Enterprise and Knowledge Exchange Funding

Details of internal funding to support academic staff engaging in commercial development and the application of our research and expertise outside the university

Enterprise Project Fund

The Enterprise Project Fund is an internal knowledge exchange funding scheme for our academic staff. It provides funding to support engagement with potential clients and partners, and facilitates the commercial development and application of our research and expertise outside the university.

The fund has three strands:

  • Engage – up to £1,000 – currently closed
  • Develop – up to £6,000 – currently closed
  • Commercialise – currently closed

Projects should be aligned to one or more of the following overarching themes:

  • Our economy
  • Our environment
  • Our health & wellbeing
  • Our society & communities
  • Our digital world

Engage

A maximum of £1,000 (including VAT) is available under the Enterprise Project Fund Engage strand of knowledge exchange funding. Funding can be used to support and kickstart early-stage discussions, engagement and relationship development with potential clients, partners and research users from external organisations to explore avenues for income & impact-generating knowledge exchange.

The funding aims to support knowledge exchange collaborations, the creation of new partnerships and promotion of research expertise and services to new organisations and networks in the private, public and third sectors. A key aim of the fund is to seed and help develop further knowledge exchange and commercialisation activity at Essex

Engage - Enterprise Project Fund application form

Enterprise Project Fund guidance notes

Develop

A maximum of £6,000 (including VAT) is available under the Enterprise Project Fund Develop strand of knowledge exchange funding. Funding can be used to help progress activities and projects which will help you access external knowledge exchange funding or help the commercial development and application of your research & expertise outside the university.

This type of activity can be useful for developing your commercialisation project further and understanding the needs of new and existing markets. It could include:

  • Assessing the market for your research as a product or service
  • Technical design, coding, wire-framing & prototyping of a new product or service
  • Testing the viability of your idea in practice
  • Developing potential new intellectual property and expertise
  • Developing new, non-accredited CPD, short course or executive education training programmes for external organisations

Develop - Enterprise Project Fund application form

Enterprise Project Fund guidance notes

Commercialise 

Funding to support the commercialisation of our research outputs, expertise and services including proof of concept work, protecting and exploiting IP and taking new innovations to market. 
 
This third strand will be launched in 2023 and further details will be available soon. 

What the EPF funds

A package of activities which will encourage new knowledge exchange collaborations, leverage external funding and commercial development of Essex research and expertise.

It does not fund research, buyout of teaching, attendance at academic conferences, the costs associated with publishing a journal article, and the commercialisation of IP not owned by the university. Please see the guidance notes for further information on example project activities and eligible costs.

All project funding must be spent by 30 June 2023.

How to apply

Contact your Knowledge Exchange Manager who will help you scope the project’s suitability and knowledge exchange outcomes.

Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Faculty of Science & Health

Faculty of Social Sciences

The deadline for the last call was 14 November 2022. Applications will be reviewed by a panel and outcomes are expected to be communicated w/e 4 December 2022.