KE Seed Fund

This fund provides support for early-stage innovative knowledge exchange ideas. It can also add onto existing projects, to build or develop new KE around current activities, and support documenting case studies.

This is an exceptional call of the KE Seed Fund related to the exceptional circumstances of COVID-19 and associated measures.  See the call document for details.


Deadlines in this exceptional call are: noon on 9 December 2020 and noon on 19 January 2021.

For applications received by 9 December a funding decision will be made by 17 December.

It is expected that few applicants will be ready for the December deadline, and a substantial part of the £40k budget will remain available for bids received by the second deadline.  The December deadline is to allow projects to proceed as quickly as possible.



Typically £2,000 to £4,000 per project. Applications for £100 to £5,000 are invited.


University of Oxford staff, excluding college-only staff. See the call document for full details.

Call for applications
Application form
KE Seed Fund at a glance

Potential applicants should read the call and application form for this exceptional call.  Enquiries are then invited by phone/Teams or email to ensure bids are suitable.  Your local research facilitation and grants support officers/teams should be able to advise and help in the first instance.  Application would then be by email to the Fund Manager, cc’d to the Fund’s email address, and cc’d to your authoriser. See the call document for further details about the application.


Reporting Proforma for PIs after the end of a KE Seed Fund project.  Proforma    
Alternatively you can do this online.


Matt Smart

(and cc  Note that is a contingency email address at this time, and emails to only (ie if not emailed directly to the Fund Manager) are unlikely to receive a response.)

Previous awards

Internal funding