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Enterprise secondments funding

Put your research into practice outside academia and build a lasting relationship with funding support.

Who it’s for

You’ll have a partner organisation on board that’s based in the UK. It could be a business, charity, NGO or public sector organisation. 

Your secondee will be a current UCL member of staff or PhD student. Early career researchers particularly benefit from the experience.

What projects could qualify

Your project must increase the impact of previous or existing EPSRC research outputs.

If your project doesn’t have an EPSRC link, please contact us as we may be able to find alternative funding.

Your proposal will need to:

  • show how both partners will share their expertise 
  • make a measurable difference to both, for example by exploring the development of new products or services, changing policy or spreading scientific knowledge

Funding can support a secondment of up to 6 months full-time or 12 months part-time (6 months is the maximum for PhD students). The project’s end date should be on or before 31 March 2020.

What funding is available

You can apply for up to £30,000 from the EPSRC IAA 2017-20. Your external partner will be expected to match-fund the project with cash or an in-kind contribution.

When to apply and timings

Applications for amounts up to £15,000 are being considered until 30 August 2019. We'll normally let you know the outcome within two weeks. You'll be able to start the project after a further two weeks.

You’ll also be able to apply for larger amounts during the following call dates:

  • 2 to 16 September 2019 (earliest start 4 November)
  • 4 to 18 October 2019 (earliest start 9 December)
  • 8 to 22 November 2019 (earliest start 22 January)

When you apply during one of these calls, you'll be notified of the outcome around six weeks after the call closes.

How to apply

  1. Read our guide (pdf) for advice on completing your application and details of the documents we’ll need to see. 
  2. Read our guide to using the new web application form (pdf), and what information you'll need to have to hand before starting.
  3. Prepare the costing spreadsheet (Excel) 
  4. Fill in the web application form on our online portal. (You'll need your UCL login.)

After you’ve started to fill in the web application form, you can save and return to it as many times as you need before submitting.

You can use the application template (Word) to share information with co-investigators or other colleagues but please note that emailed applications will no longer be accepted

If you’d like to discuss your project or the application process, contact the funding team at r.corcoran@ucl.ac.uk

If you have any feedback on the new online application form, please send to knowledge.exchange@ucl.ac.uk so we can improve the process. 

After you apply

  1. Your proposal will be assessed by a member of the team to make sure it matches the funding criteria. 
  2. If it does, at least three members of innovation-engaged UCL staff will review it. Your application will be assessed on its suitability for the scheme, feasibility, and potential for impact.
  3. For applications over £15,000, the Innovation & Enterprise Funding Committee will consider the application and make a recommendation to the Vice-Provost (Enterprise) on whether to award or decline. She’ll make the final decision. For applications up to £15,000, the Knowledge Exchange team will make the final decision.

Funding source

  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) 2017-2020.

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