Impact Lab offers an outstanding opportunity for companies seeking solutions to their environment and data challenges. By working collaboratively with our scientists and technologists, our support can take your business to the next level.


We are a partnership of seven Devon-based research organisations helping local businesses use complex data. Our focus is to create new products and services that safeguard the environment for future generations. This three-year, £6.4 million programme is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The initiative supports small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the Devon region, through specialist technical support, access to academic expertise, and grants.

What are “Environmental Futures”?

We define these as the problems and opportunities arising from human activity or global trends. This encompasses pollution control and mitigation, climate change and impacts on ecosystems goods and services. We believe that viable solutions to these challenges can be found by working collaboratively across digital technology, big data, other disciplines.

Some of the problems requiring a solution are not yet known or fully understood. The nature of the problems may extend into a wide variety of sectors. This is expected and encouraged.

Big Data as an enabler

The seven partners possess significant and growing volumes of data that the lab can help you utilise. We use the term Big Data to encompass not only the data itself but also the skills, knowledge and capability to manipulate and exploit the data, including:

    • artificial intelligence
    • machine vision
    • high performance computing and communications techniques


The Impact Lab works with Devon based SMEs, meaning fewer than 250 employees and with a registered office in Devon. Or you should be willing to relocate the business to Devon and/or show a firm commitment to growing a business in Devon.

Please do not exclude yourself if you do not meet all of our eligibility criteria. We may still be able to help you, or refer you to another initiative/organisation that meets your specific needs, so please do contact us.

Active Projects

  • Elemental Digest System lead by Dr Marin Blackwell
  • RegenFarm lead by Prof Adrian Collins
  • Breedr lead by Dr Jordana Rivero-Viera
  • OTA Analytics lead by Dr Paul Harris