Research Councils

Key councils (with a specific focus on subject areas of relevance to GLAM institutions)

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Overview

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funds world-class, independent researchers in a wide range of subjects from history and archaeology to philosophy and languages. The AHRC also funds more contemporary research including the design and effectiveness of digital content and the impact of artificial intelligence. Their research provides social and cultural benefits and contributes to the economic success of the UK but also to the culture and welfare of societies around the globe.

AHRC also offers a variety of bespoke programmes focusing on different themes or supporting new research initiatives. Check the current opportunities webpages for updates.

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Programme information

Subject coverage

Current opportunities

Research funding guide

Funding schemes

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Research Grants: variable awards from £50,000 up to £250,000 for early career researchers and up to £1million for established researchers to facilitate major research projects.

AHRC Research, Development and Engagement Fellowships: awards of £50,000 to £250,000 (for early career researchers) or £300,000 (for mid-career and established researchers)  aimed specifically at facilitating projects by individuals that will help them to become research leaders within their field

Research Networking Scheme: small-scale grants of up to £30,000 for up to two years, with an additional £15,000 for international costs, aimed specifically at supporting interaction and discussion

CDP (Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships) Scheme: grant funding to facilitate a studentship that is offered jointly by a Higher Education Institutions and a research-based cultural organisation. Oxford University Gardens, Libraries and Museums (GLAM) is part of the CDP scheme and hosts a number of PhD students within GLAM.

Follow-on funding for impact and engagement: variable awards up to £100,000 aimed specifically at providing impact and engagement activities

Overview

BBSRC invests in world-class bioscience research and training. Their research is helping society to meet major challenges, including food security, green energy and healthier, longer lives and underpinning important UK economic sectors, such as farming, food, industrial biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.

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Current opportunities    

Research funding guide

Public engagement with research guidance

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Standard research grants: projects can range in size up to £2 million and last up to five years

Responsive Mode Research Grants: variable awards with no set limit to facilitate major research projects 

Overview

ESRC is the UK's largest organisation for funding research on economic and social issues. They support independent, high quality research which has an impact on business, the public sector and civil society.

Discipline classifications

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Research funding guide

Current opportunities

Public engagement with research guidance

Funding schemes

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Research Grants: awards of £350,000-£1,000,000 to facilitate major research projects.

New Investigator Scheme: awards of £100,000-£300,000 to support early career researchers  through the provision of their first major grant award.

ESRC also offers some small grant schemes such as the training bursaries scheme, delivered by the National Centre for Research Methods. 

Overview

The Natural Environment Research Council is the UK's largest funder of independent environmental science, training and innovation, delivered through universities and research centres. Their leading research, skills and infrastructure help solve major issues and bring benefits to the UK, such as affordable clean energy, air pollution, and resilience of our infrastructure.

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Programme information

Current opportunities

Research funding guide

Public engagement with research guidance

Funding schemes

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Standard Grants: variable awards  of £65,000-£800,000 to facilitate major research projects.

Independent Research Fellowships: variable awards with no set limit for individuals to facilitate major research projects within their fields.

ATSC (Advanced Training Short Courses): funding for training on relevant courses including Insect Taxonomy and Field Sampling. NB scheme paused as of Jan 2019 until further notice. ATSC listings

NERC is particularly supportive of early career researchers and in most cases funding streams are offered for Standard applications for experienced researchers and also New Investigator applications to support researchers on their first major projects. NERC offers a wide range of funding schemes including several programmes focused on innovation and knowledge sharing between institutions as well as cross-council collaboration.

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STFC is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation. Their research seeks to understand the Universe from the largest astronomical scales to the tiniest constituents of matter, yet creates impact on a very tangible, human scale.

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Programme information

Funding calls

Research funding guide

Public engagement with research guidance

Funding schemes

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Ernest Rutherford Fellowships: variable awards to allow early career researchers to undertake 5 year placements at UK institutions.

Grants for public engagement initiatives.

Other UK Research Councils (covering subject areas of possible interest to GLAM institutions)

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EPSRC invests in world-leading research and postgraduate training across the engineering and physical sciences. Their research builds the knowledge and skills base needed to address scientific and technological challenges and provides a platform for future UK prosperity by contributing to a healthy, connected, resilient, productive nation. 

Programme information

Funding opportunities

Research funding guide

Public engagement with research guidance

MRC is at the forefront of scientific discovery to improve human health. Their scientists tackle some of the greatest health problems facing humanity in the 21st century, from the rising tide of chronic diseases associated with ageing to the threats posed by rapidly mutating micro-organisms.

Programme information

Funding opportunities

Research funding guide

Public engagement with research guidance

Non-UK Research Councils

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The UK will associate to Horizon Europe. This means that UK based researchers will continue to be eligible to take part in EU-funded collaborative projects (including as lead institution), and to apply for ERC and Marie Skłodowska-Curie funding.

Most European Union research grant funding is delivered through seven-year research and innovation work programmes. The new funding programme is Horizon Europe (2021 – 2027).

The ERC 2021 Work Programme is now available on the ERC website.

Further information about the Horizon Europe scheme can be found at the University's European Research Funding pages.

Factsheets and presentations

Information about the following topics is available on the central Oxford University website at the links below:

Horizon Europe

ERC

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA)

Collaborative Projects

Information on particular funding schemes will be updated on this page once the Horizon Europe programme has been formally adopted and the UK's Association has been formally approved by the EU.

You may also wish to use Research Professional, an online research funding database and news service which is free for everyone at Oxford.

For any research application remember that it is your responsibility to check the full guidance from the funder carefully to ensure your own eligibility, project eligibility, and current deadlines and timings.

Also remember that Research Services require at least one week before the funder deadline to process your application.