Seed Awards in Humanities and Social Science

Seed Awards help researchers develop compelling and innovative ideas that may go on to form part of larger grant applications.

The next funding round will be themed. We'll provide more information soon.

Scheme at a glance

Career stage:

Early, Intermediate, Senior, Returning to research

Level of funding:

Usually £25,000 to £50,000, but up to £100,000 for themed rounds

Duration of funding:

6 to 12 months

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.

Key dates

The next deadline will be announced soon. Please check this page for updates.

Contact us

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

Or call

+44 (0)20 7611 5757

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