NTDC Technician Development Fund

The National Technician Development Centre is pleased to announce the launch of two call-outs for technicians to access funding opportunities

The NTDC Technician Development Fund (TDF) is part of our member benefits for Partner Affiliates (PA’s). Please click here to see if your organisation is a PA. The Technician Development fund provides technical staff with an opportunity to access funding to support innovative technical initiatives. 

There are two funding opportunities available:

  1. Technicians using Digital Technology in the post COVID world (£2,500)
  2. Promoting Technical Careers to the Next Generation (£500)

Applications open on 9th Aug 2021 and close on 31st October 2021. To find out more about each funding opportunity, click the links above (or scroll down). Applications are completed via a Google form, which you can access in the relevant section of this page. 

Technicians using Digital Technology in the post Covid world

Over the period of the COVID-19 pandemic, the technical community has seen a transformation of how teaching and research within our Universities and Research Institutions have been delivered.  The majority of technical staff have been required to adapt quickly to this change and to continue to deliver first class support, ensuring that our students and researchers are enabled to progress their courses and research activity.

The NTDC is offering funding to the value of £2,500 (one project fund only) to a technician or group of technical staff to design and develop an initiative which supports the area of Digital Technology.  Applicants may wish to collaborate with technical staff outside of their team.  We would also welcome joint University/Research Institute technical applications and recognise that this presents a collaborative opportunity for technicians already working with other universities/research institutes.

Applicants will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Transferability across the technical sector
  • Impact on student teaching and or research
  • Impact on technical staff
  • Impact on the University/Research Institute

Applications will be reviewed by a panel of NTDC staff and individuals with expertise from outside the sector. Shortlisted applicants will be required to present (over a digital platform) their project plan (including costings, timescales, impact, risk factors) in a 15 minute pitch to the review panel on the 18th Nov 2021.  The winner will be notified by the 26th Nov 2021 and the project start and finish dates are required to be within 1st Jan 2022 and 31st July 2022 (including final presentation of project outcomes to the NTDC). 

The NTDC will require an end of project meeting which will take place on 28/29th July 2022 where you will showcase the outcome and impact of your project.  The NTDC will publish this on the website and the project may also inform part of a report.

Promoting Technical Careers to the Next Generation

The NTDC is offering funding to the value of £500 (four separate project funds) to a technician or group of technical staff to design and develop an Outreach/Public Engagement activity, which supports the promotion of technical careers to the next generation, with a particular emphasis on recruiting individuals from BAME backgrounds to technical careers.  Applicants may wish to collaborate with technical staff outside of their team.  

Applications will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Transferability across disciplines
  • Adaption of the delivery model to suit a wide range of audiences (children aged 6 years to 16 years and their families)
  • Cost effectiveness of resources required and their availability
  • Ability to reach a large audience
  • Potential impact of the project

Applications will be reviewed by a panel of NTDC staff and the winners will be notified by the 26th Nov 2021 and the project start and finish dates are required to be within 1st Jan 2022 and 31st July 2022 (including final presentation of project outcomes to the NTDC). 

The NTDC will require an end of project meeting which will take place on 21/22nd July 2022 where you will showcase the outcome and impact of your project.  The NTDC will publish this on the website and the project may also inform part of a report