Impact grants call is now closed for applications

Extended deadline 31 October 2019

The Academy and the Lloyd's Register Foundation have launched a grant programme which aims to fund high impact, innovative projects with disruptive potential for developing domestic engineering capability to build, operate and maintain critical infrastructures safely and/or develop skills and capacity to adopt emerging technologies in low income and emerging economies across the world.

This programme aims to support projects which will become case studies of excellence and disruptive innovation in engineering education which in themselves will generate significant long-term impact in addressing the needs expressed above, as well as produce heavily scalable and replicable models which generate lessons that can inform education policy and practice more widely.


Aims & Objectives

Under this call we will support proposals that fit with one or more of the programme’s identified outcome areas:

  • To ensure increased uptake of engineering among schoolchildren in areas and themes most needed by promoting quality provision of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in schools
  • To enhance quality, challenge-oriented education in engineering institutions such as technical schools, engineering universities, and engineering training providers
  • To upskill the existing engineering and technician workforce in order to improve safety practices and enhance ability to leverage emerging technologies
  • To support policy and partnerships that develop necessary skills at scale to tackle existing or emerging engineering and safety challenges and take advantage of existing or emerging opportunities (e.g. Artificial Intelligence, Industry 4.0, Smart agriculture)

We particularly welcome applications which look to leverage digital technologies in meeting the above outcomes and also design in robust evaluation methods to evidence the difference in educational outcomes (e.g. rolling out interventions through randomised controlled trial)


Funding & Eligibility

We welcome applications from educational institutions such as schools, vocational/technical colleges, universities, Professional Engineering Institutions and education providers from private and NGO sectors. We encourage applications from institutions working in partnership and coalitions with others within the broader environment including organisations which demand skills (e.g. industry) or organisations who govern the skilling system, such as government bodies and agencies.

Please note: Academy will not fund PhD or individual research projects.

This grants scheme will provide funding of up to GBP 50,000 for applying organisations and consortia to conduct activities in support of the Programme Objectives. Matched resourcing from applicants (finance, in kind, other) is not necessary but is encouraged to demonstrate contribution and leveraged investment from applying institutions.

All Projects under this call must begin during January 2020 and end by 30 January 2022. 

Projects supported by this programme must meet our requirements by: 

  • Focusing on a critical engineering challenge that will enhance safety, social welfare and economic development in your country or region


  • Demonstrate a tangible benefit to your country or region by enhancing its capacity to carry out excellent teaching and training in engineering

It is important to note that we will look to channel further, potentially significant investment to awarded projects which demonstrate early results and very high potential.


How to Apply

All applications must be submitted via the online grants system (you must register an account). Applications can only be submitted by the Lead Applicant. Please read the guidance notes before starting your application.

Impact Grants Applicant guidance notes (975.09 KB)

Pathways to Impact Framework (126.92 KB)

Budget template (14.75 KB)


Resources and case studies

The below links are to resources which applicants may find useful either for evidencing their project or to give ideas for what projects might look like: