These case studies of successful alumni-funded projects should spark your imagination.
Alumni-funded grants have supported projects at the University for many years. Student Experience Grants replaced Innovation Initiative Grants (IIG) in summer 2018.
Some case studies below refer to Innovation Initiative Grants, but these projects would still be eligible for funding under the current scheme.
The Journey of Tea
Students from the Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security travelled to India where they explored the journey of tea from plantation to teapot.
Medical start-up supports Covid-19 response
From student start-up to critical personal protective equipment (PPE) supplier during a global pandemic, Augment Bionics has had an inspiring journey since receiving its Student Experience Grant last year.
Hunting MicroMonsters in the Highlands
A group of PhD students travelled deep inside the Scottish Highlands to study microorganisms in two lochs and produce a documentary, thanks to alumni funding.
At the interface of science and art
Visual art and data have combined to reveal the effects of climate change in the Arctic, and to create a breath-taking exhibition, thanks to alumni support.
Exploring sustainable fashion in India
Students from a range of subjects visited India to unpick the threads that form the country’s $200bn textile industry in a trip supported by Edinburgh alumni.
An alumni-funded grant is helping a student-run social enterprise to improve lives in Ghana through solar-powered hearing aids.
Racing to the top
Edinburgh students have taken first place at the UK’s first driverless race car competition thanks to an alumni-funded grant.
A small bar of soap with big impact
Through an all-natural soap that includes insect repellent, students are empowering women with entrepreneurial skills while combatting malaria.
Increasing access to clean water
Using an innovative fog catching system, students have increased access to clean and affordable water for a community in the Atlas Mountains.
A unique initiative that explores the concept of dangerous women has been completed with the help of an alumni-funded grant.
A breath of FreshAir
An alumni-funded Innovation Initiative Grant has given students a unique opportunity to provide live commentary at Edinburgh sporting events.
A scientist walks into a bar
The Pint of Science festival made its debut appearance in Edinburgh thanks to an alumni-funded Innovation Initiative Grant.
Why lose it if you can use it?
The Swap and Reuse HUB has grown from an event for new students to the UK's first registered student co-operative focusing on workshops and food sharing.
Stories from the sea
Edinburgh College of Art graduate and now teaching fellow in illustration talks about her project that paired students with primary school pupils from Orkney.