Students Staff

Enterprise Project Fund

The Enterprise Project Fund is an internal funding scheme for our academic staff. It provides up to £5000 of funding to assess and develop the potential for your research to be applied outside the academy.

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What it funds

Activities and projects which will help you access external funding or help the commercial development of your research

Example projects

  • Assessing the market for your research as a product or service
  • Testing the viability of your idea in practice
  • Finding a partner organisation or enterprise match for your expertise

Example activities

  • Market research
  • Development of contacts, networks or ‘leads’ via meetings, workshops and demonstrations
  • Development of a CPD or summer school programme
  • Attendance at industry-specific events

It doesn’t fund

  • Buying out academic teaching time
  • Research activities/technical development
  • Attendance at academic events

How much funding is available?

Up to £5,000 per project

Who decides whether my application will be funded?

A panel within the Research and Enterprise Office will assess each application on merit, and will support the delivery of successful applications. Selection criteria will include core capability, deliverability/achievability, strategic fit and sustainability.

What is the application process?

Contact your Knowledge Exchange Manager who will help you scope the project's suitability and outcomes.

  • Enterprise Project Fund

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    Full details of the application process for the Enterprise Project Fund

Contact us

For further information about The Enterprise Project Fund, please contact the Knowledge Exchange Manager for your faculty.

  • Faculty of Humanities



    Ville Karhusaari

    Ville Karhusaari

    Knowledge Exchange Manager

    Telephone 01206 874559

    Email vmkarh@essex.ac.uk





  • Faculty of Science and Health


    Dr Kirstie Cochrane

    Dr Kirstie Cochrane

    Knowledge Exchange Manager

    Telephone 01206 874042

    Email kscoch@essex.ac.uk





    Anshu Bansal

    Anshu Bansal

    Knowledge Exchange Manager

    Telephone 01206 872914

    Email abansal@essex.ac.uk



  • Faculty of Social Sciences


    Dr Dorian Hayes

    Dr Dorian Hayes

    Knowledge Exchange Manager

    Telephone 01206 874976

    Email dphayes@essex.ac.uk