Application process & deadlines
VocTech Seed 2021 call will open for applications 21 January to 11th February 2021.
Ufi uses an online application process. Once you have registered on the Ufi website and created an account, you can log-in, access the application form, save your draft, and return to it at any time while the funding round is open.
There is information and guidance on our website. Please look at our funding strategy Learning Without Walls 2020 and our Delivery Plan, the specific criteria for the funding round and our detailed FAQs to understand what we are looking for and to guide your application.
You can attend a virtual workshop to hear more and ask any questions you might have. The virtual workshops also offer the opportunity for networking and small group discussions about your ideas with members of the Ufi team and other applicants.
You can also email us with general questions about the fund at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that we cannot discuss your specific project in detail during a workshop, in the online workshop chat, or by email.
Two stage process
Ufi has a two-stage online application process. Access to Stage 2 is by invitation only, following success at Stage 1. Evaluation at each stage is undertaken by an expert panel, selected to represent the experience and expertise relevant to the fund. Final funding decisions are made by the Ufi Board of Trustees. This year we expect to offer funding for 12 – 15 VocTech Seed projects.
Stage 1 requires you to complete an online application form which outlines the problem in vocational learning your idea aims to address, the intended audience / market and potential for scale. You will also need to tell us about your organisation and the funding requested. Applications are assessed on how well the project fits with Ufi’s overall mission and the specific objectives of the funding call.
Stage 2 requires you to provide more detailed information about how you intend to deliver your project. You will be invited to respond to some feedback questions from your Stage 1 application so that we can find out more about your idea. You will also need provide a technical description of your idea and additional information in the form of a project plan and budget.