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Nuffield Foundation funding: Social policy research for the 2020s | Seminar and Reception

By Nuffield Foundation

Project overview

The Nuffield Foundation funds social research at universities and other organisations across the UK – last year we awarded research grants totalling £13 million. We want to encourage funding proposals from new applicants, and as someone whose research interests align with our funding priorities, we thought you would be interested in attending this event. The seminar will be an opportunity for you to meet members of our senior team and hear first-hand from academics we have funded. You will be able to find out more about what we are looking for in funding applications and how we work with our grant-holders to help them maximise the impact of their research.

The seminar will be followed by a reception featuring a keynote speech from Sir Ian Diamond – recently appointed the UK’s National Statistician – introduced by our Chair, Sir Keith Burnett and followed by audience questions and discussion. The focus for discussion will be the challenges and opportunities for research in Scotland and the wider UK. We hope to be joined by representatives from the wider social policy and research community for this section of the day.

About our funding opportunities

Our research portfolio spans three broad domains – education, welfare and justice – as well as issues that cut across these. We have two deadlines for applications each year, in March and September. In addition, we have recently launched a £15 million 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. Our priorities and approach are set out in our strategy, with more detailed information in our guide for applicants.


  • Sir Ian Diamond
    National Statistician
  • Sir Keith Burnett
    Nuffield Foundation
  • Location
  • Royal Society of Edinburgh
  • 22-26 George Street
  • Scotland
  • EH2 2PQ
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We improve people’s lives by funding research that informs social policy, primarily in EducationWelfare and Justice. We also fund student programmes that give young people skills and confidence in science and research.

We offer our grant-holders the freedom to frame questions and enable new thinking. Our research must stand up to rigorous academic scrutiny, but we understand that to be successful in effecting change, it also needs to be relevant to people’s experience.