Internal funding


A number of LSE divisions and academic units offer funding for research, knowledge exchange and impact, innovation, and other purposes.

Browse centrally coordinated and unit coordinated research-related funding, and other internal funding opportunities. Contact the listed administering unit for more information and to apply for any of the schemes.


Research-related internal funding

Research-related internal funding opportunities
Centrally Coordinated Schemes
Link and brief abstract Administering unitClosing date 
Summer of Research Culture Pilot Projects Research and Innovation 22 April 2024
LSE is inviting applications for Summer of Research Culture Pilot Projects. The purpose of this funding is to provide Departments, Institutes and Centres with funds that can be used to support initiatives that contribute to the enrichment of the School’s research culture. Grants up to £5,000 will be provided to support the implementation of innovative projects that demonstrate the potential to significantly enhance the research culture within the respective department, centre, or institute and have the potential of being adopted across the School.

This initiative is funded by Research England’s Enhancing Research Culture fund. The funds are distributed to HEIs to pilot new initiatives, increase the scale of already-proven activities and continue activities already supported via this funding stream, in accordance with the Government’s R&D People and Culture Strategy. Read more
LSE Global Research Fund Research and Innovation & PAGE 26 April 2024
The Global Research Fund aims to fund international collaborative activities by LSE academic and research staff to facilitate the development of international research links and corresponding research outputs. The scheme is open to all disciplines and will particularly welcome applications that demonstrate sustainability of the proposed research partnerships after the initial funding period. The scheme is co-administrated by the Global Academic Engagement team in Philanthropy and Global Engagement (PAGE) and the Research Development team in Research and Innovation, with support from Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research). Read more 
CIVICA Thematic Research Activities Research and Innovation & PAGE 15 January 2024
LSE faculty, along with postdoctoral researchers and/or doctoral students in CIVICA universities are invited to submit proposals for Thematic Research Activities (workshops, conferences, etc) and/or research proposals for seed-funding. The call aims to foster collaborative research activities, to further existing links within the alliance, or to establish new ones. Applications should be made via the Research Development team in Research and Innovation. Read more
LSE Research and Impact Support Fund Research and Innovation 2 February 2024
The scheme aims to fund world-class research and knowledge exchange activities by LSE academic, research and policy staff. The Research Development Panel will award up to £20,000 per project and will particularly welcome exceptional applications from Assistant Professors and Assistant Professorial Research Fellows. The 2023-24 round will have two streams: 

Stream 1: Open to project proposals from all disciplines and research ideas (for proposals from eligible LSE staff only.)  

Stream 2:  Spotlight on project proposals with a focus on AI (for proposals from eligible LSE staff and PhD students.)  

Click HERE to view the LSE Research and Impact Support Fund webpage for further information. 
LSE Urgency Grant Scheme Research and Innovation Open
The scheme aims to fund world-class research activities by LSE academic, research and policy staff for unexpected and transient opportunities created by unpredictable, discrete and abrupt events such as pandemics, conflicts, environmental impacts and abrupt policy change. The scheme is open to all disciplines and research ideas but must meet the two evaluation criteria of excellence and urgency. Urgency grants can be up to 12 months in duration and are expected to focus on the urgent data collection and essential initial analysis only. The Research Development Panel will award up to £20,000 per project and will particularly welcome exceptional applications from Assistant Professors and Assistant Professorial Research Fellows. Read more
Research Investment Fund (RIF) Bridging Award Research and Innovation Open
The principal purpose of the RIF Bridging Award is to help principal investigators to retain eligible salaried researchers. Requests to the Bridging Award will only be considered if the researcher is on salary band 6 or above, where funding is available and where the candidate is eligible to work in the UK. Download the application form and guidance notes
Open Access Article Processing Charges (APCs) Library Open
Funding is available for APCs from the following sources: UKRI, European Commission and LSE. LSE provides an internal fund to support the publication of outputs which haven't received any funding and are going to be accepted in born open access journals. Contact the Library team to apply
International Science Partnership Fund  Research and Innovation 1 March 2024 
LSE is now inviting applications to the internal call for International Science Partnerships Funding. The purpose of this funding is to provide research grants that can be used to support ODA-eligible activity only. LSE staff with employment contracts which include research and are for longer than the duration of the proposed project are eligible to apply. Applications must have a co-investigator from a country on the OECD DAC list. Details of the funding call are available HERE
Unit Coordinated Schemes
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Research Project Proposals Hellenic Observatory To be advised
Applications open once per year from researchers to conduct time-sensitive and globally competitive policy relevant research on contemporary Greece and/or Cyprus. Awards of up to £20,000 or £8,000 depending on the theme. Applicants must be associated with LSE and have at least two years post-doctoral experience. Read more
Research Funding Programme International Growth Centre (IGC) Biannual call
Funding research projects relevant to economic growth policies in developing countries, across the four IGC research themes. The Research Programme focuses on cutting-edge, policy-relevant academic research shaping effective economic growth policies in the global south. The Country Programme focuses on high-quality economic growth research addressing the policy needs of IGC’s partner countries. Read more  
AFSEE Atlantic Equity Challenge International Inequalities Institute 15 May 2024 
The AEQ research grant offers researchers and practitioners an opportunity to undertake innovate, solutions-oriented, collaborative research and thinking directed at tackling social and economic inequalities. Open to any LSE academic or research staff. Funding up to £100,000. Applicants must register interest by 9 February 2024, and will be matched with a senior AFSEE fellow. Read more
Research Innovation Fund
International Inequalities Institute To be advised
Up to £10,000 to support and facilitate research and research-related activities relevant to any aspect of inequality will be considered. Grants are for members of LSE academic staff on salary band 7 or above, whose continuous employment demonstrates a substantial long-term commitment to the School. Read more
LSE Academic Collaboration with Arab Universities. Funded by the Emirates Foundation. Middle East Centre Closed
The programme supports academic collaboration and knowledge transfer between researchers at LSE and Arab universities. The projects involve collaborative research or academic capacity building.

Aims:
• Promote high calibre research by scholars at LSE and Arab universities.
• Support academic excellence at Arab universities.
• Strengthen academic collaboration and knowledge transfer between LSE and Arab universities. Read more  
LSE Kuwait Academic Collaborations Middle East Centre Nov 2024
This call invites applications for academic collaborative research projects in social, political, and economic sciences between researchers at LSE and at universities and research institutions in Kuwait. Up to £90,000 for each project is available. Read more  
LSE Kuwait Fellowships Middle East Centre 15 Nov 2024
Based in the Middle East Centre, or in one of LSE’s research centres or academic departments, this Fellowship will enable the successful candidates to pursue research relevant to the Kuwait Programme for three months. Applications are invited from researchers based at academic or research institutions in Kuwait who have a PhD or equivalent experience and wish to develop their research capacity and output. Read more
LSE Kuwait Programme Research Grants Middle East Centre Closed
This call invites applications from LSE colleagues to conduct time-sensitive and globally competitive policy-relevant research on contemporary Kuwait. Up to £34,000 for each project is available. Read more
SEAC Research Fund Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre To be advised
SEAC's Research Fund provides support to LSE academic staff at Assistant Professor/Assistant Professorial Research Fellow level or above, and SEAC Associates. The Fund aims to promote high-quality research on the Southeast Asia region. For any queries or more information on this scheme please email: seac.admin@lse.ac.uk. Read more
SEAC Seminar Series and Networking Grant Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre Open
Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre (SEAC) welcomes applications from staff and early career researchers (including PhD students) based at LSE to produce seminar series, study groups or networking events focusing on social science issues relating to Southeast Asia. Read more
SEAC Stipendiary Visiting Researcher Scheme Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre To be advised
SEAC stipendiary visiting appointments are normally up to 3 months (minimum duration 6 weeks) and the Centre does not normally host appointments outside of LSE term dates. Read more
STICERD Grants for LSE Staff  STICERD Biannual call
STICERD provides grants to fund research and research-related activities from LSE staff whose continuous employment demonstrates a substantial long-term commitment to the School. Support is offered in two main categories: Small Grants and Conferences. Applications will be considered twice a year at the Winter and Spring term meetings of the Steering Committee. Read more

Knowledge exchange and impact (KEI) funding

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100x Impact Accelerator Research GrantsMarshall Institute31 May 2024
100x Impact Accelerator identifies, invests in, and accelerates the most promising social enterprises that are addressing the world's most pressing social problems. These grants support evidence and evaluation-based research within LSE and provide a link between researchers and social enterprises. Read more

Full details of funding opportunities for KEI activities at LSE can be found here

Innovation funding

 

Link and brief abstractAdministering unitClosing date 
LSE Innovation Research and Innovation  Open
LSE Innovation works with staff across all departments of the School and supports academics in turning ideas generated from research into new businesses, products or services that benefit society. We have a team of dedicated people to guide you through this process and offer funding where needed.

Read more about funding at LSE Innovation

Other internal funding (non-research)

Other internal funding opportunities (non-research)
 Link and brief abstract Administering unitClosing date
Eden Catalyst Fund Eden Centre Open
The fund supports initiatives which contribute to the development and delivery of education enhancement activity at the School in line with LSE 2030. Up to £10,000 is available. Read more  
Fellowships for LSE Staff Eden Centre Various
The Eden Centre offers a number of different fellowship schemes for LSE academic staff:
Eden HEA Fellowships
SOTL Fellowships
Inclusive Education Action Plan Fellowships focussed on Decolonising
Eden Development Fellowships
STICERD Visitors Programme STICERD Open
Enables academics, normally from abroad, to visit the School for an extended period and interact with staff and students. Funding up to £2k per month, with the nominating individual/unit offering matching funding. Read more   

Can't find relevant funding?

Contact Research and Innovation on +44 (0)20 7852 3727 or rescon@lse.ac.uk.

If your academic unit or division funds research or other activities that are not listed here, get in touch.

 

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