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Dyson Centre for Engineering Design


Financial support is available for individual/team projects aimed at the applications of Engineering and technology to sustainable development.

Funding is available for:

  • Developing & testing ideas, building prototypes

  • Travel and support for remote collaborations

The level of support depends on the needs and potential impact of the project. A typical starter grant would be expected to be of the order of £500 in the first instance. Promising ideas/projects could receive multiple rounds of funding as well as mentoring to take the idea further. Prizes may be awarded to the most significant contributions.


How to apply?

Applications from student societies can be made alongside the other SPIP / Dragons’ den pitches.

Individuals/small teams can also apply at any time during the year. The first step would be to express interest by email to Dr Alexandre Kabla (ajk61).

Proposals will be assessed based on their technical quality and their potential to address the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (


About the Kirk Fund

The Kirk Fund was established in 2019 thanks to a donation from Dr Ewan Kirk.

In addition to student grants, the Kirk Fund also supports the IIA project GM2 – Technology for the poorest billion, run by CUED and the Centre for Global Equality.


If you have any questions, please email Dr Alexandre Kabla on ajk61.

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