Further Information

Project Scope:

KEI&PE Vouchers will be for up to £10,000 and may be used for the following types of activities:

  • Building a relationship / network with an external non-academic partner(s). Activities may include research, consultancy, testing or technical services, prototype design, feasibility study, management services. The KEI&PE Voucher may not be spent with the external partner but should be used to pay for the work to be done at UoL, including for any Research Associate time – see below for costing.
  • Exploration of market potential for commercialising a particular discovery from your research – the KEI&PE Voucher should be used to pay for the market potential assessment.
  • Feasibility studies - This covers the development of ideas for the application of research findings rather than research itself. The KEI&PE Voucher should be used to pay for the work to be done at UoL. An external non-academic partner must be involved.
  • Pump priming activity - Specifically geared towards developing larger & longer collaborations with an external partner. The Voucher should be used to develop potentially significant collaborations that might lead to larger UK or European funding opportunities.
  • Public Engagement activity that seeks to inform, inspire, consult or collaborate with members of the public around research being undertaken at the university.
  • Impact generation. This is primarily for speculative projects that could lead to significant impact that may contribute to REF 2026.

Note: this list is not exhaustive so please discuss your potential application with your Impact and Business Development Manager

Examples of Public Engagement activities can be viewed through the university's Public Engagement Intranet.

KEI&PE Vouchers cannot be used for:

  • Funding existing projects.
  • Student support for activities which are part of their courses such as internships or undergraduate projects.
  • Staff or student time which is already costed to another funded research project.
  • Buying out staff time.
  • Standard training courses.
  • Costs toward qualifications.
  • Computing equipment, software or mobile phone purchases unless particular software is required for the academic to carry out the work.


  • FEC costing should not be applied to project work.
  • The time of the lead academic (PI) must not be included as part of the project costing.
  • The budget can be used to fund the costs of a Research Associate to undertake work.
  • KEI&PE Vouchers can be used as part-funding for a work programme with the external partner contributing the balance required to fund the remainder of the programme.

Other Considerations:

  • University Intellectual Property (IP) must be protected and a suitable confidentiality agreement should be signed between both parties ahead of starting the project.
  • Business Gateway Managers and the Intellectual Property team can provide advice on IP issues.
  • It is the responsibility of the lead academic (PI) to ensure that appropriate ethical approval is obtained before work commences.