Innovation & Enterprise


Outward 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. Early career researchers particularly benefit from the experience.

What projects will qualify

Your project must be linked to a previous or existing EPSRC grant or involve a government policy placement. 

Your proposal will need to:

  • show how both partners will share their expertise through knowledge exchange
  • 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. It can be used to cover:

  • time spent at the external organisation’s premises 
  • equipment and project materials 
  • workshop costs
  • project-related travel

What funding is available

You can apply for up to: 

  • £15,000 for government policy placements
  • £30,000 for projects linked to EPSRC research. Your external partner will be expected to cover some of the project’s costs with cash or an 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 all proposals up to £15,000

You can apply at any time. It’ll take us up to four weeks to get back to you.

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 initially 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 our spreadsheet (Excel) and in Worktribe.
  3. Fill in the template for partner organisations and get letters of support (Word), if needed.
  4. Complete the application form (Word).
  5. Email your application and supporting documents to r.corcoran@ucl.ac.uk

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

Funding source

Innovation & Enterprise receives funding from:

  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Impact Acceleration Account (IAA)
  • Research England, Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF)

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