University of dundee funding

University of dundee funding

Financial aid for current students

We pay out

  • the Higher Education Discretionary Funds
  • the Higher Education Childcare Fund

We refer to both as Discretionary Funds.


Full time undergraduate students

You are eligible to apply to the Discretionary Funds if you are in receipt of the maximum student loan available to you from your UK Funding Authority. Unfortunately, the Discretionary Funds are not available to EU or Overseas students. Any EU or Overseas students finding themselves in financial difficulty, should seek advice and guidance from Student Funding as to whether they can apply for any financial aid.

Part time undergraduate students

You are eligible to apply for Discretionary Funds if

  1. you meet the SAAS residence criteria and,
  2. are studying a course as part of a degree programme.

UK postgraduate students

You can also apply if in financial difficulty. Students eligible for funding from SAAS or SFE need to have taken out the maximum funding available to them before they are eligible to apply for assistance from the Discretionary Funds.

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University of dundee funding

Funding opportunities

There are a range of initiatives available to financially support businesses to work with the University of Dundee.

The team at RIS can help you identify the best scheme for your needs and help prepare a successful application to drive your project forward.

Are you a researcher at the University of Dundee? Take a look at our Funding for Research page.


Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

The Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) scheme helps businesses to innovate and grow. It does this by linking them with a university and a graduate to work on a specific project.

Each KTP is a three-way partnership between a business, an academic institution and a graduate. The academic institution employs the recently-qualified graduate who works at the company. The graduate, known as the ‘associate’, brings new skills and knowledge to the business.

A KTP can last between 12 and 36 months depending on the project and the needs of the business. It is part-funded by a grant. The amount businesses need to contribute is different for SMEs and larger companies.

2017 has a number of open and themed calls for submissions:

  • Open call: 18 January, 8 March, *August.
  • Emerging and Enabling Technologies: *May, *November
  • Health and Life Sciences: *April, *October
  • Infrastucture Systems: *September
  • Manufacturing and Materials: *July

*Date to be confirmed. Contact our Consultancy Manager, or read more on

University of dundee funding

Innovate UK

Innovate UK offer funding to test the feasibility of an idea, research and develop it and demonstrate it in a prototype. Innovate UK funding competitions cover the following industry sectors:

  • emerging and enabling technologies
  • infrastructure systems
  • health and life sciences
  • manufacturing and materials

Innovate UK announce a range of funding calls, which include Priority Areas as well as non-themed “always open” competitions. These include H2020 calls.

Horizon 2020 (H2020)

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020).

Via the SME Instrument, SMEs can get EU funding and support for innovation projects that will help them grow and expand their activities into other countries in Europe and beyond:

Innovative training networks bring together universities, research centres and companies from different countries worldwide to train a new generation of researchers. For example, with the European Industrial Doctorate the researcher spends at least 50% of their time with a non-academic partner, developing skills inside and outside academia that respond to public and private sector needs:

Find more EU Research and Innovation opportunities on the website.

University of dundee funding

Scottish Enterprise (SE) R&D Grants

The SE R&D Grant supports businesses developing new products, processes and services to improve company competitiveness. Projects typically last 6 to 36 months, and the grant can cover up to 35% of the project costs.

Scottish Funding Council (SFC) Innovation Vouchers

The SFC Innovation Vouchers scheme aims to build relationships between SMEs and academic experts in Scotland. The aim of the scheme is to fund projects which drive innovation, leading to new products, services and processes that will benefit the business, the institution and the Scottish economy.


Orla Kelly

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