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Get involved with a collaborative incubator

Deliver or attend a research-focused, collaborative workshop in a STEM subject. Funding of up to £15,000 is available.

What is a collaborative incubator?

Hear from organisers and participants in our first incubator.

We are looking for academic partners to deliver a research-focused, collaborative workshop (incubator) with us in a STEM subject.

Funding available

Funding of up to £15,000 is available to support the delivery of these workshops. This can be used flexibly; for example, to help with accommodation and expenses for students and academics travelling to the event, or booking venues.


Incubators typically last for 3 to 5 days and provide an inclusive and accessible environment for senior academics to work alongside postgraduate students and other early-career academics, potentially with industrial partners, to frame or solve interesting problems.

The format is a series of short talks introducing broad questions on the theme. Participants then work together in small groups of mixed expertise to develop the questions into well-defined research problems and outline potential methods for investigating them.

Interested in running an incubator?

Be part of a high-profile EPSRC Inclusion matters project and run an incubator with us.

Staff and students collaborating

Incubators are prestigious and rewarding events and deliver excellent research outcomes. Past events have led to papers, co-funded PhD studentships, and grant proposals. We will provide guidance and support to help you deliver the incubator and can offer funding of up to £15,000 to cover the costs of organising and holding the workshop, including travel and accommodation for people attending.

The key to a successful incubator is finding a research topic in STEM that enables participants to work together on exploring new and interesting real-world challenges, ideally within an interdisciplinary research area.

You can hold the incubator anywhere in the UK, provided that the venue is fully accessible. Incubators are open to postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers, early career academics, and senior academics from the relevant academic fields at your university and nationwide. Industry partners can also get involved where appropriate.

We recommend allowing 3 to 4 months to plan and organise a workshop, particularly to allow sufficient notice for participants and speakers to attend. We will be accepting applications until May 2020, although we would like to hold the majority of incubators during 2019 and early 2020.

Find out more and apply

Step 1

Read our guidance to find out more about incubators


Download and fill in the information request form

Step 3

Send it to us:

Interested in participating?

Our incubators are open to postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers, early career academics and senior academics. They are free to attend and funding may be available to support you to attend.

Students working together on a problem

Participating in an incubator is a rewarding experience. Incubators promote the exchange of ideas, foster new collaborations and provide an opportunity for researchers to frame/solve interesting problems in an inclusive and supportive environment.

Check our current programme of incubators; we are adding to it all the time.

Contact us: if you are interested in participating in an incubator.

About the funding

Funding is provided by an EPSRC Inclusion Matters project.

This funding is awarded under the EPSRC Inclusion Matters scheme, which is aiming to improve equality, diversity and inclusion within the engineering and physical sciences.

Our project, Reimagining Recruitment, explores how to drive culture change surrounding academic recruitment, especially at early career stages.


Contact us if you have any questions or would like more information.