LSE Research and Impact Support Fund


"The aim of the fund is simple: to support world-class research at LSE by academic faculty and researchers."

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. 

The Fund is open to all disciplines and research ideas. There is no geographical limit on the projects. Due to the sources of public funding available for this call we particularly encourage projects that will have an impact on policy or work with policymakers, include participatory methodologies, and/or that enhance research culture by providing access to research in underrepresented groups. 

The scheme will not be used to displace external funding, nor for applications covered by STICERD grants (Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines) or other funding sources available within the School.

A list of previously funded projects is available here.

Applicants should attend the RISF information session webinar on Thursday 1 December from 1-2pm. 

Eligibility requirements


All academic staff (NAC and non-NAC), research career track (NRSC) staff, other postdoctoral researchers including LSE Fellows, research and policy fellows, and research officers are eligible to apply. We particularly encourage applications from Early Career Researchers and staff from underrepresented groups.

Applicants may submit a maximum of two applications, and only one as the lead applicant.

Any applicants with reports outstanding from previous RISF awards will not be eligible to apply until their report has been returned.

Project duration

Projects must start by June 2023 and end no later than 31 May 2024. Projects must be able to spend their budget by their end date.


  • £20,000 is available per project
  • Applicant and co-applicant salaries are ineligible costs
  • RISF supports 100% of other direct costs, including the cost of hourly-paid research and/or knowledge exchange assistance, the purchase of data, conducting surveys, etc. Other cost items must include all taxes, fees and additional costs associated with the service or product being costed. Please see the budget template for further costing guidance
  • We will not fund academic collaborators or partners’ costs
  • We will not fund institutional overheads.



Deadline for submission of drafts   

Monday 30 January 2023

Application deadline

Monday 13 February 2023

Applicants notified

Monday 27 March 2023

Projects to start by

Thursday 1 June 2023

Projects to end by 

Thursday 31 May 2024

Application process

Contact your Head of Department/Centre or Institute Director for their support.

Staff are encouraged to speak with their Research Development Manager to prepare the application and must consult them to prepare their budget. Staff interested in funding for Knowledge Exchange and Impact activities should also contact the Knowledge Exchange and Impact Integrated Service ( and consult the online KEI resources.

For the draft application deadline on Monday 30 January 2023, email your draft case for support and budget outline to Applicants will be given a chance to edit the application up to the full deadline on Monday 13 February 2023. The Panel cannot accept applications not submitted to the draft deadline.

For the full stage deadline on Monday 13 February 2023, applications should include:

  • A case for support of two (2) sides of A4 in Arial (or similar) with font size 11. The case should contain: Aims/objectives; Context; Methods; Workplan, Outputs and outcomes
  • CVs for the lead applicant and named researchers (max 2 pages each)
  • A budget and brief narrative justification of your resources (max 1 page) (template will be provided by your Research Development Manager)
  • Head of Department/Centre or Institute Director letter of support explaining their support for the project, whether there is any cash contribution to the project by the academic unit’s own funds, and why the academic unit’s own funds are not utilised to support this project fully (max 1 page).

Applications including all the above in one PDF document must be submitted by midnight on the application deadline date via email to and only using the approved format for applications.


The Panel will assess applications for excellence (including originality, significance and value for money) and all shortlisted projects will be entered into a randomization process to allocate funding.

Award and reporting

Successful awardees will be required to report on the activities, outputs and outcomes of their research project not more than 3 months after the end date of the project. Successful awardees may be contacted by the Research Development Panel with requests to peer review RISF applications in the next funding round.

Frequently asked questions

View our list of frequently asked questions here


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