The British Academy is inviting applications from scholars for the BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grants scheme, which is administered by the Academy.

​Applications must be submitted via the e-GAP system, accessible via 

Applicants must register within e-GAP, if you have not already done so, and access full details by following the links to ‘funding schemes’ from the personal welcome page.


The British Academy announced a major new partnership in January 2012 to support the funding of the Small Research Grants scheme. The scheme offers awards co-sponsored by the Leverhulme Trust, with funding of £1.5 million over 3 years, subsequently renewed, matching the public funding deriving from the grant made to the Academy via the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills. In addition, the Academy continues to be able to offer some awards derived from funds generously donated by other funders, including the Honor Frost Foundation, the Society for the Advancement of Management Studies and the Sino-British Fellowship Trust. All successful applicants will be clearly informed of the source of the funding of their grant when an award is offered, and will be expected to include due acknowledgement of the funder and the Academy when disseminating the results of the research funded under this scheme.

Purpose of grant

Grants are available to support primary research in the humanities and social sciences. The first recourse for funding should be to your own institution (where applicable). Applications will not be considered for less than £500. The maximum grant is £10,000 over two years. Applications for collaborative or individual research projects are equally welcome under this scheme. Applications from international groups of scholars are also welcome, provided there is a UK-based scholar as lead applicant.

Funds are available to: facilitate initial project planning and development; to support the direct costs of research; and to enable the advancement of research through workshops or conferences, or visits by or to partner scholars. Applicants may seek support for any combination of eligible activity and cost up to the overall limit of £10,000. The Academy will assess applications equally on their merits, with no preference as to the mode of enquiry.

Level of grant: Awards up to £10,000
Deadline for submission of applications: 5pm UK time on 24 May 2017
Results expected: end August 2017
Earliest Start Date for Research: 1 September 2017

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