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Queen Mary Impact Fund aims to support projects which are clearly linked to and build on excellent underpinning research. Applications are welcome from all academic staff who are able to demonstrate this clear research base.

Eligible applicants are defined as academic staff employed by Queen Mary:

  • With a contract of employment of 0.2 FTE or greater
  • Whose primary employment function is to undertake either 'research only' or 'teaching and research

Eligible Activities

Early-stage commercialisationactivities could include, but not limited to:

  • Projects aimed at commercialising or otherwise validating QMUL-owned Intellectual Property (IP)
  • Development and manufacture of software and prototypes
  • Testing/pilots
  • De-risking
  • Validation translational research results
  • Market assessments and validation or other inputs by external consultants, experts or specialists

End User engagement activities could include, but not limited to:

  • Organising events/meetings with end users or businesses to develop partnerships and/or scope an idea/concept for a collaborative impact project.
  • Projects in this stream should not be focused on the commercialisation of specific QMUL IP but may require access to QMUL expertise or underpinning research

Policy impact – activities could include, but not limited to:

  • Build relationships and policy influence with national and local government through placements, apprenticeships, executive education opportunities, or research opportunities

Secondments – activities could include, but not limited to:

  • Supporting either outward secondment of post-doctoral researchers, doctoral students and academics to work at an industrial collaborator or partner organisation
  • Inward secondment of senior industry scientists or research users (e.g. policymakers) to work on a focussed knowledge exchange project to identify and/or address a problem/opportunity
  • Outward secondments can be either full-time or part-time, where a minimum of 50% of the overall time should be spent at the partner organisation.


For further information on eligibility criteria, you can read our full Guidance Notes on the Impact Fund.


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