Micro Grant Application Form

FAB-Cre8: Micro Grants Guidance

FAB-Cre8 is a new, multi-disciplinary research and enterprise group driven by an interest in emerging technologies and centered around FabLab Cardiff. Membership is open to Cardiff Met academic staff, research staff and technical staff who wish to engage in collaborative and interdisciplinary work, and / or participate in peer-support, mentoring and other developmental activities.

FAB-Cre8 Micro Grants provide match-funding for small scale R&E activities allied to emerging technologies and FabLab Cardiff.

The aim of the Micro Grants is to build FAB-Cre8 as a research centre and stimulate research and enterprise activity. For this reason, the focus for funding in 2015-2016 is to stimulate practice and activities located in FabLab Cardiff. In future years, this focus will widen to include national and international activities. Examples of possible activities include (but are not limited to):

  • Small-scale collaborative R&E projects
  • Visits to potential collaborators
  • Feasibility studies / pilot projects / scoping exercises
  • Events and other activities to promote collaboration
  • Where the benefits extend beyond a single project or individual, requests for equipment and training will also be considered.

The Micro Grants will provide funding for up to 50%, with the expectation that match-funding will be provided by Schools or other appropriate sources. As such, applicants are expected to have the support of the appropriate budget holder. CSAD is committed to providing match-funding for projects involving its staff.

Eligible costs include:

  • Materials
  • Travel and subsistence
  • Equipment time
  • Equipment purchases (to be housed FabLab Cardiff)

The fund cannot support:

  • Teaching replacement or other costs associated with staff time
  • Professional fees
  • Activities that are not related to emerging technologies and FabLab Cardiff
  • Applications that are not led by a member of FAB-Cre8 (contact FAB-Cre8 Director, Ingrid Murphy, to discuss membership: fabcre8@cardiffmet.ac.uk)

How much can be requested?

It is expected that the average award will be in the £500 – £1,000 range, with an indicative max of £1,500. Collaborative bids involving more than one member may be able to access larger amounts.

Successful applicants must have completed their project and related expenditure by 30th May 2017. No extensions to this deadline will be granted. Successful applicants will be required to give a short presentation to Fab-Cre8 on the outcomes of their project and to discuss next steps.

How to Apply

Email the completed application form below to fabcre8@cardiffmet.ac.uk. If supported by FAB-Cre8, applications will be emailed to the relevant budget holders for approval. The aim is to review applications as quickly as possible and provide a decision within 24 hrs. In order to ensure a quick turnaround, applicants are advised to discuss their proposals with Ingrid and the relevant budget holder in advance.

 Selection Criteria

Applications will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • The likelihood that the proposed activity will lead onto further larger projects, or in the case of requests for equipment or training, the potential of the proposed expenditure to benefit other Fab-Cre8 members
  • The commercial or research benefit of the project to the individual, to Cardiff Metropolitan University and the wider community
  • Value for money

Click on link to download an application form  fabcre-8_application