Innovation & Enterprise


Short course development funding

Get the support you need to deliver an effective short course and inspire people to make a difference to the world around them.

What courses will qualify

Funding is currently only available for non-credit bearing courses. 

Your proposal will need to show that:

  • there’s a clear need and audience for your topic
  • your approach will benefit the wider world, not just the learner
  • funding is essential for you to develop this course 

Your course will also need to:

  • be delivered within the funding period
  • be based either entirely online or include an online element
  • continue beyond its first year
  • charge a fee 

You’ll find best practice guidance and templates for planning a course in our online short course development resource.

What funding is available

You can apply for up to £25,000 to develop and deliver your course within a 12-month period.

Applications are currently closed. The next round will open in spring 2019.

How the funding can be used

You could use the funding to: 

  • arrange teaching cover
  • create videos and other supporting content
  • get your course accredited by a professional body
  • promote your course

How we’ll work together

If your proposal is successful you’ll need to:

  • work with a learning technologist to design online content 
  • follow our team’s best practice process
  • agree to your course being offered online by partners like Futurelearn
  • share course data and a written case study at the end of the project

The assessment process

Your proposal will be reviewed after the submission deadline by a panel from Innovation & Enterprise and Digital Education.

How to apply

You’ll need to complete the following forms:

  1. Costing and pricing spreadsheet
  2. Short course planning template
  3. Checklist of desk research into the market for your course and your competitors
  4. Course initiation questionnaire (CIQ) on Portico. Make sure you attach the costing and pricing spreadsheet, and get it approved by your Head of Department and Faculty Tutor

If you’re working with external partners, we’ll ask to see written agreement from them too.

You can talk through your course idea and get details of the application process by contacting the team at cpd@ucl.ac.uk

Funding source

Innovation & Enterprise receives knowledge exchange funding from:

  • Research England, Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF)