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Applying research in industry funding

Work with a non-academic partner and move your research from its early stages towards a practical use that benefits society, with EPSRC funding.

Who it’s for

You’ll have a partner organisation on board that’s based in the UK and can help you apply your research in their sector. 

What projects could qualify

Your project must be linked to a previous or existing grant from the EPSRC.

Your proposal will need to:

  • feature research that’s ready to move towards a practical use
  • show how both partners will share their expertise through knowledge exchange
  • make a measurable difference to both, for example by spreading scientific knowledge, generating a new business startup or developing long-term research partnerships

The types of activities you can get funding for include:

  • extending the use of an industrial technology by integrating it with your own
  • developing an app that tackles a social issue

What funding is available

You can apply for up to £100,000 for a minimum of 3 months, up to March 2020. Your external partner should also make a cash or in-kind contribution.

The next three calls for funding will be open from:

  • 7 January to 30 January 2019 (earliest start date: 11 March)
  • 11 February to 6 March 2019 (earliest start date: 23 April)
  • 18 March to 10 April 2019 (earliest start date: 28 May)

Or you can apply for up to £15,000 now.

When to apply and timings

For proposals over £15,000 

  1. Apply during a funding call.
  2. Your proposal will be assessed by the Knowledge Exchange team to make sure it matches the funding criteria. 
  3. If it does, the Innovation & Enterprise Funding Committee and at least three members of UCL staff will then review it. 
  4. They’ll pass their recommendation to the Vice- Provost (Enterprise) on whether to award, decline or suggest you submit again. She’ll make the final decision. 

You’ll hear back from us around six weeks after the funding call closes.

For proposals up to £15,000 

You can apply at any time. 

It’ll take us at least two weeks to get back to you and another two weeks before your project can start. If your application coincides with a funding call, it’ll be considered at the same time as those above £15,000. 

How to apply

  1. Read our guide (pdf) for advice on completing your application and details on the documents we’ll need to see. 
  2. Work out costs in our spreadsheet (Excel) and in Worktribe.
  3. Get letters of support from partner organisations, if needed. You can use our template (Word) if it helps.
  4. Complete the application form (Word).
  5. Email your application and supporting documents to knowledge.exchange@ucl.ac.uk

If you’d like to discuss your project or the application process, contact us at knowledge.exchange@ucl.ac.uk

Funding source

Innovation & Enterprise receives funding from:

  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Impact Acceleration Account (IAA)