Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences grants

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Arts & Humanities Research Council

Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences grants Open - no deadline

Follow-on Funding for Impact and Engagement

The AHRC Follow-on Funding for Impact and Engagement Scheme (FoF) provides funds to support innovative and creative engagements with new audiences and user communities which stimulate pathways to impact. Funds will be awarded for knowledge exchange, public engagement, active dissemination and commercialisation activities that arise unforeseeably during the lifespan of or following an AHRC-funded project. The scheme does not support supplementary funding for continuation of research activities.

Proposals must clearly demonstrate both a well-defined non-academic need for the work and engagement with potential users and stakeholders in developing their project. Proposed activities must enhance the value and wider benefit of the original research project and clearly demonstrate how they will deliver significant economic, social, cultural and/or policy impacts.

The scheme aims to encourage and facilitate a range of interactions and creative engagements between arts and humanities research and a variety of user communities including business and commercial, third sector and heritage sector, public policy, voluntary and community groups and the general public.

The AHRC Follow-on Funding for Impact and Engagement scheme operates without formal deadlines and will offer awards of up to £100,000 (fEC) for a maximum of 12 months. Smaller awards of up to £30,000 (fEC) are encouraged for shorter or higher risk activities, for example testing the feasibility of an idea, exploring new partnerships for knowledge exchange, testing the market or investigating a new business model. Decision making times are reduced for these smaller awards.

For further information on scheme criteria, eligibility, assessment  procedures and supportable activities please see the AHRC Funding Guide.

For further information on scheme criteria, eligibility, assessment  procedures and supportable activities please see the new scheme guidance is available now in our Research Funding Guide.

How to make an application

Please note that all applications must be made through the cross-council Joint Electronic Submission (Je-S) System. When starting your application form in Je-S please ensure that you select the Follow-on Funding for Impact and Engagement scheme. If you need any assistance using the system please contact the Je-S Helpdesk on 01793 444164 or on

Arts Council England

Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences grants Various deadlines

Arts Council National Lottery Projects Grants

Project Grants is now open for applications and you can take a look at the guidance for applying below. If you need help with a specific aspect of your application, our information sheets offer guidance on a range of topics including artforms, public engagement and managing finance.

If you are applying for £15,000 or under, you will receive a decision in 6 weeks. If you are applying for over £15,000 a decision will take 12 weeks. The How to apply documents below are essential reading, along with any of the Information sheets you may need.

You can download an Easy Read versions of our How to apply guidance.

Project Grants: How to apply Easy Read guidance – download

We provide pre-application support for applicants with access needs, including covering the cost of access support workers. We also cover the cost of personal access costs associated with the project you are applying for.

British Association for American Studies

Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences grants 10 December 2018 (for activities commencing on or after 1 February 2019 or 1 May 2019 (for activities commencing on or after 1 July 2019). All activity must be completed by 31 December 2019.

US Embassy / BAAS Small Grants Programme

The British Association for American Studies (BAAS), supported by the United States Embassy, London, offers small grants for cultural, educational and outreach activities that will foster American Studies and otherwise enhance the understanding of the United States in the United Kingdom. Applications for activities that introduce new audiences to American studies and / or have a focus on children, young people, and disadvantaged communities are welcome. Applicants need to show how they intend to actively promote an understanding of the United States and how they will engage with American studies communities and the wider public.

Grants may be requested up to a maximum of £10,000 GBP, for a range of activities, including (but not limited to):

• Curriculum development, including schools activities;
• Student exchanges;
• US and UK Speaker programs;
• Film and arts programming;
• Conferences and symposia;
• Faculty development and exchange;
• Public dissemination of academic research.

Application Process and Deadlines

Please complete and submit the US Embassy / British Association for American Studies Small Grants Programme [BAAS US Embassy Small Grant Application Form 2019] to by the appropriate deadline of 10 December 2018 (for activities commencing on or after 1 February 2019 or 1 May 2019 (for activities commencing on or after 1 July 2019). All activity must be completed by 31 December 2019. Applications will be assessed by a panel with representation from the US Embassy, the American Studies community and others. Applicants will normally be notified of a decision within 6 weeks of the deadline. Successful applicants will be required to submit financial information to BAAS for the processing of payments within three weeks of notification, and to provide a final narrative and financial report within three weeks of the completion of their project. As per instructions that will be provided with the grant letter, the British Association for American Studies and the US Embassy must be acknowledged in all publicity relating to the grant and in any future publications arising from it.


These grants cannot be used for the supply of food or drink, or for prizes. Where flights to/from the United States are included, these must (under the Fly America Act) be provided by a US carrier. Further information will be provided in the grant letter. There are maximum figures payable for honoraria and for subsistence and overnight accommodation; again, further details will be provided. Awards cannot be made retrospectively.

Catapult Researchers in Residence Programme

Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences grants The programme will run until March 2023, with two RiRs announcements of opportunity each year, with the last RiR opportunity announced in January 2019.

To help increase the connections between the UK research base and the Catapults, Research Councils UK* (RCUK) is supporting the development of new collaborations through research visits/residencies for university (and other eligible research organisations) academics to spend time embedded within the Catapult teams.

Catapult Researchers in Residence (RiR) Awards will build connections, support pathways to impact and knowledge exchange between academia and the Catapult centres.  As such, the Catapults have been awarded vouchers (assigned to the Catapults but paid directly to universities or other research organisations) to support a range of activities to accelerate the impact of Research Council (RC)-funded research and/or expand the capabilities of their centre.

This initiative aligns strongly with RCUK’s excellence with impact, through building stronger partnerships in the national innovatio system and supporting the best environment for innovation.

Aims of the Scheme

The aims of RiR initiative are to:

  • Accelerate the impact of RC-funded research
  • Increase knowledge exchange and co-creation between academia and Catapult centres
  • Develop new collaborations between academia and Catapult centres
  • Expand the capabilities and knowledge of the Catapults
  • Nurturing talents and skills development of researchers and Catapult staff
  • Create a cohort of RiRs able to share their experiences with a wider network of academics.


The value of each voucher towards supporting a RiR is up to £50k (100% FEC), which may be flexibly spread between one and four years. Funding will be awarded directly to the RiR’s host university (or other eligible research organisation) and not the Catapult. The award can only be used to cover the salary costs for the visit of each RiR, travel and subsistence costs, and any consumables used at the Catapult.

Any other costs (e.g. equipment/service costs, technician time, etc.) will be covered by the host Catapult within reasonable limits and pre-agreed with the host Catapult.


The programme will run until March 2023, with two RiRs announcements of opportunity each year, with the last RiR opportunity announced in January 2019. 

How to Apply

Applications for RiR should be made by using this webform and uploading a completed Application Form, CV and Letter of Supports from your institution.

Application Guidance and Impact Report Guidance have been provided.

Please note that submissions made after 5 pm on the closing date will not be accepted. 

Information Documents

Applicant Guidance

Impact Report Guidance

Application Form



European Commission

Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences grants Various deadlines

The European Commission and its funding bodies publish calls for proposals on the Funding & Tenders Portal.

  • You may start your search from the home page by entering different keywords that characterize best your field of interest, and then refine the results with the help of further filters.
  • You may start your search by selecting one of the EU funding programmes listed on the home page, and then navigate via the quick links to the calls for proposals of a specific programme.
  • Calls are divided into topics, implemented by different type of actions. Select a topic to read more about the identified opportunity: the topic-related documents, guidance and other instructions are available on a topic page.
  • The site offers a search on calls for proposals and tenders of the European institutions.

Online manual*

The Online Manual on grants provides guidance on each step you need to perform from proposal submission to grant management. (*Currently fully available for Horizon 2020, under development for other programmes)

Online manual

“Find a grant”

Innovate UK Funding Competitions

Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences grants Open call

Various funding competitions – you can apply for funding to test the feasibility of your idea, research and develop it and demonstrate it in a prototype.

If you’re a UK-based business or research organisation, you may be able to compete for government-backed funding to:

  • research and develop a process, product or service
  • test your innovation ideas
  • collaborate with other organisations

Use this service to:

  • search and apply for innovation funding
  • submit, track and manage your applications

Start now on the InnovateUK innovation funding finder

More information can be found here.

Isaac Newton Trust Research Grants

Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences grants Deadlines TBD – usually three rounds per year to coincide with Lent, Easter, and Michaelmas

The Isaac Newton Trust provides financial support for high-quality research and educational projects across all subjects in the University of Cambridge.  Since its foundation in 1988, the Trust has funded many hundreds of researchers, mainly at postdoctoral level.

We have helped to secure millions of pounds in grant income and donations from external bodies by providing matching funding in a supple, responsive and innovative way.

The Trust has only modest resources (its annual spend on research is currently no more than about £4m in total) – for details of our budget and how we spent it last year, please see our Annual Report

Our grants, while generally small in comparison to those from the major external funding bodies, often create opportunities for individuals and projects that might otherwise be missed.

The Isaac Newton Trustees review their funding activities continually against an ever-changing background of research funding and educational needs.

Before applying

1)  Read our ‘Guiding Principles’ which apply to most of our research grants, across all categories

2)  See the summary outline of our research grant funding categories

3)  Find out more about the category that interests you

4)  Consult the comparative table of research grant categories

5)  Then go to How to apply

Go to ‘Guiding Principles’

Isaac Newton Research Grants:  timetable 2018-19

Emergency, Project and Equipment Grants: there are three rounds per year

Strategic Research Programme & Project Grants: there is one round per year  (Michaelmas) (selected applications will then be asked to submit a full application in Lent Term, following the timetable set out below)


APPLICATION TIMETABLE Michaelmas 2018 Lent 2019 Easter 2019
Submission of draft applications to Head of Department


28 September 2018 11 January 2019 26 April 2019
Deadline for submission of draft applications to the Newton Trust

(electronic copy)

5 October 2018 18 January 2019 3 May 2019
Deadline for submission of final applications to the Newton Trust

(electronic copy; hard copies to follow within a week)

19 October 2018 1 February 2019 17 May 2019
Trustees’ award meeting


29 November 2018 14 March 2019 4 July 2019
Announcement of application outcome

(letters sent to departments by this date)

7 December 2018 22nd March 2019 12 July 2019


National Lottery Grants for Heritage

Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences grants No deadlines

National Lottery NL Community Fund

Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences grants Various deadlines

Various grants available

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

Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences grants Outline applications - 16 Sept @17.30

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.

Research Professional Database

Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences grants Various dates

The Research Professional Database contains various information regarding funding, and can be found here.

UK Research and Innovation

Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences grants Round Four: October 2019

Future Leaders Fellowships

The UK Research and Innovation Future Leaders Fellowships (FLF) will grow the strong supply of talented individuals needed to ensure that UK research and innovation continues to be world class.

Who can apply

This cross-UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) scheme will support early career researchers and innovators with outstanding potential in universities, UK registered businesses, and other research and user environments including research councils’ institutes and laboratories.

The FLF scheme welcomes applications from both UK and international applicants and individuals should use the person specification to assess and justify their suitability for the scheme. The support of the institution will be a critical component of all fellowships which will enable the fellow to transition to or establish their research/innovation independence in any area supported by UKRI.

The objectives of the scheme are:

  • to develop, retain, attract and sustain research and innovation talent in the UK
  • to foster new research and innovation career paths including those at the academic/business and interdisciplinary boundaries, and facilitate movement of people between sectors
  • to provide sustained funding and resources for the best early career researchers and innovators
  • to provide long-term, flexible funding to tackle difficult and novel challenges, and support adventurous, ambitious programmes.

These Fellowships support applicants from diverse career paths, including those returning from a career break or following time in other roles. We also encourage applications from those wishing to work part-time in order to combine the fellowship with personal responsibilities. Review panels will take into account time spent outside an active research or innovation environment, whether through career breaks, flexible working or as a consequence of working in other roles.

How to apply

There will be six calls for these fellowships; two calls per year between 2018-19 and 2020-21 (financial years), typically awarding at least 100 fellowships per call across UKRI’s remit (with the initial round being smaller, aiming to award ~50 fellowships).

This is a single scheme across the entire UKRI remit, with no ringfenced budgets for specific areas and no barriers to interdisciplinary or cross-sector research.

Timing for Second and Third Rounds

Outline Proposals (Expressions of Interest) are mandatory for each applicant intending to submit to the second round of this call. Host Organisation support for the submission of the Outline Proposal must be sought and agreed before the Outline Proposal is submitted. The call for Outline proposals for Round 3 will open on 2 April 2019.

  • Outline Proposals for applicants to be based at academic host organisations or business host organisations who are Je-S registered should be submitted via the Joint Electronic Submission system (Je-S) (available from 2 April 2019).
  • Outline Proposals for applicants to be based at business host organisations who are not currently Je-S registered should be submitted via an online form (available from 2 April 2019).
  • Full applications for Round 3 must be submitted via Je-S by 16:00 on 30 May 2019 or the second round of this call. Full details are available in the ‘Overview of the scheme’ and ‘Completing the application form’ documents below.Expected closing dates for future rounds:
    • Round Four: October 2019
    • Round Five: May 2020
    • Round Six: October 2020


Winston Churchill Memorial Trust -Enterprise: supporting social impact

Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences grants 17 September 2019

Full details will be available when we open for applications in May. You can register here for email alerts about the next application round, which will run from 16 May to 17 September 2019.


This category is in partnership with The Rank Foundation.

Read about Fellows’ impact in this field

A life-changing opportunity

Have you ever wanted to explore new ideas in a subject close to your heart? Discover how things are done in other countries and bring that knowledge back home?

A Churchill Fellowship is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand your horizons and make a difference. It offers up to two months overseas, researching a topic of your choice – and then a lifetime relationship to help you spread the global insights that you bring back.

Everyone can apply, regardless of age, background or qualifications, so long as they are a UK citizen over 18. We particularly welcome applicants who would not find funding elsewhere. Additional funding for interpreters is available.

Churchill Fellowships    How to apply