Many ways to fund your ideas

You can access both internal and external sources for R&D funding with STACIE. Depending on how advanced your research is, you'll be matched with the support that’s right for you. And you’ll get help to write your proposal and advice about compliance and reporting post award.

Get in touch and find all the support you need to action your ideas.

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Internal funding

At The UWISTA, researchers can access funding from their faculties, the School of Graduate Studies or two Funds managed by STACIE. Contact your Faculty Dean or read on to learn more.

The Research & Development Impact (RDI) Fund

As a fulltime academic staff member of UWISTA you benefit from The UWI Trinidad and Tobago Research and Development Impact (RDI) Fund. It supports projects that address pressing development challenges. Projects that will achieve recognisable and substantive impact within 3-5 years.

Emphasis is placed on:

  • multi-disciplinary research
  • collaboration and strategic partnerships
  • participation of PhD students and/or post-doctoral researchers
  • focus on research-directed action
  • impact on policy, practice, products and services
  • contribution to shaping the intellectual discourse on a policy issue of national or regional importance
  • knowledge dissemination and stakeholder engagement

Apply to the RDI Fund

The Innovation & Technology Transfer (ITT) Fund

If your idea is close to commercialisation, you can apply to the UWISTA Innovation and Technology Transfer (ITT) Fund. You’ll get grant funding to accelerate the development of intellectual property (IP). That means ideas, technologies, know-how and inventions from ALL fields of research that can be commercialised or licensed.

Leap over the ‘Valley of Death’ and get funding to bridge the gap between your initial research and when you're ready for commercial investment.

The IP that forms the basis of the application must be owned or co-owned by The UWI and is subject to the UWI’s IP disclosure process.

Apply to the ITT Fund

The Campus Research & Publication Fund

Apply for seed funding through the Campus Research and Publication (R&P) Fund so you can communicate and publish your research. The fund is managed by the School of Graduate Studies and Research (SGSR).

Find out more


External funding

Apply for external funding and get help writing your winning proposal. STACIE works closely with other university offices, like the University Office of Research and the University Office of Global Partnerships & Sustainable Futures to find and access opportunities for external funding to support the work of UWI researchers.


Funding and Consultancy Opportunities


IDB REOI Strengthening T&TEC’s Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT) Systems (Deadline July 10 2024)

CDB Consultancy for Enhancing Gender Considerations in Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF) | Caribbean Development Bank ( (Deadline July 19 2024)



CCRIF Small Grants US$5,000 to US$25,000 (quarterly)

IAF Sustainable Development Funding US$25,000 to US$400,000 (ongoing)

C4IP Grants for Intellectual Property Research, Scholarship, and Writings US$25,000 (ongoing)

USAID Health Grant (Deadline July 6 2024)

Darwin Initiative biodiversity conservation and multidimensional poverty reduction grant £100,000 to £800,000 (Deadline July 8 2024)

Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) CfP for innovative research that will contribute to the prevention and response of violence against women (VAW) and violence against children (VAC) US$40,000 to US$150,000 (Deadline July 9 2024)

Digicel Foundation Grant for social, economic and environmental challenges TT150,000 (Deadline July 14 2024)

Robert Carr Fund Grant for Human Rights and Access  US$300,000 (Deadline July 22 2024)

IDB Lab Innovation Ecosystem Challenge Fund EUR300,000 / USD321,225 (Deadline July 24 2024) *50% cofinancing required

Cooperative AI Foundation grant GBP 10,000 to GBP 385,000 (Deadline July 30 2024)

Spencer Foundation: Vision Grants Program US$75,000 (Deadline August 14 2024)

PTES Conservation Insight Grant £3,000 to £10,000 (Deadline August 24 2024)

Gender-Responsive Climate Finance US$190,000 to US$500,000 (Deadline August 30 2024)

Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) Strengthening Data for Resilient and Inclusive Infrastructure US$150,000 to 500,000 (Deadline August 31 2024)

Safe Online Innovation & high impact in addressing some of the most burning issues in online child safety US$250,000 (Deadline September 15 2024)

Global Innovation Fund

Innovative Health Practices (Science and Technology and other Research and Development)

Unsolicited Funding Applications

FFAR Rapid Outcomes from Agricultural Research (ROAR)$150,000



Zuckerberg Water Prize US$60,000 (Deadline November 20 2024)



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