UCL Innovation & Enterprise work with all academic disciplines to promote knowledge exchange and help engagement with the wider world. Find out what funding is available.
What is knowledge exchange?
Knowledge exchange (KE) is the exchange of ideas, evidence and expertise between UCL and users and/or communities beyond academia. It helps apply university knowledge for societal and economic benefit. The emphasis is on dialogue and two-way interaction.
Some examples of KE activities include:
- Commercialising research, including through social enterprises
- Collaborating and developing partnerships with non-academic research users, e.g. industry
- Consultancy and providing expert advice
- Secondments, people exchange
- Networking and engagement events
- Workshops and seminars with a KE focus
- Developing publications aimed at non-academic research users
- Academic-policy engagement
Note: Research and public engagement activities which don’t involve a two-way exchange of knowledge aren't classed as knowledge exchange.
Available funding for knowledge exchange
UCL Innovation & Enterprise can provide funding for projects in the following areas:
- developing your product/concept towards the commercial marketplace, in collaboration with UCLB (all subjects)
- starting innovative knowledge exchange projects (available for all subjects, with extra funding for projects related to EPSRC and STFC grants)
- discovery-to-use - significant support is available for developing the application of research to an industry setting (related to EPSRC grants only)
- secondments to industry, social enterprises and charities (enterprise), or to government departments (policy) (related to EPSRC grants only)
- innovator-in-residence - bringing senior industry experts into UCL on secondment to develop UCL’s engagement in industry and accelerate the impact of UCL’s EPSRC portfolio
- support for developing online short courses and continuing professional development (CPD), a process facilitated by UCL Life Learning (all subjects). This funding will be available again in 2019.
Our funding sources
Our funding sources are the:
- Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) from Research England
- Research Council Impact Acceleration Accounts (IAAs)
We welcome applications from all UCL departments, from the life sciences to the social sciences, from engineering and nanotechnology to humanities and the arts. Professional services staff are also welcome to participate. We're always looking to expand the range of activities to benefit from this funding.
You're encouraged to discuss your proposals with our team prior to submission. Please contact us at email@example.com
Other funding sources
Funding is also available from sources including the:
- UCL Technology Fund (via UCL Business)
- UCL Therapeutic Acceleration Support (via the Translational Research Office (TRO))
- Apollo Therapeutics Fund
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on funding.