Leverhulme Trust: Research Project Grant

Leverhulme Trust

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Grant amount: Up to £500,000

Next deadline: Sep 1, 2020 8:00am PDT (Full proposal)

Later deadlines: Dec 1, 2020 8:00am PST (Full proposal), Mar 21, 2021 9:00am PDT (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

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

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NOT: Research Project Grants are assessed via a two-stage process.

  • Outline Applications:  Outline Applications are welcome at any time: there are no deadlines.
  • Detailed Applications: A Detailed Application is only accessible to applicants once they have received an invitation to progress from the Outline stage. The Detailed Application is due at the "full proposal" deadline above. 

Research Project Grants

For researchers based at universities, institutions of higher education or registered charities with university-equivalent research capacity, to undertake an innovative and original research project


The maximum grant value is £500,000. 


Research Project Grants may be held for up to five years.

What the Trust offers

Research Project Grants provide research staff costs for those working directly on the research project and associated research costs. The funds requested should be appropriate for the grant duration and the resources required to realise the project’s objectives.

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


  • Institutions
    • The following institutions are eligible to apply:
      • universities
      • other institutions of higher education in the UK
      • registered charities in the UK which have research capacity equivalent in standing to that of a UK university
      • institutions or organisations of similar standing in countries where the provision of research funding is seriously limited
  • The applicant, or Principal Investigator
    • The applicant (Principal Investigator) must take responsibility for directing the grant, and his/her employing institution must also agree to administer the grant.
    • Eligible applicants will already be employed by the eligible institution or be an academic who has maintained close links with that institution following retirement.
    • Applications can be submitted by those holding contract research posts provided that their appointment continues for a period at least equal to the span of the requested award.
    • Up to 3 co-applicants from the same or different institutions may also be included.


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


  • Institutions or organisations located in the following areas are ineligible:
    • North America
    • anywhere in the European Union other than the UK
  • Fields of study
    • Applications will be considered in all subject areas except:
      • studies of disease, illness and disabilities in humans and animals
      • research that is intended to inform clinical practice or the development of medical applications
    • We exclude these areas because substantial funding is available from other sources for applied medical research; the Trust’s priority is to support investigations of a fundamental nature.
    • Similarly, because of the availability of alternative sources of funding, the following types of research are also ineligible:
      • research of which advocacy forms an explicit component
      • policy-driven research where the principal objective is to assemble an evidence base for immediate policy initiatives
      • research which is aimed principally at an immediate commercial application
      • projects in which the balance between assembling a data bank or database and the related subsequent research is heavily inclined to the former
      • projects in which the main focus is on capacity building, networking, or the development of the skills of those involved
      • If applicants are uncertain about eligibility, they are encouraged to telephone or email the Trust before submitting an application.