Eligibility Criteria

For Knowledge Exchange and Impact applications, all members of academic staff employed by the University of Liverpool and holding academic posts until at least August 2019 are eligible to apply. We welcome applications from all lecturers, senior lecturers, readers and professors, along with Early Career Researchers (ECRs) who are employed on the tenure track fellowship scheme or individuals holding an independent fellowship. Please note, individuals holding post-doctoral research positions are not able to apply directly but may act as co-applicants. The KEI&PE Voucher scheme is also open to members of professional services. It is anticipated that successful applications will lead to further collaboration. It is anticipated that successful applications may lead to further collaboration. 

For Public Engagement applications, we also welcome applications from PhD students and post-doctoral researchers, with the support of your supervisor. The activities must engage with an audience outside of the University, e.g. community groups, school students, families, patient groups.

According to the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement:

"Public engagement describes the myriad of ways in which the activity and benefits of higher education and research can be shared with the public. Engagement is by definition a two-way process, involving interaction and listening, with the goal of generating mutual benefit."

If you are unsure of your eligibility or project suitability please contact your Impact and Business Development Manager prior to submitting any application:

  • Faculty of Health & Life Sciences - Laurence Glennon-Alty, Impact and Business Development Manager
  • Faculty of Science and Engineering - Charlotte Relf, Impact and Business Development Manager
  • Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences – Michelle Davies, Impact and Business Development Manager.

No lead applicant will receive more than one award.

Applicants must contact their Impact and Business development Manager when developing an application as they are required to counter-sign all applications stating they have received regular communication from you.

Contributions from collaborating partners to projects are valued but not essential for applications. However, consideration will be given to the quantifiable amount of direct and/or in-kind contribution that a collaborating partner can provide to the project.

Intellectual property must be protected before talking to external partners, e.g. via patent or confidentiality agreement. KEI&PE Vouchers can be used as part-funding for a work programme, with the collaborating partner contributing the balance required to fund the remainder of the programme.

Collaborating partners may be contacted by Impact and Business Development Managers once you have submitted your application to confirm their support.

Computing equipment (e.g. laptops, tablets, software or mobile phones) may not be purchased using a KEI&PE Voucher but consumables necessary to complete a project are eligible. Any equipment requirements should be discussed with your Faculty Business Manager when writing your project application.

KEI&PE Voucher funding cannot be used to buy out academic time. Please see the HEIF Guidance.

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) prior to submission of an application. Note that the schools’ ethics committees will expedite applications for projects with lower ethical risks.