Productivity Project Funding

We are pleased to announce a second round of the Productivity Project Fund, open from 18th March with project submissions welcome until 30th April 2019. Funded projects to start no later than June 2019. The Productivity Project Funding is available to support new and ambitious interdisciplinary directions in productivity research across the social sciences that engage partners and deliver impact. Funding available:

Small Projects: funding of up to £10,000. Projects take place over a maximum period of 4 months with a view to develop new insights on the productivity debate.

Pioneer Projects: funding of up to £50,000. Projects take place over a maximum period of 10 months pursuing research that will change the tone of the productivity debate.

All applications must demonstrate how the funding will support a clearly defined piece of social science research with an identifiable outcome which makes a contribution to productivity research and engages with non-academic audiences. Proposals should not duplicate the work of current and ongoing projects, and priority will be given to projects that respond to the evidence reviews/gap analyses and or forge new directions in productivity research.

Application Form and Further Guidance

Please use the application form provided in the link below. Please ensure to read the Eligibility, Evaluation Process & Guidance form before completing your application.

If you have any questions, please contact our team at


  • Call launch: Monday 18th March 2019
  • Call closes: 16:00 on Tuesday 30th April 2019
  • Final decision communicated: by Wednesday 22nd May 2019
  • Projects begin: June 2019
  • Small Project time frame: June 2019 – October 2019
  • Pioneer Project time frame: June 2019 – April 2020

*Coming in late May* Targeted Small Project: funding of up to £10,000. Project takes place over a maximum period of 4 months. Targeted Small Projects must be focused on one or more of three areas:

  • UK business investment (including financialisation) behaviour.
  • Infrastructure and/or land use and its implications for investment.
  • Issues around sustainability and productivity.