Applications are open for the APEX Research Awards 2024 for Researchers.

How to Apply for 2024 APEX Research Grants: £100K
How to Apply for 2024 APEX Research Grants: £100K

In partnership with the British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering, and the Royal Society (“the Academies”) and with generous support from the Leverhulme Trust, the APEX Research 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.


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APEX Research Objectives

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 programs.
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.

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APEX Research Award

Awards of up to £100,000 can be held for up to 24 months. Successful applicants will also have the opportunity to separately apply for up to £10,000 to create and lead public engagement projects linked to their APEX Award.

APEX Research Eligibility

Applications must be within the remit of more than one of the Academies. Applications that span the remit of The British Academy and The Royal Academy of Engineering are encouraged.

The British Academy Remit – In any discipline within the social sciences and humanities – in some cases, creative and professional practice may play a significant role in shaping the methods and/or outcomes of research. In all proposals, whether practice-led or not, a clear scholarly rationale is required for the choice of research methods, processes, and outputs.

The Royal Academy of Engineering Remit – Applications are welcome from any engineering discipline. Engineering is defined in its broadest sense, encompassing a wide range of diverse fields, including computer science and materials.

The Royal Society Remit – Natural sciences (including agriculture, mathematics, technology, computer science, materials, medical, environmental, and engineering sciences, but excluding clinical medicine).

Who Should Apply for the APEX Research

  • A researcher with a strong track record as an established independent researcher (this can include engineering researchers, humanities and social sciences scholars, and scientists).
  • Based at a UK university or not-for-profit research institution for at least the duration of the project.
  • Applicants will be expected to collaborate with a research partner (co-applicant) from a different discipline to their own, who is based at the same institution or a different university in the UK. All applications must be supported by the applicant’s Head of Department, who will be asked to provide assurance that the researcher will be permitted to use the institution’s facilities during the period of the award and can be released/partially released from teaching duties (if required). Applicants may only submit one application per round.


Applications should be submitted through the Society’s grant management system Flexi-Grant® by 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 1, 2023.

Deadline: November 1, 2023