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Small Grant Scheme


The HDC Small Grants Scheme provides short-term funding to support high quality research projects that match the aims of the CentreLink opens in a new window.

Proposals that support the development of new avenues of research, stimulate new collaborations or lead to high quality publications are welcomed.

How to Apply

Fully completed applications are to be submitted as a PDF to

Closing date for applications is 31st July 2023.


Applications are welcomed from Early Career Researchers, including PhD students (post project/ funding/ submitted), and postdoctoral researchers, or from PIs to typically support early career researchers.

Whilst applicants do not need to be employed by Warwick at the time of application, it is the expectation that they (typically) will be employed by Warwick for the duration of the project.

Early career applicants will be expected to identify two supervisors to provide support and guidance during the project.

Enquiries about eligibility may be directed to 

What is Offered

Awards of up to £25,000 over a period of 6 months may be requested.

Costs can be used to cover:

  • directly incurred staff costs (i.e. the salary for the ECR)
  • essential consumables
  • facility access costs (if applicable)

Expenditure on travel, equipment and conferences/workshops will only be considered under exceptional circumstances.

The scheme will not support requests for PI or Co-I time, estates and indirect costs.

Successful applicants that are not existing staff will (typically) be employed through Unitemps.

Where possible, candidates will have matched funding.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Excellence and quality of research
  • Fit with the HDC aims
  • Strategic importance: Impact and outputs
  • Matched funding and value for money

Post-award Reporting

Grant holders must submit a brief (no more than 500 words) final report, to coincide with the end of the grant period, summarising how the funds were used, detailing research achievements during the award period and giving a list of publications in progress or in press.