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Strategic Fund: Next deadline for applications announced

By Nuffield Foundation

The next deadline for applications to our £15m Strategic Fund for ambitious, interdisciplinary research projects is Monday 20 April 2020.

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, we will make awards in the range of £1-3 million – increasing the scale, scope and influence of the research we fund. Grants from the Strategic Fund will be awarded throughout 2020 and 2022. 

We encourage applications from universities, research institutes, think tanks and voluntary organisations. Our priorities are for multidisciplinary projects with the potential for lasting and significant impact. We will work with our grant-holders to make that happen.

Although the next deadline for applications is Monday 20 April 2020, we are phasing funding over the next two years and applications can be made at any time.

For applicants who want to explore some initial ideas, we are also providing the opportunity to apply for seed corn funding.

If you are interested in applying for a future round please register your interest to receive updates and reminders about key dates and other information. 

The Nuffield Foundation champions rigorous research that influences public policy and improves social well-being and individuals’ lives. We want to encourage arresting and ambitious projects that require the perspectives of different academic disciplines to re-frame the social policy agenda in the next decade. As an independent funder, our strength lies in our ability to give talented thinkers the freedom to develop original research ideas. We want to look back in five or ten years’ time and see the influence of our Strategic Fund projects and their impact in addressing the most pressing issues in our society. Tim Gardam, Chief Executive of the Nuffield Foundation
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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.