HEFCE has allocated a minimum of £40,000 to support a number of projects to pilot novel practical approaches to creating social innovations.

HEFCE, in association with the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE), has launched a call to support a number of such projects. They will take existing research and knowledge and apply it to a social issue in order to improve social outcomes for people. The pilots will be developed during a 2.5-day ‘sandpit’ event taking place from 12 to 14 January 2016 in the South West of England.

Participants from all publicly funded English higher education institutions (HEIs) at any stage of their career after completion of their academic training, or who are employed by the HEI as a practitioner, can apply to attend the event. We also welcome interest from participants from the other UK nations and from outside HEIs, although successful applicants will need to join a project led by an HEI based in England.

The closing date for applications is 16:00 Wednesday 18 November 2015.

Details of how to apply can be found here: www.hefce.ac.uk/funding/sifund/

If you have any queries, please contact: socialinnovation@hefce.ac.uk