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Follow-on Fund

Please note: we are not currently accepting applications for Follow-on Fund projects. We expect to launch new calls for IAA Impact Starter Grants, Follow-on Fund projects, and Knowledge Transfer Fellowships in late 2021 or early 2022, for projects to start from 1st April 2022 onwards. Guidance for this scheme will remain as below

The IAA aims to enhance the exploitation of the outputs of EPSRC funded research. The Follow-on Fund will help fund the early stages of commercialisation of technologies, to make ideas 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. Please note consultancy-focused/led projects will not be funded through the Follow-on Fund programme.

The Follow-on Fund call document includes full information on the Fund. Applications should be submitted on the Follow-on Fund application form.

Application process

Potential applicants must ensure they are aware of any internal Departmental deadlines for approval by Head of Department before submission.

Full proposals should be emailed on the Follow-on Fund application form to by midnight on the closing date.

EPSRC IAA Follow-on Fund Case Studies

Dr David Fairen-Jimenez

With help from the EPSRC IAA Follow-on Fund, Dr David Fairen-Jimenez is commercialising a novel technology to turn the empty spaces between molecules into a revolutionary new storage solution.

Read more about David's project here.

Dr Giorgia Longobardi

By helping bridge the gap between PhD and research fellowship, the EPSRC IAA Follow-on Fund has enabled Dr Giorgia Longobardi to work on prototyping a new generation of power devices, file two patents and set up her own company.

Read more about Giorgia's project here.

Dr Simon Thomas

Thanks to the EPSRC IAA Follow-on Fund, Dr Simon Thomas has transformed a research proposal into Paragraf, a new Cambridge graphene spin-out with its own premises and seed funding in excess of £2.64M.

Read more about Simon's project here.

Prof. Tuomas Knowles

For most academics the thrill of research comes from problem solving. But faced with serious shortcomings in his lab equipment, Professor Tuomas Knowles turned an idea for a new solution into a new business – with help from the EPSRC IAA Follow-on Fund.

Read more about Tuomas's project here.

Dr Damian Gardiner

Taking an idea from lab to market is more marathon than sprint. Dr Damian Gardiner reflects on the 8 years he invested in developing liquid crystal inks to help fight fraud, and how the EPSRC IAA Follow-on Fund helped him cross the finishing line.

Read more about Damian's project here.

Dr Sithamparanathan Sabesan

Dr Sithamparanathan Sabesan has built a 21st century start-up based on a Second World War technology, and says the EPSRC IAA Follow-on Fund enabled him to listen – and adapt – to what his customers need.

Read more about Sithamparanathan's project here.