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Knowledge exchange and innovation funding

If you’re planning a project where you’ll exchange ideas and experience with people outside academia, you could get funding support.

What is knowledge exchange?

Knowledge exchange (KE) is a process that connects you with communities beyond the university to exchange ideas, evidence and expertise. With its emphasis on an exchange of learning and ideas, it helps you put your knowledge to use for the benefit of society and the economy. You’ll then bring what you've learned back into the university.

Who it’s for

You could be in an academic or professional service department, working in any subject discipline.

What projects could qualify

Your proposal will need to:

  • engage with businesses, public sector services, charities or the wider public
  • show how your project will contribute to society or the economy

Projects could include, among others: 

  • developing a partnership
  • running networking events 
  • designing and delivering workshops
  • informing public policy

What funding is available

You can apply for up to: 

  • £30,000 for a year for projects linked to EPSRC research 
  • £10,000 for six months for projects linked to STFC research 
  • £15,000 for six months for all other projects 

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 all 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. 

For EPSRC-linked 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.

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 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 the funding team at knowledge.exchange@ucl.ac.uk

Funding sources

Innovation & Enterprise receives knowledge exchange funding from:

  • Research England, Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF)
  • Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), Impact Acceleration Account (IAA). Your project must be linked to a previous or current STFC grant.
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Impact Acceleration Account (IAA). Your project must be linked to a previous or current EPSRC grant.

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