UCL Innovation and Enterprise


Enterprise Secondment Awards

Enterprise Secondment Awards support UCL staff and researchers wishing to promote their engagement in knowledge exchange, through secondments with companies, social enterprises, charities and other non-academic organisations.

Projects will be prioritised based on their impact or the building of longer-term research partnerships. Impacts will be monitored through identifiable and measurable outcomes e.g. new jobs, scientific dissemination and follow-on activity e.g. business start-ups and/or new collaborations with clear potential for IP development and/or development of longer- term research partnerships. The prospective benefits to project stakeholders (e.g. Secondee, UCL, external partner) will all be considered.

Proposal Criteria

  1. Projects should have a clear knowledge exchange focus.
  2. Project partners must have a UK-based research presence.
  3. Secondments should be endorsed by the Secondee’s Line Manager, who will usually act as PI for the project.
  4. Secondments should have demonstrable link to underpinning research in the EPSRC portfolio.
  5. Projects should demonstrate measurable impact to all partners, and should attract direct (cash) and/or in kind contributions from the external partner.
  6. Projects should be no more than £30K for 1-6 months' work.
  7. Secondments to other HEIs (Universities) or other educational establishments are not eligible.
  8. Applicants should seek approval and support from their Head of Department before they apply.

If you would like to discuss a potential secondment funding application, please contact Kemil Thomas at kemil.thomas@ucl.ac.uk

Allowable Costs

A Worktribe standalone costing will need to be prepared and submitted for departmental review however, as it is an internal grant, Research Finance Unit (RFU) approval is not required.

Only Direct Costs are funded: this includes salary, NI and pension costs, reasonable travel and subsistence, appropriate consumables. The secondments will be supported for all career stages from doctoral students to academic staff, the latter integrating with UCL’s existing sabbatical scheme.

Award Conditions

The PI and Secondee must commit to take part in the monitoring processes. PI and Secondee must also engage with UCL Business and the UCL Research Contracts office to ensure UCL’s IP is protected and its value maximised where appropriate.

Funds are dispersed using the normal UCL financial regulations and systems. Funds must be spent within the terms and conditions of the UCL IAA EPSRC and any unaccounted costs or underspends will be clawed back for re-use within further calls. Overspends are the responsibility of the department.

Please find further information about conditions and benefits of Enterprise Secondments in the application guidance.

Proposal Format

Applicants are requested to read the guidance document before you apply. Completed application form along with the supporting documents should be emailed to Kemil Thomas at kemil.thomas@ucl.ac.uk

Decisions on funding and deadlines 

Awards may be reviewed in confidence by members of the UCL community. The decision to award, suggest resubmission, or to decline rests with the UCL Innovation and Enterprise Funding Committee, following which applicants will be notified about any next steps.

Applications for <£15k funding may be awarded between meetings.