Funding Calls

British Academy APEX awards

Deadline: 26th November 2019

In partnership with the British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society (‘the Academies’) and with 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 which span the remit of the British Academy and the Royal Academy of Engineering are encouraged.
  • Applicants must be exceptional researchers with excellent track records as established independent researchers (this can include engineering researchers, humanities and social sciences scholars and scientists).
  • Applicants must be based in either a UK University or not-for-profit research organisation 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.

 Value and Duration

  • Funding will be available for 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 public engagement activities.
  • Grants can be held for up to 24 months, with a start date between 1 September 2020 and 1 November 2020.

Application Process

Applications should be submitted through the Society’s grant management system Flexi-Grant® (here) by 3pm on Tuesday 26 November 2019.

Applicants will be notified of the result of the application process in July 2020.

More information can be found on the British Academy website: here and on the Royal Society website: here