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Enterprise Education Research Opportunity

Each year, EEUK invites proposals for the Enterprise Education and Research Project Fund (EERPF). This was launched by the Board of EEUK in 2011 and has run each year since.

In past years there has been a budget of £20,000. Current projects include studies of the evaluation of enterprise education impact in Universities and on graduate career progression; and careers and education curriculum bookmarks. These, and projects which were awarded funding in past years, can be seen here.

These projects make a real difference to the effective development, implementation and evaluation of Enterprise Education activities. As the 2017 call for projects will be announced in April, now is the time to be considering a possible project.

Funding is awarded to: (i) support the creation and evaluation of enterprise education materials and resources and (ii) facilitate impactful research which adds to our understanding of enterprise education and addresses the needs of the enterprise education community. A key principle is that projects should aim to be of benefit to the wider EEUK community as well as the member organisation that is awarded funding.

The application process is straightforward, involving a short proposal. It clearly makes sense to review past funded projects, since building on past work or offering new perspectives will have more value added than repeating similar work. A number of collaborative projects, involving more than one institution, have been successful. Such projects can be awarded up to £7,500, whilst the maximum for single-institution projects is £5,000.

Writing successful project proposals is an essential skill for emerging researchers and innovative educators. EERPF is an excellent way of gaining experience in developing a proposal for a smaller project where the prospects of success for a novel and well-written proposal are reasonably good. If the funding is matched by institutional or other sponsorship as part of a larger project, that can be an advantage.

So the call for 2017 will be out in April, and we look forward to seeing your proposals!

Professor David Rae

EEUK Board Director responsible for EERPF

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