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Find the scheme that’s right for your project, with information about what can be funded and where the funding comes from.

There are many sources of funding that support innovation. Here you’ll find details about the schemes that encourage connections beyond academia. Whether you want to arrange a secondment, test an idea, set up a partnership, or kickstart a business, your journey begins here.

What can be funded?

We support projects from all disciplines and departments. Our funding is used to exchange ideas and expertise, and accelerate the impact of research, by building links with industry, public sector services and the wider public.

The types of activities we can finance include the following:

We can also help you apply for funding to collaborate with a business on a complex project through the Knowledge Transfer Partnership programme.

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Sources of funding

We receive grants from a number of organisations:

  • Research England provides funding through the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) to strengthen our engagement with businesses, charities, government and other organisations. It can be used to support a broad range of knowledge exchange projects.
  • UK Research Councils provide funding through Impact Acceleration Accounts (IAAs) to boost the economic and social impact of UCL’s research. Grants are specifically available for projects in the EPSRC and STFC portfolios. 

Come and talk to us

If your needs aren't met by the funding listed here, come and talk to us. We may be able to point you towards external knowledge exchange funding too.

Case studies

Onya McCausland, Five Colours, Five Landscapes, 2018 © Onya McCausland and University College London. Photo by Anna Betts
Creating paints from coal waste: the arts and sciences join forces at UCL

When Onya McCausland visited a former coalfield in Lancashire, she found both a source of materials for her paintings and a potential business idea.


Villagers from Araihazar, in Bangladesh, where UCL scientists conducted their research into water contamination
UCL and Imperial tackle global threat of arsenic in drinking water

UCL scientists are making strides towards improving the quality of drinking water in rural Bangladesh with support from UCL Innovation & Enterprise.