Community Science Seed Fund

Community Science Seed Fund

Community Science Seed Fund

Community Science Seed Fund

Applications are now open for Imperial College London’s brand-new Community Science Seed Fund

Applications now closed!

Applications for the Community Science Seed Fund 2019 have now closed.

Thank you to everyone who has submitted an application. We will be in touch to notify all applicants of the outcome in the week commencing 25 March 2019. 

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 Apply for up to £2,000 to kick-start your science project

What is the Community Science Seed Fund?

As part of our commitment to working with our neighbours in and around our new White City Campus, we are excited to announce the launch of a new fund which supports community-led science and technology projects. We are offering seed funding to local residents and community groups who wish to explore and share the wonder of science with their communities.

The closing date for applications is 22 February 2019. Guidance information on the application process can be found below. 

What are we looking for?

The Community Science Seed Fund aims to:

  • Assist local groups and residents in sharing the wonder of science and technology with their local communities
  • Utilise the benefits of informal science learning to inspire our neighbours from all backgrounds and ages
  • Create opportunities for Imperial academics and local residents to work together  
  • Help embed Imperial College London as a community asset in the local area

How to apply

What is a seed fund?

A seed fund is a small fund which aims to help kick-start a new project or idea in order to help the project organisers test their project, establish a case study and apply for further funding. The Community Science Seed Fund will be offering funding of up to £2000. 

How to apply

The application process, which has been co-designed with local organisations and residents, has been put in place to help you make the most out of the Seed Fund and help the panel understand the impact you are trying to make with your project.



If you would like to complete the application form online, please click here 

Please note, you will have to complete the form in one sitting as there is no save draft function. It should take around 10-15 minutes to complete.



If you would like to submit a video application, please make sure that you have answered all the questions on the Seed Fund Application Form

The selection panel will be using the same criteria to assess both paper and video applications.

Video applications can be sent via email.

Please ensure that you include your name and contact details in your email to us.

You may receive a follow-up phone call regarding your video.



If you would like to handwrite or type your application, you can download the Seed Fund Application Form

Completed forms should be posted to: The Invention Rooms (Door B), 68 Wood Lane, W12 7RH. 

Alternatively, forms can be dropped off at our new community café space, the Interaction Zone, The Invention Rooms, 68 Wood Lane, White City, London W12 7TA. 

All application forms and documentation must be submitted by midnight 22 February 2019.


 Before you apply, please check that you meet the following requirements. If you do not, unfortunately your application will not be reviewed by the selection panel. 

  1. The applicant must not be a member of Imperial College
  2. The project must have a science/technology/engineering theme
  3. The principal applicant must be a community group or local resident based within a one-mile radius of the White City Campus and the project must take place within this area
  4. If you are applying as an individual or are under 18, you must have a bank account in the name of the group or organisation that will hold the funds for you

Selection panel and criteria

The selection panel will include representatives from the local community and Imperial College London.

Their role is to review all submitted applications against our criteria and provide advice and feedback to both successful and unsuccessful applicants.

Applications will be reviewed by the panel against the following six criteria:

  • Realistic – does your project have clear aims? Can these realistically be achieved?
  • Targeted – who is your project aimed at? Why is your project needed?
  • Collaboration – how will your project engage and bring together members of the local community?
  • Impact – how will your project benefit the local community?
  • Evaluation – how will you measure the success of your project?
  • Sustainability – how will you ensure your project lasts beyond the end of the Seed Fund process?


Applications open

30 January 2019

Advice Sessions 

4 February 2019 18.00 & 8 February 2019 13.00

Closing date for applications

22 February 2019

Applicants are informed of the Awarding Panel’s decision

Week commencing 25 March 2019

Training session for successful applicants (this session is compulsory for all successful applicants) 

8 April 2019 18.00

Project completed and evaluated (approx.) 

April  – October 2019

Guidance notes

To help you with your application, we have prepared Seed Fund Guidance Notes

Please ensure that you have read through these before submitting your application.

Top tips

  • Read through the Seed Fund Guidance Notes before you begin your application to check that your project is eligible
  • Try to attend one of our advice sessions on 4 February 18.00 - 19.00 or 8 February 13.00 - 14.00. If you are planning to attend, please email us. 
  •  Allow plenty of time to complete your application, think through your main ideas for your project before you start
  •  Check your completed application against the criteria to check that your project fulfils the requirements
  •  Don’t forget to re-read your application before you send it to us, it might be helpful to ask a friend or family member to read it too to check you have made the objectives of your project clear

Next steps

Applications will be considered by an independent selection panel. All applicants will be notified of the panel’s decision in the week commencing 25 March 2019.

Successful applicants will be invited to attend a training session in the week commencing 8 April 2019. 

Any questions? Contact us via email or call us on +44 (0)7566 950968.