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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LSE COVID Impact Fund for Research and Knowledge Exchange *deadline 16 June*

A new fund has launched to support the LSE research and academic community with small funding amounts of up to £2,500 per person. The scheme is intended to help staff whose research and KEI activities have been adversely impacted by COVID-19 – for example, as a result of caring responsibilities, an unsuitable working environment at home, prioritisation of teaching in the past year, etc. 

Applicant eligibility: this fund is for staff below Professor and Professorial Research and Policy level. Applications will be accepted from NRSC and NAC staff, LSE Fellows, and all teaching, research and policy staff on Band 6 and above.

Application limits: One application will be accepted per person, and joint submissions are not eligible.

Funding amount: the maximum fund value per person will be £2,500, and this amount may be reduced depending on the number of applications relative to the funds available.

Duration: funds must be spent over the summer (spend deadline 30/09/2021).

Eligible spend: the awards may be spent on direct costs only. This includes all research and knowledge exchange expenses, as well as occasional research assistance.

Fund administration: awardees will receive up to £2,500 into their Staff Research Fund account or budgets of their host department, centre or institute.

Submission: Applications must be submitted via the Microsoft form no later than Wednesday 16 June 2021, 4 pm (UK time).

LSE Research Support Fund

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

The fund is open to all disciplines and research ideas. Priority will be given to research that is aligned with current LSE priorities, namely: environmental sustainabilityrace equity; and shaping the post-COVID world. Applicants are encouraged to become familiar with the priority themes before submitting. 

The fund will particularly welcome exceptional applications from Assistant Professors and Assistant Professorial Research Fellows. This is in recognition of the diminishing schemes available externally to support faculty and researchers at this level. We aim to provide at least 40% of our funding to staff at this level. 

No call is currently open for this Fund, but you can read more about recently awarded funding

KE funds for Departments

For the third year, £10,000 has been awarded to each LSE academic Department, for use to support any form of knowledge exchange with non-academic audiences during 2020/21. All funds must be spent by the end of May 2021.

Potential uses include - but are not limited to - activities supporting public and community engagement or the development of new relationships or partnerships with (for example) schools, local agencies, or the private, cultural and heritage sectors. They could also be used to develop colleagues’ KEI-related skills and capabilities.

The funds are intended to provide flexible, responsive support for departmental KE activities. The sorts of things they were used for in previous years included:

  • Events held at LSE for non-academic audiences
  • Social media campaigns
  • Films or animations based on LSE research
  • Design of reports or infographics
  • Seed-funding for larger KE activities
  • Travel to and/or from LSE to facilitate engagement with non-academics
  • Any other activity directly engaging with stakeholders and/or end-users of research
  • Matched funding for KE activities that have attracted external support
  • KE training events and/or materials to develop skills and capabilities within Departments

Departments are able to allocate the funds at their discretion, but are encouraged to support activities led by colleagues without previous experience of Knowledge Exchange.


Departments are free to allocate funds in whatever way they deem most conducive to supporting engagement with their research. The only stipulation is that the funds had to facilitate engagement with people or organisations beyond academia.

Each Department is required to nominate an academic contact to meet with the KEI Integrated Service to discuss effective KE and public engagement activities and what support for these can be provided centrally.  A Professional Services contact also has to be appointed to support the financial management of the funds. Funds can be used by anyone conducting research at the School, including PhD students.

A short report setting out how funds have been spent is required to be sent to in June 2021.