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Research Collaboration Stimulus Fund

The Research Collaboration Stimulus Fund is funded from the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) and allocated to the University by HEFCE to stimulate interactions with business, government, industry and other users of University research.


The focus of the Fund is on facilitating research collaborations and engagement with non-academic partners.  The Fund aims to stimulate and pump-prime interdisciplinary research activity across Faculties that will ultimately lead to collaborations and the development of full research grant or contracts proposals with non-academic partners.  Projects arising will be externally-funded either directly, or the collaboration with the non-academic partner(s) will be leveraged through public funding sources, either national or international. 

Successful projects for 2019/20 were awarded funding within the range of £5k to £15k.

The Research Collaboration Stimulus Fund pump primes small research projects that fulfil the following criteria:

Successful projects

Find out more about our successful projects here.

Further information

The next call for funding is expected to be announced in the Summer of 2020.

If you would like further information regarding this fund, please contact Susan Davies,


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