Current impact funding opportunities

 

*The new Oxford IAA will run from 2019 to 2023, launching this Autumn. More information coming soon*  

The Economic and Social Research Council originally awarded the University of Oxford an Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) of just under £1m to fund Knowledge Exchange (KE) and impact activities across the social sciences for the period 2014-2018. An additional £400k was awarded for the period of 2018-19. 

Oxford's overarching vision for the IAA is to support 'Partnerships Enabling Research with Impact'. We will continue to use the IAA to support our researchers to deliver more significant and wide-ranging impact, by embedding KE and impact within the research process. 

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The Social Sciences Division have received funding for a number of Knowledge Exchange Fellowships for the 2018-19 academic year, from the Higher Education Innovation Fund. 

Social Sciences KE Fellowships- Business and Industry

This scheme is open to social sciences and humanities researchers from the University of Oxford

This knowledge exchange scheme is intended to support the development of mutually beneficial partnerships with business and industry. The aim is to advance the application of our social sciences and human9ities research to address key industrial challenges. 

Proposals for Business and Industry Fellowships can be outgoing, which involves an academic spending time working closely with/embedded in an external business or industry organisation over a period of 6-9 months. Or, they can be incoming, with a partner from a business or industry organisation working closely with/embedded in the University over a period of 6-9months. A mutual exchange is also possible.

External partners could include: Private sector organisations, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), social enterprises, industry bodies, or other industrial network organisations. 

The maximum amount per Fellowship award is £25k. Funding can be spent between 1 November 2019 and 31 July 2020. No extensions will be possible. This funding is not for primary research. 

How to apply

Submit your application via IRAMS by 5pm, 30 September 2019. Guidance for this call can be found here

If you would like support with your application, or to discuss business engagement or partnership opportunities more generally, please contact Esther Brown

For queries about the application process, please contact impact@socisci.ox.ac.uk.

Social Sciences KE Fellowships- Public and Community 

This scheme is open to social sciences researchers from the University of Oxford.

This knowledge exchange scheme is intended to support the development of mutually beneficial partnerships between researchers, the public and communities. This scheme aims to: 

  • Enable Fellows to develop skills and shape best practice in public and community engagement;
  • Raise the profile and recognition of public engagement with research;
  • Develop partnerships with Oxford's local communities and communities elsewhere around the world;
  • Create positive impacts through working together with communities and members of the public. 

These Fellowships are aimed at researchers who would like to work closely with individuals, groups, young people and their families who do not have a formal relationships with a university, or with groups that have been established to support a particular community or cause. Partners might include community groups, youth groups, special interest groups, community led initiatives, charities and NGOs, social enterprises, local authorities and other public bodies. 

Fellowships can either be outgoing (researchers spending time going out to work closely with partners) or incoming (public/community representatives spending time at Oxford) or mutual exchange

The maximum amount per Fellowship award is £25k. Funding can be spent between 1 November 2019 and 31 July 2020. No extensions will be possible. This funding is not for primary research. 

How to apply

Submit your application via IRAMS by 5pm, 30 September 2019. Guidance for this call can be found here

If you would like support with public engagement plans, or have any queries about the application process, please contact impact@socsci.ox.ac.uk.

The Oxford Policy Engagement Network (OPEN) is a University-wide initiative supporting policy engagement. It is funded by the Higher Education Innovation Fund and managed by the Social Sciences Division. 

OPEN Fellowships

Applications are welcomed from University of Oxford researchers from any discipline. 

This University-wide competitive knowledge exchange scheme is designed to support the development of mutually beneficial partnerships between researchers and policymakers.

As governments come under increasing pressure for political accountability, there is an increased demand for evidence-based policy derived from the insights of 'expert' research. The aims of this Fellowship scheme are: 

  • To build partnerships with a view to shape the policy agenda in regional, national and global contexts; 
  • To improve or support evidence-based policymaking
  • To develop and sustain strategic relationships with key policymakers
  • To improve and diversify the breadth of policy engagement at Oxford through policy partnerships. 

Fellowships proposals could take several forms, including (but not limited to):

  • Developing new and growing existing relationships with policymakers
  • Exploring possibilities for collaboration
  • Developing partnerships with policymakers
  • co-designing projects that answers policy problems 
  • co-developing research questions and potential new research proposals

 

Fellowships can be outgoing (researchers spending time with an external organisation related to policy) or incoming (with policymakers spending time at Oxford) or a mutual exchange. Fellowship holders will receive peer support and guidance before, throughout, and after the project as part of a cohort of Fellows. 

Funding

There is a total of £100k for this scheme. The maximum amount per fellowship award is £25k. Funding can be spent between 1 November 2019 and 31 July 2020. No extensions will be possible. This funding is not for primary research. 

How to Apply

Submit your application via IRAMS by 5pm, 30 September 2019.

Guidance for this call can be found here.

Support

If you would like support with your application, or to discuss policy engagement or policy partnership opportunities more generally, please contact William Pryor, Head of Policy Engagement.

For queries about the application process, please contact impact@socsci.ox.ac.uk.

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