HEIF 2011-15 App Competition

Enterprise and Commercial Development have opened a new Mobile App call under HEIF.

Have you created a process, toolkit or algorithm? Do you have research that you would like to disseminate to the public? Have you considered turning it into an app?

This is an exciting competition that challenges academics and postgraduate research students from all faculties to come up with an idea and design a mobile app with a viable business model. The aim is to support the development and use of apps, encourage entrepreneurship, enhance research and help create impact and public engagement opportunities.

Prize: The three winning entries will receive funding for the development of their app by a professional software developer, hosting and initial marketing.

The guidelines and application form for this call are now available for download from Drop Box at the below link:

Deadline: 31 October 2014



UnLTD Social Enterprise Awards – Small Funds Avaliable to Students & Staff



Staffordshire University have recieved a small allocation of money from the HEFCE supported UnLTD Social Enterprise awards scheme which has been matched with HEIF (Higher Education Innovation Funding) which is managed by Enterprise and Commercial Development. This small awards scheme aims to facilitate students or staff in trying new ideas that have or create social value, this can be an idea about starting a social enterprise venture, to supporting social enterprises that are already in existence.The awards start at up to £500 and dependent on your idea there may be additonal money you can access. Applcations will be accepted up until the 31st July 2014. In terms of the application process, there is a short application form to fill in, you will be required to keep reciepts and meet with us to ensure you are on track.

If you have an idea, or know of someone that does, if they are a student or a member of staff and they have an idea or a venture that they would like to discuss please contact Peter Twilley on 01782 294968 to find out more or email Peter at P.L.Twilley@staffs.ac.uk



HEIF call open

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Enterprise and Commercial Development have opened a call for Continuous Improvement projects under our Higher Education Innovation Funding programme.  The ‘Continuous Improvement’ themed call is designed to support innovative projects, collaborations with companies and cross faculty working.

For this call we are inviting applications for projects in the areas of Energy/Low Carbon and Health and wellbeing. Applications can be submitted from the 27th Jan – 28th Feb 2013.

Please contact Alex Harvey, HEIF Project Manager for an application pack via A.Harvey@staffs.ac.uk.


Staffordshire University HEIF mid term review

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We are now two years into our HEIF programme and a lot has happened. So I thought it would be useful to provide some high level  figures on the activity that has taken place from Aug 2011- July 2013. Please find attached a document demonstrating the outputs achieved to date. View here: HEIF mid term review – External Copy (Nov 2013)

Alex Harvey, HEIF Programme Manager

HEIF call news

Enterprise and Commercial Development will shortly be opening a call for Innovation and Collaboration Vouchers. The guidelines and application form for this call are now available for download from Drop Box at the following link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/o7enem2ouzowbem/-Um17cAot7.  

Applications can be submitted from the 4th Nov – 6th Dec 2013. Further details can be found by viewing the guidelines and a best practice example of a completed HEIF application form is also available at the above link.  Please send all completed application forms to Alex Harvey, HEIF Project Manager, via email to a.harvey@staffs.ac.uk.  

Future calls: A call for Continuous Improvement Projects is planned for January 2014.


Pitch for £5,000 of HEIF Funding at Enterprise Exchange


People attending the next Enterprise Exchange meeting will be given the chance to give £5,000 to a project of their choice under the HEIF scheme.

Staff are being invited to give an ‘elevator pitch’ –the length of time you get when you want to impress an influential person you have met in a lift. They will be given two minutes to pitch their ideas to the Enterprise Exchange group and the crowd will vote on the project they like the most. Ideas could include business start-ups, support to established businesses or pioneering new products and practices.

There will be a small number of slots available to pitch – you must pre-register with Libby – libby.plant@staffs.ac.uk, Libby also has some tips on helping you to develop your pitch.

The next Enterprise Exchange Meeting is on Wednesday 11th December, 2pm-4pm LT114/116, Ashley Centre, Stoke. So plenty of time to get planning.

Further Information: libby.plant@staffs.ac.uk