Translational funding is used to ‘bridge the gap’ in development between early stage technology resulting from university research and its commercialisation.
The funding can help develop and support your opportunity by de-risking the project to potential commercial partners therefore making it more attractive. Some funding of this type is available from EI, but there are also many other translational funding streams available for academics looking to commercialise their research.
|Social science academics, (those whose research has a social science component of 51% or above), from any College and School, are welcome to apply for up to £5,000. Contact: Fiona Pilgrim||
Expression of Interest: 13 June 2022
Full application deadline: 27 June 2022
|BBSRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA)||
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) supports translational and commercialisation activities as well as engagement with external organisations through proof of principle/concept studies, market research and secondments/placements. Contact: Axel Thomson
|Application Deadline: 26 October 2022|
|EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA)||
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funding is available to develop impact from engineering and physical sciences research through support to activities such as collaboration with external organisations, secondments, travel and events.
Contact: EPSRC IAA
Travel and Events funding - applications open on an ongoing basis.
Partnership Development Call - Application Deadline 4 November 2022.
Open Call - tentative deadline December 2022.
Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funding is available for activities aiming to develop impact from social science research, including collaborative projects, seed funding for industry engagement, secondments, and challenge-led workshops.
Contact: Knowledge Exchange Office
Review ERO pages for current information on deadlines for collaborative projects and secondments/seed funding
|Harmonised Impact Acceleration Account (IAA)||
NEW: Funding for translational projects of £20k to £60k, for up to 12 months, that include at least two researchers representing separate IAA council remits (BBSRC, EPSRC, MRC/Wellcome Trust).
|Application Deadline: 27 January 2023|
|Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF)||
ISCF is part of a £4.7 billion government investment in transformative research and innovation to respond to the Grand Challenges set within the UK’s Industrial Strategy: AI and Data Economy, Ageing Society, Clean Growth, Future of Mobility.
Through a series of targeted funding calls, ISCF supports collaborations between industry and academia to tackle these challenges, with an ultimate aim to increase UK productivity, economic growth and global competitiveness whilst also benefitting wider society.
Contact: Caroline Woodside (ISCF Project Manager)
|Innovate UK (secured)||
Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency, is part of UK Research & Innovation (UKRI). Innovate UK drives productivity and economic growth by supporting businesses to develop and realise the potential of new ideas, including those from the UK’s world-class research base.
To this end, Innovate UK’s funding programmes often facilitate collaborations between companies and research organisations, such as universities.
|MRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA)||
Medical Research Council (MRC) funding support for translation and commercialisation of biomedical projects that have a high potential to attract follow on translational funding, investment or industrial partnership.
Contact: Lorraine Jackson
Expression of Interest: 16 September 2022
Application deadline: 11 November 2022
|STFC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA)||
The Science and Technology Facilities Council (SFTC) fund aims to increase, advance and accelerate the achievement of Impact to UK plc from STFC-funded research via industry/stakeholder engagement and commercialisation activities.
Contact: Craig Sheridan
Application deadline: 16 May 2022.
Project completion: 31 March 2023.
|Wellcome iTPA Translational Funding Path||
Grant ranging from £1K to £50K supporting the development of early-stage translational projects. Early career researchers and postdocs are encouraged to apply.