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Translational funding

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.

Fund Details Call status
BBSRC Impact Acceleration Account (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

Closed awaiting next round of funding.
EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA)

Funding is available to support collaborations with external organisations through activities including collaborative projects, secondments, travel and events.

Contact: EPSRC IAA

Travel and Events funding: applications open on an ongoing basis.

Open Calls for project funding: closed and awaiting renewal.

ESRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA)

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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

Collaborative projects: Expressions of Interest: before 4 October 2021. Application deadline: 4 November 2021.

Secondments/seed funding: rolling deadline.

Wellcome Trust Institutional Support Fund 3 (ISSF3)

A cross-college fund that supports the strategic priorities of the University in biomedical sciences, including the translation and commercialisation of research.

Contact: ISSF

Closed awaiting next round of funding.


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) or Julia Gillam (ISCF Bid Development Manager)

Rolling deadlines.
Innovate UK

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.

Contact: Amy Tayler (Innovate UK Business Development Manager)

Rolling deadlines.
MRC Confidence in Concept (CiC)

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

Closed awaiting next round of funding.

STFC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA)

The 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: 9 July 2021.

Project completion: 31 March 2022.

Wellcome iTPA Translational Funding Path 

Grant ranging from £1K to £20K supporting the development of early-stage translational projects. Early career researchers and postdocs are encouraged to apply.

Contact: Entrepreneurs-in-Residence

Rolling deadlines.