Research- Funding

Latest Funding Opportunities

The Social Sciences Divisional Office regularly collate funding opportunities that might be of interest to our social sciences researchers. This funding digest is distributed amongst our 14 departments and social sciences community more widely in Oxford. The funding can also be found on our SharePoint site, along with slides from briefings, guidance, and advice targeted at researchers at different career stages.

For bespoke funding opportunities we suggest logging on to Research Professional using your University email address, where you can set up your own, regularly updated, funding email alerts. Information on using Research Professional can be found here.

If you have any questions, please contact us

Regular Funding Sources

Funding Support

Support for researchers in the Social Sciences Division can be found locally in each department, from the Research, Impact and Engagement (RIE) team in the division, and centraly in the Research Services Grants team.  

All departments in the Social Sciences Division have staff providing support and guidance for researchers making a funding application. Researchers are advised to contact their department in the first instance to discuss their proposed application, develop the associated budget, and obtain departmental approval prior to submission. 

Members of RIE team specialise in providing guidance and support on various aspects of research funding. Our Divisional Research Facilitator specialises in PI-led fellowships and grants, with a particular focus on Early Career Researchers. The Research Impact Facilitators are attached to particular departments in the division, and specialise in the planning of impact and non-academic engagement within your research design.

Our Senior Divisional Research Facilitator specialises in multi-partner, collaborative research projects and programmes, and associated project management. The team's Research Administrator coordinates the arrangement of mock interviews for externally funded grants and fellowships. The RIE team can provide bespoke training, advice, and funding information seminars for departments, research centres and researchers at particular career stages.

University central support teams provide specialist advice and guidance about research funding, application submission, contract negotiation and post-award management to departments and Principal Investigators through Research Services, the Finance Division (Especially Research Accounts) and Oxford University Innovation Ltd.


Before you Apply...

Please speak to your department support team in the first instance. Each department may have an internal selection process for particular funding opportunities with a bespoke deadline. If you are considering applying through Oxford, please contact the appropriate department. 

Before you apply, consider...

  • The funder: Every funder has its own aims for investing in research. Discuss your research design with you Research Facilitator to make sure it aligns with the funder aims to increase your chance of success.
  • Eligibility: Many funding schemes have applicant eligibility criteria, so make sure you comply before you apply.
  • Resources: Many funding schemes will have a defined envelope of funds available, and some will have rules about what this can be spent on. It is worth checking the resource implications for your research design.
  • Research design: make sure your research is designed to answer the questions/objectives of the research, and with sufficient resource to management for successful delivery. 
  • Career stage: Research funding can be used to develop and demonstrate your career trajectory, build a portfolio with credible levels of management for successful delivery. 
  • Reviewing the application: Every successful research application has been reviewed. This is useful both within your discipline to recognise any gaps in knowledge, but also outside of your discipline to ensure that you have made a coherent argument that a multi-disciplinary panel would appreciate. 


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