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Lancaster China Catalyst Programme

Driving UK Business Growth through International Innovation.

Lancaster China Catalyst Programme is designed to help ambitious UK companies to grow and access international markets through R&D and innovation.

The programme provides support worth over £70K to develop R&D and commercialisation project partnerships with businesses in Guangdong Province, China. Such partnerships can lead to the development of new products, services or processes for global markets, and inevitably help UK companies open up new or additional routes to China.

Key elements in the support package include:

  • 3 market visits to Guangdong Province, China over the period of the 2-year project with a reciprocal visit from a Chinese partner
  • Matchmaking with up to 5 pre-qualified potential Chinese partners
  • Access with a Chinese partner, to significant grant investment from Chinese Government funders
  • A team of highly skilled postgraduates to support each company R&D project in the UK for up to 6 months, and in Guangdong for up to 9 months
  • Bespoke executive programme and master classes around Chinese market, IPR, culture, innovation and internationalisation
  • Access to world class expertise from Lancaster University
  • Dedicated and experienced UK and China-based Catalyst support team


The Programme was created by Lancaster University and is part-funded by the Higher Education Funding Council’s Catalyst Fund and Lancashire County Council. Launched in January 2014, 15 companies have started the first Cycle and had their first visit to China in September. They have commented:

“The trip was an excellent first market visit to Guangzhou, which was not only successful in helping us assess the market potential and gaining confidence in our services, but was also hugely enjoyable from a social perspective, with new contacts and friends made and genuine prospects of building productive long-term relationships.”
- Andrew Walker, Executive Director, ADAS

“The first market visit of the China Catalyst Programme was run with great professionalism. The Programme design coupled with both UK and China project teams certainly serves to de-risk market entry to China.”
- Dr Ben Herbert, Director of Research and Environment, Stopford Energy and Environment

Recruitment is now open for the second Cycle and the first Market visit to China is due to take place on the 11th until 16th of May 2015.

For more information contact:
Mark Beresford, Telephone: +44 (0)1524 510 836
Jing Lu, Telephone: +44 (0)1524 510 322
Email: china-catalyst@lancaster.ac.uk