Note: Applications for this scheme will next be open in June 2019. The funding is available to participants of the Frontiers of Engineering for Development  Symposia.

If you are interested in attending the upcoming (or a future) symposium, please see How to get involved


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 notes below for further information. 



Note: please be aware that due to time restrictions, RAEng staff will not be able to help you find lead awardees beyond providing you with the relevant lists and databases.

  • This funding is to promote a new collaboration between Frontiers of Engineering for Development symposium participants. The activities can involve non-conference participants, but at least two primary applicants must have attended the most recent Frontiers of Engineering for Development symposium
  • The project must comply with the ODA requirements and must be interdisciplinary
  • Pre-existing collaborations are NOT eligible


Lead Applicant Person Specification

  • The lead applicant must be hosted by a UK university. They may have attended the Frontiers of Engineering for Development symposium in May 2019 OR a previous Frontiers of Engineering for Development symposium
  • They must be employed by a UK university
  • They should be at an early or mid-career stage, usually 0-20 years post-doc. In most cases, they will not yet have reached Professorship. Consideration will be given to those who have taken a non-standard career path or career break
  • More established researchers can be involved in the project but will often take an advisory position. Therefore, we expect the lead applicant to be the researcher who will undertake a majority of the project work


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 to a previous round of seed funding, below. This can be used as a guide of what to expect in future rounds - please note that some details, such as dates, will change between rounds. 

Seed funding guidance notes (217.83 KB)