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Impact starter grants

This funding is available to support EPSRC-funded academics and researchers with the costs of initial engagement with non-academic research users and assessing the market potential of early stage technologies. Funding is available in the following categories:

  • Travel/conferences– up to £2,000
  • Workshops/events – up to £2,000
  • Public engagement– up to £2,000
  • Technology road-mapping – up to £6,000
  • Consultancy for market research/business planning – up to £10,000

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and can be submitted at any time. Requests for funding should be on the IAA form submitted to

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.