Leverhulme Trust: Research Project Grant

Leverhulme Trust

Grant amount: Up to £500,000

Next deadline: Dec 1, 2018 8:00am PST

Later deadlines: Mar 21, 2019 9:00am PDT, Sep 1, 2019 8:00am PDT

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Africa, Asia, Oceania, Caribbean, Central America Expand all

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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, and the award is paid directly to the institution at which the applicant is employed.

Proposals must reflect the personal vision of the applicant and demonstrate compelling competence in the research design.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Institutions eligible to apply are universities, other institutions of higher education in the UK, and registered charities in the UK which have research capacity equivalent in standing to that of a UK university.

  • The scheme is also open to institutions or organisations of similar standing in countries where the provision of research funding is seriously limited.


  • The Trust favors applications that surmount traditional disciplinary academic boundaries and involve a willingness to take appropriate degrees of risk in setting research objectives.


  • Principal Investigators are not eligible to apply from institutions or organisations located in North America or elsewhere in the European Union.
  • We do not fund studies of disease, illness and disabilities in humans and animals, or research that is intended to inform clinical practice or the development of medical applications.

  • Trust does not fund policy-driven research where the principal objective is to assemble an evidence base for immediate policy initiatives.

  • The Trust will not fund applications for research of which advocacy forms an explicit component.

  • The Trust does not support research which is aimed principally at an immediate commercial application.

  • The Trust will not fund applications in which the balance between assembling a data bank or database and the related subsequent research is heavily inclined to the former.

  • The Trust does not fund applications in which the main focus is on capacity building, networking, or the development of the skills of those involved.