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Educational Research Grants


Allen Lane Foundation

The Allen Lane Foundation makes grants for up to three years, with a total value of £500-£15,000, although the average grant size last year was just over £5,650. Funding is focused on a number of specific beneficiary groups and grants are made across the UK.

90 The Mount, York YO24 1AR
tel: 01904 613223 | fax: 01904 613133

Allan & Nestra Ferguson Charitable Trust

All grants made by the Trust are project based and must have an educational aim, element or content. In general the Trustees will not consider applications for core funding or the construction of buildings in the UK.
Grants made to charities during the year will vary both in size and amount, and will probably total between £5 million and £6 million. The amount of the grant is entirely at the discretion of the Trustees and no reason for giving, withholding or offering a partial grant will be made.

Please note: Grants to charities will be on a matching funding basis only so that if the applicant has raised 50% of their budget the Trustees will consider awarding matching funding up to a maximum of 50%. However, if the applicant has raised less than 50% of their budget the Trustees will only consider awarding a maximum of 30% funding. Evidence of actively seeking funds from other sources is seen by the Trustees as being a beneficial addition to any application.

All Saints Educational Trust

The All Saints Educational Trust makes personal grant awards to teachers, intending teachers and students in Religious Studies, Home Economics and related areas. Corporate awards are made for imaginative new projects which will enhance the Church's contribution to higher and further education.

SUITE 2.13
1, Fetter Lane
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 3440 5691

Arts & Humanities Research Council

The AHRC offers postgraduate and research funding opportunities which include opportunities in knowledge exchange and partnerships, and international research.

Polaris House
North Star Avenue
Telephone: 01793 41 6000

Arthritis Research UK

Arthritis Research UK has funded a number of research projects aimed at investigating innovative approaches to enhance the education of healthcare professionals and the public on musculoskeletal disorders –.

Arthritis Research UK
Copeman House
St Mary's Gate
S41 7TD
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0) 300 790 0400
Fax: +44 (0) 300 790 0401

Association of Medical Research Charities

Organisation of 133 British Medical charities

Charles Darwin House
12 Roger Street
London WC1N 2JU, UK
T +44 (0)20 7685 2620


 Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation

There are two criteria to fulfil before applying for a grant. Please ensure you read these carefully before making an application.
1. You must be a charity registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales, OR a Community Amateur Sports Club registered with Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC), to apply
2. You are applying specifically for assistance towards a capital project: new build, refurbishment, equipment or transport. Please note that we only fund capital projects. We do not fund running costs including salaries
Types of application considered:

 Building projects
 Specialised equipment
 Specialised transport

20 Berkeley Square, London W1J 6LH
Telephone 020 7408 2198

Big Lottery Fund

The Big Lottery Fund is responsible for distributing 40 per cent of all funds raised for good causes (about 11 pence of every pound spent on a Lottery ticket) by the National Lottery - around £670 million last year. Since June 2004 we have awarded over £6 billion to projects supporting health, education, environment and charitable purposes, from early years intervention to commemorative travel funding for World War Two veterans. Our funding supports the aspirations of people who want to make life better for their communities. We deliver funding throughout the UK, mostly through programmes tailored specifically to the needs of communities in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland as well as some programmes that cover the whole UK. Awards for All has a straightforward application process for small projects up to £5,000
 Big Lottery Fund supports projects in schools but projects must demonstrate community benefit
 Heritage Lottery Fund supports a range of projects that must be carried out in partnership with a heritage partner

10th Floor
Helmont House
Churchill Way
CF10 2DY
Phone: 02920 67 8200

British Educational Research Organisation

We currently have the following award schemes which run:

 Meeting of Minds Fellowships
 BERA Doctoral Thesis Award
 BERA Masters Dissertation Award
 BERA Brian Simon Fellowship
 BERA John Nisbet Fellowship
 BCF/ BERA/ Routledge Curriculum Journal Prize
 BJET Fellowship
 BERJ Paper of the Year
 Curriculum Journal Paper of the Year

9–11 Endsleigh Gardens

Phone: 020 7612 6987


British Academy for the Humanities and Social Sciences

A Funding Body, supporting the best ideas, individuals and intellectual resources in the humanities and social sciences, wherever they are located.

10-11 Carlton House Terrace

Tel: 020 7969 5200


Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

Gathering evidence, testing pilot initiatives and supporting strategic advocacy aimed at increasing knowledge about transitions in later life and securing more appropriate responses to the issues they create for people as they age, particularly in terms of the psychological and emotional challenges faced.
Fostering sector collaboration, building the evidence base and identifying and supporting models of best practice and originality in the area of participatory/socially-engaged performing arts to raise the profile of this arts practice.
Fostering connections and building the capacity of the environmental sector to influence the marine environment and protect our oceans.

 50 Hoxton Square London N1 6PB United Kingdom
T +44 (0)20 7012 1400 E

Clore Duffield Foundation

The Foundation is a grant-making charity which concentrates its support on cultural learning, creating learning spaces within arts and heritage organisations, leadership training for the cultural and social sectors, social care, and enhancing Jewish life.

The Clore Duffield Foundation
Studio 3
Chelsea Manor Studios
Flood Street
Tel: + 44 (0)207 351 6061
Fax: + 44 (0)207 351 5308


Drapers` Company

The charity aims to improve the quality of life and expectations of people and their communities, especially those disadvantaged or socially excluded, through the award of grants in the fields of education and social welfare, particularly in Greater London where the Company has its historical roots. The Company also promotes its textile heritage through support for textile conservation, and maintains its traditional support for the City of London, Northern Ireland, and heritage.
The award of grants and the implementation of the grant making policy is carried out by the Charities Committee whose membership is drawn from members of the Company. Each year grants totalling some £1.6 million are awarded in meeting the charitable objectives.
The wide-ranging aims and objectives are achieved by making grants in three broad areas.

• Education and Young People
• Social Welfare
• Textiles and Heritage

 Sir William Boreman’s Foundation
The Clerk to the Governors
The Drapers’ Company, Drapers’ Hall, Throgmorton Avenue, London EC2N 2DQ
tel 020 7588 5001
fax 020 7628 1988


Edge Foundation

The Edge Foundation is an independent education charity. We are dedicated to raising the status of technical, practical and vocational learning. We believe all young people should have the opportunity to achieve their potential and the UK's future workforce needs to be equipped with the skills to be successful in the modern, global economy. It is essential that "learning by doing" be valued equally with academic learning and that all learners should experience a mix of both. There are many paths to success. The Edge vision: Championing technical, practical and vocational learning. At the leading edge of thinking and best practice in technical, practical and vocational learning, helping young people develop the skills and expertise vital to a successful career and to meet the needs of the future economy.

Edge Foundation
4 Millbank
SW1P 3JA phone: 020 7960 1540

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Funding available for organisations, individuals and for postgraduate training.
Basic, strategic and applied research is funded.

Research fits into current priority areas:
 Economic Performance and Development
 Environment and Human Behaviour
 Governance and Citizenship
 Knowledge, Communication and Learning
 Lifecourse, Lifestyles and Health
 Social Stability and Exclusion
 Work and Organisations

Economic and Social Research Council
Polaris House
North Star Avenue

Telephone: 01793 413000

EU Horizon 2020

This is the link to the current European Funding stream Horizon 2020. Open calls can be searched by key word.


Link to the European Education & Training Program

Esmee Fairbairn Foundation

Supports the cultural life of the UK, education and learning, the natural environment and enabling disadvantaged people to participate more fully in society.

 Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
Kings Place
90 York Way
London N1 9AG
Tel: 020 7812 3700
Fax: 020 7812 3701

Equitable Charitable Trust

The Trust is an education charity. We make grants totalling up to £1 million each year towards education projects for children and young people under the age of 25 who are from disadvantaged backgrounds or disabled. We do not fund individuals. Grants can be made for projects throughout the UK. Overseas projects are also funded, but only through UK registered charities. Organisations based outside the UK are not eligible to apply.
We operate a rolling programme, but are spending out. Our final deadline for applications is 28th November this year. Applications can be made at any time up until the final deadline.

The Equitable Charitable Trust
Sixth Floor
65 Leadenhall St
phone: 020 7264 4995


Gatsby Charitable Organisation

Kind of research funded: A wide range of research funded. Research and projects in 'technical education', 'disadvantaged children' and 'economic and social research'.
Basic criteria for funding: Projects must aim to make life better for people, in particular those that are disadvantaged. How and when to apply: Applications for tendered work invited at various times throughout the year.

The Peak, 5 Wilton Road, London, SW1V 1AP.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7410 0330

Garfield Weston Foundation

The Foundation appreciates how challenging it is for charities to raise funds and aims to keep the process of applying uncomplicated with a one-stage application. We have two main streams of activity:
 1. Major Grants - £100,000 and above
 2. Regular Grants - ranging from £1,000 - £99,999
On average, approximately 1,500 charities across the UK benefit each year from grants made by the Foundation ranging from the smallest community and volunteer projects through to large national organisations.

Garfield Weston Foundation
Weston Centre
10 Grosvenor Street
W1K 4QYphone: 020 7399 6565


Higher Education Academy

 Curriculum design addresses graduate attributes, inter-culturalism, digital literacy and sustainable development, discipline-specific skills and interdisciplinary learning.
 Innovative pedagogies explores inclusive and diverse student engagement.
 Student transitions focuses on inclusivity, flexibility, widening access, equality and diversity. It also explores retention and student mobility and examines the impact of policy reform.
 Staff transitions promotes the HEA’s work on teaching excellence, professionalisation, reward and recognition, including the use of the UKPSF in promotions criteria.

The Higher Education Academy, Innovation Way, York Science Park, Heslington, YORK, YO10 5BR, United Kingdom

Higher Education Funding Council of Wales (HEFCW)

Changing calls and initiatives for Higher Education in Wales

Higher Education Funding Council for Wales
Linden Court
Ilex Close
CF14 5DZ
Telephone us
029 2076 1861
E-mail us


Jerwood Charitable Foundation

The Jerwood Charitable Foundation is a UK registered charity dedicated to imaginative and responsible revenue funding of the arts, supporting artists to develop and grow at important stages in their careers. It works with artists across art forms, from dance and theatre to literature, music and the visual arts.

Jerwood Foundation
7 St Stephen’s Mews
London W2 5QZ
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7792 1410
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7792 1539


Leverhulm Trust

Covers all areas in research and education apart from school education.
Proposed work must be: Original - Significant - Able to judge and take appropriate risks
In addition projects which remove barriers between traditional disciplines are favoured.

The Leverhulme Trust
1 Pemberton Row

Tel: 020 7042 9888

Law Society

he Law Society Charity supports organisations whose work is related to the law and the legal profession, and whose activities would be likely to benefit from funds made available on behalf of solicitors.

Lifelong Learning Foundation

Research into Lifelong learning, covering all major types and contexts of learning: formal and informal, vocational, institutional, community and family-oriented. Only fund 'projects', not organisations or individuals.
Key areas of interest are: Developing a national curriculum suited to the challenges and opportunities of the 21st Century; Assessment strategies consistent with the skills and values of lifelong learning Information, advice and particularly guidance for learners throughout life; Pedagogies for learning; "Brain" research and learning science
Basic Criteria for funding: Research is original and radical; Outcomes are practically applicable;

Legal Education Foundation

To promote the advancement of legal education and the study of law in all its branches.


Newton Fund (EU)

New 5 year 375 million fund for Higher Education Institution. Start in 2014.

Nuffield Foundation

Kind of research funded: Education and social science research funded. Most larger grants are for applied research.
Basic criteria for funding: In particular, advances social well-being Includes: work in this area
 Foundations for learning
 Science education
 Mathematics education
 Secondary education transitions
 Student parents and women's education

Nuffield Foundation
28 Bedford Square

Telephone: 020 7631 0566
Fax: 020 7323 4877


Nesta is an innovation charity with a mission to help people and organisations bring great ideas to life. We’ve set up the Bright Ideas Research Fund to provide small grants to develop interesting research projects and policy proposals in fields that relate to innovation.

1 Plough Place, London, EC4A 1DE phone 020 7438 2500


Royal Society

We support research into science and mathematics education and produce policy reports.

The Royal Society
6-9 Carlton House Terrace
London SW1Y 5AG
Tel. +44 (0)20 7451 2500


Society for Educational Studies

The Society for Educational Studies offers small grants of up to £10,000. Applicants must be working in the field of Education and will be asked to become members of the SES if they are not already members. is one of the leading societies for the advancement of scholarship, debate, and research in Educational Studies in the United Kingdom. It brings together students, teachers, academics, and researchers together with policy makers and analysts in one comprehensive organization.

Aidan Thompson
Society for Educational Studies
School of Education
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham
B15 2TT
T: 0121 414 3602

Society for Research into Higher Education

The Society for Research into Higher Education is a UK-based international learned society concerned to advance understanding of higher education, especially through the insights, perspectives and knowledge offered by systematic research and scholarship. The Society aims to be the leading international society in the field, as to both the support and the dissemination of research.

Society for Research into Higher Education
73 Collier Street
N1 9BE
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 20 7427 2350
Fax: +44 20 7278 1135

Sutton Trust

Organisations only funded, not individuals.
Current priorities are:
Research into alternative methods of assessment, in particular those that test aptitude/ability rather than educational experience
Qualitative research into the experiences of under-represented groups in HE, and those involved in the application process such as teachers and staff
 School and university selection policies
 University intake and benchmarks
Practical impact evaluation of schemes and policy investigation
Early Years (0-3) looking at the stimulation of early mental development

The Sutton Trust, 9th Floor, Millbank Tower, 21 – 24 Millbank, London SW1P 4QP phone: 020 7802 1660


We Welcome Europe

Overview of EU funds and calls for education and trainig

Wellcome Trust

Kind of research funded: Education and health research.
Basic criteria for funding: In particular the Trust funds research and activities that:
 Stimulate public interest in science
 Inform and facilitate public debate on science and its application
 Improve understanding of the social, ethical, historical and cultural context of science

Wellcome Trust
Gibbs Building
215 Euston Road
London NW1 2BE, UK

T +44 (0)20 7611 8888

Wolfson Foundation

Education is one of the Wolfson Foundation's central themes and underpins much of our work. Through our open applications we support teaching spaces at universities and secondary schools and, less often, education spaces in cultural organisations, disability charities or those working in the area of public engagement with science.

The Wolfson Foundation
8 Queen Anne Street

Tel: 020 7323 5730