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Rapid Action Fund

Funding of up to £2k is available to be spent within 6 months.

The Rapid Action Fund will allow social scientists to react quickly to influence governmental, national, and international debate, or respond to tactical, urgent, and pressing opportunities in short timescales.

This funding could be used for but not limited to:

  • The creation of short-term impact projects
  • Workshops, events, conferences, or meetings that may inform impact
  • Travel to meet with national policy departments (this does not include travel to attend conferences)
  • Developing and pitching ideas for broadcast media.

The funding cannot be used to support existing IAA funded activity (e.g. through a Responsive Project).

Rapid Action funding calls are ongoing and will be assessed on a rolling basis by the LSSI/IAA Manager, Award Panel members and LSSI Director. Funding is only available for a small number of rapid action fund requests per year (no more than 2 per year); successful applicants will therefore not be allowed to submit further application requests for this award within that given year.  If successful, and dependant on any conditions being agreed, applicants will receive notifications of the award within 15 – 20 working days of the request being submitted.

For more details, please refer to the IAA guidance document.