Programme Update


Digital Innovation for Growth (DIfG) will close on 30 June 2023. Whilst DIfG is no longer accepting new project requests, both Sheffield Hallam University and Barnsley DMC will continue to support organisations through academic expertise and research, access to facilities, project collaborations and more. 

For Sheffield Hallam University enquiries, contact: Innovation@shu.ac.uk

For Barnsley DMC enquiries, contact: DMC@Barnsley.gov.uk


  1. Barnsley
  2. Bassetlaw
  3. Bolsover
  4. Chesterfield
  5. Derbyshire Dales
  6. Doncaster
  7. North East Derbyshire
  8. Rotherham
  9. Sheffield

Our academic experts can support your business through bespoke research and innovation-based consultancy, providing access to state-of-the-art facilities. As part of the programme, you can access design, prototyping and testing facilities at the DMC 02 MakerLab located in The Seam at Barnsley Digital Campus to test new products and ideas.

We also run free practical workshops and events for businesses interested in learning about new digital technologies and how they can be implemented in your business.

The programme is available to eligible SMEs in the Sheffield City Region and the districts of Bassetlaw, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Derbyshire Dales & North East Derbyshire.

Bespoke Expertise


The Digital Innovation for Growth programme enables you to access bespoke expertise from academics at Sheffield Hallam University. The support given usually takes the format of at least 12 hours of expertise, but can last longer if your project warrants it. This expertise can help you with any project that has an element of “digital innovation”, you don’t have to be a digital business to access the programme

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Ways to Engage


If you’re looking to gain new transferrable knowledge to help your business innovate and grow, we run industry focussed practical workshops that are delivered by academic experts and cover a variety of topics. Topics range from software engineering to data analytics and artificial intelligence to cyber security. Visit our events page to find out more and register for an event.

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