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Gateway Fund

The Gateway fund was set up in 2011 with equal contributions from Royal Holloway and Science and Technology Investments Ltd, a company wholly owned by Honorary Fellow Yazan Mufti. This fund is only open to Royal Holloway staff and the funds are generally used to explore new ideas which have the potential to meet a social or market need. Typically, awards will be used to develop prototypes, carry out market assessments and for protecting any intellectual property created during the project.

More details of each fund and the application processes are described below.  The application forms are included for information purposes to provide an indication of the type of information required.  Before beginning to complete an application form for either of the funds please contact your Research & Development Business Manager in Research and Enterprise to assess the proposal; the appropriate fund from which to seek an award and to assist in the completion of the relevant application form.

Gateway Fund - details

Typically awards are between £20k and £40k and can be used to explore an idea which is commercially or socially relevant.  Applicants must demonstrate a track record of successful research and expertise in the area and the desire to steer the project through to realisation. Applications may be made at any time and will considered by the Gateway Board. A decision will be given within two weeks of submission. A unanimous decision of the Board is required for the funding to be awarded. All applications should be submitted to the Head of Business Development, Royal Holloway.

The Gateway Board consists of the Director of Research & Enterprise, Royal Holloway and a representative of Science & Technology Limited (ITS). Any subsequent return on the investment is shared equally between the College, ITS and the applicant. Successful  grant holders will be expected to attend a fund review meeting with the Board twice a year.

Contact your Research & Business Development Manager prior to commencing an application.


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