Impact & Innovation Fund 2022-2023

Please read the IIF requirements and eligibility in the Guidance and Tips for applicants documents (see links below). Please note there are different thresholds of funding for each of the two streams, Impact and Innovation, to reflect the nature of the work to be undertaken.

  1. The fund is open to 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 for 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 will be considered between reviewing time frames in an expedited manner. In such cases, applications will be considered on their individual merit using the criteria for selection. Please note that the same conditions of funding will apply.
  6. Decisions normally will be communicated within 2-3 weeks of the proposal deadlines
  7. Applicants are not limited in the number of times they can apply to the scheme.

** This scheme will not fund research projects, salary costs for permanent members staff, activities where the main focus is academic, or the target audience is primarily academic. **

Allowable costs

  • Travel costs can be included if they are part of the mechanisms to achieve impact, e.g. meetings with non-academic partners.
  • The purchase of equipment may be allowable if this is an essential part of the proposal to create impact. If unsure, please contact the Research Impact team (impact@st-andrews.ac.uk).
  • If Buying Goods or Services Outside the UK – please read the following guidance that can be found on the university webpages.
  • Non-permanent staff time

Main Impact & Innovation Fund Awards, including Impact PhD Internships

Deadlines for Main award proposals: 24 October 2022 and 17 April 2023

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 & Innovation (DOII), (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 DOII.  
  • 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 & Innovation (DOII) and the Technology Transfer Centre (TTC) team, (b) must have the support of the School/Department and the TTC team, (c) must be submitted with a specific (rather than general) statement of support from the DOII, and (d) include a statement of support, in the application, from the TTC team. We suggest discussions with the TTC team occur as early in the application process as possible to ensure the team have enough time to fully consider the project’s commercialisation potential.
  • Proposal applications will be assessed by an interdisciplinary Review Group, which includes the Strategic Lead for 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.

PhD Internships

PhD internships should be organised with the organisation separately and are intended for relationship building with the University. They will be paid pro-rata at the UKRI stipendiary rate (£16,062 for academic year 2022/23), which is £5,354 for the equivalent of 3 months FTE. UKRI-funded researchers will continue to be in receipt of their PhD stipend and their stipendiary period will be extended in line with the placement duration.

PhD Internship application process

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 2022/23” 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.

NB: Students must comply with the University UKBA attendance monitoring policy (Tier 4 visa holders).

Please contact impact@st-andrews.ac.uk if you are interested in pursuing a PhD internship.

 

Small Impact & Innovation Fund Awards

Deadlines for Small award proposals: 24 October 2022, 30 January 2023 and 17 April 2023

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 & Innovation (DOII), (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 DOII. 
  • 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.

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 & Innovation (DOII) and the Technology Transfer Centre (TTC) team, (b) must have the support of the School/Department and the TTC, (c) must be submitted with a specific (rather than general) statement of support from the DOII, and (d) include a statement of support, in the application, from the TTC team. We suggest discussions with the TTC team occur as early in the application process as possible to ensure the team have enough time to fully consider the project’s commercialisation potential.     
  • Proposal applications will be assessed by The VP Research & Innovation, and representatives from the Research Impact and the TTC teams. If it is deemed necessary due to conflict of interest or other factors, additional reviewers will be approached.

 

Supporting documentation for the Impact & Innovation Fund 2022-2023:

Completed applications should be submitted online via the Qualtrics link here: Impact & Innovation Fund 2022-2023

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 the Research Impact team impact@st-andrews.ac.uk