Funding Schemes

Funding available to develop high-quality research, impact and business engagement

The Research and Knowledge Exchange Directorate oversees a comprehensive portfolio of internal funding that underpins the ambitions of the University’s Research and Knowledge Exchange Strategy.

Over the next 12 months, we will be investing over £300,000 into researchers who are looking to progress their careers through the development of high-quality research, the achievement of impact and/or engagement with business and external partners.

We are now accepting applications for the Business Engagement Seed Fund, the IGF Small Awards which have a rolling deadline, and the PVC RKE Prizes where nominations close on the 23rd November.

Please note: 

Final Report - Internal Funding Awards

Final Report - Innovation and Industrial Engagement


Funding for research development

The Research(er) Development Fund aims to grow the University’s research capability by providing support for:

  • Research accelerator grants (up to £5,000)
  • Research development fellowships (up to £4,000) 
  • International networks (up to £5,000) 
  • International visiting researchers (up to £3,000)‌

Research(er) Development Fund Application Form 2018/19

Research(er) Development Fund Guidance


Funding for research impact

The Impact Generator Fund (IGF) aims to maximise impacts arising from high quality research conducted at the University providing support for:

  • Flexible awards for impact (up to £10,000)
  • Small awards for impact (up to £1,000)
  • Public Engagement (up to £5,000)

Impact Generator Fund Flexible Awards

Impact Generator Fund Small Awards

Public Engagement Fellowships

Funding for business engagement

The schemes aim to help support projects that are being led by academics in collaboration with external organisations. The opportunities fall under two schemes:

Business Engagement Seed Fund (match funding up to £5k)

  • This scheme supports early academic engagement with business clients and partner organisations to address a business need or challenge that can lead to income generation, research impact  or collaborative funded activity.
  • Funding of up to £5k can be used to contribute towards a fully costed project. Match funding and/or in kind contributions are preferred.
  • The fund can be used for activity to stimulate business engagement where there is a specific outcome. 

Innovation and Industrial Engagement Fund (match funding up to £40k)

  • This scheme supports academics who are engaging with commercial partners to pump-prime innovative knowledge exchange projects, which address genuine industrial or public service requirements and are highly likely to generate sustainable income or impact.
  • The fund can contribute towards a fully costed project up to £40k, to include a match fund or in kind contribution.

Business Engagement Fund Application Form & Guidance 2019

PVC RKE Prizes

Nominations will be invited from Heads of University Centres for Research and Knowledge Exchange for individuals and teams who have demonstrated outstanding performance in one of the following areas:

  • Early Career Researcher of the year
  • PVC RKE Impact Prize
  • PVC RKE Business Engagement Prize

The nomination deadline will be on the 23rd November with prizes awarded at a celebration event in December. For further details you should contact your relevant Head of University Centre for Research and Knowledge Exchange or Faculty Head of RKE.

PVC RKE prizes overview and guidelines

For Staff