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The Bartlett Innovation Fund

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.

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Deadline: 9am, Friday 25th October 2019
Please note, all funds awarded in this round to be spent by 31 July 2020


About the fund

The aim of the Bartlett Innovation Fund is to provide funding for activities that generate, or support: innovation and enterprise collaborations, associated impact-related activities, and innovation learning initiatives. This includes innovation and 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 detailed in the guidance document.

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. 

A total of £40,000, shared over two calls, is available annually and we anticipate funding between 4-8 projects (approx. £5-10k), 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 t.caffrey@ucl.ac.uk in advance. 

The panel particularly welcomes plans for future project development in line with UCL’s Innovation and Enterprise strategy, including plans for securing future funding from relevant UCL sources (e.g. UCL Innovation and Enterprise) or external sources. This could also include projects that outline links to existing or future Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund waves.  

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 funding (particularly external) for future collaborative work.


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: t.caffrey@ucl.ac.uk

The deadline for proposals is 9am, Friday 25th October 2019, and all funds awarded in this round must be spent by 31 July 2020. 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. Information on assessment criteria is detailed in the Guidance document.

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:

Evaluation

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 2020. This means all casual payments must be submitted to HR by 10 July 2020, and all goods and services received and invoices paid by 31 July 2020.
  • 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 2020.