In partnership with the British Academy, the Royal Society and the Royal Academy of Engineering (‘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
An introduction to the APEX awards
What is the scheme’s value and duration?
This scheme provides funding for up to 24 months:
- An award of up to £100,000 to fund staff
- 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 public engagement activities
- This can include consumables, equipment, collaborative travel expenses
- Costs of a teaching replacement to relieve the applicant and/or collaborator from some of their teaching and administrative duties
- Grants can be held for up to 24 months