Nuffield Foundation Strategic Fund

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Nuffield Foundation are calling for applications to our new £15m Strategic Fund for ambitious, interdisciplinary research projects that will address some of the most important challenges facing UK society and the public policy agenda in the next decade.

This is a rare opportunity for researchers to develop original and challenging ideas, to work collaboratively across disciplines, and to influence social policy in a period of rapid change and uncertainty for our society.

Through the Strategic Fund, theywill make awards in the range of £1-3 million – increasing the scale, scope and influence of the research we fund. They encourage applications from universities, research institutes, think tanks and voluntary organisations. Their priorities are for multidisciplinary projects with the potential for lasting and significant impact, and they will work with our grant-holders to make that happen.

Strategic Fund themes

They encourage applications relating to a number of broad themes, set out in the call for applications. These themes include the impact of digital technologies and the fourth industrial revolution, the future of education in a digitally-driven society, and interventions that might promote opportunity and reduce adversity at different life stages and between generations. The listed themes are not exhaustive, and they welcome applications on other themes that align with their mission to advance social well-being.

Nuffield Foundation are looking for applications that demonstrate a rigorous approach to research while at the same time articulating distinctive questions that will connect with a range of audiences. They want to give opportunities to a new generation of the best research talent, to encourage innovative methods and involvement with people outside academic research in policy, frontline service delivery, and the voluntary sector.

The first deadline for applications is 9th December 2019, although funding will be phased over two years and applications can be made any time.

Applicants who want to do some initial work before making an application to the Strategic Fund can apply for seed corn funding.

Click here to apply to the Strategic Fund.