Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

Academic networking fund

Funding and support for initiatives which support academic researchers to build professional networks within the University.

Apply for funding

Amount of funding available: Academic research staff can apply to the Academic Networking Fund for awards of around £3000 (or up to £5000 in exceptional cases) for specific projects which would establish or support strategically important internal cross-School and cross-College networks.

Fund purpose: These events must support researchers to make connections, share and develop ideas, and create and promote opportunities to build professional networks within the University and beyond.

Deadline for applications: No deadline has been set for future academic years. Please check back in future for updates.

More information: the guide gives full details on the fund, what it’s about, and how to apply. There will be an annual call for applications.

Summaries of previous Academic Network Fund projects

Need inspiration? Find out more about what other University of Edinburgh staff have achieved with their networks:

Understanding, building and sustaining networks

A PowerPoint slide show with useful tips and advice on successful networks.

Got an idea for a new network?

If you have an idea for a potential new network but aren’t sure of the level of demand, you can apply instead to the IAD for a ‘New Network Award’.

If successful, the IAD would provide support to run an initial event with potential network members to gauge interest and commitment to the proposed network.

For additional information on a 'New Network Award', please contact Lara Isbel (contact details below).  


You can contact Lara Isbel if you have any questions:

Lara Isbel

Head of Operations & Projects Team | IAD Assistant Director

Contact details