Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

Action Fund Guidance

What we will and won't fund in your proposed budget; applying for repeat funding; applying to other IAD schemes.

What we will and won't consider funding

You can apply for funding for:

Things we don't fund:

  • Event catering
  • Venue hire (if University rooms not appropriate or available)
  • External Facilitator or tutor fees (must have right to work in the UK)
  • Speaker travel expenses for University of Edinburgh events
    • up to £150 for UK,
    • up to £400 international
  • Workshop materials
  • Promotional materials
  • Small prizes for competitions or thank you gifts
  • Individual conference travel, accommodation and registration fees
  • Direct financial assistance to individuals
  • Hardware, software or other design, art, lab and technical materials that the School/Support Service would normally be expected to purchase as part of their ongoing budgets
  • Payback of University of Edinburgh staff time including Guaranteed Hours and Student Experience Contracts
  • Contribution toward the cost of developing a website/blog related to your project or event

Please email us at if you have any queries about additional projects costs not mentioned in the table above.

Other guidance

  • Please provide a clear budget breakdown in your application that demonstrates that you are applying for an appropriate amount of money to deliver your project.
  • For projects and activities which have been previously funded by this scheme, you can only apply for additional funding from the IAD Action Fund if your application is to develop or add to existing project activities. We are not able to fund identical, repeating events.
  • Our budget does not allow us to fund ongoing/repeat activities, however our goal is for successful activities and events that are tested via the IAD Action Fund Small Grants to continue. If your event has been successful, we encourage you to consider following on from your Small Grant activity with a Regular Grant application, and/or embedding it into your annual activity. You can contact your school management or college offices to discuss resources, financial support and sustainability, and other funding options.
  • You can apply to more than one IAD supported scheme at a time. You may also be interested in the Festival of Creative Learning Pop-up Event programme, or the 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