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KEN Pump Prime Funding Scheme is now open for application

The fourth round of the Knowledge Exchange Network (KEN) Pump Prime Funding Scheme is now open for application, and KEN colleagues are invited to apply for up to £20k of ‘pump priming’ funding for challenge-led activities, to support collaborative research between the University and industry. Please find the application guideline in the attachment. Here is some brief information.


Application process

Applications should be submitted by KEN colleagues as the lead applicant(s) via the Qualtrics application form at:


Important dates

The closing date for application in the Michaelmas Term 2019-2020 is Friday 22 Nov 2019. The review panel will review all applications and shortlist projects that could potentially be funded. KEN colleagues submitting shortlisted projects will be invited to a review meeting to introduce their projects briefly, followed by a Q&A session. Projects which are not shortlisted will be given feedback and suggestions at the review meeting. The review meeting will be at 10:00-12:00 Wednesday 4 December 2019. Please pencil these dates in your diary if you would like to make an application.


Evaluation criteria

Please find the evaluation criteria in the attached call for application. For clarification, match-funding is desirable but not essential for the application. Match funding does not necessarily need to be cash, in-kind is also acceptable. The contribution does not need to be from industry, departmental matched-funding is also accepted. If you have any questions about the funding scheme, please contact

Posted on 28/10/2019

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