Funding Schemes

Opportunities available to develop high-quality research, impact and innovation

The University’s Research and Knowledge Exchange Directorate has launched a comprehensive portfolio of funding streams to support the ambitions of the new Research and Knowledge Exchange Strategy.

Current application deadlines :

Funding Scheme                  


Impact Generator Fund 7 May, 4 June
Early Career Fellowship Scheme 25 April
Business Engagement Seed Fund 1 May, 4 June
ESRC Festival of Social Science 31 May


Funding for research development

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

  • Support for researchers at the start of their careers
  • Opportunities to enable International networking
  • Funding to collaborate with individuals and organisations outside Manchester Met University
  1. Early Career Fellowships Scheme (up to £500)
    To develop fellowship applications with incoming early career researchers.

    Research Development Fund Application Form

    Research Development Fund Details

    Deadline: 25th April 2018

  2. PVC Research and Knowledge Exchange Early Career Researcher of the Year (£1000 prize for personal development)
    Awarded to a new researcher, who has demonstrated outstanding achievements in their field. (Further details to be released later this year)

Funding for research impact

The Impact Generator Fund aims to:

  • Maximise potential impacts arising from high quality research conducted at Manchester Met University.
  • Support the development of compelling, high-quality and well evidenced impact case studies for REF 2021 and beyond.
  1. Small Awards (up to £1000)
    A small investment to support the development and enhancement of impact.

    Deadlines: 7th May, 4th June

    IGF Small Awards Form

  2. The PVC impact Prize (£1000 prize for personal development)
    Awarded to any individual or group who can evidence the achievement of outstanding impact underpinned by high quality research. Nominations will be invited by Faculty Heads of RKE. Contact the Impact and Engagement team for further details (Further details to be released later this year)

Funding for business engagement

These funds aim to encourage innovative knowledge exchange projects with businesses.

  1. Business Engagement Seed Fund (BESF) (up to £2000)
    To support small-scale initiatives and new contacts with external organisations that are likely to lead to sustainable income or impact.

    Deadlines: 1st May, 4th June

    Business Engagement Seed Fund Application Form
    Business Engagement Seed Fund Guidance

External funding schemes

Manchester ESRC Festival of Social Science 2018

The Manchester Economic and Social Research Council's Festival of Social Science offers an opportunity for researchers to hold events aimed at non-academic audiences. 

The Festival of Social Science 2018 will take place from 3-10 November, and applications for sponsorship of up to £1000 can be made to assist with events.

To apply please email‌

ESRC Manchester Festival Guidance

For Staff