VocTech Seed

Applications open on 12 January 2022

Key information

Grant status: In preparation. There will be two VocTech Seed calls this year.

Application open and closing dates:

12 January – 9 February 2022, 5pm GMT
15 June – 13 July 2022, 5pm GMT

Purpose of the fund

VocTech Seed is our test bed where the first spark of an idea can be scoped and tested in the supportive environment that Ufi funding provides. We grant fund projects that are at a relatively early stage, helping to prototype ideas and work out the next steps necessary on the journey to long-term success.

How much funding is available?

VocTech Seed provides grants of between £15,000 and £50,000 for projects lasting from three to 12 months.

***Grant Workshops***

To help you prepare your application we are running a series of workshops to introduce the fund and help ensure it is right for you.

Applicants who attend one of our workshops are much more likely to be successful.

Workshops cover what we are looking for and provide an opportunity for you to ask any questions you might have. You will also be able to network and participate in small group discussions with members of the Ufi team and other applicants.

Please select the dates to the right to find out more and secure your place.

All workshops take place online.

  • Seed Call Workshop 1
    Wednesday 12 January, 12pm - 1pm
  • Seed Call Workshop 2
    Monday 17 January, 2pm - 3pm
  • Seed Call Workshop 3
    Thursday 20 January, 10am - 11am
  • Seed Call Workshop 4
    Monday 24 January, 2pm - 3pm
  • Seed Call Workshop 5
    Thursday 27 January, 11:30am - 12:30pm
  • Seed Call Workshop 6
    Monday 31 January, 10am - 11am
  • Seed Call Workshop 7
    Wednesday 2 February, 2pm - 3pm
  • Seed Call Workshop 8
    Monday 7 February, 2pm - 3pm

VocTech Seed Case Studies

What have other organisations done with a grant from VocTech Seed?

This playlist features solutions in various sectors including engineering, dentistry, social care, wildlife conservation, food production, and more.

Ufi on YouTube

Thinking of applying?

The links below provide an introduction to the fund, explain how to apply and outline the fund criteria and background information.

Shaping your application

To support your application we have gathered some background resources, tips for applying and Frequently Asked Questions.

General resources