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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:

  1. Browse Research Professional - LSE's subscription gives you access to the world's most reliable source of funding opportunities, with a large, easy-to-use database of information about latest calls, prizes and travel grants. Begin your search with Research Professional (log in with your LSE username and password if you're on campus, if off campus you will need to register your own account).
  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]
European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) Open Call for Proposals| 24/03/2015
Funding for networking activities, such as meetings, short-term scientific missions, training schools and dissemination activities in the areas of science and technology including SSH. Selected proposals will receive financial support in the range of €130,000 per year for up to 4 years.
International Social Science Council Transformative Knowledge Networks| 31/03/2015
Applications are invited for Transformative Knowledge Networks for the recently launched Transformations to Sustainability Programme| that seeks to address global sustainability challenges. Three Transformative Knowledge Networks will each be supported with up to €900,000 over 3years. The Network will be led or co-led by social scientists in low and middle income countries.
ESRC Research Seminars and Strategic Networks| 08/04/2015
ESRC invites applications for Research Seminars that enable participants to exchange information and ideas for advancement of knowledge in any area within the remit of ESRC; and Strategic Networks that enable the development of innovative and interdisciplinary collaborations potentially within a number of new priority areas like civil society; education and neuroscience; biosocial research; and big data.
Innovate UK Circular Economy: Business Models| 08/04/2015
Innovate UK invites applications that explore commercial models for a circular economy of goods; and that design a pilot demonstrating the business model. Projects must be business-led and collaborative. Consortia should include a business that has a relationship with the final customer. University based researchers can be included in the project. Deadline to register interest is noon on 8 April 2015. Deadline to submit proposals: 15 April 2015.
Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA) HERA Joint Research Programme, Uses of the Past| 09/04/2015
The HERA Network has announced a HERA Joint Research Programme (HERA JRP) on “Uses of the Past”. With up to €21 million available, the research programme will fund new and exciting humanities-centred projects involving researchers from four or more countries.
ESRC Understanding Society - Innovation Panel Competition| 13/04/2015
Applications are invited for experiments and methodological innovation for longitudinal studies in the areas of education; employment; family and household; health, health behaviours and wellbeing; income, housing, wealth, expenditure and deprivation.
Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust Peace and Security Programme Grants| 13/04/2015
These support projects related to peace and security in the areas of challenging militarism; scrutiny of counter-terrorism measures in the context of human rights and peace building; and building support for alternative approaches to defence and security. The Trust would fund academic research as long as it forms an integral part of policy and campaigning work central to the themes mentioned.
Google Research Awards| 15/04/2015
Google invites applications for its faculty research awards programme. This supports cutting-edge academic research in computer science and related fields.
European Commission Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions, RISE - Research and Innovation Staff Exchange| 28/04/2015
These support short term exchange for staff based in universities, research centres or companies. Proposals should include at least three partners. 
Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowships| 07/05/2015
The scheme funds for well-established researchers in the social sciences and humanities to devote themselves to a single research project of outstanding originality and significance, capable of completion within two or three years.
Wellcome Trust Collaborative Awards in Science| 20/05/2015
Wellcome Trust has launched this new scheme encouraging collaboration that would bring in new ideas and disciplines together to solve scientific problems faster.  Applications are expected to cover interdisciplinary research across Science, Medical Humanities, Society and Ethics, and Innovations funding. Up to £4million over 5 years can be applied for.



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[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  £15k to £1.5m. 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| To Be Advised
The LSE’s Hellenic Observatory invites researchers with an interest in contemporary Greece to submit an application for funding on “The Crisis and Gender”, “The Crisis and Political Extremism” and “Outward Migration from Greece during the Crisis”. The Call is open to all researchers with a university affiliation.  Research grants of up to €12,000.
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|.

International Growth Centre (IGC)

Central Call for Proposals|

To Be Advised

The International Growth Centre (IGC) invites researchers to submit proposals for high-calibre research projects relevant to growth policies in developing countries.  This is a comprehensive IGC call for proposals which encompasses its two central programmes: the Research and Country Programmes.

The Research Programme is primarily focused on the production of cutting-edge and policy-relevant academic research (global public goods) that go towards informing effective policymaking in developing countries. The Country Programme is focused on tailoring top-quality research with the specific policy needs of the IGC’s partner countries. While funding decisions will be made centrally, projects can be sponsored under the umbrella of either the Country or the Research Programme, or potentially jointly. The IGC runs this call on a biannual basis. The completed application form should be submitted by email only to|.

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

To Be Advised

The HEIF5 Bid Fund is intended to support knowledge exchange projects that substantially increase the LSE's impact and profile among identified research user groups or the wider public. Projects must be clearly distinct from teaching and research activities but will apply the LSE's research to real-life situations for the benefit of wider society, and will engage with non-academic users. Successful project applications will include measures intended to achieve a demonstrable impact; promote both the LSE and individual research groups or centres to specific non-academic audiences or the wider public; and generate additional benefits for the LSE, whether through research income or other revenue, reputation enhancement or opportunities for research and project development. Contact Marie Yau| for details of upcoming calls.

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 Marie Yau|.

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.