Funding opportunities

Are you looking to deliver a policy relevant and policy engaged project, project component, partnership or event? The University of Oxford provides funding for policy engagement work. We also provide details of available external funding opportunities.

To discuss any of the funding opportunities please contact the Policy Engagement Team at:

Click to expand the current and upcoming funding opportunities, below:

OPEN Fellowships 2021

OPEN connects researchers across the University with opportunities to engage with the policymaking community locally, nationally and internationally.

Since 2018, OPEN Fellowships have enabled Oxford researchers with a passion for improving public policy to:

  • understand better the relevance of their research to local, regional, national and international policymakers;

  • work with policymakers to identify and explore mutual interests;

  • and develop and leverage networks and other resources to generate benefits to research, policy and the wider world.

Previous OPEN Fellows have worked on policy challenges ranging from climate change to conservation; from regional development to international maritime security, and from smart energy to smarter healthcare. Their partners have come from local authorities; central government departments in and outside the UK; and intergovernmental organizations. You can meet some of our OPEN Fellows here.

Further information and how to apply: OPEN Fellowships 2021 - Call for applications
Deadline: 5 pm, 4 October 2021

AHRC collaborative knowledge exchange projects on the theme of place

The AHRC is inviting applications for 12-month collaborative knowledge exchange and translational research projects to inform the strategic direction and planning of local and regional authorities with an emphasis on the contribution of the arts and humanities to local regeneration and development. Applicants are encouraged to work not only with local authorities in the immediate vicinity of their universities, but to include wider regional scope and focus on places that would benefit most from collaboration. Applications that include collaborations between universities are also welcome. Projects must build on existing research and must start in January 2022.

Further information:
If you would like to discuss an application, please get in touch with Jessie Simkiss (Humanities and Public Policy Officer).
Deadline: 16:00 BST, 5 October 2021

Scale up health inequality prevention and intervention strategies

The AHRC, MRC and NERC are looking to fund pilot studies for the Mobilising Cultural and Natural Assets to Combat Health Inequalities programme. The study should focus on how to scale up small, local approaches for addressing health inequalities. Projects must relate to health outcomes, involve arts and humanities disciplines, engage with other academic disciplines, and include collaborations with partners from outside academia, for example with local authorities. 

How to apply: Please contact Jessica Hedge if you would like to discuss a possible application.
Further information:  
Deadline: 16:00 BST, 23 September 2021

Managing Future Shocks – Call for Expressions of Interest

The Oxford Martin School invites Expressions of Interest for research that will lead to solutions to the urgent, critical challenge of managing future shocks. There is no limitation to the type of shock your research might relate to or the way in which you might envisage the response. Expressions of interest should include a diversity of expertise, so please get in touch if you would like help identifying potential collaborators.

How to apply: Please contact Jessica Hedge if you would like to discuss a possible application.
Further information: 
Managing Future Shocks – Call for Expressions of Interest
Deadline: 17:00, 18 October 2021

Research & Public Policy Partnership Scheme 

In collaboration with the UK Civil Service Policy Profession, the University's Research & Public Policy Partnership Scheme offers awards to support partnerships between researchers at Oxford and policymakers (in or outside the UK) that will enable partners to improve public policy responses to COVID-19 – mitigating impact, supporting recovery, or both – through the sharing of evidence, experience and expertise.

Future calls will be advertised here.

ESRC Impact Acceleration Account

Managed by the Social Sciences Division’s Research & Impact Team, the IAA provides flexible funding options for a wide range of Knowledge Exchange (KE) activities with the intention of enhancing the impact of excellent social science research. We also encourage collaboration with our O2RB regional partners: Oxford Brookes, Reading, and Open Universities.

Offering £2,500 to £25,000 for academic-led impact and knowledge exchange projects, these awards support engagement with all sectors, activities at every stage of development, and researchers at any point in their career.

How to apply: Applications are to be made on IRAMS 
Further information:

Expression of interest: emergency route for time-critical COVID-19 research

This is a rarely awarded emergency route for exceptional circumstances. Up to £80,000 is available for projects that support short term time-sensitive collection of data or samples or rapid turn-around research or analysis to either: i) inform urgent policy or national decision making, or ii) secure data for future research use. Projects should last between 3 and 6 months.

NB There are strict criteria for this funding call. Only proposals that fully meet all of the criteria will pass the expression of interest stage. For advice and guidance on this call and policy demand please feel free to get in touch with

Deadline: No closing date
Further information: Expression of interest: emergency route for time-critical COVID-19 research 

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