The objectives of this scheme are to:
- support outstanding interdisciplinary research which is unlikely to be supported through conventional funding programmes
- promote collaboration across disciplines, with a particular emphasis on the boundary between science and engineering and the social sciences and humanities
- 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
Am I eligible to apply?
Your application must be within the remit of more than one of the Academies.
You can apply for this scheme if you are:
- 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 from a different discipline from their own or a different university in the UK.
Before applying, please ensure that you meet all the eligibility requirements, which are explained in the scheme notes. Please also refer to the FAQs (PDF) for further guidance.
What is the scheme’s value and tenure?
This scheme provides funding for up to 24 months:
- An award of up to £100,000
-Costs to relieve the applicant and/or co-applicant from some of their teaching and administrative duties
-Up to 25% of the total award can be spent on research costs
- Additional funding for public engagement activities
All awards must start between 1 September 2020 and 1 November 2021.
What is the application process?
Applications should be submitted through the Society’s grant management system Flexi-Grant®.
Your application will go through the process detailed on the Making a grant application page overseen by the APEX Awards Panel.
You will be notified of the result of the application process by August 2020.
We are committed to supporting applicants with disabilities. If you require a reasonable adjustment during the application process, please contact the team APEX@royalsociety.org to let us know.
Further information regarding previous award winners can be found in the Royal Society's 2017 and 2018 press releases.
For more information regarding the scheme, please contact the Grants team on firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on +44 20 7451 2666.