Funding opportunities

If you are undertaking a research project, you need to consider whether it can be incorporated into your normal work routine and resources. If it is a medium-to-large project, this might not be possible and you would need to seek funding. You can bid for funding from a number of places:

Your own organisation

Many institutions will offer funding for learning & teaching projects.  Talk to the equivalent of your Staff / Professional Development Team and your e-learning Team.

External funding sources

  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The ESRC funds research and training in social and economic issues. A whole section of their website is devoted to funding opportunities, including how to apply and what projects are currently being funded.
  • Higher Education Academy (HEA). If you are a member of the HEA, you can bid for funding for projects. Keep an eye on their Funding opportunities webpages for invitations to tender. In addition, the HEA’s National Teaching Fellowship Scheme recognises and rewards individual excellence in teaching in Higher Education in England and Northern Ireland.
  • The Higher Education Academy (HEA) subject centres often fund projects related to learning and teaching.  A list and links to the subject centres is available from the HEA subject centres webpage.  For example, the HEA Information and Computer Sciences subject centre funds learning and teaching projects through their Development Funds. You do not need to be a member of the HEA ICS to apply for funding; you just need to work in Higher Education.
  • Joint Information Services Committee (JISC).  Every year, JISC funds several medium-to-large projects related to IT and libraries. JISC puts out a call for projects in particular areas.

Funding, awards and prizes by CILIP special interest groups

  • Academic and Research Libraries Group (ARLG): The Innovation Award provides funding up to £1,000. The Alison Northover Bursary provides funding up to £750 for professional development activities.

Last updated June 30th, 2017