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As a researcher there are many funding opportunities available to you.  Once you have received approval from your head of department to proceed with your research idea, to find a grant to suit you, follow the two steps below:

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  2. Browse our hand-picked selection of funding opportunities - Below we have selected and separated relevant funding for the social sciences into upcoming calls, recurrent calls, annual calls and LSE internal funding opportunities.

Can't find a relevant funding opportunity? Contact the Research Division on +44 (0) 20 7106 1202 or email





Link and Brief Abstract

Closing Date [sorted by date]

Nokia Foundation Visiting Professorships 07/08/2015
  These support up to two months’ visit for distinguished foreign professors to work in Finland or Finnish professors to work at foreign universities. The objective is to support the scientific development of information and telecommunications technologies, and to promote education of the sector in Finland. Research with a multidisciplinary approach, bridging other fields like social, behavioural, business and service sciences, is encouraged.  
Joseph Rowntree Foundation Community-led
approaches to reducing poverty in neighbourhoods: a review of evidence and practice

This is an open call for proposals to undertake a review of community-led approaches to reducing poverty in neighbourhoods. The impacts of poverty stretch beyond the individual or household and into neighbourhoods and communities. JRF is in the process of developing an Anti-Poverty Strategy for the UK. As part of this they need to broaden their knowledge of what community-led approaches have been employed at a neighbourhood level with the aim of reducing poverty. They want to learn from both UK and international examples of community-led approaches and explore different models of collective action that have worked towards reducing poverty.

Up to £20,000 is available for a 4 month project starting in September 2015.

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships Expected: Autumn 2015
  The BA is expected to announce its Postdoctoral Fellowships scheme soon with an autumn 2015 deadline. These provide research and training experience for early career researchers who are within 3 years of the award of their PhD.  
Fritz Thyssen Foundation Conference Grants 31/08/2015
  These support scholarly events at national or international level, with the aim of facilitating the discussion and analysis of specific scholarly questions, as well as fostering cooperation and networking of scholars working in the same field or on interdisciplinary topics. Direct costs of organising a conference can be claimed (excluding staff costs).  
 Joseph Rowntree Foundation  Poverty and ethnicity: Support partner for practical demonstration projects   01/09/2015
   This call is for proposals to become JRF’s partner supporting practical projects commissioned in the third phase of our Poverty and Ethnicity programme.Further InformationThe third phase of the programme will consist of practical projects building on the evidence gathered across JRF’s poverty and ethnicity programme. Our partner will provide support to the project teams, monitor progress and report to JRF, create links between the projects and with JRF and gather the learning from the projects both during their life and at the end of this phase of work.
Deadline: Tuesday 1st September 2015 at 23.59pm

The budget:
Depending on the number and type of practical projects commissioned.

Timescale: Depending on the nature of the practical projects commissioned (maximum 2 years)

More information available here
Internet of Things Research Hub call 02/09/2015
  This call aims to invest up to £9.8m over three years to support a small number of leading UK universities working coherently together as a single internationally recognised ”Research Hub”, across the relevant disciplines, carrying out inter-related and interdisciplinary research. The Research Hub is part of an overall £40m investment (“The IoTUK Programme”) and will be integrated with activities supported by others including Innovate UK, the Digital Catapult and the Future Cities Catapult. Contact Research Division for more information.  
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Invitation
Fellowships: Long Term, Short Term and Short Term S.
  These provide the opportunity for researchers based outside of Japan to conduct collaborative research activities with leading research groups at Japanese universities and research institutions for single visits of between 7 days to 10 months. Eligible applicants need to be established researchers with an excellent record of research achievements. Eligible research fields are not limited. These fellowships can be awarded to the same researcher multiple times. Japanese nationals who have lived outside of Japan for at least 10 years and have been actively engaged in research there throughout this period are also eligible to apply. Fellowships must start between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2017.  
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Pathway to University Positions in Japan: Fellowships for Postdoctoral Researchers 04/09/2015
  These provide the opportunity for researchers based outside of Japan to conduct collaborative research activities with leading research groups at Japanese universities and research institutions. JSPS will fund the initial 12 to 24 months of the visit and the fellowship thereafter is designed to lead to full-time employment at the host institution. Eligible applicants need to be within 10 years of finishing their PhD. Eligible research fields are not limited. Fellowships must start between 1 April 2016 and 30 November 2016.  
ESRC UK in a Changing Europe Senior Fellowships: round 2 10/09/2015

These support proposals aiming to provide evidence and analysis across the broad range of issues and policy areas affected by the UK’s position in a changing EU. Proposals may focus on the following areas: a) foreign and security policy; b) banking and financial services; c) social policies; d) the impact of EU law. ESRC anticipates supporting up to six fellows. Fellowships are worth up to £200,000 each, of which ESRC will fund 80 per cent of full economic costs and the host institution will pay the remainder.

British Academy Newton Fund Advanced Fellowships 16/09/2015
  The scheme aims to bring international researchers to establish and develop collaborations with the UK with the intention of transferring knowledge and research capabilities to advance economic development and social welfare of the partner country. Researchers may be working in any discipline within the social sciences and humanities. Each fellowship lasts for one to two years and provides £37,000 per year to cover research support, travel and subsistence and training costs.  
British Academy Newton Mobility Grants 16/09/2015
  The scheme supports international researchers based in a country covered by the Newton Fund to establish and develop collaboration with UK researchers around a specific jointly defined research project. The competition is currently open for collaborating with researchers from Malaysia, Mexico, South Africa, and Thailand. Awards are available for one year and support travel and maintenance costs. Please refer to the scheme notes for the country from which you are applying for more details.  
British Academy  Mid-Career Fellowships Expected: 16/09/2015
  These allow successful applicants to obtain time freed from normal teaching and administrative commitments to devote to the completion of a major piece of research within the humanities and social sciences. Fellowships are primarily for scholars who have already published works of intellectual distinction or have established a significant track record as a communicator, and who are normally no more than 15 years from the award of their doctorate. Scholars who do not have doctorates should be within 10 years of their first academic appointment. Fellowships can be held over a period of six to 12 months.  
European Commission Horizon2020: Science with and for Society Work Programme 16/09/2015

Call for Developing Governance for the Advancement of Responsible Research and Innovation

The call invites applications under three topics: 1) Responsible Research and Innovation in Industrial Context; 2) Innovative Approach to Release and Disseminate Research Results and Measure their Impact; 3) Estimating the Costs of Research Misconduct and the Socio-economic Benefit of Research Integrity.

Joseph Rowntree Foundation  Poverty and ethnicity: Support partner for practical demonstration projects  22/09/2015
  This is an open call for proposals to undertake a review of community led approaches to reducing poverty in neighbourhoods.

Further information: International development engages with economically disadvantaged regions in the world to empower people to improve their well-being and address causes of poverty. JRF is in the process of developing an Anti-Poverty Strategy for the UK. As part of this we need to broaden our knowledge of community-led approaches. We want to learn from international examples of community-led approaches and explore different models of collective action that have worked towards reducing poverty. We know that international development seeks to implement long-term solutions to problems by working with developing countries to create the capacity needed to provide such sustainable solutions.
What can we learn form from such knowledge and experience to support our work with communities in the UK? We know that the terms community can mean different things to different people. We want this review to be about place-based action and change. When we refer to community, we are not only concerned with the actions of those who live in a place, but also those who work in a place; have a responsibility for it; or a position of power within it. We are interested in community-led approaches at a local level.

Deadline: Tuesday 22nd September 2015 at 23.59pm.

The budget: Up to £20K (including VAT and expenses) one project only.

Timescale: 4 months, starting October 2015.

More information available here
LSE Hellenic Observatory Call for Research Proposals - National Bank of Greece 27/09/2015


  1. An evaluation of reform implementation
  2. What model of employment relations for Greece?
  3. Immigration, asylum, and the EU

The LSE’s Hellenic Observatory invites researchers with a recognised interest in contemporary Greece to submit an application for funding in order to carry out a project on one of the themes highlighted above and further clarified on page-3 of the document below. This call has been made possible by funding generously provided by the National Bank of Greece, to which we wish to record our gratitude. This initiative is consistent with the Observatory’s mission to promote public policy research and to foster academic collaboration and networks and follows on from previous successful calls made in 2009; 2011, 2013 and 2014.

Applications should be submitted electronically by Sunday 27th September 2015 (10pm GMT).

For more information read the terms and conditions

Innovate UK Malaysia-UK Research and Innovation Bridges Competition 30/09/2015
  Innovate UK, Research Councils UK and the Malaysia Industry-Government Group for High Technology, as part of the Newton Fund of the UK Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, invite registrations for this competition. Projects must be collaborative, involving both UK and Malaysian participants, and must include at least one UK business, one UK research organisation, one Malaysian business and one Malaysian research organisation. Projects may be led by a business or research organisation, and should preferably involve other non-business partners. The joint industrial research aims to develop innovative products, processes or services that meet challenges existing within the following five sectors: health and wellbeing; improving environmental resilience and energy security; future cities; agritech, which should solve explicit urban food and nutrition issues; and digital, innovation and creativity.  
Fritz Thyssen Foundation Project Support Grants 30/09/2015
  These encourage research in the humanities, social science and biomedicine fields. Applications are open within the following areas of support: history, language and culture; the interdisciplinary field ‘image and imagery’; state, economy and society; the interdisciplinary field ‘international relations’; medicine and the natural sciences. Interdisciplinary projects are also welcomed.  
Joseph Rowntree Foundation  The relationship between poverty and stress, low level anxiety and depression across the life-course 06/10/2015
  This call is for proposals to carry out a multi-disciplinary evidence review of the relationship between poverty and stress, low level anxiety and depression across the life-course.Further informationThere is evidence that poverty and stress, low level anxiety and depression are associated in some way, even if there is not a simple causal link. JRF has published reviews which have touched on this including psychological perspectives on poverty and how much money matters to health, adult and children’s outcomes.This multi-disciplinary evidence review should include consideration of the main ways in which poverty and stress, low level anxiety and depression may be linked. In particular the two-way causality between poverty and stress, low level anxiety and depression:

• Does poverty cause stress, low level anxiety and depression?
• Do stress, low level anxiety and depression cause poverty?

Deadline: Tuesday 6th October 2015 at 23:59pm.

The budget: £30,000 (including VAT and expenses).

Timescale: 6 months.

More information available here




berberberbe Open and various/reccurrent calls

[listed in alphabetical order]

Link and Brief Abstract

Closing Date


Research Networking Scheme Open Call
  To encourage and enable the discussion and development of ideas by researchers either through establishing new research networks or by running a series of workshops, seminars or similar events.  
AHRC Fellowship Scheme Open Call
  AHRC is committed to fund the research time needed to undertake world-leading research with impact and to support the career development of outstanding researchers in the arts and humanities. View details of the Early Career Scheme and details of the Standard Scheme.  
AHRC Research Grants Various
  The scheme is divided into two routes: standard and early career. The standard awards are designed to enable researchers to collaborate wit, and bring benefits to, individuals and organisations through high-quality research. The early-career stream is intended to assist new researchers at the start of their careers in gaining experience of managing and leading research projects.  

British Academy

Funding for International Activities


  Details of country-specific agreements and special programmes; international collaborative programmes; special Joint Project programmes and other relevant Academy schemes.   
British Academy/ Leverhulme Trust Small Research Grants Various

The scheme provides up to £10,000 to support primary research in the humanities and social sciences. Funds may be used to facilitate initial project planning and development; to support the direct costs of research; and to enable the advancement of research through workshops or conferences, or visits by or to partner scholars. Applications for collaborative or individual projects are equally welcome under this scheme. Applications from international groups of scholars are welcome, provided there is a UK-based scholar as lead applicant.

Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation Various


Small Grants (£3k - £7) promote and support interaction between the UK and Japan. Daiwa Foundation Awards (£7 - £15k) focus on collaborative projects that enable British and Japanese partners to work together.



Research Competitions


  All current DEFRA competitions, covering both calls for full proposals and expressions of interest.  


First Grant Scheme

Open Call

Help for new academics applying for research funding at the start of their careers. Grants are capped up £125k for a maximum period of two years.

ESRC/Austrian Science Fund Collaborative Project Grants Open Call

These are based on a bilateral agreement to facilitate collaborations between social scientists in the UK and Austria. Proposals may be submitted in any area of the social sciences within the remit of both agencies. The grants are worth a minimum of £200,000.



Research Grants Scheme

Open Call


A flexible research grants scheme offering awards ranging from £350k to £1m. The choice of topic is yours provided it falls within the ESRC's remit.



Training Bursaries for Social Scientists

Open Call

To enable staff in the UK social science community engaged in research, teaching research methods or supervising research to update their research skills. 50 bursaries of up to £1k available.

New applications for bursaries will be accepted from 01/04/2014.



Urgency Grants Mechanism

Open Call

The fund enables the ESRC to respond to urgent or unforeseen events, where there is a strong case for immediate research.


European Commission

Call for Proposals - FP7 Marie Curie Actions


The European Commission has launched a number of calls under the Marie Curie Actions as follows: Reintegration Grants (RG); Intra-European Fellowships for Career Development (IEF); International Incoming Fellowships (IIF); International Outgoing Fellowships for Career Development (IOF); Industry-Academia Partnerships (IAPP).

Further information also available from the Research Division. Please contact


European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST)

Research Networks

Open Call

  A unique opportunity to exchange knowledge and to embark on new European perspectives. A continuous open call for proposals is used to attract the best proposals for new COST actions. The support will cover the costs of networking activities such as meetings (e.g. travel, subsistence, local organiser support), conferences, workshops, short-term scientific exchange, training schools, publications and dissemination activities. Funding for up to 4 years.  

European Research Council

ERC Advanced Investigators Grants


  Up to €3.5m available for pioneering frontier research in any field of science, engineering and scholarship. Candidates must be scientifically independent and have a recent research track record and profile which identifies them as leaders in their respective field(s) of research.  

European Research Council

Proof of Concept Various
  Existing ERC grant holders can apply for this additional funding to establish the innovation potential of ideas arising from their ERC-funded frontier research projects. Funding of up to €150,000 for a 12-month project is available.  

European Science Foundation

Calendar of Events Various

A calendar of opportunities within the social sciences and a link to the external announcements page.


Leverhulme Trust

International Networks

Open Call

  Up to £125,000 over up to three years to allow a UK-based researcher to build a new collaborative research project with overseas institutions. First-stage outline applications can be submitted at any time.A significant research theme must be identified at the outset which requires for its successful treatment international collaboration between one or more UK universities, and two or more overseas institutions (up to a maximum of seven institutions in total). Networks must be newly constituted collaborations.  

Leverhulme Trust

Research Project Grants


  To provide financial support for innovative and original research projects of high quality ad potential, the choice of theme and the design of the research lying entirely with the applicant. Research Division encourages applicants to submit outline bids six months before the full bid deadline, in order to allow for Leverhulme to assess the outline bid, and for the applicant to prepare a high quality full bid, if encouraged to do so.  

London Sustainability Exchange (LSx)

Research Interests and Contact Details for the London Sustainability Exchange (LSx)



The LSx runs an innovative action research projects with communities and businesses across London.


National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Themed Call: Preventing the Development and Spread of Antimicrobial Resistance Various

The call is for research into the evaluation of public health measures, health care interventions and health services to reduce the development and spread of antimicrobial resistance and consequent morbidity.

Nesta Bright Ideas Research Fund Open Call
  These grants aim to fund good new ideas related to innovation and innovation policy and develop research projects and policy proposals in fields that relate to innovation but where Nesta does not have big programmes already in place. Projects can involve primary research, novel argumentation, or the development of a new idea, or ideally more than one of these things. Up to £10,000 is available per proposal. Fields of particular interest include: understanding the innovative businesses that matter; what do emerging technologies mean for the economy and society; how can we get a financial system better suited to innovation; better government policy for innovation; scaling up social innovation; big and open data for social innovation; and smarter smart cities.  

Nuffield Foundation

Social Science Small Grants Scheme



The scheme makes small grants for social science research expenses. Grants of up to £15k available for projects in line with the Foundation's areas of interest.


Open Society Institute

Open Society Fellowships

Open Call


The fellowship enables innovative professionals to work on projects that inspire meaningful public debate, shape public policy, and generate intellectual ferment within the Open Society Institute.


United States Institute of Peace

Grants and Fellowships


Open Call


Funding for research into conflict prevention, conflict management, and post-conflict peace-building in Columbia, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan and Sudan; and funding opportunities for projects relating to Iran.


Wellcome Trust


Open Call


To provide additional funding during the course of a Wellcome Trust funded award, enabling the grantholder to explore new opportunities or paths of discovery as their work unfolds, or to support unanticipated costs, such as new equipment or access to technologies.


Wenner Gren

Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship



To support the writing-up of already completed research in anthropology. $40,000 is provided.



erberberberberb Annual Calls


Link and Brief Abstract

Expected Closing Date [sorted by date]


Transformative Research Call



To provide a stimulus for genuinely transformative research ideas at the frontiers of the social sciences, enabling research which challenges current thinking to be supported and developed.



Research Seminars Competition



For UK research organisations to hold Research Seminars for groups of academic researchers, postgraduate students and non-academic users from different organisations. Seminar groups meet regularly to exchange information and ideas to advance research in their fields.


British Academy

Newton International Fellowships



The Newton International Fellowships aim to attract the most promising early-career post-doctoral researchers from overseas. They enable researchers to work for two years at a UK research institution. The scheme is open to post-doctoral (and equivalent) early-career researchers working outside the UK who do not hold UK citizenship.



Mid-Career Research Fellowships



The Independent Social Research Foundation (ISRF) supports independent-minded researchers to do interdisciplinary work which is unlikely to be funded by existing funding bodies. It is interested in original research ideas which take new approaches, and suggest new solutions, to real world social problems.


Leverhulme Trust

Early Career Fellowships



Provide career development opportunities for those who are at a relatively early stage of their academic careers, but who have a proven record of research. The expectation is that Fellows should undertake a significant piece of publishable work during their tenure, and that the Fellowships should lead to a more permanent academic position.


Leverhulme Trust

Major Research Fellowships



These awards enable well-established and distinguished researchers in the humanities and social sciences to devote themselves to a single research project of outstanding originality and significance, capable of completion within two or three years.



Centres and Large Grants



For experienced researchers requiring longer term support for research groups, inter-institutional research networks, project-linked research programmes, other infrastructure and methodological developments, or any related larger-scale projects.


British Academy

Mid-Career Fellowships



Mid-Career Fellowships call announced July (estimate): aims to support outstanding individual researchers with excellent research proposals, and to promote public understanding and engagement with humanities and social sciences. It allows successful applicants to obtain time freed from normal teaching and administrative commitments.



Future Research Leaders



Aims to support outstanding early career researchers to carry out excellent research and to develop all aspects of their research and knowledge exchange skills.


British Academy

Small Research Grants



Grants are available to support primary research in the humanities and social sciences. The maximum grant is £10,000 over two years. Applications for collaborative or individual research projects are equally welcome. Applications from international groups of scholars are welcome, provided there is a UK-based scholar as lead applicant.


British Academy

Post-Doctoral Fellowships



Post-doctoral Fellowships call announced June 2014 (estimate): to foster research capability, promote career development and enhance skills portfolio of recently postdoctoral scholars, cultivate individual creativity, and contribute to future research base of the nation, and to provide an opportunity of supporting endangered and emerging subject areas.


Leverhulme Trust

Research Programme Grants



In one major departure from its policy of operating in the responsive mode, the Trust selects on an annual basis certain themes of research for which bids are invited. The grants provide funds to research teams for up to five years to enable them to explore significant thematic issues up to a scale of £1.75m.


British Academy

British Academy / Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowships



BA/LH Senior Research Fellowships call announced in April(estimate): this enables established scholars to have one year's research leave with funding being provided to cover the costs of replacement teaching. The time bought by the scheme should be devoted to the completion of a major piece of research.







Administering Department
[listed in alphabetical order]


Link and Brief Abstract


Closing Date

Centre for Learning Technology

CLT Learning Technology Innovation Fund

Various Deadlines


Centre for Learning Technology (CLT) offer grants to teachers who wish to innovate in their teaching with the help of technology. 

It can be used for a variety of learning technology developments. In previous years, many LSE teachers have used CLT funding to employ a Moodle editor. We are now looking to attract academics who are interested in teaching innovations.

The call for projects is also issued 4 times per year with deadlines. Visit the CLT website for more information.

Hellenic Observatory National Bank of Greece - Call for Proposals 27/09/2015


  1. An evaluation of reform implementation
  2. What model of employment relations for Greece?
  3. Immigration, asylum, and the EU

The LSE’s Hellenic Observatory invites researchers with a recognised interest in contemporary Greece to submit an application for funding in order to carry out a project on one of the themes highlighted above and further clarified on page-3 of the document below. This call has been made possible by funding generously provided by the National Bank of Greece, to which we wish to record our gratitude. This initiative is consistent with the Observatory’s mission to promote public policy research and to foster academic collaboration and networks and follows on from previous successful calls made in 2009; 2011, 2013 and 2014.

Applications should be submitted electronically by Sunday 27th September 2015 (10pm GMT).

For more information read the terms and conditions

Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) Impact Acceleration Fund Open Call

The Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) supports a range of activities designed to maximise opportunities for flexible, responsive and creative ways of engaging with local, national and international partners to generate research impact.

The IPA seeks expressions of interest across three areas of activity made possible by the ESRC’s Impact Acceleration Account and the Higher Education Innovation Fund. Awards for support in all three areas are made on a rolling basis.

The IPA Impact Fund

This funding provides rapid response, competitive funding for activities that accelerate impact resulting from researchers’ timely response to current debates and challenges.

Parliamentary Engagement

The IPA supports opportunities for researchers to present their cutting-edge scholarship to, and share their expertise with, industry and parliamentary audiences convened by the Industry Parliament Trust (IPT). These events will give academic Departments access to key individuals and groups regarding policy and future legislation. Within six months of each event, a publication will be produced by LSE academics and published by IPT, summarising the discussion at and outcomes of that event.

Internal Secondments to the IPA

This funding is for a number of fixed-term and part-time internal academic secondments to the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) to assist in identifying research in LSE with potential for non-academic impact, and to work with those scholars to realise that potential. These secondments also provide an opportunity for scholars to develop the non-academic impact of their own research.

Please note that decisions on the use of IAA funds will reflect ESRC’s requirement that IAA funds must only be used to support the impact of high quality research that falls within its remit.

Practitioners in Residence

This scheme provides funding for non-academic practitioners (broadly defined) to spend time in LSE, working with LSE researchers to tackle jointly-specified social science questions.

The scheme is expected to maximise the impact of the School’s research by:

• Ensuring the responsiveness of our research agendas by supporting the co-development with non-academic practitioners of research questions pertinent to them.  

• Providing an opportunity to harness the skills and expertise of non-academic practitioners to jointly address those questions.

• Increasing the transfer of academic expertise beyond LSE to change or benefit the economy, society, culture, public policy or services, health, the environment or quality of life beyond academia.

For further information, please contact Paul Sullivan, IPA Manager, on

Department of Law Funding for events and research projects (Law staff only) Open Call

Funding is available from the Law Department Research Committee for activities for which it is not appropriate to use individual research allowances, such as hospitality for speakers or visitors (other than for the LLM Specialist Seminars, for which separate funding is available), conferences, seminars or workshops. Grants of up to £5,000 are available, and applications are assessed in competition with others in the Department. You do not need to have exhausted your individual research allowance before applying.

It is assumed that applicants will investigate the possibility of external funding (for example via the Higher Education Innovation Fund, the British Academy or Research Councils) and you are accordingly asked on the form to provide information about the status of any such applications. Note that awards for the funding of events and research projects usually take the form of underwriting.

Applications for events and research projects should be made no less than one term, and no more than one year, in advance. For example, if you wish to hold an event in Lent Term 2015, you should apply no later than Michaelmas Term 2014/2015 and no earlier than Lent Term 2014.



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:

1. peer-reviewed article or proceedings paper submitted from 1st April 2013

2. publication arises wholly or in part from RCUK funded research. 

3. journal complies with RCUK Policy on Open Access.

4. journal does not allow RCUK compliant Green deposit or there is a compelling case for choosing Gold Open Access. 

5. corresponding author or grant holder is a current member of LSE.

6. 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.

To Be Advised


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.

Middle East Centre LSE Kuwait Programme: Applied Research Funding  To Be Advised
  The Kuwait Programme on Development, Governance and Globalisation in the Gulf States invites applications from LSE colleagues to conduct systematic and practical enquiry into fundamental questions in the social sciences of relevance to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states. Applications should pertain to the Kuwait Programme’s research themes. Individual projects may have a total budget of up to £196,000.00 and a term of up to 24 months, provisional on satisfactory reporting to the Kuwait Programme after 12 months. For submissions and all enquiries contact Ian Sinclair.  

Research Division

Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF): HEIF5 Bid Fund



The HEIF5 Bid Fund is intended to support knowledge exchange activities and outputs based on School research. Projects must be clearly distinct from teaching and research activities and focus on engagement with non-academic research users, demonstrating clear economic and/or social impact or benefit.

The total amount of funding available in this round is £700,000. The recommended upper limit for bids will be £75k. Projects can begin any time from 1 October 2015 and must be completed by 30 June 2016.

Contact Marie Copperwaite for application forms and further information.

Research Division AXA Research Fund: Junior Research Fellowships To Be Advised

The campaign supports research dedicated to a better understanding of important hazards, risks and threats and current global societal challenges within socioeconomic, environmental and life risks.

The AXA Research Fund seeks to award thirty Junior Research Fellowships annually to outstanding researchers. The fellowship comes to a maximum total of €120,000 for the entire duration of the funding (24 months), and covers:

•  A minimum of €35,000 per year for the annual gross salary of the Junior Research Fellow;

•  A maximum of €5,000 per year for the coverage of any additional costs incurred by the Junior Research Fellow directly connected to the research project;

•  Related fees paid to the host institution (e.g. employer on-costs.

For further information, please contact Kathryn Darling.


Research Division

Research Committee Research Infrastructure and Investment (RIIF) Fund

Open Call


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, the RIIF Seed Fund and the RIIF Bridging Fund. 

RIIF Open Fund

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

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

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. 


Research Division

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 2014/15 has been agreed, with a maximum of £1,000 awarded in each case.



STICERD Grants for LSE Staff

To Be Advised


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


Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC)

TLC Grants for LSE Staff

Various Deadlines


LSE's Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC) administers funding for a wide range of activities: teaching and learning development projects, external training for academic staff, and away days and tailored training events for departments, institutes and research centres.