Impact & Innovation Fund 2021-2022

The KE & Impact fund has been relaunched as the Impact and Innovation Fund.  Impact funding requirements and eligibility remain the same as they were for the KE&IF. Innovation refers to funding for early-stage commercialisation. Please note there are different thresholds of funding for each of the two streams to reflect the nature of the work to be undertaken. 

  1. The fund is open to the University of St Andrews academic staff.
  2. This funding will target projects which are based on research conducted (solely or jointly) at the University of St Andrews, and which also enhance the institution’s achieved impact, whether for future REF assessment exercises, or more generally.
  3. The funding will prioritise activities that would not be eligible or covered by follow-on grant funding, UKRI Impact Accelerator Accounts or other similar sources of funding.
  4. Calls are open to all disciplines as well as interdisciplinary projects and PhD internships (see below).
  5. If there is a demonstrable urgent need, Impact & Innovation Fund applications can be submitted at any time.
  6. It is recognised that successful awards could lead to subsequent proposals to the fund in future.

** This scheme will not fund research projects, internal salary time costs, activities where the main focus is academic, or the target audience is primarily academic. **

 

Main Impact & Innovation Fund Awards, including Impact PhD Internships

Deadlines for proposals: 8 November 2021 and 25 April 2022

Impact Main award: Suggested applications from £2,500 to £15,000

  • Proposal applications (a) should be reviewed in advance with the School’s Director of Impact (DoI), (b) must have the support of the School/Department, and (c) must be submitted with a specific (rather than general) statement of support from the DOI.  
  • Proposal applications will be assessed by an interdisciplinary Review Group.
  • Applications requesting over £15,000 in a single application will be considered, but success will depend on strategic priorities and the number of competing applications in the round.
  • Decisions normally will be communicated within 2-3 weeks of the proposal deadlines.

Innovation Main award: Suggested applications from £7,500 to £30,000

  • Proposal applications (a) should be reviewed in advance with the School’s Director of Impact (DoI) and the Technology Transfer Centre (TTC) team, (b) must have the support of the School/Department and the TTC team – a confirmation email to this effect must be email sent to impact@st-andrews.ac.uk, (c) must be submitted with a specific (rather than general) statement of support from the TTC team and (d) a confirmation email DOI.   
  • Proposal applications will be assessed by an interdisciplinary Review Group, which includes the Strategic Lead of Innovation at Eden Campus.
  • Applications requesting over £30,000 in a single application will be considered, but success will depend on strategic priorities and the number of competing applications in the round.
  • Decisions normally will be communicated within 2-3 weeks of the proposal deadlines.

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 the “University of St Andrews Impact & Innovation Fund 2021/22” application. We suggest that preliminary negotiations with relevant parties start before this application is submitted.
  2. Stage 2: If the Stage 1 funding is approved in principle, a completed “University of St Andrews Impact & Innovation Fund PhD Internship” form will need to be submitted within 4 weeks of successful Stage 1 email notification. This PhD Internship 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. Please request this form by emailing impact@st-andrews.ac.uk.
  3. Stage 3: Upon Stage 2 approval of the internship project, a “University of St Andrews PhD Internship Placement Agreement” must be signed by the doctoral student, their supervisor, the host organisation mentor and the VP Research & Innovation. This document is a legal document aimed primarily to ensure the safety of the student.
    Please request this form by emailing impact@st-andrews.ac.uk.

 

Small Impact & Innovation Fund Awards

Submissions will be clustered and considered for funding during the first weeks of November 2021, February 2022 and May 2022.

Impact Small award: Suggested applications from £500 to £2,500

  • Proposal applications (a) should be reviewed in advance with the School’s Director of Impact (DoI), (b) must have the support of the School/Department, and (c) must be submitted with a specific (rather than general) statement of support from the DOI. 
  • Proposal applications will be assessed by The VP Research & Innovation and the Research Impact Team. If it is deemed necessary due to conflict of interest or other factors, additional reviewers will be approached.
  • If an immediate need is demonstrated, a Small fund application will be considered between reviewing time frames in an expedite manner.
  • Applications will be considered on their individual merit using the criteria for selection (below). Please note that the same conditions of funding will apply.
  • Decisions normally will be communicated within 2 weeks of the reviewing times.

Innovation Small award: Suggested applications from £500 to £7,500

  • Proposal applications (a) should be reviewed in advance with the School’s Director of Impact (DoI) and the Technology Transfer Centre (TTC) team, (b) must have the support of the School/Department and the TTC team – a confirmation email to this effect must be email sent to impact@st-andrews.ac.uk, (c) must be submitted with a specific (rather than general) statement of support from the TTC team and (d) a confirmation email DOI.  
  • Proposal applications will be assessed by The VP Research & Innovation, and representatives from the Research Impact and the Technology Transfer Centre (TTC) teams. If it is deemed necessary due to conflict of interest or other factors, additional reviewers will be approached.
  • If an immediate need is demonstrated, a Small fund application will be considered between reviewing time frames in an expedite manner.
  • Applications will be considered on their individual merit using the criteria for selection (below). Please note that the same conditions of funding will apply.
  • Decisions normally will be communicated within 2 weeks of the reviewing times.

 

Click here to download the supporting documentation for the Impact & Innovation Fund:

 

Completed applications should be submitted online via the Qualtrics link here: Impact & Innovation Fund 2021-2022

 

Reporting

We ask that all recipients of Impact & Innovation funding complete the online Impact Narrative Report Form. The Word version, St Andrews Impact Narrative Report Form, is provided for your convenience and records.

Please direct any queries to impact@st-andrews.ac.uk.