What is the KEI fund?
The Knowledge Exchange and Impact Steering Group (KEISG) has a budget to support various opportunities for knowledge exchange at any point throughout the research life-cycle – not just exploitation and dissemination at the end of a project. Success in KEI can be achieved in a number of ways, including:
- Engaging and communicating with non-academics about your research
- Going beyond existing networks and relationships to create new opportunities to share your research
- Building on opportunities to use novel and innovative approaches in sharing your research
- Thinking broadly and creatively about who you want to engage (beneficiaries), how you want to engage them (methods and activities), and how you will know about and measure the effects of your engagement activities (metrics and indicators).
KEISG particularly welcomes applications in the following areas:
- Cross-disciplinary collaboration including (where appropriate) cross-institutional collaboration with STEMM researchers (e.g. but not limited to, health, climate change, data science, time-series and decision-making).
- New relationships with the corporate sector (e.g. but not limited to, developing potential Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs))
- Innovative public engagement (e.g. but not limited to, citizen social science (including engagement with schools) and developing local knowledge hubs)
KEISG welcomes applications of any size up to £100k for a maximum of 3 years. As a guide:
- Small bids of up to £10,000 for short-term or immediate KEI activities
- Medium bids of £10,000 - £50,000 for longer term KEI activities including, but not limited to, inter-disciplinary and/or collaborative activities
- Large bids of £50,000 - £100,000 which are likely to be inter-disciplinary and/or collaborative in nature
- For bids over £100,000, pre-approval by the Chair of KEISG (via an outline proposal - see below) will be required.
KEISG will consider applications in line with the following:
- Applications can be for any KEI activities including public engagement but must relate to research undertaken at LSE.
- Potential for a future REF impact case study will be of interest to the Committee.
- Interdisciplinary and inter-departmental applications are encouraged.
- KEISG will be particularly interested in applications where there is potential to commercialise research. Applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss potential commercialisation opportunities with the KEI Integrated Service.
- Applicants will be asked to identify the potential audiences/ beneficiaries and the likely reach (global, European, regional/local).
Who can apply?
Applications can be considered from any member of academic or research staff but KEISG are particularly keen to receive applications from individuals or departments/centres which have not previously received School funding for KEI. All applications must be supported by the applicant’s Head of Department or Centre Director.
PhD students may apply for up to £2k of funding for KEI activities. Please get in touch for more information.
Application procedure and submission
Prospective applicants should discuss their proposal with the Research and Knowledge Exchange Manager, Rozia Hussain and Senior Communications Manager (Research and Knowledge Exchange), Louise Jones and liaise with the KEI Awards Manager, Marie Copperwaite on the budget (e.g. staff costs).
Please read the Application Guidance Notes before completing the form.
For very small (<£2k) or very large (>£100k) projects, please contact Marie Copperwaite for the relevant forms.
There is no deadline for submission. Applications are considered by KEISG on a monthly basis (on the 1st of the month) to allow applicants time to develop their proposals with the guidance of the KEI team. You should send a draft of your application and budget at least a couple of weeks before you hope to submit to allow time for feedback.
You will be informed of the outcome of your application within 3 weeks of submission to KEISG, which will be on the 1st of the month following submission of your finalised application.