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, youíll 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


National Infrastructure Development Co. Ltd. (NIDCO) ITB - Comprehensive National Coastal Monitoring Programme (Deadline October 5 2023)

Caribbean Biodiversity Fund (CBF) Consultancy Services for a Pro-nature Grant response mechanism for selected countries affected by the COVID Pandemic US$94,000 (Deadline October 6 2023)

Ministry of Public Administration (MPA) Learning and development training in

Business Communication • Leadership • Financial Management and Procurement • Organisational Improvement • Human Resource Management • Service Delivery • Professional Development • Digital/Computer Literacy

(Deadline October 20 2023)



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

Wildlife Acoustics Scientific Product Grant US$12,000 (Deadline September 30 2023)

2024 Illumina Agricultural Greater Good Initiative grant US$350,000 (Deadline September 31 2023)

Call for Research Projects on Decentralization and Subnational Capacities in Latin America and the Caribbean US$15,000 (Deadline October 9 2023) 

Call for research proposals: advancing commercial, scalable processing or storage of Caribbean Sargassum £150,000 (Deadline October 10 2023)

Interventions that address gaps faced by Afro-descendants and Indigenous Peoples US$100,000 (Deadline October 11 2023)

AGCO Agriculture Foundation “Pillar two: Agricultural Education and Innovation US$200,000 to $450,000 (Deadline October 13 2023)

Health Promotion Grant from Fundación MAPFRE 30,000 EUR (Deadline October 17 2023)

Green Transitions for Industrial Cities (Deadline October 23 2023)

Development Innovation Ventures Annual Program Statement (Science and Technology and other Research and Development (Deadline October 30 2023)

Safe online - curbing child sexual exploitation and abuse (CSEA) US$250,000 to US$750,000 (Deadline October 31 2023)

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency max US$1,000,000 (Deadline November 5 2023)

Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) 2023 Request for Proposals to fund expert teams to deliver rapid solutions to the most critical challenges facing humans and our planet (Deadline December 15 2023)

Conservation, Food and Health Foundation grant

US$25,000 to 50,000 (Deadline January 1 2024)

NIH grant for Diversity in Health Related Research

US$125,000 (Deadline September 7 2024)

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

Unsolicited Funding Applications

Agricultural Research - development of diagnostic tools, outreach, research and other efforts to mitigate, contain, or prevent a pest or pathogen US$150,000



Prize for Innovation in Global Security CHF 10,000 (Deadline September 25 2023) 

Energy Globe Awards €2,000 (Deadline December 31 2023)




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