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Grants and support for early ideas

Finance for promising ideas usually takes the form of small grants for social entrepreneurs, or groups of frontline workers, professionals and citizens. Within universities the usual form is a grant, often with few conditions to allow a group of researchers to explore an idea without specifying outcomes. For external organisations, funding typically combines finance and some modest in-kind support (e.g. access to the skills of service designers). The staged funding provided by


in the UK is a good example.