KE Seed Fund

The KE Seed Fund is an internal grant scheme designed to support Knowledge Exchange activities and projects. It is supported by the University’s Higher Education & Innovation Fund (HEIF) award to ‘support and develop a broad range of knowledge-based interactions between universities and the wider world, which result in economic and social benefit to the UK. ’

Applications from those new to or experienced in Knowledge Exchange activity are equally welcome. Funds (typically £2k to £5k) can be requested to pilot a new project or enhance an existing activity.

How to apply

The KE Seed Fund will be open for applications from Monday 31 October and will close on Friday 2 December 2022, 12pm.

Applications are submitted through IRAMS.

This is a three-part process:

i) Complete the online application form on IRAMS.

ii) Upload the Case for Support in PDF format (using the Word template available in the IRAMS application system; which should be saved to PDF before submitting).

iii) Email the supporting documentation from external parties to

Any queries? Please email


KE Seed Fund Application Guidelines

Potential applicants should read the following documentation, before applying through IRAMS

KE Seed Fund Case for Support

Please note, in order to submit your case for support you will need to download the editable Word document from this page or from IRAMS. Once completed you can upload the completed form as a pdf to the IRAMS system.

Supporting Documentation

Email the supporting documentation from your external collaborator(s) to The partner(s) involved should show that they fully understand the project and its aims, specifying their commitment to the proposal, what they hope it will achieve, and where they see the project leading.


Successful projects are anticipated to be notified w/c 30 January 2023.  All projects must complete by 30 June 2023.


Awardees are required to provide a final project report which should be submitted by Monday 4 September 2023 via

Case Studies

You can see examples of some previous KE Seed funded on Oxford Impact Case Studies website.  The series celebrates the range of impacts the University has on the world of policy, health, business and culture.  Set the Research Funder filter to “University of Oxford KE Seed Fund”.


If you have any questions, please contact the Knowledge Exchange Seed Fund team:               

For advice and support on the development of your proposal plans and ideas, please contact your Research Facilitator.


Internal funding