Follow-on Funding is intended to provide financial support at the very early or pre-seed stage of turning research outputs into a commercial proposition. Industry partners are not allowed. If you have an industry partner, please use the IPS scheme.
STFC staff are not eligible and should apply for their internal proof of concept funding.
Follow-On Funding will support a range of relevant activities to enable the development and examination of a concept to establish its commercial feasibility and scientific and technical merit. Partners are not allowed on the Follow-on Fund.
The funding can be used for:
These activities will be prior to:
Follow-On Funding will specifically not support:
Applications must come through the Je-S system.
In addition to a completed proforma, further documentation must be uploaded as separate pdf documents, these include:
The six page Case of Support MUST include information under the headings (see below). Applications WILL BE REJECTED by the office for non-compliance.
All documentation must be submitted by the closing date. We cannot add any extra information that arrives after this date. Any additional documents such as CVs, extra results, pathways to impact statements, list of publications etc. will be removed and not sent for review.
Case for Support
This should be no longer than six pages and conform to the standard template of Arial (or other clearly readable) 11 point font with a minimum of 2 cm margins around each page.
It will be the responsibility of the principal applicant to ensure that any information is worded in such a way to protect commercially confidential or sensitive areas. STFC will assume that the applicant has obtained necessary permissions from any party that may be involved in the application.
In addition a one page Gantt chart of the project timeline must be submitted.
The six page Case of Support must include the following:
What is the STFC funded research that will form the basis of this project? What is the aim of this application? Who will benefit from this project and subsequent commercialisation?
Describe the current status of the technology you are proposing and the plan for development.
Please describe how you will investigate the development of a business plan, which will include a route to market. Describe the commercial opportunity and the predicted investment and mechanism required post-project to take forward commercialisation. This should also include a summary of the current IP position (further detailed in the Letter of Support from your TTO).
Detail specific work packages, assigning responsibility between partners if appropriate. Applicants should show that they have identified risks and developed alternative strategies to mitigate these. The applicants should consider both technical, programmatic and, where relevant, commercial risks.
State the resources requested by the applicants and provide justification for them. The Panel can reduce resource requests if they feel there is insufficient justification. Describe what the added value of STFC funding will be.
Identify what the direct outputs will be at the end of this grant (please be specific).