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Complete the online Incubator Project Grant 2023-2024 Application Form.

Incubator Project Grants

Incubator Project Grants

Incubator Project Grants are funds to support education pedagogic innovation and are for academics and professional service staff 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. 

Our Incubator Project Grants are now open for applications for the academic year 2023-2024.

You can apply for up to £5000 with an expectation of the project to be delivered over six-months starting September 2023. 


Each year the Education Incubator identifies themes under which projects should align their application. The themes for 2023-2024 are: 

This theme invites projects that seek to explore how to embrace Generative AI within teaching and learning at the University of Exeter. 

We invite applications for projects that explore how generative AI tools can positively support teaching, learning and assessment, and develop our students’ skills and outcomes for a future AI orientated workplace. We also invite projects that challenge the inherent biases and ethical issues in the development and use of generative AI, and that seek to explore, foster and make an impact on inclusion and diversity.   

Projects should involve meaningful opportunities for students to participate in innovative activities at every stage of the project. 

This theme invites projects from educators seeking to innovate their assessment practices. 

Over the past two years the University has undertaken a number of large-scale projects related to assessment. These include but are not limited to; Assessment Reimagined, the NSS Assessment and Feedback Project, the impact of generative AI on assessment and the launch of the new assessment platform and ELE2. 

In response to these developments, we invite applications for projects that explore innovative assessment practices that address inclusive and adaptive assessment, authentic and creative assessment, and generative AI resistant assessment. 

Innovations can include designing for accessibility and inclusion, building in a variety of, and creative ways to assess or provide feedbackand exploring programme level assessment. 

The aim of this theme is to support educators to consider how to make our assessments inclusive, authentic and engaging for our students. 

This theme invites projects that consider learning with others beyond the University in our local area 

We invite applications that explore teaching and learning activities and innovations that build social, educational, organisational and community connections outside of the context of the university, where students can extend and deepen their university learning, and support our learners’ agency to create change.  

Projects will have a focus on themes such as social justice and equalityeducational transitions, workplace skills and environmental change. 

Projects should involve meaningful opportunities for students to co-produce and participate in innovative activities at every stage of the project.  

Application Process for Project Grant 2023-204

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 Advice and Guidance for Incubator Project Grant applicants 23-24 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 this online Application Form.

Preview of the questions can be accessed here: Incubator Project Grant Application Form 2023-2024

The deadline to receive completed applications will be 5pm 7th July 2023.

Applications will then go to a panel review and applicants will be informed of the outcome the week beginning of 17th July 2023.


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

The Education Incubator is part of the University of Exeter’s ongoing commitment to international excellence in education.