KE & Impact Fund

The University of St Andrews KE & Impact Fund is open to University of St Andrews academic staff.

The fund targets projects based on research conducted (solely or jointly) which enhance the institution’s achieved impact.

The funding prioritises activities that would not be eligible or covered by follow-on grant funding, RCUK Impact Accelerator Accounts or other similar sources of funding.

Calls are open to all disciplines and interdisciplinary projects are welcomed.

(a) Main KE & Impact Awards, including PhD Internships

Suggested applications from £2,500 to £12,500
Deadlines for proposals:

  • 4th October 2017 – closed
  • 21 March 2018 – closed except for urgent requests

(b) Small KE & Impact Awards

Suggested applications from £500 to £2,500
Deadlines for proposals:

  • 4th October 2017 – closed
  • 22nd November 2017 – closed
  • 24th January 2018 – closed
  • 21st March 2018 – closed
  • 2nd May 2018 – closed
  • 20th June 2018 – closed except for urgent requests
    Contingency and rapid response requests are welcome at any point.
    Check back later in the summer for a new deadline schedule

KE and Impact Fund Application Guidance & Application Form_new_2017-2018_v2

Useful tips for applicants

Completed applications should be submitted by the School/Departmental Director of Impact with a statement of support to

PhD internships

To work with an organisation in the private, public, or third sector; arrangements can be flexible and are expected to total 1 to 3 months’ FTE.

The PhD internships should be organised with the organisation separately and are intended for relationship building with the University. Applications for internships which promote new collaborations will be prioritised for funding.

  1. Stage 1: As an Expression of Interest, please complete and submit, by the Main Award deadline, the KE and Impact Fund Application Guidance & Application Form_new_2017-2018_v2. We suggest that preliminary negotiations start before this application in submitted.
  2. Stage 2: If the Stage 1 funding is approved in principle, a completed KE Impact Fund PhD Internship form will need to be submitted within 4 weeks of email notification. This form scopes the project in more detail to provide clear objectives, expectations and structure to the proposed work to ensure that the internships are successful for all parties. It will require the signatures of the doctoral student, their supervisor and the host organisation mentor.
  3. Stage 3: Upon Stage 2 approval of the internship project, a “University of St Andrews PhD Internship Placement Agreement” (available from RPO upon Stage 2 approval) must be signed by the doctoral student, their supervisor, the host organisation mentor and the VP Research & Innovation.

Please direct any queries to