External research funding

Browse external upcoming and open research funding calls


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Contact your Head of Academic Unit to get in principle approval and discuss your research idea.

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Contact our experienced Research Development Managers who will guide you through the application process. Read and follow our procedure for submitting research funding applications. 

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Browse funding opportunites below to find a grant to suit you and discuss with your Research Development Manager. 

Visit our funding opportunities calendar to view upcoming deadlines. 

Click HERE to check if your chosen funding opportunity is subject to LSE’s internal demand management process.


Internal deadline for all research funding applications

The Research Development Team  requires a near-final draft of the main application text and an itemised budget a minimum of 5 working days in advance of the application deadline. Applicants are expected to have worked with their Academic Manager (or delegate for Research) and Research Development Manager well before this closing date to ensure they have support developing the application drafts and budget. 

Full information on the procedure is available here.

Guidance on applying for UKRI funding

For guidance on applying for UKRI funding opportunities, please visit our RISe Knowledge Hub. Here you will find information including how to navigate The Funding Service, developing your Résumé for Research and Innovation (R4RI), and adhering to best practice in research. 

Upcoming calls (chronological order)

Funding schemeFunderDeadline
Philip Leverhulme Prize 2024 Leverhulme Trust 15 March 2024
The Philip Leverhulme Prize  is an award made to researchers at any early stage of their careers whose work has had international impact and whose future research career is exceptionally promising. The £100,000 award can be used for any research purpose. Institutions may only submit three nominations in any subject area; therefore. nominations will be reviewed by the Research Development Panel. Click HERE for further information on how to apply. 
Ayrton Challenge Programme (Outline) UKRI 9 April 2024
Apply for funding for interdisciplinary, challenge-led research projects enabling the transition to low carbon energy in developing countries. UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) will fund around 10 projects between £2 to £3 million for up to three years. Proposals must be co-designed and delivered in equitable partnerships with “in-country” researchers – who should be included as project co-lead (international) (PcL (I)) and must be based in one of the Official Development Assistance (ODA) recipient countries. Read more
Transforming Data Collections Infrastructure for Social Science ESRC 16 April 2024
Apply for funding to scope or develop innovative initiatives with the potential to transform foundational social science research data infrastructure, defined as data collected specifically for research purposes. Applications are invited in any disciplinary areas of social and economic science (please also  under one or both of the following themes:

Theme A: Initial scoping for a larger project to establish transformational data collection infrastructure, broadly defined.
Theme B: Facilitating development of innovative data collection methods that offer an alternative to mainstream survey approaches.

Funding is available for up to 12 months, in the amount between £50,000 and £350,000. Read more
Major Research Fellowships Leverhulme Trust 10 May 2024
For well-established, distinguished researchers in the humanities and social sciences to complete a piece of original research over a period of 2 to 3 years. These fellowships cover teaching replacement and up to £6k for research cost. Read more
Future Leaders Fellowships Round 9 UKRI 18 June 2024
The UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships are designed for ambitious research or innovation programmes across UKRI's remit. Fellowships can be up to seven years, with a mid-point review. LSE is permitted to submit four applications. These applications will be reviewed by the Research Development Panel (RDP). Please click HERE for further information on how to apply. 
Leverhulme Research Centres Leverhulme Trust  7 June 2024
The Leverhulme Research Centres scheme is intended to fund centres that will conduct research of outstanding originality but also aspire to achieve a significant step-change in scholarship. In the 2024 call, the Trust Board is looking for applications strongly led by the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Up to £10 million is available for up to 10 years. Only one application is permitted per institution, so LSE is conducting an internal sift for the 2024 call. Click HERE for further information on how to apply.


Open calls and various deadlines (alphabetical order)

Open calls
 Funding schemeFunderDeadline
Research Networking Scheme   AHRC Open
To encourage and enable the discussion and development of ideas by researchers either through establishing new research networks or by running a series of workshops, seminars or similar events. Read more
Fellowship Scheme   AHRC Open
AHRC is committed to fund the research time needed to undertake world-leading research with impact and to support the career development of outstanding researchers in the arts and humanities. View details for Early Career Scheme and Standard Scheme
Research Grants  AHRC Open
The scheme is divided into two routes: Standard Scheme and Early Career Scheme. The standard awards are designed to enable researchers to collaborate with, and bring benefits to, individuals and organisations through high-quality research. The early-career stream is intended to assist new researchers at the start of their careers in gaining experience of managing and leading research projects. Read more about Standard Scheme and Early Career Scheme
Daphne Jackson Fellowships AHRC/Daphne Jackson Trust Open
Daphne Jackson Fellowships are now available to arts and humanities researchers and offer academics the opportunity to return to research following a career break of two years or more when taken for family, caring or health reasons. The Fellowships, which will be supported by AHRC, are typically held for two years on a part-time basis, in a UK university. The Fellowships are flexible and include a tailored training programme designed to update the fellow’s skills and knowledge to support them in their return to research. Read more
Collaborative Research Grants UKRI/Sao Paolo Research Foundation  Open
The UK Research Councils, in partnership with the São Paulo Research Foundation, invites applications for its collaborative research grants. These enable transnational British and Brazilian teams to apply for funding for collaborative research projects. UK-based researchers must hold a doctoral degree or equivalent, be actively engaged in postdoctoral research and be employed by, or be scheduled to join, the research organisation before submitting the proposal.

Brazil-based researchers must be formally associated with institutions within the São Paulo state. Projects may last for up to 60 months. Standard route grants are worth between £50,000 and £1 million and early-career grants are worth between £50,000 and £250,000 at 80% full economic cost. The São Paulo Research Foundation will provide equivalent to £1m for Brazilian researchers. The overall proposed budget should not exceed £2m. Read more
Co-funding Research Projects   UKRI/NSF Open
The UK Research Councils, in collaboration with the Social, Behavioural and Economic Sciences Directorate of the US National Science Foundation, invites applications for funding under their lead agency agreement. This supports interdisciplinary research of mutual interest in any area of research that falls within the funders’ remit. Projects between £50,000- £1,000,000 (depending on the applicant’s career level) will be funded according to the relevant UK Research Council’s funding rules. Funding for the US part of the project must comply with NSF’s normal funding rules for unsolicited proposals. Read more
Small Research Grants British Academy/ Leverhulme Trust  Various
The scheme provides up to £10,000 to support primary research in the humanities and social sciences. Funds may be used to facilitate initial project planning and development; to support the direct costs of research; and to enable the advancement of research through workshops or conferences, or visits by or to partner scholars. Applications for collaborative or individual projects are equally welcome under this scheme. Applications from international groups of scholars are welcome, provided there is a UK-based scholar as lead applicant. Read more
Small Grants Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation
31 March and 30 September 
Small Grants (£3k - £7) promote and support interaction between the UK and Japan. Daiwa Foundation Awards (£7 - £15k) focus on collaborative projects that enable British and Japanese partners to work together. Read more about Small Grants and Daiwa Foundation Awards 
Fellowships Scheme  EPSRC Open
A Fellowship is a personal award, designed to provide the recipient with the necessary support to establish or further develop themselves as a leader of the future. This type of award enables you to devote most of your time to a program of activities to deliver your proposed research vision. An EPSRC Fellowship is aimed to position yourself and your research topic within the wider academic field, to develop your leadership by establishing or extending your research group, and to act as an advocate for the STEM disciplines in general and EPSRC specifically. Read more
Discipline Hopping in Information and Communication Technologies EPSRC Open
These fund ICT or non-ICT researchers to spend time in new and different research disciplines or user environments in order to foster new interactions, encourage a multidisciplinary and user-driven focus to research, and develop new skills and collaborations. Projects should last between three and 12 months, although part-time awards may be awarded for up to 24 months. Read more
Research Grants Scheme ESRC Open
A flexible research grants scheme offering awards ranging from £350k to £1m. The choice of topic is yours provided it falls within ESRC's remit. Read more
Secondary Data Analysis Initiative ESRC Open
The Secondary Data Analysis Initiative aims to deliver high-quality high-impact research through the deeper exploitation of major data resources created by ESRC and other agencies. Proposals are welcome at any time. Funding is provided for up to 18 months with an overall limit of £200,000 (100 per cent fEC) per grant. Read more
Training Bursaries for Social Scientists ESRC Open
To enable staff in the UK social science community engaged in research, teaching research methods or supervising research to update their research skills. 50 bursaries of up to £1k available. New applications for bursaries are currently being accepted. Read more
Horizon 2020 Marie Curie Actions European Commission Various
The European Commission has launched a number of calls under the Marie Curie Actions as follows: Reintegration Grants (RG); Intra-European Fellowships for Career Development (IEF); International Incoming Fellowships (IIF); International Outgoing Fellowships for Career Development (IOF); Industry-Academia Partnerships (IAPP). Further information also available from Research and Innovation. Contact rescon@lse.ac.uk.
Research Networks European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) Open
 A unique opportunity to exchange knowledge and to embark on new European perspectives. A continuous open call for proposals is used to attract the best proposals for new COST actions. Support will cover the costs of networking activities such as meetings (e.g. travel, subsistence, local organiser support), conferences, workshops, short-term scientific exchange, training schools, publications and dissemination activities. Funding for up to 4 years. Read more
ERC Advanced Investigators Grants European Research Council August
Up to €2.5m available for pioneering frontier research in any field of science, engineering and scholarship. Candidates must be scientifically independent and have a recent research track record and profile which identifies them as leaders in their respective field(s) of research. Read more
Proof of Concept European Research Council October
Existing ERC grant holders can apply for this additional funding to establish the innovation potential of ideas arising from their ERC-funded frontier research projects. Funding of up to €150,000 for a 12-month project is available. Read more
Innovation Projects Global Innovation Fund Open
Supported by the Department for International Development, the US Agency for International Development, the Omidyar Network, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency and the Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade in Australia; the GIF invites proposals for its innovation projects. Funding supports innovative, cost-effective solutions that address any major development challenge in any country or countries in the developing world. Teams from social enterprises, for-profit and non-profit organisations, government agencies, international organisations and individual researchers based in any country may apply. Teams may form consortia, however, they must appoint a lead organisation. Read more
COVID-19 Off-cycle Funding Innovations for Poverty Action Open
IPA's Peace & Recovery Program is pleased to announce that it is now accepting off-cycle proposals, capped at $50,000, for time-sensitive research projects and additions to research projects that study or support the COVID-19 response. Spending must be conducted in LMICs only. Their priorities are a) to produce information that can directly inform the humanitarian response to COVID-19; and b) to produce generalizable knowledge that contributes academic literature on resilience, response and recovery. Read more
Research Project Grants Leverhulme Trust Various
To provide financial support for innovative and original research projects of high quality and potential, the choice of theme and the design of the research lying entirely with the applicant. Research and Innovation encourages applicants to submit outline bids six months before the full bid deadline, in order to allow for Leverhulme to assess the outline bid, and for the applicant to prepare a high quality full bid, if encouraged to do so. Read more 
Research Interests and Contact Details for the London Sustainability Exchange (LSx) London Sustainability Exchange (LSx) TBA
The LSx runs innovative action research projects with communities and businesses across London. Read more
Collaborative Projects in Environmental Science NERC and NSF Open
Apply for funding to work with US-based researchers on an environmental science proposal.Collaborative work is governed by an agreement between NERC and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Collaborative research proposals may be submitted in any disciplinary or interdisciplinary subject where the majority falls within the remit of both NERC and NSF GEO or BIO. Read more
Research, Development and Analysis Fund Nuffield Foundation March & September
The Research, Development and Analysis fund is for projects to inform the design and operation of social policy and practice across Nuffield’s three core domains of Education, Welfare and Justice. Awarded grants are usually between £10,000 and £500,000.  Read more 
Collaborate with researchers in Norway UKRI Open
UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and Research Council of Norway (RCN) have signed a Money Follows Cooperation agreement to reduce barriers to cross-border collaboration. This enables eligible UK principal investigators to submit collaborative applications with co-investigators employed by Norwegian institutions.

The majority of funding opportunities from each of the participating UKRI research councils (AHRC, ESRC, MRC, EPSRC and NERC) are eligible for the inclusion of Norway co-investigators. This agreement enables Norway co-investigators to be included in UK-led applications and to receive funding from the participating UKRI research councils.

General conditions and budget available will differ depending on the funding opportunity to which an application is being submitted. Read more
Future Leaders Fellowships UKRI Open
Successful applicants to the Future Leaders Fellowships (FLF) scheme have the opportunity to extend their four-year fellowship by up to a further three years. Read more
Grants and Fellowships  United States Institute of Peace Various
Funding for research into conflict prevention, conflict management, and post-conflict peace-building in Columbia, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan and Sudan; and funding opportunities for projects relating to Iran. Read more
Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship Wenner Gren May
To support the writing-up of already completed research in anthropology. $40,000 is provided. Read more




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