Ufi is launching its latest seed funding call, offering up to £50,000 for projects which aim to provide innovative digital solutions to vocational adult learning.   

They are looking for projects which have a new digital solution for a vocational learning need. Successful applicants have projects which bring both the technology and the route to learners.

Other projects that have been funded previously demonstrated a novel use of technology and a clear route to market for the proposed product/service.

Application process:

Ufi has a two stage application process. Access to Stage 2 is by invitation only, following success at Stage 1. Evaluation at each stage is undertaken by an expert panel, selected  to represent the experience an d expertise relevant to the fund. Final funding decisions are made by the Ufi  Board of Trustees. The total size of the budget for the call is confidential and Ufi’s aim is to fund all projects which meet the criteria.

Stage 1 requires you to complete a short form outlining details of your organisation, your project and the funding requested. Applications are assessed on how well the project fits with Ufi’s overall mission and the specific objectives of the funding call.

Stage 2 requires you to complete a more detailed application with more information on the technology, route to market and deliverability of the project. As part of your application, you will need to provide additional information in the form of a project plan and budget

Late applications are not accepted.

Stage 1 applicants will be advised by the beginning of April 2018 whether or not they have been successful. Successful applicants will be invited to proceed to Stage 2 which open on 13th April.

The deadline for submission of Stage 2 applications is 5pm on 9th May 2018.

Ufi’s Board or Trustees will reach a final decision on funding by 30th June 2018.  

If you are successful, you will be allocated a Project Manager to work with you on a Project Initiation Document that sets out how the project will be delivered and the milestones which need to be achieved for funding to be drawn down.

Each project is unique and Ufi will work with you to agree what is best and reasonable for your project. It is for you to determine how your project is  best delivered and to work with your Project Manager to agree a monitoring plan. The funding milestone will be set as part of this process.

To find out more please visit the Ufi website by following the link provided on the right hand side.  Alternatively to contact Ufi directly please use the contact details also provided on the right hand side.