Funding for Academics

Funding for Academics

The SWDTP offers funding not just to students and early career researchers, but also to academics. Not only that, but we’d love to hear about and report on the successes of academic colleagues affiliated with the SWDTP.

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SWDTP Funding 

Did you know we now have two pots of money available to you for training and cohort activities?


The ESRC has awarded the following funding to Bristol and Exeter through their Impact Acceleration Accounts (IAA). This is for Business Boost Projects that initiate, develop and explore social science focused partnerships with non-university business partners 

University of Bristol

  • Initiator awards are for UoB academics looking to initiate or to build on partnerships with new or existing non-university partners;
  • Knowledge Exchange Secondment awards are for UoB academics to spend extended periods of time in their non-university partner organisation, and/or for employees of non-university partner organisations to come into the University. Both inward and outward secondments may be full-time or part-time, and they may be combined within a single project.

Both are open to academics from all disciplines and Faculties, including PhD students who have submitted their theses; however, projects must demonstrate how social science research will deliver the proposed outputs and impact.

Applications to this call can be submitted on a rolling basis until all available funding has been allocated but it is expected there will be around six projects up to £10,000 each, to be completed by 31 July  2019. Please see for full details and how to apply.

University of Exeter

  • Business Boost Initiator fund, which gives up to £10,000 to  researchers and businesses to scope new collaborations
  • Business Boost Secondments fund, which gives up to £10,000 for academic or student exchanges with businesses to scope social science questions in an organisation or sector.

Application forms can be found on the webpage. For further information please contact the IAA coordinator, Laura Loveday.

Global Challenges Research Fund

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is one of several new funds that provide significant opportunities for social science research. The funding landscape is going through a period of rapid change and social scientists must be suitably prepared to take advantage of the opportunities that funds such as GCRF provide.

Who can apply?

Applications for GCRF funding are welcome from all research disciplines. GCRF promotes disciplinary and interdisciplinary research, including the participation of researchers who may not previously have considered how their work can apply to development issues.

How much funding is available?

GCRF is a £1.5 billion fund which is split across the delivery partners. 

Current GCRF opportunities

Current funding opportunities include:

We will publish links to ESRC GCRF funding opportunities as they are announced. We publish the most relevant opportunities for social science in the funding opportunities section of our website:

Funding opportunities led by other UKRI councils are listed on the UKRI website:

Got an idea for an event…

… But not sure what funding you can apply for?

Then try our new Searchable Funding Guide to see the funding pots available to you and your students. Or, if you’d prefer, you could download a full list of funding pots, or contact Rob Keegan to discuss your ideas.