Quick summary of our funding schemes

Short summaries of each of our schemes. If you have questions about which scheme(s) will best suit your plans, please contact us via the email addresses associated with each scheme.

IAD Action Fund

The IAD Action Fund is currently suspended (since 2020), and not accepting applications.

Student Partnership Agreement (SPA) small project funding

Funding of up to £1000 for projects that involve meaningful collaboration between University of Edinburgh staff and students. Applicatiosn are open once per year.

Funding is available for projects that enhance the student experience and where students and staff work in partnership throughout. We particularly welcome projects that focus on the priority themes from the Student Partnership Agreement.

SPA small project funding

Principal's Teaching Award Scheme

The Principal’s Teaching Award Scheme (PTAS) provides funding to support learning and teaching enhancement. It is an annual scheme which aims to encourage and support activities that will make a significant contribution to the enhancement of learning and teaching at the University of Edinburgh, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. All University of Edinburgh staff with learning, teaching or student support roles are welcome to apply.

There are two levels of funding available.

  • Small Projects Grant Scheme – up to a maximum of £1,500
  • Regular Grant Scheme – up to a maximum of £15,000

There are usually two calls in each academic year - one in mid-late Oct, and one in mid-late March.

Find out more about the Principal's Teaching Award Scheme (PTAS)


If you are unsure whether your initiative may be suitable for one of our funding streams, or if you have any general questions about IAD funding, please get in touch with us at the email address below, and we can direct you to the most appropriate person: IADdirector@ed.ac.uk