Development and Alumni

Innovation Initiative Grants

Does your club or society need help with funding? Do you have a great idea for a project or need funds to support your teaching or research?

Innovation Initiative Grants

The next submission window for Innovation Initiative Grants opens on Thursday 14 September 2017 and closes at 12 noon on Thursday 26 October 2017.

About the grants

Innovation Initiative Grants (IIGs) are funded by donors to the Edinburgh Fund, and could provide the kick start that you need.

IIGs promote new initiatives in teaching, research and student experience. Applications are open to permanent members of staff and current students (both undergraduate and postgraduate) as well as EUSA, EUSA societies, the Sports Union and recognised sports clubs.

The IIG website

Please visit the secure IIG website for guidelines, checklists, full terms and conditions and details regarding how to submit your application.

If you can not access the website we advise that you try a different browser in the first instance. If you are still experiencing problems contact us at or ring 0131 650 2240​.

The Innovation Initiative Grant website (EASE)

Other things to know about IIGs

  • Applications are open for two six week periods each year that conclude in October and March.
  • We award grants of up to a maximum of £5000 per project.
  • Applicants may only receive one grant per course of study (students) or academic year (staff, clubs and societies).
  • Unsuccessful projects cannot be resubmitted.
  • We do not fund projects that have already been completed or are due to start prior to results being announced (6 weeks after the application deadline).
  • Grants are not available to cover course fees, accommodation, living expenses or salaries. Please note that the salaries/ wages of assistants/ researchers etc. (not applicants) can be included as an expense if necessary. Grants are available to cover travel costs.

Tips for IIG success

  • We receive hundreds of applications each year and standards are extremely high so please ensure that your submission follows the guidelines available on our secure IIG website.
  • Don’t leave anything to chance by using the IIG checklist (published on the secure IIG website) before submitting your application.
  • Be creative, be daring but, most importantly, be accessible. Reading your application should animate and inspire, regardless of the subject matter.
  • Think carefully about the budget you require and include as much detail as possible about your costs and how they enable delivery of the project.

Promotional resources

Help us promote Innovation Initiative Grants in your school, department or building by downloading the posters below or by spreading the word via email or social media. Suggested content for your social media posts are included in the promo kit below. Higher resolution versions of the posters are available for professional printing. Contact to request.

IIG Promo Kit Spring 2017 (432.57 KB Word)
IIG poster A4 (370.04 KB PDF)
IIG poster A3 (657.42 KB PDF)

Spread the word

You can also use the image below to share on your social media channels.

IIg promotion


If you have any questions or would like to discuss your application please email us at or ring 0131 650 2240.