Funding support

Steve Pischke working in his office

LSE Advancement aims to support LSE staff in securing funding from external philanthropic sources. With the contacts and resources to access international funders, the Major Gifts team works with individual donors, and the Foundation and Business Partnerships team works with trusts and foundations, development banks, and SMEs through to multi-national corporates.

The office has the expertise and sector knowledge to meet the needs of academics at all levels - from those seeking only a helpful tweak to their project proposals, to those with no experience of philanthropic funding at all. Below are some of the services we provide:


  • Identifying potential funders for projects
  • Conducting background research on funders
  • Providing institutional context regarding LSE's relationship with funders


  • Creating and editing proposals
  • Providing supportive cover letters from appropriate LSE authorities


  • Creating and editing project budgets
  • Advising on format
  • Calculating costs and figures
  • Dealing with full economic costing

Application practicalities

Use of appropriate contacts

  • Advising on necessary forms and documentation
  • Providing support regarding proper process and procedures


  • Managing the cultivation and stewardship of donors
  • Coordinating reporting duties

Staff/Faculty project funding from the LSE Annual Fund

LSE Annual Fund 2017/18

The LSE Annual Fund, the School’s regular giving programme, raises unrestricted charitable funds from alumni and friends of LSE for the discretionary use of the School to benefit students, faculty and the wider LSE community.

Staff and their departments can benefit from Annual Fund donations via our tick-box option for donors, through which they can direct their gift towards Student Support, Teaching and Research Excellence, LSE Student Life, Strategic Initiatives and Academic Departments. Past examples of funding from the Annual Fund for staff projects include seed funding for the Centre for Women, Peace and Security, Scholars at Risk support, the US Centre’s Ballpark podcast series, and numerous research conferences. 

Gifts towards Strategic Initiatives and Teaching and Research Excellence are allocated centrally by the Senior Management Committee, and administered via Finance Division, to successful faculty/staff applications for funding. 

Project proposals to be considered for funding this academic year will need to demonstrate that they fulfil current School strategic priorities, specifically in how they: 

  • Improve the educational and teaching offering
  • Enhance the student experience
  • Further the social sciences agenda on big issues, with particular emphasis on Beveridge 2.0
  • Create an inclusive LSE

LSE staff are invited to submit applications to the Strategic Initiatives and Teaching and Research Excellence streams of the Annual Fund using this form here. Applications and queries should be directed to the Directorate’s Executive Officer, Andy Wilson ( SMC will consider proposals twice a year, with the deadline of Monday 4th December 2017 for Michaelmas term, and a second deadline to be announced for Lent term.