Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

Aims of the Action Fund

About the IAD Action Fund and its aims.

Who can apply

This scheme is open to University of Edinburgh staff and students.

Projects and initiatives we fund

You can apply for funding to develop and support your academic networks and communities and/or test ideas for creative learning activities. We will fund projects which support the professional and personal development of groups of students, researchers and academics at every stage of their career. 

People can apply to run projects aimed at their own peer group or run collaborative events and projects to involve people at different points in their career.

Project proposals should have an internal (to the University) rather than external focus and demonstrate a clear benefit to University staff and students.

Aims of the fund

The aim of the fund is to support applicants to:

  • Establish, develop or support internal interdisciplinary networks, particularly strategically important internal cross-School and cross-College networks.
  • Establish, develop or support internal academic communities within a discipline, School or subject area, particularly involving both staff and students.
  • Run innovative professional development activities which would support groups of colleagues or students to develop skills in leadership, communication, networking, writing and other generic transferable skills. We encourage you to explore experimental or creative approaches to professional development.
  • To run a Festival of Creative Learning Pop-up event outside of the main programme in February. Please refer to the Festival of Creative Learning website (link at bottom of page) for additional information about Pop-ups.

Levels of funding available, and more detailed information

There are two levels of funding available.

IAD Action Fund Small Grants

Small grants can be for up to a maximum of £500. You can apply at any point during the academic year

Small grants - how to apply

IAD Action Fund Regular Grants

You can apply to up to a maximum of £3000. Application deadline in October. The next deadline is 16 October 2017.

Regular grants - how to apply

Other IAD funding opportunities

University of Edinburgh staff and students can apply to more than one IAD-supported scheme at a time.

You may also be interested in the Festival of Creative Learning or Principal’s Teaching Award Scheme, particularly if there is scope to enhance learning and teaching (undergraduate or postgraduate) in your area.

Festival of Creative Learning

 Principal's Teaching Award Scheme