The SIF is a flexible fund and applicants from any discipline can apply. Projects which could benefit from the SIF include:
Innovation Infrastructure Projects (IIPs): These are large, government funded projects that enable innovation for regional and national growth, and they are assessed using the HMG Green Book methodology. The SIF may fund the technical skills that may be required to demonstrate that the project meets the Green Book requirements, for example Gross Value Add (GVA), Cost Benefit Ration (CBR), or Value For Money (VFM).
Multi-partner Innovation Collaborations (MICs): These include programmes and activities that enable knowledge exchange, innovation, commercialisation, and collaborations between a number of collaborative partners. These projects can be funded by schemes such as the Research England Development (RED) Fund or Innovate UK.
Strategic Innovation Collaboration Partnerships (ICPs): These projects are highly attuned to the requirements of a commercial partner, private or philanthropic funders, and they are often highly confidential and sensitive.
Enabling projects: These are unique and independent projects that enable the further development of innovation activities across the University, such as sectoral analysis or initiatives aligned to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Innovation)'s strategic objectives.