The aim of these awards is to provide financial support for innovative and original research projects of high quality and potential, the choice of theme and the design of the research lying entirely with the applicant (the Principal Investigator). The grants provide support for the salaries of research staff engaged on the project, plus associated costs directly related to the research proposed.
Proposals are favoured which:
- reflect the personal vision of the applicant;
- demonstrate compelling competence in the research design;
- surmount traditional disciplinary academic boundaries;
- involve a degree of challenge and evidence of the applicant’s ability to assess risk.
Value and Duration
The great majority of awards involve a spend of up to £250,000 over a duration of two to three years. If compelling evidence is provided, awards may be made for sums between £250,000 and £500,000 for research over a period of up to five years. The assessment procedures for these large grants are especially stringent, and can involve site visits and discussions with applicants.
Applications for research on any topic within the entire array of academic disciplines are eligible for support. However, an exception is made for areas of research supported by specialist funding agencies and, in particular, for medicine. In such cases, applicants should consider an application to these alternative funding bodies as being more appropriate. Specific attention is paid to the reasons given by applicants in justifying their choice of the Trust as the most appropriate agency for the support of their project.
Please read the following before submitting an application.
The RKE Operations team can help you with your application.
There are no closing dates for Outline Applications. Deadlines for Invited full applications are 21 March, 1 September, 1 December annually