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Titmuss Meinhardt Research Funding

Open to academic/research staff employed in or associated with in the Department of Social Policy

The Titmuss Meinhardt Committee has agreed to allocate limited funds to support small-scale research projects on the welfare state that academic/research staff employed in the Department of Social Policy wish to pursue. Staff at the LSE, both past and present, have played an important role in the development and advancement of this area of study and these grants are designed to enhance this role. Possible research areas might include (a) historical dimensions, (b) the impact of recent changes to the welfare state (e.g. roles of the state, family, voluntary and private sectors in provision of welfare), and (c) contributions of social science research to welfare state issues.

Where applicable, applicants should seek other LSE sources of funding in the first instance (e.g., Research Committee Seed Fund, STICERD grants). It is acknowledged that this may not be appropriate in all cases. 

Application procedure

Proposals of no more than two pages should be submitted to Professor Anne West (a.west@lse.ac.uk). The proposal should provide details of the context, research question/aims of research, methods, proposed output(s) and possible contributions to the academic literature and/or policy debates. It should be accompanied by a budget specifying how the amount requested would be spend. Applicants should also submit an up-to-date CV (two pages maximum) listing recent publications.

Proposals will be reviewed and selected by the Committee members. The criteria for selection will be the potential to add to knowledge, awareness or understanding of the welfare state, past and/or present, viability of the plan and likelihood of successful completion. The expectation is for the research to contribute to an academic publication and/or to a larger externally-funded research proposal. A report detailing how the funds have been used along with publications and/or research grants awarded/submitted will be required three months after completion of the research.

The maximum amount will not normally exceed £10,000 but extensions may be considered.