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

KEI Large-Bid Fund

The Knowledge Exchange and Impact (KEI) large bid fund is a competitive funding pot for ambitious knowledge exchange projects, with potential for significant impact and with a clear impact plan.  There will be two application calls in the Michaelmas and Summer terms for projects from £20-100k lasting for up to a maximum of 2 years. Projects are invited on all research areas and applications will be reviewed by the School’s Research Development Panel (RDP).

Applications can be for any KEI activities (including public, community, policy and corporate engagement) but must relate to research undertaken at LSE. Applicants will be required to identify the non-academic groups they will be engaging with and how they will reach them; demonstrate the significance, timeliness and need of their project; and map out the intended outcomes and possible impacts. Staff costs can be included in applications if justified, but the lead applicant must be able to demonstrate eligibility for a future REF impact case study (usually on a research contract of at least 0.2FTE). All applications must be supported by the applicant’s Head of Department, Institute or Centre Director. 

Please email to let us know you are planning to apply, you can download the application form and budget template. The KEI Integrated Service will work with applicants to develop their ideas and give guidance on costs, so you should submit a rough draft of your application and budget at least a month before the application deadline to allow for feedback.

Upcoming deadlines:

Summer Term 2022 (for projects starting from 1 July 2023):
Deadline for draft application: 20 April 2023
Deadline for final application: 18 May 2023


LSE Research and Impact Support Fund (RISF)

A fund aimed 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 call is now open, with full details available here.


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

We will also be running an information session about the fund on Thursday 1 December from 1-2pm, register here.

KE funds for Departments

Based on a review of the scheme by the Knowledge Exchange Framework Steering Committee (KEFSC), departmental allocations for 2021/22 were made with the following conditions:

  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.

Changes in funding allocation were 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 2022/23

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. 

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 Bingchun Meng, Director of the PhD Academy, and Professor Susana Mourato, Pro Director for Research.

Lent Term deadline - Friday 3 February 2023
Summer Term deadline - Friday 5 May 2023


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.

More sessions to be scheduled for the Michaelmas Term 2022.

BBC platforms: New Generation Thinkers 2023

Deadline for applications: 4pm, 22 September 2022

This prestigious scheme offers early career researchers the opportunity to develop programmes for the BBC.
If selected, you’ll workshop ideas with BBC producers, get media and public engagement training, and a platform for informing and influencing public opinion, policy and practice.
You’ll be an up-and-coming early career researcher who wants to share ideas with the largest possible audience.
60 applicants will be invited to BBC workshops, from which 10 will be selected as New Generation Thinkers. Thinkers will then experience a year of focused activity and development from the BBC and AHRC.

More information and application forms.

If you would like support with your application email