Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF): money available to support your business engagement and knowledge exchange ideas – call to open soon
HEFCE provide funding for knowledge exchange – Higher Education Innovation Funding (HEIF) to support and develop a broad range of knowledge-based interactions between universities and colleges and the wider world, which result in economic and social benefit to the UK. The current round of funding is referred to is HEIF 5+1+1 and runs until 31st July 2017.
BU has a proven track record with this funding stream and our success continues. Currently there are 13 live projects funded from HEIF 5+1. Examples of current projects can be found on the project pages on the BU research website and include:
Interim funding has been made available to run from 1 August 2016 to 31 July 2017. This is known as HEIF 5+1+1. (Funds cannot be carried over.)
A call will open soon and circulated internally inviting colleagues to bid for funds to run a 12 month HEIF 5+1+1 project. (These innovative projects can be new or build on existing activity that may strengthen and/or facilitate future funding applications.)
These projects will need to reflect our interim strategy sent to HEFCE (as below):
“BU will continue to invest in innovation themes with a strong focus on network creation, with a particular focus on digital and creative industries, health and wellbeing, and regional development. The additional year of funding will enable BU to continue to develop our existing area in addition to investment to develop new innovations. This will allow BU to create innovations in key areas, whilst developing closer links with regional initiatives to enhance local development opportunities, working with the Dorset LEP and other organisations. We will also consider the use of HEIF funds to invest in effective mechanisms for engaging with business/industry. Our core strategy of investing in sector-specific themes with a strong focus on network creation remains; what has changed in light of emerging opportunities is the nature of the themes in which we will invest and the mechanisms through which we will engage with the region.”
Themes could include but are not exclusive to:
- Biodiversity, Natural and Cultural Assets (e.g. environmental sciences, archaeology,)
- Global Security
- Healthcare technologies (e.g. sensors, robotics, virtual reality, augmented reality, gamification, mobile apps)
- Economic growth and innovation.
Interdisciplinary working will need to be evident in successful proposals. Project boards including academics and external organisations will also need to be identified as part of the proposal.
If you are considering an application for HEIF funding you may find it helpful to speak to the current HEIF project leads (HEIF 5+1: 01/08/15 – 31/07/16) to identify how best to develop your proposal and consider existing HEIF project activity where relevant. More information is listed below:
|PI||PI email||PI ext||Title of proposal|
|Adrian Newtonfirstname.lastname@example.org||65670||Development of a toolkit for modelling natural capital|
|Alison McConnellemail@example.com||62313||Final stage development and validation of a mobile device App to reduce blood pressure|
|Genoveva Estebanfirstname.lastname@example.org||68936||The Dorset Coast Digital Archive (DCDA)|
|Heather Hartwellemail@example.com||61712||FoodSMART (proof of concept)|
|Hongnian Yufirstname.lastname@example.org||66150||Sensor-Integrated Urometer for measuring real-time urine output|
|Jian Changemail@example.com||61881||Virtual Prototyping of New Lifeboat Launching System with Unmanned Vehicles to Enhance Safety|
|Kathy Hodderfirstname.lastname@example.org||66784||Enhancing Urban Green Space for Pollinators – Decision Making Hub|
|Kevin McGheeemail@example.com||68189||Psychiatric Genetic Counselling for Healthcare Professionals (PGC4HP): First UK pilot study, regional knowledge exchange and global impact.|
|Mark Brisbanefirstname.lastname@example.org||65166||Building Roman Britain: Innovative investigations of Roman building material and knowledge exchange through museum interpretation and learning.|
|Richard Stillmanemail@example.com||66782||Simply communicating complex research to inform environmental decision-making|
|Sarah Batefirstname.lastname@example.org||61918||Superior Face Recognition: Generating Knowledge Exchange with the Police Force|
|Stephen Jukesemail@example.com||65630||Hazardous environment training for journalists: a mobile training platform|
|Wen Tangfirstname.lastname@example.org||62498||“PLUS” Knowledge Exchange Partnership Building with Regional Police Forces on Developing New Police Training Methodologies Using Role-playing Games Technology|
Keep an eye out on the staff intranet, research blog and other staff communication channels for updates as deadlines will be short. For more information on HEIF and other knowledge exchange opportunities, please contact Jayne Codling Knowledge Exchange Adviser (RKEO).