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UMIP Ignition Awards open funding call

05 Oct 2018

The UMIP Innovation Optimiser is pleased to announce the launch of our open funding call for the Ignition Awards, aiming to inspire and further build on the spirit of enterprise and innovation across the campus


By supporting new opportunities, we aim to bring into reality the ideas of academics, support staff and research students and help to maximise their potential for ‘real world’ use or societal benefit.

  • Are you currently working or studying at The University of Manchester or a recent graduate (within 2 years)?
  • Is your idea likely to be an entrepreneurial or innovative solution to a commercial, societal, or environmental problem?
  • Do you feel inspired and motivated to create something exciting and feed your curiosity about entrepreneurship and start-ups?


Up to £2,000 is available for individuals to test or grow their entrepreneurial ideas. This can include finding out if an idea is viable, learning more about what is needed to develop the concept and trying the project on a small scale, right through to more robust road testing of the idea.

Feedback and one to one provision will be provided to support your applications.


This funding opportunity provided by UMIP is open to all staff, research students (inc. DBA, MBA) and recent graduates (graduated within the last 2 years) at The University of Manchester.

Open call

There is a finite pot of funding available with no set deadline for applications. When it’s gone, it’s gone! 

Apply now

To apply or for more information, please visit Innovation Optimiser Open Funding Call or contact