The aim of the Bartlett Innovation Fund (BIF) is to provide funding for activities that generate, or support: enterprise collaborations, impact-related activities, and innovation learning initiatives.
Deadline: 8 February 2019, 12.00 (noon)
Please note, all funds awarded in this round to be spent by 31 July 2019
About the fund
The aim of the Bartlett Innovation Fund (formerly The Bartlett Enterprise Development Fund) is to provide funding for activities that generate, or support: enterprise collaborations, impact-related activities, and innovation learning initiatives. This includes enterprise activities that enable research innovation, and transform your knowledge and ideas into action. Projects should demonstrate measurable impact to all partners, and a clear strategy for impact tracking. The BIF scheme is not intended to fund projects where the research itself is the primary aim/outcome of the work, but focuses on the three activity streams details in the guidance document.
A total of £40,000, shared over two calls, is available annually and we anticipate funding between 4-8 projects, although larger projects of exceptional strategic value will also be considered. For such larger-scale projects or those designed to instigate a specific long-term financial return, please email email@example.com in advance. Applications for funding will be assessed by a panel convened by the Enterprise Advisory Group (EAG), who expect applicants to review other funding avenues (detailed in the guidance) before submission. Resubmissions will be on an invitation-only basis.
All funds awarded in this round must be spent by 31st July 2019.
Proposals must be led by a member of academic / teaching staff (including Research Associates and Teaching Fellows) based in The Bartlett Faculty. Proposals can include multiple colleagues across The Bartlett, and those based in other UCL Faculties or HEIs. National and international academic and non-academic organisations are encouraged as project partners. Projects are welcomed where match/partial match funding contribution is provided by partner organisations. We are also keen to receive applications that set out a clear plan for how funding will be used to help secure further external funding for future collaborative work.
Priority will be given to proposals that demonstrate impact during and beyond the lifetime of the project. We particularly welcome projects that articulate plans for project development in line with UCL’s Innovation and Enterprise strategy and funding opportunities. This could also include projects that outline links to key external funds e.g. connecting to existing or future Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund waves. A final report will be required on completion of the project, including a strategy for continued impact generation, tracking and evidencing.
Information for applicants
- How to apply
Applications should be made using the BIF application form:
Completed application forms should be emailed to the Bartlett Faculty Impact Manager, Tadhg Caffrey: firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline for proposals is 8 February 2019 at noon, and all funds awarded in this round must be spent by 31 July 2019. Candidates are welcome to discuss ideas and their eligibility in advance of submission with Tadhg Caffrey.
Applications will be reviewed by a sub-committee appointed by the Vice Dean of Enterprise and the Bartlett Enterprise Advisory Group.
A final report will be required on completion of the project, including a strategy for continued impact generation, tracking and evidencing.
Should your application be better suited to alternative funding at UCL, the panel may suggest you apply there in the first instance. We highly recommend that you consider the following funding pots before submitting your application:
All successful project leads will be asked to fill out an evaluation form. The main aim of this form is help funded leads to find avenues for continuing the impact and potential of their projects. Download the current evaluation form here:
- Terms and conditions
- Proposals must be led by a member of academic / teaching staff (including Research Associates and Teaching Fellows) based in The Bartlett Faculty.
- Funds are not to be used to meet contracted staff salaries.
- Funds can be used for casual payments (including PhD students) and additional payments to existing staff, in accordance with UCL HR policies.
- Research post bridging can be included, in accordance with UCL HR policies, although this is not the primary aim of the fund.
- Estates and indirect costs cannot be funded.
- External partners may qualify as subcontractors – contact us with queries on this matter.
- Funds for this round need to be spent by 31 July 2019. This means all casual payments must be submitted to HR by 10 July 2019, and all goods and services received and invoices paid by 31 July 2019.
- Departments should only produce a Worktribe costing report as part of their application if researcher time is included.
- Individual Schools/Units are expected to manage the finance and HR administration for BIF grants.
- School / Unit HoD should be aware of BIF submissions and should be included on the submission email.
- Applicants who have previously been granted a BIF (or BEDF) award must submit a final report before they are eligible to apply for further funding from this Scheme.
- Any extension of time for the project needs to be agreed in advance with the Vice Dean of Enterprise, but all funds must be spent by 31 July 2019.