Innovation and Enterprise


Knowledge exchange and innovation - funding opportunities

UCL Innovation and Enterprise work with all academic disciplines to promote knowledge exchange to help engagement with the wider world.

We’re committed to building new relationships with prospective external partners and enhancing links with current partners through:

  • funding schemes for staff - including the Research Council UK’s various Impact Acceleration Accounts (IAAs) and Higher Education Innovation Funding's (HEIF) Knowledge Exchange and Innovation Fund
  • knowledge exchange and secondments to government bodies (policy) and to industry, charities and third-sector organisations (enterprise)
  • pre-commercialisation funding for engineering and the physical sciences
  • corporate partnerships with new businesses and organisations, nationally and internationally
  • consultancy work, including the development of short courses (see the central UCL short courses website)

Current funding schemes (2017/18)

To help us achieve our goals, we receive funding from a number of key sources.

The Higher Education Innovation Funding's (HEIF) Knowledge Exchange and Innovation Fund

This fund aims to stimulate innovation at UCL by supporting impact and knowledge exchange (KE) activities aligned with the core themes of UCL’s strategy (UCL 2034). It's provided by the Higher Education Funding Council For England (HEFCE). The scheme's been designed to support the breadth of KE and innovation activity across UCL, from research of any discipline.

Funding available: £30,000 for pre-commercialisation projects, £15,000 for small knowledge-exchange projects or up to £10,000 for CPD and short course projects.

Research Councils UK Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) funding

Research Councils UK (RCUK) funding is provided in the form of Impact Acceleration Accounts (IAAs). We currently have funds from:

  • the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
  • the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
  • the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

The funding is for pre-commercialisation projects (discovery-to-use), knowledge exchange activities and secondments, among other projects.

Funding available: £5.46m is available for the three-year EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account (2017-20). An estimated £1.6m of this fund has been allocated for discovery-to-use projects, over £1m for secondments and £1.3m for knowledge exchange and innovation.

Other funding sources

Funding is also available from sources including the:

  • UCL Tecnnology Fund
  • UCL Translational Research Office
  • Apollo Therapeutics Fund

Contact us

Email knowledge.exchange@ucl.ac.uk for more information on funding.