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A webinar for prospective applicants for the APEX Award


Learn about developing a competitive application for the Royal Society, British Academy and Royal Academy of Engineering APEX Award

About this Event

Do you have a great idea for an interdisciplinary research project? Are you looking for funding to support a collaboration across science, engineering, social science and the humanities?

Join this webinar to understand how to put together a high quality and competitive application for the APEX Award. Hear from staff involved in the administration of this funding; Chairs of the assessment panel; and previous award holders with advice on how and why to apply for this prestigious £100,000 research grant with opportunities to request up to £10,000 for associated public engagement activities.

In addition to prospective applicants for this funding, we also invite research support office staff to attend this webinar to provide you with insight on supporting prospective applicants.

Event format

11.00 - 11.05: Overview of the session

11.05 - 11.20: Introduction to the APEX Award

  • Dr Kelly Makarona - Royal Society Senior Manager, UK Grants

11.20 - 11.35: Perspectives from the APEX Award Chairs

  • Professor Chris Frith FMedSci FBA FRS - APEX Chair - University College London
  • Professor Carole Goble FREng - APEX Deputy Chair - University of Manchester

11.35 - 11.55: APEX Award holders presentations

  • Professor Kate Robson Brown - University of Bristol
  • Professor Robert Field - University of Northumbria at Newcastle

11.55 - 12.15: Questions from the audience

12.15: Close

Background to the APEX Award

Logos for British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering and Leverhulme Trust 

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 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.

The objectives of this scheme are to:

  • 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 programmes
  • 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


For questions about this webinar or the APEX Award, please contact