Clothworkers’ funding available to undergraduate students this summer

The Clothworkers’ Innovation Fund is offering the opportunity for up to eight undergraduates to conduct feasibility studies to explore innovative ideas with potential commercial value over the summer.

This is a great chance for students to:

  • advance their academic career
  • gain valuable research experience
  • learn more about 'commercialisation' - the process by which Intellectual Property is protected, licensed and if successful, developed into saleable products or services
  • find out whether an idea has legs!

We are promoting this around campus and online, and ask that University staff let students know about this opportunity and encourage applications where appropriate.

Applications are now being accepted and the deadline is 23 March. For further information visit the Commercialisation webpages

Notes on applications

The ideas in the student's proposal can be in any area across the University, so students from any faculty can apply.

In order to maintain the historical link with the Clothworkers', the application should involve an academic member of the School of Design or the Department of Colour Chemistry (this does not need to be the lead academic).  Once a possible project has been indentified, help is available in finding and securing an appropriate linking academic from these two departments if required.

Each proposal will need to show that it has novelty and the potential to become a commercially valuable industrial product, process and/or technology. Upon completion of the project, if appropriate, funding to continue further development could be available.

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