Knowledge Exchange and Impact: internal funding opportunities

Overview

Applications to these funds can often be strengthened through partnerships with external parties, matched funding, leverage, and potential to attract external funding to develop impacts and partnerships.  All these aspects could be assisted through compatible external funding opportunities as listed and outlined in the Knowledge Exchange/Public and Industry Engagement Schemes page.

Applicants are advised to contact and submit bids well ahead of deadline.  This can ensure bids are fit for purpose, and can help improve bids.  Applications requiring Research Services endorsement (as some external funding applications do) require 5 or 10 days prior submission to Research Services.

Suggestions are welcome for new content or edits to this web page.

Contact: Matt Smart, KEIT matthew.smart@admin.ox.ac.uk

BBSRC Global Challenges Research Fund – International Development Impact Acceleration Account

Purpose To facilitate Knowledge Exchange and enable innovation in an international development context 
Deadline Apply at any time. Applicants are advised to contact Matt Smart before submitting an application.
Amount Total Fund £100,000. No specific expectation of the price of any projects. Price as needed. 
Schemes BBSRC GCRF-IAA Funding Call Specification (261kb)  
Eligibility To include activities with DAC listed countries. See call specification for clarifications. 
Contact Matt Smart  
Apply BBSRC GCRF-IAA Application Form (42kb)  

EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account Funding

Purpose To develop new technologies and transfer technological know-how, and EPSRC non-academic impact-based secondments
Deadline Monday 20 March, noon
Amount for details contact Dr Lizzie Peachey
Schemes Technology fund
Secondments 
Eligibility See the Oxford EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account Guide (601kb)
Contact Dr Lizzie Peachey
Apply See the MPLS Division website for details

 

ESRC Impact Acceleration Account Funding

Purpose Knowledge exchange activities, fellowships, visiting practitioners, engagement with external partners
Deadline 5pm on 10 February 2017
Amount Up to £40,000
Schemes Impact Acceleration Awards (<£40K), outgoing KE Fellowships (<£25K), incoming Visiting Practitioner Fellowships (<£25K)
Eligibility Oxford academics in any department/faculty carrying out social science research (fundable under the ESRC’s remit) which fully engages non-academic external partners
Contact esrciaa@socsci.ox.ac.uk
Apply Application form and supporting documents should be sent to the Social Sciences Division Research & Impact Team via your departmental administrator

John Fell Fund

Purpose Could help support/match work involving KE and impact (and see also the list of compatible external funding sources at the Knowledge Exchange/Public and Industry Engagement Schemes page) 
Deadline  Termly rounds  (typically Oct, Jan, and Apr)
Amount Two streams: up to £7,500, and >£7,500
Schemes John Fell Fund
Eligibility University researchers 
Contact Divisional Fund managers
Apply Online, in advance of deadline. Requires departmental approval.

KE Seed Fund

Purpose Start-up funding to support early-stage innovative Knowledge Exchange ideas 
Deadline Apply at any time. Applicants are advised to contact Matt Smart before submitting an application.
Amount Approx. £2,500, or less, per project.  £40k remains to be allocated and spent by July 2017.
Schemes KE Seed Fund Call Details (381kb)
Eligibility University of Oxford staff
Contact Matt Smart 
Awards list KE Seed Fund awards list (last updated 17 Oct 2016) (87kb)
Apply

KE Seed Fund Application Form (34kb)

 

MRC Confidence in Concept Fund

Purpose To support the earliest stages of translational research projects. It is intended to accelerate the transition from discovery research to translational development projects by supporting preliminary work or feasibility studies to establish the viability of an approach.
Deadline EoI: deadline Midday on 18 Apr 2016
Amount Direct costs requested from the CiC are anticipated to be in the range of £50k-£75k per project.  The total cost of individual projects will be in the order of £100-150k
Schemes MRC Confidence in Concept Fund
Eligibility See call specification.  50% match is required
Contact Ellen Meek
Apply EOI form

MRC Proximity to Discovery Fund

Purpose To support activities to build relationships between the university and industry partners and promote a culture of innovation. Funding will be awarded in three streams: Knowledge exchange between industry and academia; Industry showcases and communications; Staff exchanges
Deadline 12 noon, 30 Sept 2015
Amount Direct costs only. Funds must be incurred by Oxford, and not by an industry partner. Grants must finish by the end date of the MRC award, 31 August 2016. We anticipate small and large applications to this fund.
Schemes MRC Proximity to Discovery Fund
Eligibility See MRC Proximity to Discovery Fund for details. Proposals must support MRC-related science areas. Proximity to Discovery will not fund research projects.
Contact Ellen Meek
Apply EOI form through MRC Proximity to Discovery Fund

NERC Impact Acceleration Account Funding

Purpose Boost the impact of NERC-funded research (past or current) 
Deadline  Enquiries welcome, to inform future rounds
Amount Awards are typically between £10k and £30k
Schemes NERC IAA Call for Proposals (628kb)
Eligibility University of Oxford staff.  Project must relate to NERC-funded science.
Contact Matt Smart 
Awards list NERC IAA awards (last updated: July 2014) (75kb)
Apply NERC IAA Application form (41kb), and see NERC IAA Call for Proposals (628kb)

Oxford Invention Fund and the University Challenge Seed Fund

Purpose Commercialisation. To bring research discoveries to a point where commercial usefulness can be demonstrated and first steps taken to ensure their utility 
Deadline Rolling
Amount Typically £2,5K - £250K
Schemes Oxford Invention Fund and the University Challenge Seed Fund
Eligibility University researchers, for the development of technologies for commercialisation.
Contact Adam Workman
Apply On Oxford University Innovation website

Social Sciences Knowledge Exchange Fellowships

Purpose To support Knowledge Exchange fellowships to enhance the impact of excellent social sciences research
Deadline Monday 19 September 2016
Amount Up to £25k
Schemes See HEIF Social Sciences KE Fellowships and Guidance document (PDF)
Eligibility Either an academic or a person (or persons) from an external non-academic organisation
Contact Aileen Marshall-Brown
Apply Application form (Word)

STFC Impact Acceleration Account Funding

Purpose Boost the impact of STFC-funded research (past or current)
Deadline 12 April 2016.
Amount Up to £45k.  Typically it has been around £5k - £25k per project.
Schemes STFC IAA FundingCall Specification Feb 16 (546kb)
Eligibility University of Oxford staff. Project must relate to STFC-funded science.
Contact Matt Smart
Awards list STFC IAA awards (last updated Sep 2015) (7kb)  
Apply STFC IAA Feb 16 Application Form (41kb)

TORCH Knowledge Exchange Fellowships

Purpose to facilitate new, or develop existing, relationships with external partners that further the reach and significance of research at Oxford
Deadline Friday 17 March 2017
Amount up to £10,000
Schemes two fellowships in diversity issues and debates
Eligibility Oxford Humanities researchers in all disciplines
Contact torch@humanities.ox.ac.uk 
Apply TORCH website