Funding Deadlines

All funding applications must be submitted via the Department and approved in advance by the Research Support Team. If you would like to make a grant application please contact Anita Jassi. Please remember that we need at least four working weeks* to process applications. This timeframe is designed to enable us to help you put together a well-prepared, competitive application and properly costed budget, as well as meeting University requirements.

*Internal deadlines for application schemes vary depending on the sponsor and the scheme.

If members of the Department wish to be named on applications made through other departments or institutions they must discuss this with the Department first and get approval, even if you do not think there will be any costs involved (Please contact Anita Jassi).

PLEASE  NOTE: Some Department deadlines have been brought forward due to University closures and staff leave during holiday periods (for example, if you are interested in applying for any funding scheme with a January deadline you must contact the RST by the beginning of December at the latest).

Open-ended funding schemes with no application deadlines:


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External Deadline

ESRC Impact Acceleration Account

The IAA provides flexible funding options for a wide range of Knowledge Exchange (KE) activities. Offering £2,500 to £25,000 for academic-led impact and knowledge exchange projects, these awards support engagement with all sectors, activities at every stage of development, and researchers at any point in their career.
Available schemes are: Knowledge Exchange Dialogues (up to £2,5K), Kick-starting Impact Awards (up to £7.5K), Impact Acceleration Awards (up to £25K) and Top-up Awards (up to £10K).

For more information please visit the SSD website.



Public Engagement with Research (PER) Seed Fund

This University of Oxford small grants scheme provides funds for researchers to develop, deliver and evaluate Public Engagement with Research projects and activities. Applications are welcome those new to or experienced in Public Engagement with Research. Funds (typically £2k to £4k) can be requested to pilot a new project or enhance an existing activity.

Need some inspiration? The summaries of the projects funded in 2018-19 are provided here.

Find out more about the scheme and how to apply at the University of Oxford website



NERC-UKRI - UK Climate Resilience

This supports multi- and interdisciplinary research into climate risks and adaptation solutions. Grants are worth up to £2m for topic A and up to £750,000 for topic B over 28 months.

Topic B: Governing Adaptation - This topic aims to enhance our understanding of the social, institutional and cultural contexts, including behaviour, capacity and governance of individuals, organisations and policy, and the interactions between them, in delivering adaptation.

For more information visit the NERC.UKRI website



Open Society Foundation - Soros Equality Fellowship

This call supports emerging mid-career professionals in the production of an innovative racial justice project.The grant is worth USD 100,000 over 18 months.

Applicants themselves, however, can be based outside the United States, as long as their work directly relates to a U.S. issue.

For more information please visit the Open Society website



Open Society Foundations: Open Society initiative for Eastern Africa

Nuffield Foundation supports ambitious, interdisciplinary projects that address key issues affecting UK society and shaping the public policy agenda over the next decade. The total budget is £15 million to support grants worth between £1 million and £3m over two years. Full guidance notes will be published and applications will open on 1 October 2019.

For more information please visit the Nuffield Foundation website

open call

open call

NordForsk: Digitalisation of the Public Sector – Research and Innovation Projects

This call supports the combination and integration of knowledge-based, digital innovation efforts with research on the related effects and impact on society and end-users, based on emerging technologies, emerging organisational practices and emerging regulatory frameworks and governance mechanisms.

Up to 10 grants are available, each worth up to €1 million each over three years.

For more information please visit the NordForsk website




ESRC - SOLSTICE Enabling Societal Transformation in the Face of Climate Change

SOLSTICE seeks interdisciplinary contributions from consortia led by Social Sciences and Humanities who will address societal aspects of climate change. Given the pressing nature of global climate change, SOLSTICE aims at producing knowledge that can have an impact on society and policy; impact should not be limited to scientific publications, but should have the potential to trigger change in behavior and attitudes at any level of society.
The call will address 3 themes:
• Social justice and participation
• Sense making, cultural meaning and risk perception
• Transformative finance and economy

For more information please see the ESRC website



AHRC - Research networking

This encourages discussion and exchange of ideas on a specified thematic area, issue or problem through facilitating a short-term series of workshops, seminars, networking activities or other events between researchers and stakeholders.

It must involve collaboration with at least one other organisation. Grants are worth up to £45,000 each over two years. £30,000 of the funding is for UK participants and £15,000 for any international participants.

For more information please visit the AHRC website

Open - no deadline

Open - no deadline

AHRC: Follow-on funding for impact and engagement scheme

These support innovative and creative engagements with new audiences and user communities that stimulate pathways to impact within the area of arts and humanities. Grants are worth up to £100,000 over a maximum period of one year.

Smaller grants of up to £30,000 may be awarded for shorter or higher risk activities, for example testing the feasibility of an idea, exploring new partnerships for knowledge exchange, testing the market or investigating a new business model. Decision making times are reduced for these smaller awards.

For more information please see the AHRC website

Open - no deadline

Open - no deadline

The British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship

This scheme provides funding to cover the costs of a 36 month fellowship at a host institution of your choosing. The purpose of this award is to enable the award holder to pursue an independent research project, towards the completion of a significant piece of publishable research.
- Applicants must be supported by the UK host institution in which they wish to hold the Fellowship.
- Applicants must be within three years of the award of a doctorate.
- Applicants must be either a UK/EEA national, or have completed a doctorate at a UK university. Applicants who do not fall into one of these categories must demonstrate a 'strong prior association' with the UK academic community. This is typically gained through having been employed in a temporary capacity at a UK university for at least 12 months.

Awards support the salary of the Postdoctoral Fellow to work full-time on the Fellowship, small-scale research expenses (up to a maximum of £6,000), costs towards the time of a mentor (equivalent to one hour per month for the 36 months of the Fellowship) and the host institution's estates and indirect costs.
More information can be found on the website.
Please consult Postdoctoral Fellowhips webpage before applying.

Please refer to Postdoctoral Fellowships webpage

Outline stage TBC

Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships

The scheme is open to early career researchers, with a research record but who have not yet held a full-time permanent academic post, to undertake a significant piece of publishable work.

The Trust will contribute 50% of each Fellow's total salary costs up to a max of £25,000 per year and the balance is to be paid by the host institution. Each Fellow may request annual research expenses of up to £6,000 per year to further his or her research activities.

Fellowships are tenable for 3 years on a full-time basis. Fellowship must commence between 1 September 2019 and 1 May 2020.

More information about the Fellowship can be found here

Please consult Postdoctoral Fellowships webpage before applying.

Please refer to Postdoctoral Fellowships webpage


KE Seed Fund

This fund provides support for early-stage innovative knowledge exchange ideas. It can also add onto existing projects, to build or develop new KE around current activities, and support documenting case studies. Typically £2,000 to £4,000 per project available.

Applications are welcome at any time.  There are also two “gathered field” Deadlines by which applications will be considered (reviewed and decided) together, and potentially in competition.  Applications received within 3 weeks before a Deadline will be reviewed as part of that “gathered field”.  

More information available on the website

open call

open call

ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowships

The ESRC has issued a call for its the Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme, run through Doctoral Training Partnerships and Centres for Doctoral Training.

The objective of this call is to provide support to those who are within 12 months of completing their PhD, to support them in consolidating their PhD, and preparing them for the next stage of their research careers.
Fellowships are held for one year and are due to start on 1 October 2019.

The total cost for each fellowship can include the following:
• Fellow’s salary costs
• Indirect costs
• Estate costs
• Up to £10,000 of other costs (to include costs such as mentoring costs, travel and subsistence, conference attendance, training, and fieldwork

More information about the Fellowship can be found here

Please consult Postdoctoral Fellowhips webpage before applying.

Please refer to Postdoctoral Fellowships webpage


John Fell Fund

The John Fell OUP Research Fund is open to both academic and service units. All subject areas are encouraged to apply, and interdisciplinary and/or interdivisional projects are especially welcome.

Main awards

For main award applications (more than £7,500), you must hold a post that includes responsibility for developing your own research agenda. If you do not hold an academic post, but the department would support a research application to an external body in your name as principal investigator, then you will normally be eligible to apply.

Small awards

For small award applications (up to £7,500), the same rules apply as for main awards, except that the committee will also consider applications from an early career researcher employed by the collegiate University who aspires to an academic post or fellowship, but does not yet hold such a post, provided that the applicant has the support of their line manager.

For further information and detail regarding applications, please see the funder's website.



ESRC IAA | KE Dialogues Scheme

This scheme provides small grants (up to £2.5K) for events/meetings to bring together academics with non-academic stakeholders in meaningful and productive two-way discussions. These grants are intended as a first step in developing new collaborative relationships with non-academics that will, in turn, open up opportunities for new projects.

Examples of current ESRC funded work can be found here.


Open Call

ESRC New Investigator Grants

New Investigator Grants form one element of our support for early career researchers and the scheme is specifically aimed at supporting those looking to make the transition to an independent researcher through managing their first major research project.

Grants ranging from £100,000 to £300,000 full Economic Cost (fEC) can be awarded.

Proposals are welcomed across the full disciplinary range of the social sciences and at the interface with the wider sciences, however the social sciences must represent at least 50 per cent of the research focus and effort.

For further information, please consult the funders website.

Please consult Postdoctoral Fellowhips webpage before applying.


Please refer to Postdoctoral Fellowships webpagePlease refer to Postdoctoral Fellowships webpage



Note: The ESRC has bilateral agreements with several other European research funding agencies to facilitate collaborative research. Some schemes have deadlines, others are open-ended. Please see the information about bilateral agreements on the ESRC website.

Other  sources of information about funding opportunities: (searchable database)

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