IGL Grants Programme: Supporting randomised controlled trials to find out what works to increase innovation, support high-growth entrepreneurship and accelerate business growth.
The sixth call for this programme is now open - please apply using this application form.
What we are looking to fund
The main aim of this call is 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.
How to get involved as a researcher, or if you are already collaborating with a researcher
Researchers can apply independently or together with a programme delivery organisation. Applications are welcome from Monday, 3 September 2018 using this application form.
In September 2018, IGL will be hosting two webinars for those interested in applying to the IGL Grants Programme. The webinars will help participants understand what a strong proposal looks like by cover the following topics:
- Tuesday, 11 September 2018, 14:00 - 15:00 BST: After an introduction to the grants programme process and topical focus, this webinar will cover how to define a strong research question for RCTs. Register here to attend.
- Thursday, 20 September 2018, 14:00 - 15:00 BST: Building on the first webinar, this hour will cover what a strong proposal to the IGL Grants Programme looks like, specifically with regards to key design aspects of the RCT applicants should consider when putting together their proposal. Register here to attend.
There will be the opportunity to ask questions both on the topics above as well as regarding the Grants Programme more broadly. You do not have to attend one to attend the other.
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. For more information about Stage 0 please read the full terms and conditions, please click here.
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