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International Development Research @ Cambridge


Pump-priming funding for new research collaborations.
The award aims to establish closer working partnerships between researchers and business. Partnership Development Awards will pump-prime collaborations with industry partners.

The fund is open to research projects within EPSRC remit, and linked to previous EPSRC funded research,which will kick-start collaborations with companies who have significant potential to become new business partners for the University. 

Typically, an IAA Partnership Development Award will fund an initial project of interest to a new industrial partner, which will create the basis for a larger and longer-term collaboration which could attract funding either from the company or other external sources (for example Innovate UK).

Evidence of real involvement from the industry partner in the project should be provided in the proposal and support letter including estimates of cash or in-kind contributions.  Projects aligned with the Strategic Research Initiatives and Strategic Research Networks are particularly welcomed.

For a full list of Strategic Research Initiatives and Networks please see here.

Eligibility and funding

Projects will be short-term (3-6 months) and of up to £50 000 in value. Any costs over £50 000, or to enable the project to continue beyond six months are expected to be contributed by the industry partner. 


For further information on restrictions, internal costing requirements and application process please see the Research Office website.


Welcome to Cambridge Global Challenges

Cambridge Global Challenges is the Strategic Research Initiative of the University of Cambridge that aims to enhance the contribution of its research towards addressing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, with a particular focus on the poorest half of the world’s population.


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Register to Cambridge Global Challenges here.


Learn about the support we provide 

Information on how Cambridge Global Challenges can support your research is shared here.


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