Funding Opportunities

Glasgow Knowledge Exchange Fund

The University has an internal investment fund aimed at supporting early-stage partnership development, de-risking potentially exploitable innovations, delivering research-based public/community engagement, and supporting the generation of impacts across the spectrum from University of Glasgow research. The Glasgow Knowledge Exchange Fund accepts applications from all disciplines, with a Flexible Fund (£30k max) issuing calls twice a year, and the Small Grants Fund (£2k max) administered on a rolling basis, in order to remain as responsive as possible. 

Find out more: Glasgow Knowledge Exchange Fund

Impact Acceleration Accounts

The Funding Councils place great emphasis on the need to plan for and drive research impacts from across the spectrum, and the University of Glasgow has been awarded Impact Acceleration Accounts (IAAs) to facilitate the external engagement and collaboration that are critical in driving/securing impacts from research. We now hold institutional IAAs in every College from across the UKRI research councils (EPSRC, AHRC, BBSRC, MRC, STFC -- ESRC IAA bid is awaiting decision). As with the KE Fund, the applications should be underpinned by University of Glasgow research, and should focus on collaborative working with external partners in targeted activity that supports the exploitation and application of research expertise and findings in the non-academic arena. 

Find out more: Impact Acceleration Accounts (IAA)

University Funding Initiatives

In addition to specific small funds available in Colleges and Schools, the University operates a number of supplemental funding schemes, depending on the nature of the activities you are planning:

Government Funding

Innovation Vouchers: Scottish universities can now apply for up to £15k. This funding can be used to offset the costs for a wide range of activities to support SMEs in the development of new products and processes, new services, improving production processes, and experimental testing and measuring.

‌Innovate UK:  Innovate UK exists to drive innovation arising from collaborative work between researchers and non-academic partners. Much of Innovate's work is in spreading knowledge, understanding policy, spotting opportunities and bringing people together to solve problems or make new advances. They also invest in and manage a range of delivery mechanisms and programmes to drive technology-enabled innovation. For more information, contact Dr Gordon Meiklejohn, Knowledge Exchange & Impact Manager.

Scottish Enterprise High Growth Spin-out Program: helps researchers to take their ideas and inventions from the lab to the global marketplace by awarding funding and support. If you are interested, please contact Mel Anderson, Head of the Innovation & Enterprise team.

SMART:Scotland: This scheme provides financial assistance to SMEs to help support projects that represent a significant technological advance for the UK sector or industry concerned, which can include working with the HEI sector. Funding includes support for Feasibility Studies, which run from 6 to 18 months with a maximum grant of £70k, and Research and Development Projects, which run from 6 to 36 months with a maximum grant of £600k.

Other institutional managed UKRI translational funding schemes

MRC Confidence in Concept (CiC)

MRC Proximity to Discovery (P2D)

Wellcome Trust Institutional Translational Partnership Award (iTPA)