Productivity Project Funding

Our second call for innovative projects to apply to the Productivity Project Fund opened on 18th March and closed on 30th April 2019. Successful projects will be notified by 22nd May and will start in June 2019. Productivity Project Funding supports new and ambitious interdisciplinary directions in productivity research across the social sciences that engage partners and deliver impact. In our previous two rounds we have provided funding for:

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 need to 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.

*Coming soon* Targeted Small Project Funding Call: 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.

For Reference: Application Form and Guidance from Round 2 

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