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Regrettably, we are no longer able to take new applications for funded support from the Flood Innovation Centre. However, the University of Hull remains a world-leading centre for expertise in flood resilience and has a number of service areas to support business innovation and growth, so we would be happy to direct your enquiry to a relevant department via the contact form.

We have left the remaining content of this page live, so visitors can review the support that was offered to SMEs and charitable organisations during the life of the project and examples of ongoing University of Hull expertise.


We’re helping businesses like yours to innovate services and products, as well as improve their own flood resilience.

You might have been thinking about adding new construction or landscaping services or have a brilliant idea for a new product. No matter what stage your idea is at, we can support your company with a range of tailor-made Innovation Support Packages.

Located in the Humber region, the Flood Innovation Centre brings together industry contacts, exceptional academic research and cutting-edge equipment to enable businesses with big ideas to transform their goals into a reality and to help our communities become better prepared for rising flood risks.

Whether you’re exploring a new product or approach, you want to access facilities, or you need expert advice, we can connect you with the right people to drive your project forward.

If you’re an SME based in the Humber region or an ERDF-designated ‘Transition’ area you could be eligible.

We’ll be working with a broad range of SMEs with business premises on their own flood risk and resilience.
We also provide Innovation Support Packages to businesses working in sectors including:

  • Transportation and Logistics
  • Utilities
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Energy & Renewables
  • ICT
  • Financial Services
  • Business Support
  • Public Sector

Our packages work around your business goals and you’ll work with a dedicated Technology Research Manager to ensure these are achieved.

How does it work?

We offer fully funded Innovation Support Packages including specialist and technical guidance. Whether you need access to facilities and testing equipment, or you require advice from flooding experts at the University of Hull, we can help progress your ideas in flood resilience or improve the resilience of your business premises..

Fill in our contact form and one of our team will be in touch to see how we can best help your business.

How can i benefit?

We can help your business to understand its flood risk and put in place measures to minimise disruption and get you back to work more quickly after a flood event. We can support your business to expand into new markets, increase sales opportunities or diversify your product range. All via our funded Support Packages, that provide help where you need it at no cost to your business. .

Our packages are designed to help businesses get the support they need and transform flood resilience ideas into reality.


If you’re a business based in the Humber region, or one of the ERDF designated ‘Transition Areas’, concerned about coping with flood risk or with the ambition to develop a flood-related product, service or process – The Flood Innovation Centre is here to help.



Our Innovation Support Packages are specially designed to each individual project specification and backed by specialist flood-related knowledge from the University of Hull.

Depending on the level of support you require, we’ll provide a tailor-made package to help move your flood resilience idea forward. Determined by the scale of your project, you’ll have a dedicated Technology Research Manager and access to cutting-edge testing equipment and facilities.

We have a varying range of products and services and by working in collaboration with our Technology Research Managers, we can help assess your individual requirements.

Our tailor-made business support packages could include in-depth sector-based workshops, design and testing services, VR modelling, prototyping, business planning, social impact studies and much more.

Innovation Process​​


The first step of your journey will be a conversation with a member of our team, who will talk through your idea. ​


Working together we’ll develop your project specification and put together a tailor-made Innovation Support Package based on your requirements.


We have developed a series of specialist sector and technology-based workshops to help and encourage SMEs to explore opportunities in flood resilience innovation.


Your dedicated Technology Research Manager will work with you throughout your project, with the support of University academics and specialist equipment, at no cost to your company.


The Flood Innovation Centre team will create a final project report providing an overview of the project and recommendations for the next steps of your innovation.


Although our time working together has come to an end, we will continue to work with you or support you in any way we can. This could be a referral to one of our partner organisations that offer funding or further support opportunities within the University of Hull.

Contact the University of Hull with your business support enquiryContact us

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