Capacity building

We believe policy and practice should be influenced by independent and rigorous evidence. We aim to ensure these qualities are maintained in the future by supporting the development of young scientists and social scientists.

Together with the ESRC and HEFCE, we are investing £19.5 million over five years in Q-Step, a programme designed to promote a step-change in quantitative skills for social science undergraduates in the UK. 

Through our Nuffield Research Placements, we provide opportunities for school and college students to take part in STEM-related research. We are also building research capacity in rheumatic disease through our Oliver Bird Rheumatism Programme.

We have also funded UK/Africa partnerships to increase the professional and academic training available for people in eastern and southern Africa.

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Highlights

Find our more about Q-Step, our programme to promote a step-change in quantitative skills for social science undergraduates. 

Watch our short video to find out what's involved in a Nuffield Research Placement.

See how we are working with other foundations to combat neglected tropical diseases in eastern and southern Africa.

Find out how Oliver Bird student Lauren Whyte has been instrumental in discovering a new way to control the cells that destroy bone disease.