Funding Opportunities for KEI

Funds to support knowledge exchange activities based on LSE research and expertise

Funding comes from the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) allocation received by the School.

Supporting knowledge exchange throughout the research lifecycle

Funding opportunities for KEI activities at LSE will be listed below. Please contact the KEI Integrated Service if you'd like to discuss any form of knowledge exchange and impact activity.

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Internal Funding

LSE Research and Impact Support Fund (RISF)

A new fund, which aims to support world-class research and knowledge exchange by LSE academic faculty and researchers. LSE's Research Development Panel (RDP) will award up to £20,000 per project. This can include projects with a KEI focus or elements.

The funding round for 2021/22 has now closed. Details of future calls will be made available here.

RISF announced

12 November 2021

Application deadline

21 January 2022

Applicants Notified

28 March 2022

Projects to start by

01-30 April 2022

Projects to end by

31 January 2023


KE funds for Departments

External funding has now been confirmed to enable the allocation of departmental KEI funding for 2021/22. Based on a review of the scheme by the Knowledge Exchange Framework Steering Committee (KEFSC), the following changes to funding allocation have been made:

  1. Departments will be offered up to £5,000 of funding towards strategic KEI activities, which advance either their own KEI goals (in line with their REF environment statements) or with the wider KEI Strategic Plan. Funding should therefore focus on activities that would benefit the department as a whole, rather than individual academics. (See suggested areas below).
  2. Funding will be made available subject to approval of plans by the KEI Integrated Service (via Louise Jones, The KEI Integrated Service will work with departments to develop and support plans.
  3. Funding will be awarded for a full year, with spending allowed until October 2022, to allow sufficient time for planning. At the end of this period a short report on spending will be required.

These changes are made in recognition that other sources of KEI funding now exist that fulfil some of the original purpose of these funds, particularly for individual academics (through the increased personal research funds and the new Research and KEI Support Fund) and for PhD students (through a soon to be announced KEI Fund for PhD students). Changes also reflect the priorities of the updated KEI Strategic Plan.

Suggested areas

  • Use of funding to update departmental websites or content used to engage external audiences with LSE research including research films, animations, infographics.
  • Activities to build partnerships or connections with relevant external groups, e.g. corporates, policy makers, heritage sector, local communities, schools.
  • Activities and initiatives that engage students with KEI, connecting research impact, teaching and the student experience.
  • Training in skills required for effective KEI in your discipline, if not covered by the central training programme.
  • Funding to support monitoring and evaluation of KEI across the department.

PhD KEI Funds 2021/22

A competitive funding pot for PhD students looking to increase the chances of their research having an impact through engagement with non-academic audiences. Termly deadline for applications for projects up to £5k, lasting up to 1 year. Projects are invited on all research areas, though some funding will be ring-fenced for projects addressing strategic priorities of 'sustainability', 'inclusion', 'technology and society', and 'shaping the post-COVID world'.

Please send expressions of interest to The KEI Integrated Service will work with PhD candidates to develop their ideas and complete an application form - this process will likely take a few weeks, so please allow sufficient time. Before submission, applications have to be supported by PhD supervisors. Applications are then considered and approved by Professor Rita Astuti, Director of the PhD Academy, and Professor Susana Mourato, Pro Director for Research.

Lent Term deadline - Friday 18 February 2022
Summer Term deadline - Friday 13 May 2022


External Funding

Knowledge Exchange and Impact Funding Opportunities - RISe training session

Have you heard about the range of funding opportunities available for knowledge exchange and impact? These could be for your existing grant or newly funded activity. This session will focus on funds to support knowledge exchange activities based on LSE research and expertise and how to maximize your funding by extending your work through dissemination and impact funding. This session will include internal schemes, as well as common external calls and follow-on funding opportunities.

Tuesday 22 March, 12-1pm

Register to attend via the LSE training portal.

ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize

Deadline for applications: 4pm on Thursday 17 March

The prize is open to current and previous ESRC-supported researchers, including doctoral students. Previous winners may submit new research impacts. There are six prize categories:

  • Outstanding Business and Enterprise Impact
  • Outstanding Public Policy Impact
  • Outstanding Societal Impact
  • Outstanding International Impact
  • Outstanding Early Career Impact
  • The John Hills Impact Prize 2022

All finalists have a film professionally made about their work and impact, and winners are awarded £10,000 to spend on further knowledge exchange, public engagement or other impact related activities.

More information and application forms.

If you would like support with your application, attend our drop-in session on Thursday 3 March from 2-3pm for advice or email

Horizon Impact Award 2022

This award is the European Commission's initiative to recognise and celebrate outstanding projects that have used their results to provide value for society. The applicants will need to demonstrate that their results have created societal impact across Europe and beyond. 6 awards of E25,000 available to win.

The contest is open to all legal entities, individuals or teams that have completed an FP7 and/or Horizon 2020 project. In order to be eligible, the projects must have ended by  the deadline for submission, which is Tuesday 8 March.

More information, application portal. Do reach out to your Research Development Manager (or as well as if you would like support with your application.