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:

Pre-announcement: ESRC-ADR UK No.10 data science fellowships 2021

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is announcing an upcoming funding opportunity, which will allow successful applications to spend a year collaborating with 10 Downing Street’s data science team (10DS) and the Office for National Statistics (ONS). You will co-design research and produce analysis using new and existing linked administrative datasets to inform policy in priority policy areas, and champion data science across central government and support wider knowledge exchange with researchers on effective policy collaboration and data analysis. Up to four fellowships will be funded. This call will open in early April (exact date to be confirmed). Keep an eye on this link for further developments. 

Deadline: early June 2021 (exact date to be confirmed)
Further information: Pre-announcement: ESRC-ADR UK No.10 data science fellowships 2021

Pre-announcement: recovery, renewal and resilience in a post-pandemic world

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) This upcoming funding opportunity aims to investigate and address key gaps in understanding of the dynamic and complex interaction of medium and long-term societal effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. This understanding, in turn, should advance knowledge of how to mitigate the negative societal effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and support recovery and renewal in a post-pandemic world. ESRC is providing this opportunity as part of the Trans-Atlantic Platform (T-AP), an unprecedented collaboration between humanities and social science research funders from South America, North America and Europe. Applicants must apply as part of a transnational partnership of at least three members. If you would like to discuss potential policy engagement angles, please get in touch with

Opening: 12 April 2021
Deadline: 16:00 GMT, 12 July 2021
Further information: Pre-announcement: recovery, renewal and resilience in a post-pandemic world

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.

OPEN Fellowships

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.

Future OPEN Fellowships 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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