APEX Awards

The APEX awards are a new funding opportunity designed to promote collaboration across academic disciplines through the support of world-leading interdisciplinary research projects.
Closed for applications
Senior researcher
1 Sep 2021
Up to 24 months

In partnership with the British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society (‘the Academies’) and with generous support from the Leverhulme Trust, the APEX award (Academies Partnership in Supporting Excellence in Cross-disciplinary research award) scheme offers established independent researchers, with a strong track record in their respective area, an exciting opportunity to pursue genuine interdisciplinary and curiosity-driven research to benefit wider society.

The objectives of this scheme are to:

  • promote collaboration across disciplines, with a particular emphasis on the boundary between science, engineering and the social sciences and humanities
  • support outstanding interdisciplinary research which is unlikely to be supported through conventional funding programmes
  • support researchers with an outstanding track record, in developing their research in a new direction through collaboration with partners from other disciplines
  • enable outstanding researchers to focus on advancing their innovative research through seed funding

Am I eligible to apply?

Your application must be within the remit of more than one of the Academies. Applications which span the remit of the British Academy and the Royal Academy of Engineering are encouraged.

You can apply for this scheme if you are:

  • a researcher 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 not-for-profit research institution for at least the duration of the project

Applicants will be expected to collaborate with a research partner from a different discipline from their own or a different university in the UK.

What is the scheme’s value and duration?

This scheme provides funding for up to 24 months:

  • An award of up to £100,000
    • Costs to relieve the applicant and/or co-applicant from some of their teaching and administrative duties.
    • Up to 25% of the total award can be spent on research costs.

Successful applicants will be invited to apply for an additional £10,000 to support for public engagement activities.

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

What is the application process?

Applications should be submitted through the Society’s grant management system Flexi-Grant® by 3pm on Thursday 29 October 2020.

Your application will go through the process detailed on the making a grant application page overseen by the APEX Awards Panel. For more information, please refer to the APEX 2020 scheme notes.

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

We are committed to supporting applicants with disabilities. If you require a reasonable adjustment during the application process, please contact the team APEX@royalsociety.org to let us know.

Further information regarding previous award winners can be found in the Society's 2017, 2018 and 2019 press releases.

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