Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

Action Fund FAQs

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)
  • Facilitator or tutor fees (must have right to work in the UK)
  • Speaker travel expenses
    • up to £150 for UK,
    • up to £400 international
  • Workshop materials
  • Promotional materials
  • Small prizes for competitions or thank you gifts
  • Website / blog development (as a partial cost, cannot be full amount requested)
  • Individual conference travel or registration fees
  • Direct financial assistance to individuals
  • Hardware or software that the School/Support Service would normally be expected to purchase as part of their ongoing budgets
  • Payback of staff time


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

IAD Action Fund

Contact details

Budget breakdown

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.

Applying for the scheme again

Successful projects can apply for additional funding from this scheme provided that it builds or adds to existing project activities.

We will not fund repeated events.

Applying for other IAD funding schemes

You 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