Investigator Awards in Humanities and Social Science

Investigator Awards enable humanities and social science researchers with a compelling research vision to tackle the most significant questions in human health.

Scheme at a glance

Career stage:

Leading a research programme

Where your host organisation is based:

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

Level of funding:

From £250,000 to £1 million

Duration of funding:

Usually 3 to 5 years

Eligibility and suitability

What we offer

How to apply


Leading a research programme

For researchers with a PhD or the equivalent, and significant postdoctoral research experience.

Republic of Ireland
Low- and middle-income countries

See a list of low- and middle-income countries, as defined by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Develop your research career

See our other schemes for researchers who are interested in leading a research programme.

Key dates

We consider applications twice a year.

January 2018 round

  • Preliminary application deadline

    9 January 2018, 17:00 GMT

  • Full application deadline

    23 March 2018, 17:00 GMT

  • Shortlisting

    May 2018

  • Interviews

    July 2018

July 2018 round

  • Preliminary application deadline

    4 July 2018, 17:00 BST

  • Full application deadline

    18 September 2018, 17:00 BST

  • Shortlisting

    November 2018

  • Interviews

    January 2019

Contact us

Contact our information officers if you have a question about funding.

If you have a question about the scope and content of your proposal, contact the relevant person in our Humanities and Social Science team.

People we've funded

Mary Dixon-Woods

Mary Dixon-Woods RAND Professor of Health Services Research, University of Cambridge Investigator 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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