How to apply

Application process & deadlines

Tues 29 June 2021
VocTech Challenge Fund open for Stage 1 applications.

Thurs 29th July 2021, 17.00 (GMT)
Deadline for submission of Stage 1 applications.

Tues 14th September 2021
Feedback from Stage 1.

Successful applicants will be invited to proceed to Stage 2.

Thurs 28 September 2021, 17.00 (GMT)
Deadline for submission of Stage 2 applications.

Mid-November 2021
Ufi’s Board of Trustees will reach final decisions on funding.

MyUfi portal

Ufi uses an online application process.  Once you have registered and created on the Ufi website and created a MyUfi 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.

We do not accept late applications. If you experience technical problems while completing or submitting your application, you must tell us as soon as possible via

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 experience and expertise relevant to the fund. Final funding decisions are made by the Ufi Board of Trustees.

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 to provide a technical description of your idea, additional information in the form of a project plan and budget and submit some documents which we require to complete due diligence before we can confirm an offer of funding. If you are successful in being offered a grant, there is a requirement for a Define Stage to really focus in on user needs and refine your project plan. Click to read more about the Design Stage Gateway.


What happens if you are successful?

All projects will need to agree to the Ufi Standard Terms and Conditions of Grant. Your Project Account Manager will work with you to create a Project Plan which sets out how the project will be delivered and the milestones which need to be achieved for funding to be drawn down. It is for you to determine how your project is best delivered and to work with your Project Account Manager to agree a monitoring plan. The funding milestones will be set as part of this process. Each project is unique and we will work with you to agree what is most reasonable for your project.

Return to the fund overview

Continue reading about the VocTech Challenge Grant Fund.

Alternatively, you can download the detailed fund guidance as a pdf.