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 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.
- The project or activity must focus on non-academic engagement or benefits
- You must explain why the project or activity cannot be funded from other sources
- Staff costs must be justified
- The project must have the support of your department or centre
- The lead applicant must be on the LSE payroll.
Seniority of lead applicant has no bearing on assessment of applications.
- The project or activity must clearly involve or include LSE research
This does not discount inclusion of non-LSE work and there is no requirement for a link to specific research output(s)
Core assessment criteria
- Clarity and feasibility of objectives
Assessed through responses to sections B, D, H & L of application form
- Clarity of anticipated benefits to non-academic groups, organisations or individuals
Assessed through responses to section D of application form
- Evidence of buy-in from proposed partners (that is, any external groups/organisations/individuals with whom you intend to work)
Assessed through responses to sections C & F of application form
- Effectiveness of engagement plan
Assessed through responses to sections B, D, F & L of application form
- Clarity of link to LSE research
Assessed through responses to section E of application form
- Clarity of roles and responsibilities of all project participants; extent to which this justifies staff costs
Assessed through responses to section J of application form
- Significance to School
Assessed through responses to section F of application form, plus Committee’s consideration of School strategic priorities
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 email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications are considered by KEISG on a monthly basis on the 1st of the month.You should allow at least a month to develop your proposal with the guidance of the KEI team, the longer you leave the more likely you are to be successful in your application.
In order to submit on the 1st of the month, a draft of your application and budget must be sent at least three weeks beforehand, you must respond to feedback in a timely fashion and have sent a final version at least three working days before the end of the month.
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.