Assessment Criteria

Applications will be reviewed by a multidisciplinary panel. Applications should be written in a style that is accessible to researchers outside your discipline, explaining technical terms and avoiding jargon or acronyms. Applications should describe the project, budget and identify added value the funding will deliver, making clear how the proposed project is different from any work for which you are currently funded. Applications also need to state the expected outputs from the project, whether the collaboration is expected to lead to future funding, research outputs, or impact/PE activity that can be worked up into a REF impact case study.

All costs must be fully justified, and value for money will be considered, as we aim to support as many applicants as possible from a limited fund. Note that there is no word limit for the budget section of your proposal and as with most funding schemes, the panel expects costs to be clearly outlined and justified. Please contact your school/institute finance team for support with costings as part of your application process.

After completion of the projects, subject to a successful sign-off form being completed, there will be an opportunity to apply for follow-on funding through the next round of vouchers. A strong case would have to be made for what further activity is needed to ensure a specific raft of outputs. If you wish to apply for follow-on funding please discuss in the first instance with your relevant Business Development Manager. 

Please ensure your Head of Department has full knowledge of your application and has signed the form before submission. 

Applications will be assessed on the following criteria: 

  • Is the proposed project high quality and feasible with clear aims?
  • Are the costs justified and realistic?
  • Is the project clearly thought-out with clear aims?
  • Does the project deliver added value – does the project develop a new direction or partnership rather than form part of existing activity? Or for follow-on funding, how will additional funding enable a step-change in project outputs?
  • Will the project substantially develop the relationship of the University with the partner/public audience (new relationship or step-change)?
  • Will the partner’s/public audiences’ involvement in the project substantially contribute to the anticipated outcomes?
  • Do the anticipated outputs of the project contribute to significant Public Engagement with Research, Knowledge Exchange and/or longer term impact for the University?

The following are excluded from funding: Conference attendance; buy out of staff time; bench fees for students; equipment other than consumables.

The following are eligible for funding (not an exhaustive list): Experimental costs for proof of concept projects to produce pilot data; visits to use facilities or resources at another organisation; student time for project work. 

Projects involving human participants, human information or human tissues must have received ethical approval from a recognised University research ethics committee (or National Research Ethics Service if an NHS project) by the time the work commences. We require that the process of ethical approval has been commenced prior to submission of an application.

In all applications it is the responsibility of the PI to ensure that appropriate ethical approval is in place before work commences.