If you would like to explore opportunities to engage with people outside academia and develop collaborative projects, you could get knowledge exchange funding.
What is knowledge exchange?
Knowledge exchange (KE) is a process that connects you with communities beyond the university to exchange ideas, evidence and expertise. It emphasises a two-way exchange of learning and helps you use your knowledge to benefit society and the economy, bringing what you've learned back into the university.
Who it’s for
All UCL staff can apply, including academic, research and professional services staff from any department.
What projects could qualify
Your proposal will need to:
- engage with non-academic users or collaborators, such as businesses, public sector services, charities or the wider public
- show how you'll bring their input or expertise back into the project and UCL
- show how your project will contribute to society or the economy
- show how your project builds on your work at UCL
- show how your project maximises the impact of EPSRC- or STFC-funded research (if relevant)
Projects could include, among others:
- strengthening or exploring the development of a partnership
- designing and delivering workshops or events where you’re working with non-academic collaborators
- informing public policy
Further details on eligibility requirements can be found in our funding scheme guide (Word).
What funding is available
There are three sources of funds, each with different maximum available amounts and date restrictions. If your project is linked to EPSRC or STFC-funded research, you should apply for the corresponding Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) funds. If not, you should apply for HEIF funding.
For the following funding sources:
- EPSRC IAA: You can apply for up to £30,000 for projects ending by 31 March 2022
- STFC IAA: You can apply for up to £15,000 for projects ending by 31 March 2022
- HEIF: You can apply for up to £15,000 for projects ending by 31 July 2021
EPSRC IAA funding is extremely limited and this call will be competitive. It's highly unlikely we'll have any remaining funds after this call until further notice.
When to apply
Applications are currently closed. Further call dates will be announced in due course for HEIF and STFC IAA projects.
Submissions received outside published call dates will not be considered.
How to apply
We'd encourage you to speak to the Knowledge Exchange team (firstname.lastname@example.org) for advice on shaping your application and its eligibility. We strongly encourage you to do so at the earliest opportunity, irrespective of the stage of development of your project.
- Read our funding scheme guide (Word) for advice on completing your application and details of the documents we’ll need to see.
- Read our guide to using the web application form (Word), and what information you'll need to have to hand before starting.
- 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. Note that only one person can access the form.
You can use the application template (Word) to share information with co-investigators or other colleagues if this is helpful. But applications must be submitted via the web application form (emailed applications will not be accepted).
If you have any feedback on the web form, please send it to email@example.com so we can improve the process.
After you apply
- Your proposal will be assessed by the Knowledge Exchange team to assess its eligibility and make sure it matches the funding criteria.
- If it does, 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.
- For applications over £15,000, the UCL Innovation & Enterprise Funding Committee will consider the application and make a recommendation to the Executive Director, Office of the Vice-Provost (Enterprise) on whether to award or decline. They will make the final decision. For applications up to £15,000, the Knowledge Exchange team will make the final decision. The same criteria are applied in both cases.
- Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) 2020-22
- Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) 2021-22
- Research England, Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF)
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