Nuffield Foundation – Improving social well-being through education, research & innovation

The Nuffield Foundation’s research, development and analysis portfolio is central to the delivery of our mission to advance educational opportunity and social well-being across the UK. We expect the work we fund to improve the design and operation of social policy, especially in those domains that we have always identified as underpinning a well-functioning society: EducationWelfare and Justice.

We have two responsive application rounds a year for research, development and analysis projects. If you are interested in applying for funding, the first thing you should do is to read our Guide for applicants, which describes our funding priorities, explains our application process, and sets out our expectations for successful proposals.

Please note that the Guide for Applicants is being updated.  We anticipate that a new version will be available for potential applicants towards the end of April 2019.  Until then, the existing version of the Guide for Applicants remains available.  Potential applicants should also note that the Nuffield Foundation intends to move to an online application system in time for the September 2019 outline application deadline.

See our application timetable for full details.

If, having read the Guide for applicants, you would like to apply for a grant, the first stage is to submit an Outline application, which enables you to layout your proposal in order to test out your idea with us. We can only accept Outline applications that are submitted using our standard application form.

Your Outline application will be assessed by our grants team and approximately one fifth of applicants will be invited to submit a Full application.

Before submitting an Outline application, you must check that our Terms and conditions are acceptable, both to you and your host institution.

Full application is a detailed exposition of your project that will be peer-reviewed and assessed by our Trustees. If you are invited to submit a Full application, you will need to use this Full application form.