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Policy Support Fund 2023-24

Policy Support Fund 2023-24

Enabling evidence-based policy making

The University expects to receive an allocation of funding from Research England for its 2023-24 Policy Support Fund. Subject to confirmation of this allocation, internal grants of up to £50,000 are available for research and impact projects delivered in conjunction with external partners that can fully spend by 30 June 2024. Bids on a short application form are invited by 17:00 on Monday 18 September 2023 to .

Eligible projects should focus on contributing to policy change - whether this is at the regional, national, or international level - and might encompass work with parliament, central government, devolved administrations, local government, health and education bodies, the justice system, service providers or specific industry sectors, and a wide range of regulatory organisations.

All Policy Support Fund projects must be fully spent by 30 June 2024. However, applicants are invited to indicate where projects could be extended beyond that date, such that a pipeline of potential future projects can be established in the area of policy impact.

Funding in excess of £50,000 may be available for transformational projects with a demonstrable ability to fully spend by 30 June 2024, but these should be discussed in advance with the relevant Research Impact Manager (see below).

Relevant Research and Activity

Examples of fundable research and activity could include, but are not restricted to:

  • New research activity working in partnership with policymakers - particularly to better understand local, regional or national challenges
  • Extending and scaling up existing related research activity
  • Facilitating the use of existing research and the exchange of knowledge between universities and policymakers
  • Activity aimed at improving the dialogue between universities and policymakers
  • Activity and training to better equip academics - including postgraduate and early career researchers - to communicate effectively with policymakers
  • Partnerships and collaborations aimed at supporting evidence-based policy making
  • The exchange of people - e.g., staff secondments; contributing towards professional doctorates in policy; joint PhDs; etc.
  • The creation of resources to engage policy stakeholders with research and/or to improve their capacity to effectively utilise research
  • Establishing or developing a network between researchers and policy actors
  • Collaborative activities for or with policy actors such as workshops, training programmes, or behaviour-change interventions

Funding Criteria

  • Funds can be used for direct costs only. If bidding for research assistants, applications should clearly indicate what their work would include.
  • Ineligible costs include: teaching relief; equipment in excess of £10,000; estates and indirects.
  • This scheme is open to Warwick staff from all disciplines. Members of faculty on fixed-term contracts may apply if they will be employed at Warwick for the full the full duration of the funded project period.
  • Research students are ineligible to apply. However, postgraduate researchers are eligible to be Co-Investigators.
  • Investigator time should not normally exceed 10%, and all claims for PI time must be accompanied by written approval from the Head(s) of Department. Requests exceeding 10% may be considered where there are compelling circumstances to justify increased PI time, and with a supporting statement from the HoD which explicitly confirms that the department is able to accommodate the higher proportion. Research and/or project assistance can be costed at 100%.
  • If applications are successful, overseas partners will be required to satisfactorily complete a UKRI-mandated due diligence questionnaire prior to any funding being released (see below).
  • Should a collaboration agreement be required, it will be issued on the non-negotiable terms here. All prospective external partners/collaborators should read and be willing to accept these prior to submission so that they are aware of what they will be asked to sign should the application be successful; however, this agreement should not be signed at application stage. If your application is successful, R&IS will manage the process of drawing up and signing any collaboration agreements required for your project. There may be variations to this template in the final agreement.
  • Appropriate ethical approval must be sought and granted where necessary. Please ensure that you allow enough time for ethical review when planning your project.
  • If a green levy is incurred due to the use of air travel, this must be covered by the applicant’s department.
  • Successful applicants will be asked to provide regular updates on the progress of their project. Successful applicants will also be expected to submit a short report detailing completed activities and outcomes within one month of the project end date. This will be required for reporting back to Research England.

Application Process

Bids should be made on the short application form and submitted by 17:00 on Monday 18 September 2023 to .

Applications will be reviewed by an academic panel.

Key Documents:

Application Form

 Due Diligence Checklist (overseas external partners)

 Example Collaboration Agreement (Please note: this agreement should not be signed at application stage; if your application is successful, R&IS will manage the process of drawing up and signing any collaboration agreements which may be required for your project. There may be variations to this template in the final agreement.)

Support and Further Information

Support with applications can be obtained by contacting your Research Impact Manager:

  • Dr Rob Hollingworth - Faculty of Science, Engineering and Medicine (Life Sciences; Mathematical Sciences and Statistics; Psychology; and Warwick Medical School)
  • Grace Prewett - Faculty of Science, Engineering and Medicine (Chemistry; Computer Science; Engineering; Physics; and WMG)

  • Emma Roberts - Faculty of Arts

  • Dr Lesley Chikoore - Faculty of Social Sciences (Applied Linguistics; CEDAR; Education Studies; Centre for Teacher Education; Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies; and Sociology)

  • Dr Kathryn van de Wiel - Faculty of Social Sciences (Economics; School of Law; Politics and International Studies; Philosophy; the Institute for Employment Research; and Warwick Business School)