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The ISBE Research and Knowledge Exchange Fund (RAKE) Call for Applications 2014

The Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) Research and Knowledge Exchange (RAKE) fund is an initiative supported by Barclays Bank and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) administered through ISBE. This initiative aims to encourage and support research activities from academics, third sector organisations, consultants and practitioners with the ambition of drawing together and generating an entrepreneurial community of practice to facilitate knowledge exchange and transfer.

Applications are invited from individuals or teams. Collaborative bids which draw together any combination of third sector organisations, academic researchers, consultants and practitioners are particularly welcome.

Applications that ‘think outside of the box’ are encouraged. A potential but not exhaustive list of suggestions include:

  • Putting value on Innovation
  • Start up and the barriers to obtaining funding for IP (intellectual property)
  • Regional economic sustainability and small firm innovation
  • Measuring the value of innovation
  • Bank support for firms with IP and development potential
  • Policy support structures to encourage entrepreneurial activity – exploring the opportunities of small firm innovation

We draw attention to the Strategic priorities of the ESRC which embraces three broad priorities any of which can be mapped onto and integrated with the themes outlined above:

  • Economic Performance and Sustainable Growth
  • Influencing Behaviour and Informing Interventions
  • A Vibrant and Fair Society

Further details are available from

For more information

  • Katherine Roycroft
    Research Project and Development Manager (Mon–Wed)
  • Telephone:
    0161 247 6067
  • Email:

  • Jane Walkington-Ellis
    Research Project and Development Manager (Wed–Fri)
  • Telephone:
    0161 247 3654
  • Email:

  • Gary Lindsay
    Research Administrator
  • Telephone:
    0161 247 2706
  • Email:
  • Knowledge Hub,
    Manchester Metropolitan University
    Business School,
    All Saints Campus,
    Oxford Road,
    Manchester, M15 6BH,
    United Kingdom

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