Apply for Funding

CHERISH-DE facilitates projects, research-impact visits and secondments through a selection of funding mechanisms. Our funding streams are designed to nurture ideas and collaborations and bring these to maturity in the form of services, products and devices that will meet the challenge of the Digital Economy. We support interdisciplinary proposals that will lead impact in three broad areas of the Digital Economy: Health and Social Care, Resource Constrained Communities, and Safety and Security.

Which type of funding is right for you?


There are three main types of funding, as follows:


  • Escalator Fund: Our Escalator fund provides seedcorn funding to explore and stimulate ideas, support proof of concept activities and develop prototypes and pre-production devices. The fund offers three levels of support to encourage beneficiaries to return for additional funding over time. View our Escalator Fund Documentation for more information. A copy of the Peer Review Form is available for download here. Our 3rd Call for Proposals closed on May 22. Follow us on Twitter to find out when our 4th call opens (~October 2017).

  • Strategic Secondments: Strategic Secondments are designed for Swansea University academic and research staff who are interested in building links with external partners. These are funded placements into public, private and third sector organisations that allow you to develop skills and knowledge, foster and scope out new collaborations. View our Strategic Secondments Documentation for more information. Strategic Secondment applications are processed on a monthly basis. Apply Here

  • International Mobility Fellowships: our mobility fellowships support travel and subsistence for a visit abroad to an international research collaborator and vice versa. View our International Mobility Fellowship Documents for more information. Applications for International Mobility Fellowships are processed on a monthly basis. Apply Here.

How to Apply

Click on an icon below to apply for a funding stream. Application forms in Welsh are available on request.

Escalator Fund Application

Secondment Application

International Mobility Fellowships Application