Note: Applications for this scheme are now closed. The next round of funding will be open in August/September 2017 to coincide with the next FoE symposium event.


Frontiers of Engineering for Development Seed funding is available to the participants of the Frontiers of Engineering for Development symposium and supports interdisciplinary pilot research. It aims to facilitate national or international interdisciplinary collaborations between attendees of the symposium that address global challenges.

This funding comes under the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and is part of the UK government's Official Development Assistance (ODA). As such, collaborations supported by this programme must meet ODA requirements. Please see the guidance note, below, for further information. 


  • The two primary applicants must have been participants from the most recent Frontiers of Engineering for Development Symposium. However, the activities can involve non-conference participants.
  • The project must comply with the ODA requirements.
  • The project must be interdisciplinary.
  • Pre-existing collaborations are NOT eligible.
  • The lead applicant must be hosted in a UK university.

How to apply

All applications must be submitted via the Academy’s online application system. The lead applicant must first register with the system and provide some basic log-in details to create a profile.

The lead UK applicant will need to provide a letter from the appropriate Research Grants Office confirming the application is approved. It is therefore recommended that you approach all necessary personnel as early as possible.

Please see the guidance note for applicants from the previous round of seed funding, below. Note that the terms and eligibility may change slightly from round to round. Therefore, please use the below for infomation only. 

Seed funding guidance notes, 2016 (454.63 KB)