Successful Research Applications Library
We have compiled a collection of funded research applications with the aim of providing a reference point for future applicants. We hope that the examples below will provide useful insights and offer some indication of what funders are looking for. The page is being continually updated.
The applications are divided according to the funding body first, then by scheme. If you are interested in seeing examples from other funders or schemes (or donating your own successful applications), please contact your local research support office.
The Economic and Social Research Council is the UK’s largest organisation for funding research on economic and social issues. It supports independent, high quality research that has an impact on business, the public sector and civil society.
- Je-S form [PDF: 98KB]
- Case for support [PDF: 32KB]
- Justification of resources [PDF: 13KB]
- Studentship annex [PDF: 10KB]
- Mapping the changing nature of higher education in South Africa (Newton)
Sociology and Social Policy
- Complete application [PDF: 421KB]
- Working practices, regulation and safety of internet-based sex work in the UK
- Sun, sea, sand and silicone – aesthetic surgery tourism in the UK and Australia
- Pregnant men – an international exploration of trans male experiences and practices of reproduction
- Transport and mobilities – meeting the needs of vulnerable population in developing cities (GCRF Strategic Network)
The Arts and Humanities Research Council is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), along with the other UK Research Councils.
Sociology and Social Policy
Media & Communication
The British Academy is the UK’s national body for the humanities and social sciences – the study of peoples, cultures and societies, past, present and future.
Sociology and Social Policy [PDF: 96KB]
The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We are on the ground in six continents and more than 100 countries, bringing international opportunity to life, every day.
Education [PDF: 53KB]
The Nuffield Foundation is a charitable trust established in 1943 by William Morris, Lord Nuffield, that aims to improve social well-being.
- Original application [PDF: 233KB]
European Commission – Framework 7
European Commission – Framework 7 was the European Union’s Research and Innovation funding programme for 2007-13. The current programme is Horizon 2020 but there are many projects funded under FP7 that are still running.
Sociology and Social Policy [PDF: 304KB]
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation issues calls for proposals and invites submissions to them. It does not generally accept speculative enquiries for funding.
Law [PDF: 112KB]
The Leverhulme Trust funds across academic disciplines, supporting talented individuals in the arts, humanities, sciences and social sciences to realise their personal vision in research and professional training. As well as substantial grants for research, it offers fellowships for researchers at every stage of their career, grants for international collaboration and travel, and support for the fine and performing arts
Law [PDF: 152KB] (Research Fellowship)
School of Politics and International Studies [PDF: 564KB] (Major Research Fellowship)
LUBS (Early Career Fellowship) Developing more effective financial support service provision in the UK
POLIS (Research Project Grant) Exploring left-wing populism in an age of anti-politics outline / Exploring left-wing populism in an age of anti-politics
Social Sciences Impact Acceleration Account
The Social Sciences Impact Acceleration Account is a University-funded Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) that has been developed by Leeds Social Sciences Institute in association with the ESRC. It encourages and supports research with impact across the social sciences.
The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is the UK’s main agency for funding research in engineering and the physical sciences.
Research applications from other funders or schemes.
IELTS – Education [PDF: 39KB]
Wellcome Trust Seed Award in Humanities & Social Science: Reviewing the occupational risks of sex workers in comparison to other risky professions
Further funded research applications can be accessed via the Faculty of Arts’ website.