Research Project Grants - The Leverhulme Trust

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The aim of these awards is to provide financial support for innovative and original research projects of high quality and potential, the choice of theme and the design of the research lying entirely with the applicant.

The grants provide support for the salaries of research staff engaged on the project, plus associated costs directly related to the research proposed.

Proposals are favoured which:

  • Reflect the personal vision of the applicant
  • Demonstrate compelling competence in the research design
  • Surmount traditional disciplinary academic boundaries
  • Involve a degree of challenge and evidence of the applicant's ability to assess risk.

    Value and Duration:

    If compelling evidence is provided, awards may be made for sums between £250,000 and £500,000 for research over a period of up to five years.


  • The scheme is also open to universities, other institutions of higher and further education in developing countries.
  • Joint applications from more than one institution and applicant are welcomed. However, a Principal Investigator must be designated as the lead applicant, having agreed to take responsibility for directing the grant.


    Research project grants provide
    (i) salaries for research staff and
    (ii)associated research costs.


    In the first instance, applicants should complete an Outline Application Form and submit this to the Trust.

    Please explain why you believe the Leverhulme Trust to be best suited for the support of your research proposal.

    There are no closing dates for the submission of an Outline Application.

    Follow the links below for more details and application contacts.

  • For further information and an Outline Application Form see: Research Project Grants Website

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