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Leverhulme Trust Research Project Grants for Universities 2017

The Leverhulme Trust is offering up to £500,000 over five years for research on a topic of the applicant’s choice. Grants cover salary and research costs directly associated with the project. Submit a first-stage outline application at any time.

Application Deadlines: 

  • There are no deadlines for Outline Applications, and their assessment is normally completed within three months
  • An invitation to progress to the second stage – preparation of a Detailed Application – will be sent to those whose Outline Application has been approved.
  • For a Detailed Application, candidates are advised to submit 4pm on 1st September 2017 or 1st December 2017.

About the Award: The aim of these awards is to provide financial support for innovative and original research projects of high quality and potential, the choice of theme and the design of the research lying entirely with the applicant (the Principal Investigator). The grants provide support for the salaries of research staff engaged on the project, plus associated costs directly related to the research proposed, and the award is paid directly to the institution at which the applicant is employed.

Proposals must reflect the personal vision of the applicant and demonstrate compelling competence in the research design. The Trust favours applications that surmount traditional disciplinary academic boundaries and involve a willingness to take appropriate degrees of risk in setting research objectives.

Scholarship Worth and Duration

The scheme provides 3 years funding towards research expenses and costs for mobility and equipment.

Offering up to £500,000 over five years for research on a topic of the applicant’s choice. Grants cover salary and research costs directly associated with the project. Submit a first-stage outline application at any time. The funds requested should be appropriate for the grant duration and the resources required to realise the project’s objectives.

Proposals must reflect the personal vision of the applicant and demonstrate compelling competence in the research design. The Trust favours applications that surmount traditional disciplinary academic boundaries and involve a willingness to take appropriate degrees of risk in setting research objectives.

Eligible Research Areas: The following guidelines are drawn to the attention of potential candidates:

  • Both because of the substantial funding available from other sources for applied medical research, and the Trust’s priority to support investigations of a fundamental nature, we do not fund studies of disease, illness and disabilities in humans and animals, or research that is intended to inform clinical practice or the development of medical applications.
  • Similarly, because of the availability of alternative sources of funding, the Trust does not fund policy-driven research where the principal objective is to assemble an evidence base for immediate policy initiatives.
  • The Trust will not fund applications for research of which advocacy forms an explicit component.
  • The Trust does not support research which is aimed principally at an immediate commercial application.
  • The Trust will not fund applications in which the balance between assembling a data bank or database and the related subsequent research is heavily inclined to the former.
  • The Trust does not fund applications in which the main focus is on capacity building, networking, or the development of the skills of those involved.

Eligibility: 

  • Institutions eligible to apply are universities, other institutions of higher education in the UK, and registered charities in the UK which have research capacity equivalent in standing to that of a UK university. The scheme is also open to institutions or organisations of similar standing in countries where the provision of research funding is seriously limited.
  • The applicant (Principal Investigator) must take responsibility for directing the grant, and his/her employing institution must also agree to administer the grant. Eligible applicants will already be employed by the eligible institution or be an academic who has maintained close links with that institution following retirement. Applications can be submitted by those holding contract research posts provided that their appointment continues for a period at least equal to the span of the requested award.
  • Up to three co-applicants from the same or different institutions may also be included.

Application process

Before submitting an application to the Trust, applicants are advised to read the Frequently Asked Questions, paying particular attention to the construction of the budgetary aspects of the application, and to consult with their institution’s finance office.

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