APEX Awards

The APEX Awards (Academies Partnership in Supporting Excellence in Cross-disciplinary research) offer established independent researchers an exciting opportunity to pursue genuine interdisciplinary and curiosity-driven research to benefit wider society.
Open for applications
Senior researcher
1 Sep 2022
28 Oct 2021 - 01:00 BST
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

Eligibility requirements

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

The British Academy Remit – In any discipline within the social sciences and humanities and does not include primarily practice-based outputs such as in musical composition and performance, visual practice, creative writing, and filmmaking. Such outputs will be considered to fall within the BA's remit only when they form part of an integrated project of critical or historical significance.

The Royal Academy of Engineering Remit – Applications are welcome from any engineering discipline. Engineering is defined in its broadest sense, encompassing a wide range of diverse fields, including computer science and materials.

The Royal Society Remit – Natural sciences (including agriculture, mathematics, technology, computer science, materials, medical, environmental and engineering sciences, but excluding clinical medicine). For a full list, please see our guidance page. If there is any doubt about the eligibility of a project, contact the Grants team.

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 (co-applicant) from a different discipline to their own, who is based at the same institution or a different university in the UK. All applications must be supported by the applicant’s Head of Department, who will be asked to provide assurance that the researcher will be permitted to use the institution’s facilities during the period of the award and can be released/partially released from teaching duties (if required).

Applicants may only submit one application per round.

Please see the FAQs for further guidance. Enquiries about eligibility can be made to apex@royalsociety.org

Value and duration

Awards of up to £100,000 can be held for up to 24 months. Successful applicants will also have the opportunity to separately apply for up to £10,000 to create and lead public engagement projects linked to their APEX Award.

Awards are expected to commence between 1 September and 1 November 2022.

Application process

Applications should be submitted through the Society’s grant management system Flexi-Grant® by 3:00pm on Thursday 28 October 2021.

Your application will go through the assessment process detailed in the APEX 2021 scheme guidance.

You will be notified of the result of the application process in July 2022.

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 or phone +44 20 7451 2666 to let us know.

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