Get up to £100,000 Grant for Researchers in the United Kingdom in the APEX Award 2021

For independent researchers who are experienced in their fields, this scheme offers an opportunity to pursue interdisciplinary and solutions-oriented research to benefit wider society.

Selected researchers will be granted funding to develop their research innovatively while collaborating with partners from other disciplines for up to 2 years. 

Application Deadline: 29th October 2020


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For up to 2 years, this scheme will provide award funding of up to £100,000 to cover the following:

  • Relief for the applicant (and co-applicant) from some of their teaching and administrative duties
  • Research expenses (up to 25% of the total award can be spent on this) 
  • Research-related collaborative travel expenses 

In addition, the awardees will be able to request for an additional £10,000 to support public engagement activities.


Applications for this program is available to Researchers:

  • With a strong track record as an established independent researcher (this can include engineering researchers, humanities and social sciences scholars and scientists)
  • Based at a UK University or non-profit research institution for at least the duration of the project
  • Within the remit of more than one of the Academies.


  • Selected scholars will be expected to collaborate with a research partner from a different discipline from their own or a different university in the UK.
  • Applications must be within the remit of more than one of the Academies. Applications that span the remit of the Royal Academy of Engineering and British Academy are encouraged.

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Application Instructions

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About the APEX Award

The  APEX Award supports independent researchers with a positive track record in their field of specialization.

The scheme was established to support next-level partnerships across disciplines, especially the boundary between science, engineering, and the social sciences and humanities. 

It aids exceptional multicultural and multidisciplinary researches that are unlikely to be aided by usual funding programs.

The program supports researchers to innovate in their research through collaboration with partners from other disciplines. 

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Key Dates and Order of Program

The deadline for applications is 3 pm on Tuesday 29th, October 2020.

Entrants will be notified of the result of the application process in July 2021. 

All awards must start between 1 September 2021 and 1 November 2021.

All applications will be assessed by the APEX Awards Panel. 

They will be peer-reviewed and assessed by a cross-disciplinary panel with broad ranging expertise drawn from the fellowship of all three Academies. 

Networking and Partnership Opportunities

The program is administered the APEX Award in collaboration with the British Academy, the Royal Society and the Royal Academy of Engineering. 

Its further supported by the Leverhulme Trust.

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