Race Equity Innovation Fund

Do you have a good idea for how to advance race equity at LSE?

LSE's EDI Team is looking for ideas focused on addressing racial inequities amongst our staff and students. 

To support this, we are launching the LSE Race Equity Innovation Fund. Any LSE student, PhD student, or staff member (academic or professional and support staff) can apply for up to £2000 to fund a project that you believe will contribute to the Race Equity Framework and help to advance race equity within our community.

The deadline for applications is Friday 17 September 2021 at 12 noon (UK time).

How to apply for the Race Equity Innovation Fund

1 - Find out more about the fund

LSE’s Race Equity Framework builds on race equity work already underway, expands our actions further, and keeps us focussed and accountable. It is organised into three strands (or themes) and aligned to the LSE 2030 strategy.

Alignment to LSE’s Race Equity Framework

Any projects funded by the race equity innovation fund need to be linked to the Race Equity Framework.

The Framework is organised into three themes:

Education: to make sure an LSE education reflects the diverse world around us and empowers students to shape more equitable communities.

Research: to make sure our School’s research and knowledge engagement activities contribute to understanding race equity within and beyond LSE.

Our People: to make sure policies and practices support racial equity and cultural change across our School.

Any project that aims to advance race equity within these three themes is able to apply.

Consideration of different ethnic groups

Wherever possible, we welcome projects which do not homogenise people from minoritised ethnic groups. As a School, we do sometimes use the term BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic), but recognise the limitations of the term and the different lived experiences and trajectories of, for example, staff and students from Black British backgrounds, compared with those from Chinese backgrounds, or Asian Indian backgrounds.


We know that everyone has their own unique identity, which comprises many different factors. We welcome projects which consider this and for example, the different lived experiences and trajectories of a Black woman, compared to a Black man.

Intersectionality can cover a wide range of considerations, but the project itself must still have a primary lens and focus on race and ethnicity.

Action-oriented projects

While applications for the fund are welcome in relation to research, we will prioritise projects which are action-oriented or action-research based.

This is not to say that there is not more research to be done to understand and explore racial inequities, but rather that this specific fund is about implementing actions, rather than investigating issues.

We want to fund projects which are trying something new and are instigating change. The project should have tangible outputs and outcomes.


As well as learning from things that work, we want to learn from things which do not work, or things which could work better if they were changed.

As part of your application, we would like a light-touch overview of how you will measure impact and success, as well as considering how to make the project sustainable in the longer-term. 

Avoiding a deficit approach

LSE is committed to the guiding principles of the Advance HE Race Equality Charter, one of which is to ensure we do not take a ‘deficit’ approach to race equity.

This means, that we must ensure we are not trying to ‘fix’ people from underrepresented groups and minoritized ethnic backgrounds, but rather acknowledge that LSE’s (and society’s) cultures and structures are the barriers to racial justice, and that’s where our actions should be targeted.

We are unable to fund projects which are framed within a deficit approach.

2 - Apply for the fund

Please use the form below to submit your project idea, which of the 5 race equity objectives your project meets, and additional diversity information to support us in advancing equality of opportunity.

The deadline for applications is Friday 17 September 2021 at 12 noon (UK time).

Apply for the Race Equity Innovation Fund

Apply for the Race Equity Innovation Fund

  • I am a
  • Which of the five race equality priorities does your project align to?
  • Questions on diversity
    Diversity information is defined by the DPA as “sensitive”. It is not mandatory to supply “sensitive” information, but should you do so it will not affect your application in any way.
  • What is your age range?
  • Which best describes your gender identity?


If you have any questions or issues about applying, please email edi@lse.ac.uk

3 - Processes and timings

The fund is being run for the first time in Summer 2021. Anyone applying for the fund, must be ready to roll-out their project throughout the academic year 2021-22.

We know this first round comes at the end of the academic year, which makes it difficult for one-year master’s students to engage, unless they collaborate with other students who are still studying in the academic year 2021/22. We also appreciate that the deadlines are outside of term time, but hope other students are still able to engage. We will consider this more in future years and change the timing.

  • Deadline for applications is Friday 17 September 2021 at 12 noon (UK time)
  • Announcements about who is successful will be made in early October
  • Projects to be rolled-out in academic year 2021-22.

The EDI team will check-in with project leads at the end of Michaelmas Term and the end of Lent Term to check on progress, with a meeting being held at the end of the academic year to discuss the outcomes and findings of the project.

We hope to be able to share the outcomes widely, and host a dissemination event at the end of the year with everyone involved.

If you have any questions or issues about applying, please email edi@lse.ac.uk