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Internal Funding Opportunities

In addition to the schemes detailed below, the SRI may be able to help in supporting ideas for research projects, particularly in organising workshops to promote collaborative thinking around new research projects related to public policy, or seeking funding to support grant development. Contact the SRI Coordinator for futher details.  



The ESRC IAA  competition. For full details see the Research Strategy ESRC Impact Acceleration Account webpage.


Funding is available for 15 projects a year up to a value of £20,000 each.  Projects must be completed within 9 months of the award of the grant, though most projects are expected to be shorter.


Grants up to £20,000 from the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account

Application forms and guidance are available on the Research Strategy ESRC Impact Acceleration Account webpage.  The support of the Head of Department is required for all applications.  Applications will be reviewed by the Executive Steering Group, comprised of senior social science researchers.


Closing date: two awarding periods annually. See website for current deadlines.


If you have any questions, then please write to






 Philomathia Social Sciences Research Programme

In collaboration with School of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Philomathia Social Sciences Research Programme provides funding for post-doctoral research associates to conduct research in the fields of public policy and social science, including topics such as human values, biomedical ethics, intergenerational justice and the social determinants of health, and issues of migration and demographic change.

For the academic year 2016-17, the Forum seeks to support up to four sessions that aim to examine the policy implications of issues around democracy, empowerment and exclusion broadly conceived. Themes might include the effects of globalisation on local governance, populist backlash, the politics of belonging, the dynamics of exclusion, and new forms of democracy, amongst others.

The Forum is interested in engaging with both new and existing research groups and networks and would be prepared to contribute to or match-fund current funding streams. In addition, small grants may be available for ancillary research assistance or small-scale projects arising from the Forum. We will be interested to engage with those leading Forum sessions over proceedings of the session, follow-up research, publicity and public engagement efforts.

Proposals are now invited from researchers in all disciplines, for Forum sessions to be held between November 2016 and August 2017; if you are interested in collaborating in this way, please complete and return the attached proforma to by close of business on 21 October 2016.

Any queries should be directed please to Dr Kristen Klebba, via email (


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This seminar series is organised by the Department of Sociology at the University of Cambridge


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About Us

We aim to support public policy research across Cambridge University, working with colleagues in science, social science, the arts and humanities, to apply new thinking to public policy problems and promote research and analysis into the public policy process. We hope to connect and raise the profile of existing public policy related work across the University and support collaborative research that includes policy development in a range of subject areas. 

Contact us if you are interested in joining the initiative or would like to know more.