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IAS Awards

IAS Awards provide up to £2,500 to help colleagues develop new research ideas, collaborations, funding streams, outputs and impact. We particularly encourage ambitious and innovative ventures that are not yet at the stage where they can be funded externally. Applications are welcomed on a rolling deadline.

Scheme Objectives

The IAS awards offer Warwick academics the opportunity to develop new research areas and research-related outputs. Any activity which advances the mission of IAS can be undertaken and it is intended that this resource is used to undertake more speculative activities that could not yet be funded from other sources.

Examples of previously supported activities are given below. This is not meant to limit scope and we encourage experimentation with new approaches.

  • Meetings of interdisciplinary groups at Warwick to explore new research ideas.
  • Building Warwick-centred research networks with critical mass around a new topic.
  • Bringing people to Warwick to develop cohesive and convincing grant and fellowship applications.
  • Preliminary research work for research council and other grant applications.
  • Taking research outputs to a wider audience such as public engagement, creation of policy briefs, new partnerships outside academia.
  • Delivering unexpected or additional research related outputs from a project.

Specific examples of IAS funded activities are available on our website. It is expected that the activities proposed will take place at Warwick or a Warwick facility such as Venice or the Shard.

Applications are assessed on the basis of alignment with IAS mission, quality of planned activities, quality of proposed outputs, and value for money and will be assessed by non-specialist reviewers. Applicants wishing to develop proposals are welcome to make enquiries about their proposed activities ahead of a formal application.


The scheme is only open to staff based at Warwick. The Principal Applicant must be a permanent (including probationary) member of Warwick academic staff, or holder of an externally funded individual fellowship, the duration of which extends beyond the proposed activity. Applications may include co-investigators, either from Warwick or other institutions. IAS Fellows who hold a WIRL-COFUND, EUTOPIA-SIF, Early Career or Associate Fellowship are also eligible to apply as Principal Applicant.


You can apply for any amount to support your activity up to £2,500 per application, but all budgets need to be justified. Applications of up to £1,000 will usually be reviewed within 12 working days. IAS funding can be used in conjunction with other funding to support a larger activity.

Application Procedure

Please complete the following:
  1. Fill in the online Equal Opportunities surveyLink opens in a new window 
  2. Download the Application Form,Link opens in a new windowand complete it fully making it has been signed by HoD.
  3. Complete the form and upload the document below.

If you are unsure whether your activity would be suitable for an IAS Award, please contact the IAS at opens in a new window.