Apply for the Technical Conference and Skills Fund

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Thank you for your interest in the Technical Conference and Skills Fund. Please ensure you meet the criteria before applying. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

  • Vocational relevance. The course/conference must be related to your current role in a Midlands Innovation University.  You must demonstrate that the knowledge and skills you gain from the course/conference will assist in helping you successfully carry out your role.  The application form requires you to specifically identify these job-related gains.


  • Support from line manager. It is important that you have support for the planned activity from your line manager who agrees that there is a job-related gain and is prepared, where appropriate, to ensure that you are given the time to attend the course/conference.  


  • Details of proposed activity. In your application, you must provide full details of the conference or skills course you are planning to attend.  This must include details of the cost of the conference or skills course and associated travel expenses. 
Fund information

Over the course of the 4-year TALENT project, we will aim to fund 150 applications.

In return for the funding, a short report about the conference/skills training and your learning outcomes is required.

The latest round of applications has now closed.  The next round will open on 1 October 2021.

Conference and Skills Fund leaflet

Apply here

Please forward an email statement of support from your line manager to This should include details of how the proposed conference or skills course will support the applicant’s role in the University and confirmation that they agree to give the applicant time to attend the conference if successful in their application (up to 150 words). Please note we will not be able to proceed with your application until we receive this. If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact us.