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Impact starter grants

This funding scheme has been expanded and simplified to include funding for short-term impact projects of up to 3 months either based at the University or on a placement at a partner business or other non-academic organisation. This replaces the separate Postdoctoral Placement scheme which has now been closed.

Funding is available to support EPSRC-funded academics and researchers with the costs of initial engagement with non-academic research users, assessing the market potential of early stage technologies and short-term impact projects up to 3 months in duration. Funding can also be used to support short-term industry placements to transfer knowledge from EPSRC funded research.

Funding of up to £20 000 per project is now available for the following categories of expenditure:

  • Staff time for
    • an impact project at the University, or
    • on secondment to a partner organisation
  • Travel/conferences
  • Workshops/events
  • Public engagement
  • Technology road-mapping
  • Consultancy for market research/business planning

All projects must demonstrate a clear link to EPSRC-funded research.

Please find more details in our guidance notes and application form, available to download here.

Early stage commercialisation

Support for the very early stages of turning research outputs into a commercial proposition.

Technology Roadmapping

The Institute of Manufacturing has developed TRM tools which provide a powerful approach to articulating future research developments and candidate commercial exploitation routes in a way that enrols stakeholders, and builds commitment.

Funds are available within the EPSRC IAA for research groups to access road-mapping. Interested academics and researchers should contact for more information.

Follow-on Fund (incorporating PhD Plus)

The Follow-on Fund is designed to support the early stage development of technology to make the idea more attractive for commercial investment. The fund is open to develop ideas which have arisen from EPSRC-funded research, which may be either research grants or studentships.

Strategic engagement with business

Partnership Development Awards

Partnership Development Awards are available to pump-prime collaborations with industry partners. The fund is open to research projects within EPSRC remit which will kick-start collaborations with companies who have significant potential to become future business partners for the University.

Flexible support for secondments and placements

Knowledge Transfer Fellowships

Funds are available to support 3-12 month Knowledge Transfer Fellowships. Each Fellowship will transfer knowledge and expertise linked to EPSRC research between the University and a partner organisation. The Fellowship will fund a researcher or member of academic staff to undertake a placement within a business or other partner organisation. Fellowships are also open to company employees to spend time working in a University department to facilitate knowledge transfer.

Postdoctoral Placements

Support for EPSRC-funded postdocs to undertake knowledge exchange placements (up to 3 months) with a non-academic partner organisation.This scheme has now closed, but you can apply for funding for knowledge exchange placements under the Impact Starter Grant scheme above.