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Incubator Project Grants

Incubator Project Grants are funds to support education pedagogic innovation and are for educators at the University of Exeter who want to test ideas, explore, and transform their teaching and learning practice, as well as improve student engagement and the learning experience.

In the spirit of innovation, we are exploring and changing the way in which we are offering Incubator Project funding.

We will offer one cycle of funding in the 22-23 academic year for pedagogic innovation projects. We have capped funding for the Incubator Project Grants and you can apply for funds between £3000 - £5000. We expect your project to be delivered over six months. 

This grant is now closed.

The project delivery will last six months, hence project timelines and plans in this application should account for a six month delivery starting from January 2023. 


Each year the Education Incubator identifies themes under which projects should align their application. The themes for 2022- 2023 are: 

1. Transformative Education  

This theme invites projects that seek to use the power of education to create a sustainable, healthy, and socially just future. This includes innovations which help foster a collaborative environment and sustain a culture of compassion and respect. Projects could address challenges associated with the climate crisis, social injustice and inequalities related to gender, race, and class, among others. The aim of this theme is to promote the application of students’ critical thinking skills to address important challenges we now face.  

2. Digital Innovation   

The pandemic brought about rapid changes to teaching and experiments with digital technology in the classroom. This theme invites projects that seek to build on learnings from this period and create a more deliberate and systematic approach to harnessing the opportunities technology can bring to the student experience. As digital and hybrid approaches become the norm, changes in technology also lead to the need for innovations in teaching culture and pedagogy. Projects in this theme should utilise some aspect of digital technology to transform education.  

3. Co-Creation with Students  

This theme builds on our commitment at the University of Exeter to place students at the centre of what we do. It invites applications for projects which involve students as partners and collaborators in designing their own learning experience. It emphasises drawing on student perspectives as a key resource in developing new teaching methodologies. Projects should involve meaningful opportunities for students to participate in innovative activities at every stage of the project. 

Who can apply?

We are looking for educators across academic faculty and professional services who want to collaborate and work in small teams on an identified challenge together.

What are we looking for?  

To be successful in your application the project will have:

  • Identified a clear educational pedagogic challenge or problem affecting academic teaching and learning, and student engagement that can be explored, tested and/or addressed through an;

  • Actionable plan for the project demonstrating how the project will contribute to solving this challenge or problem

Read our Application Development Guidance to learn more on; what to consider for a successful application, planning your project and what can be funded. 

What the project team will receive?

  • Project funding to pay for you and your nominated team’s time to deliver the project and any identified costs to deliver activities within your project plan;

  • Support and structured approach to developing your solution from the Education Incubator team;

  • Access to institutional knowledge to make change through supportive networks;

  • Support available to explore sustainable funding streams.

Selection Criteria

The fund has a selection criterion that a panel review will use to judge an application. This information should be used to help support a written project bid for application.

  • The project potential to improve student learning;

  • The innovative pedagogic approach;

  • Extent of meaningful student involvement;

  • Their fit with Incubator themes and the University Education Strategy;

  • Whether they identify clear impacts and outcomes;

  • Likelihood of being delivered to time and budget;

  • Their potential to impact pedagogic practice across the University. 

How to apply?

You can apply by completing the online Application Form

The deadline to receive completed applications will be 5pm on 5th December 2022.

Applications will then go to a panel review and applicants will be informed of the outcome the week beginning of 12th December 2022.

Please read our selection criteria that the panel review will use to judge your application. This information will also help you focus your written project bid for the application.


If you have any questions about this grant and your application or any other future funding opportunities, please email us at