Funding opportunities

IGL Grants Programme: Supporting randomised controlled trials to find out what works to increase innovation, support high-growth entrepreneurship and accelerate business growth.

The IGL Grants Programme is one of the activities of IGL, funded by the Argidius Foundation, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and Nesta.

The sixth call for this programme is now closed.  

What we look to fund

The main aim of this call was to fund randomised controlled trials that provide evidence on the best approaches to increase innovation, support high-growth entrepreneurship and accelerate business growth.

This call for proposals is relevant to:

  • Researchers and academics interested in designing and conducting randomised controlled trials related to innovation, entrepreneurship and business growth.
  • Programme delivery organisations and operators who are involved in entrepreneurship training and education programmes, innovation management and commercialisation, or other programmes that aim to support innovation, entrepreneurship and business growth. You must be interested in better understanding and evaluating the impact of their interventions, programmes or schemes, or comparing different versions of them. Organisations can also apply if they are interested in running trials within their own organisation in order to improve their (innovation) processes. Please note that this year programme delivery organisations may only apply to the IGL Grants Programme in collaboration with researchers.

Details of previous grant recipients can be found on the trials section of our website.

Click here to read the full call (2018-2019). 

How to get involved as a programme delivery organisation

In the past, researchers and programme delivery organisations were invited to submit proposals to the IGL Grants programme independently or collaboratively.

This year, we included an additional "Stage 0" to the programme, to facilitate connections between programme delivery organisations and researchers to collaborate on proposals. Working with a researcher or research team will provide crucial support for ensuring RCT proposals are carefully designed and analysed. We included this new additional stage based on experience in past rounds to ensure that proposals led by delivery organisations are able to demonstrate a clear understanding of how their experiment will be implemented.

This stage is now closed.

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