School funding initiatives


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Closing Date


Santander Travel Research Fund|

Open Call

The fund supports visits by LSE academic staff and PhD students to universities and other organisations in the Santander Universidades Network. Current funding for academic year 2013/14 has been agreed, with a maximum of £2,500 awarded in each case.
LSE Research Committee Research Infrastructure and Investment (RIIF) Fund
The Research Committee RIIF Fund is one of three types of Research Infrastructure and Investments Funds| established by the LSE Research Incentives Policy. Research Committee has provided for a general category, the RIIF Open Fund, as well as two specific funding initiatives: 1) the RIIF Seed Fund; and 2) the RIIF Bridging Fund.  Completed applications should be submitted to| by the closing date shown against each fund and will be separately considered by the Development Research Panel and the Research Committee shortly thereafter.


RIIF Open Fund| Open Call

The RIIF Open Fund is intended to support any of the overarching purposes of the RIIF Fund not otherwise served by the Seed Fund or the Bridging Fund.  There is no established limit on the size of awards, although guidance may be given on each call on the level of funding available and the range within which the Research Committee expects to award funding.


RIIF Seed Fund| 

Open Call


The principal purpose of the RIIF Seed Fund is to assist individuals and groups to secure large scale funding bids. The Seed Fund operates with an indicative upper ceiling per award of £30,000. Larger awards may be made in deserving cases. There is no lower limit. The RIIF Seed Fund operates on the basis of an open call for proposals with permanent members of faculty free to submit proposals in any field or interdisciplinary initiative.



RIIF Bridging Fund|

Open Call


The principal purpose of the RIIF Bridging Fund is to help Principal Investigators (PIs) to retain salaried researchers by providing funds for up to three months salary where this is needed to fill a funding gap between an existing grant and secured future funding. This will enable such researchers to continue as School employees on their open-ended contracts (subject to funding) despite the short gap in external funding. Requests to the Bridging Fund will only be considered if the researcher is on salary band 6 or above. Applications for bridging funds may be made on behalf of a named salaried researcher by the academic PI of an existing, recently completed or pending research grant,  or may be made by the salaried researcher themselves. Applicants should have already secured a new grant to start within three months of the end of the previous grant.


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LSE Institutional Publication Fund|

Open Call

The LSE Institutional Publication Fund holds the RCUK block grant provided to help institutions meet the cost of article processing charges (APCs).  This covers peer-reviewed articles and proceedings papers arising from research funded wholly or in part by RCUK and which meet the following criteria:

  • peer-reviewed article or proceedings paper submitted from 1st April 2013
  • publication arises wholly or in part from RCUK funded research. 
  • journal complies with RCUK Policy on Open Access.
  • journal does not allow RCUK compliant Green deposit or there is a compelling case for choosing Gold Open Access. 
  • corresponding author or grant holder is a current member of LSE.
  • author or grant holder has deposited a copy of the paper in LSE Research Online

To apply for the fund complete the form Open Access to RCUK Funded Research|.

Middle East Centre

LSE Academic Collaboration with Arab Universities.| Funded by the Emirates Foundation.


The Middle East Centre invites applications from LSE colleagues for academic collaborative projects in social, political, and economic sciences between academics at LSE and Arab universities. These projects may involve collaborative research or capacity building. Projects must involve a Principal Investigator (PI) from the LSE and a Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI) from at least one Arab university. Individual projects may have a total budget of up to £120,000 and a term of between 12 and 36 months. Proposals should be accompanied by a completed budget template|. Contact Robert Lowe| for submissions and all enquiries.


STICERD Grants for LSE Staff|



Applications considered for grants to fund research and research-related activities from staff whose continuous employment demonstrates a substantial long-term commitment to the School Support offered in two main categories: Small Grants and Conferences.



STICERD Visitors' Programme|

Open Call


 To enable academics, normally from abroad, to visit the School for an extended period and interact with staff and students. Funding up to £2k per month