Investigator Awards in Humanities and Social Science

These awards offer flexible funding support to researchers in established posts at all career stages working on important questions of relevance to health.

Scheme at a glance

Career stage:

Early, Intermediate, Senior, Returning to research

Where your host organisation is based:

UK, Republic of Ireland, Low- and middle-income countries

Level of funding:

From under £300,000 to around £1 million

Duration of funding:

Up to 5 years

Eligibility and suitability

What we offer

How to apply



You’re starting your career in postdoctoral research.


You’re consolidating your research career. You lead on research projects and are establishing a research team.


You’re an experienced researcher responsible for the strategic direction of your research programme(s) and team(s).

Returning to research

You’re returning to a research career after a break of two years or more.

Republic of Ireland
Low- and middle-income countries

Low-income, lower-middle-income and upper-middle-income countries, as defined by the World Bank

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Key dates

We consider applications twice a year.

July 2017 round

  • Preliminary application deadline

    4 July 2017

  • Full application deadline

    19 September 2017

  • Shortlisting

    November 2017

  • Interviews

    January 2018

People we've funded

Mary Dixon-WoodsRAND Professor of Health Services Research, University of CambridgeInvestigator Awards in Humanities and Social Science

Mary Dixon-Woods

I’ve had tremendous opportunities and met lots of fantastic collaborators and mentors along the way. Now I’m keen to make sure other people have the same kind of opportunities.
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