Research Project Grants
Offering up to £500,000 over five years for research on a topic of the applicant’s choice. Grants cover salary and research costs directly associated with the project. Submit a first-stage outline application at any time.
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. The Trust favours applications that surmount traditional disciplinary academic boundaries and involve a willingness to take appropriate degrees of risk in setting research objectives.
Value and duration
Research Project Grants may be held for up to five years. The maximum grant value is £500,000. The funds requested should be appropriate for the grant duration and the resources required to realise the project’s objectives.
Eligible research areas
The following guidelines are drawn to the attention of potential applicants:
If applicants are uncertain about eligibility, they are encouraged to telephone or email the Trust before submitting an application.
The Trust's approach to grant-making
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. Applicants are therefore strongly advised to consult the statement on the Leverhulme Trust’s approach to grant-making.
Eligibility, costs and application procedure
Please read the following before submitting an application.
Dr Swidbert Ott, University of Cambridge, was awarded a Research Project Grant in June 2010; providing £258,101 over 36 months to research mechanisms driving acquisition and maintenance of swarming behaviour in locusts.
Jeremy Bentham's manuscripts on sex, law and religion. Professor Philip Schofield, University College London, was awarded a Research Project Grant in March 2010, providing £158,516 over 36 months.