Research, Development and Analysis Fund

Our Research, Development and Analysis fund is for projects to inform the design and operation of social policy and practice across our three core domains of Education, Welfare and Justice.

Fund information


We have a two-stage application process. Applicants submit a short outline application, and those that meet our criteria are invited to submit a full application, which is subject to independent peer review and considered by Trustees.

We have two deadlines for outline applications each year – in March and September. We usually receive 400-500 outline applications, of which 10-15% are invited to submit a full application. We support short-listed applicants in refining their proposed projects, to help maximise their rigour and potential impact.

Our funding approach is set out in our strategy. To see our full funding priorities and application criteria, please read our Guide for Applicants.

Before submitting an outline application, you must check that our Terms and Conditions are acceptable, both to you and your host institution.

Timetable


Round 1Round 2
MarSepOutline applications submitted.

The next deadline for outline applications is 14th September 2020.

MayNovSuccessful applicants invited to submit a Full application and unsuccessful applicants notified.

The last deadline for full applications was 10th July 2020.

JulDec/JanFull applications submitted. Over the following months, applicants may be asked to submit additional information in response to peer reviews.
NovMayFull applications considered by Trustees.
DecJunApplicants notified of decision.
JanJulEarliest project start date.

What we look for


  • Relevance – an interesting question/issue that fits the Nuffield Foundation’s mission and is relevant to the questions in our three domains. There should be a clear articulation of what you intend to do, why it matters, and what difference it will make.
  • Rigour – for analysis and drawing conclusions as well as design/data collection. Methods need to be right for the question (and many of our questions need some quantitative analysis).
  • Engagement – with policy and/or practice, as well as public dissemination through the media and other channels. Engagement needs to be end-to-end, not just at dissemination stage.
  • Impact – explanation of the potential for impact: clarity of outputs and outcomes and the relationship between the two.
  • Resources – strong team and appropriate budget.

Applications for research, development and analysis grants are usually between £10,000 and £500,000. Most of the grants we award are between £50,000 and £300,000 and are between six months and three years in duration, but we will occasionally consider proposals with a larger budget or longer timescale.

The best way to get a clear answer on any questions of eligibility is to submit an outline application.

What we do not fund


  • Individuals without a formal employment or other relationship with the institution hosting the grant.
  • Projects led by individuals unaffiliated to any particular organisation.
  • Projects led by schools or further education colleges.
  • Projects led by undergraduates or masters students.
  • PhD fees or projects where the main purpose is to support a PhD.
  • The establishment of academic posts.
  • Ongoing costs or the costs of ‘rolling out’ existing work or services.
  • ‘Dissemination-only’ projects, including campaigning work, which are not connected to our funded work.
  • Local charities, replacement for statutory funding, or local social services or social welfare provision.
  • Requests for financial help or educational fees from or on behalf of individuals.

Get started

Next outline application deadline:
March 2021

Explore our projects

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Education | 2020 – 2022

Can maths apps add value to learning?

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Welfare | 2020 – 2024

Assembling the data jigsaw: powering robust population research in MSK disease

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Welfare | 2020 – 2023

Supporting older patients to make informed decisions about knee surgery

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Education | 2020 – 2022

Evaluating the short- and medium-term impacts of Sure Start

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Welfare | 2020 – 2022

The impact of musculoskeletal conditions on outcomes of other illnesses

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Welfare | 2020 – 2025

Enriched data integration for population musculoskeletal health intelligence

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Education | 2020 – 2021

Ethical principles underpinning co-production with young people

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Education | 2020 – 2021

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Education | 2020 – 2020

COVID-19 mitigation measures: education provision and access to special schools

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Welfare | 2020 – 2022

Mapping rheumatic and musculoskeletal disease in Scotland and Wales

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Welfare | 2020 – 2022

Older people in England: the geography of challenges and opportunities

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Welfare | 2020 – 2021

Social cohesion in the context of COVID-19

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Education | 2020 – 2022

Evaluating the short- and medium-term impacts of Sure Start

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New

Education | 2020 – 2022

Gene-environment interplay in early life cognitive development

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New

Education | 2020 – 2021

Ethical principles underpinning co-production with young people

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New

Education | 2020 – 2020

COVID-19 mitigation measures: education provision and access to special schools

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Education | 2020 – 2021

Autonomous schools and the teacher labour market: Evidence from academies

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Young-boy-uses-tablet-with-mother-for-maths-learning-Can-maths-apps-add-value-to-learning-PROJ
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Education | 2020 – 2022

Can maths apps add value to learning?

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Justice | 2020 – 2021

Mental health service provision for children in state care in England

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Justice | 2020 – 2022

Youth custody: Educational influences and labour market consequences

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Welfare | 2020 – 2022

Vulnerability, migration and well-being: experiences, perceptions and barriers

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Welfare | 2020 – 2021

How the COVID-19 crisis is affecting food security

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In progress

Education | 2020 – 2020

The impact of COVID-19 on mainstream schools in England

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Education | 2020 – 2021

The ‘common elements’ approach: improving outcomes in early childhood education

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Young-boy-uses-tablet-with-mother-for-maths-learning-Can-maths-apps-add-value-to-learning-PROJ
New

Education | 2020 – 2022

Can maths apps add value to learning?

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New

Education | 2020 – 2022

Evaluating the short- and medium-term impacts of Sure Start

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Older-man-reads-textbook-Assembling-data-jigsaw-Greater-Manchester-PROJ
In progress

Welfare | 2020 – 2024

Assembling the data jigsaw: powering robust population research in MSK disease

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Medical-professional-massages-patient-knee-Understanding-joint-replacement-surgery-decision-making-for-older-patients-PROJ
In progress

Welfare | 2020 – 2023

Supporting older patients to make informed decisions about knee surgery

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Woman-medical-professional-treats-patient-impact-MSK-conditions-outcomes-other-illnesses-PROJ
In progress

Welfare | 2020 – 2022

The impact of musculoskeletal conditions on outcomes of other illnesses

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Male-teacher-teaches-teenagers-in-secondary-school-lesson-Autonomous-schools-and-the-teacher-labour-market-Evidence-from-academies-PROJ
New

Education | 2020 – 2021

Autonomous schools and the teacher labour market: Evidence from academies

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Female-nurse-sees-patient-in-office-Integrating-enriched-longitudinal-data-North-Staffordshire-Stoke-on-Trent-PROJ
In progress

Welfare | 2020 – 2025

Enriched data integration for population musculoskeletal health intelligence

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New

Education | 2020 – 2021

Ethical principles underpinning co-production with young people

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New

Education | 2020 – 2020

COVID-19 mitigation measures: education provision and access to special schools

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Older-man-and-woman-walk-together-Geographical-mapping-prevalence-outcomes-MSK-conditions-Wales-Scotland-PROJ
In progress

Welfare | 2020 – 2022

Mapping rheumatic and musculoskeletal disease in Scotland and Wales

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In progress

Welfare | 2020 – 2022

Older people in England: the geography of challenges and opportunities

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In progress

Education | 2020 – 2020

The impact of COVID-19 on mainstream schools in England

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Welfare | 2019 – 2020

Valuing data: foundations for data policy

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Welfare | 2019 – 2020

Revaluation and reform: bringing council tax into the 21st century

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Reported

Education | 2019 – 2020

A new mathematics GCSE curriculum for post-16 resit students

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Welfare | 2018 – 2019

Atlas of inequality: understanding the local nature of a global phenomenon

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Justice | 2018 – 2020

Paths to administrative justice in Wales

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Welfare | 2018 – 2020

The intergenerational transmission of family wealth

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Education | 2018 – 2018

GCSE and A-level results day project

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Education | 2018 – 2020

Teaching reading: an integrated programme for deaf & hearing children

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Welfare | 2018 – 2018

Interdisciplinary conference on evidence use in policy

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Welfare | 2018 – 2019

Overview of the major ethical issues arising from data, algorithms and AI

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Education | 2018 – 2019

Developing a sustainable intervention for disadvantaged children

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Welfare | 2018 – 2018

Improving survey representation of non-resident parents

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