England, EIRA supported economic growth in the region by connecting businesses with the research power of universities through Knowledge Exchange initiatives. EIRA connected the capabilities of 7 prominent higher education institutions (HEIs) including: The Universities of Essex (lead institution), East Anglia, Kent, and University of SuffolkNorwich University of the ArtsWrittle University College and Harlow College.

This grant enabled us to work with academics from the University of Suffolk to investigate how virtual reality scenarios could improve the delivery of soft skills training in the workplace.

For further details of our grant funded research project with the Uof S, please see VR Research – University of Suffolk.

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