Seed corn funding application

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Background The Nuffield Foundation is making seed corn funding available in the form of small grants to enable work to develop bids for our Strategic Fund. This £15m Strategic Fund is intended to encourage ambitious, interdisciplinary research projects that will address some of the most important challenges facing UK society and the public policy agenda in the next decade. Through the Strategic Fund, we will make awards in the range of £1-3 million - increasing the scale, scope and influence of the research we fund. Details on the Strategic Fund are available here
Purpose of seed corn funding
Seed corn funding is intended to support the development of ideas for Strategic Fund applications. We recognise that applications of the scale and scope we are envisaging for the Strategic Fund will require extensive development. We do not expect every Strategic Fund outline application to require seed corn funding, and the award of such funding is not a prerequisite for submitting an outline application to the Strategic Fund. In other words:
  • Being successful in obtaining seed corn funding will not affect eligibility to apply for the Strategic Fund
  • Being successful in obtaining seed corn funding does not indicate favour towards the project or subject matter in consideration of Strategic Fund applications, or commit the Foundation to progressing work beyond the seed corn funding stage
  • Potential applicants to the Strategic Fund will not be disadvantaged in the process should they choose not to apply for seed corn funding
What will we fund? Any work that will clearly help to develop a potential application to our Strategic Fund. We anticipate that this might take the form of:
  • Convening an engagement event to support the development of a Strategic Fund proposal
  • Supporting an activity to build a consortium of expert partners to deliver a project of the scale and nature envisioned by the Strategic Fund
  • Reviewing the existing evidence base
  • Secondary analysis of existing data
  • New small-scale or pilot research
We will not fund work that is:
  • Part of an existing project (for example, topping up an existing grant)
  • Part of ongoing PhD-related research (either full, partial or follow-up funding)
  • A standalone project, with no follow-on plans
  • Writing up previous research activities
  • Being undertaken by students at undergraduate or masters level
  • Not related in major part to the UK (though we are open to international comparisons where findings are applicable to UK society)
We are highly unlikely to fund overseas travel or attendance at international conferences. Please read our Terms and conditions before submitting an application. The process Applicants should indicate the level of funding that they are seeking. We anticipate awarding grants in the region of £5,000 in most cases. We will make a decision on seed corn applications quickly: all funding decisions will be made within 20 working days of submission, but we will aim to respond to the majority of applicants within 10 working days. Requests for grants larger than £5,000 may take longer to process. The grant will be payable in a single, one-off payment on award.
After the completion of the work, seed corn grant holders submit a short report to the Nuffield Foundation.
ELIGIBILITY Who can apply?
  • Anyone who is suitably qualified/experienced to undertake the work for which they are seeking funding
  • Applicants must be employed by (or have a formal affiliation to) a UK-based institution/organisation that has a track record in undertaking research

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When can you submit applications? We will begin accepting applications from 20 August 2019. We will begin processing applications from 2 September 2019, and outcome notifications will be sent to applicants from 16 September 2019 onwards. We anticipate that seed corn funding will be available through 2020.
What happens after submission? After submission, applications will be reviewed by staff at the Nuffield Foundation. After 2 September 2019, we aim to notify applicants within 10 working days of submission. Please note that we will not provide detailed feedback on unsuccessful applications. Projects need to be completed within 3 months of their start date. If you encounter any issues with the submission of this form or have any queries, please contact seedcorn@nuffieldfoundation.org.
Please note: you will not be able to amend your application once it has been submitted.
Post award requirements Successful applicants are required to submit a short report (around 1,500 words) at completion of the project, due on the end of project date specified. This report should be similar to an executive summary, clearly describing (in non-technical language) what the applicant did and what were the results and the implications of the work.

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Information about personal data

Your personal data

We will only use your data for the purposes and in the ways set out below. For more details of our principles when dealing with personal data, see our Privacy Policy.


What we do with your data

We will use the data submitted on this form to process and make a decision on your application. As part of this review process, we may share your personal data with individuals outside the Foundation. This will always be on a confidential basis and we will ensure that your data is kept secure.


If we decide to award a grant, we will use the personal data submitted as part of your application for our grant management processes. We will include the name of the principal investigator in lists of our grant-holders and in summaries of funded projects published online and in hard copy. In addition to data processing for grant management, we will also use your data in ongoing monitoring and evaluation of our grant activities and impact assessment work.


Retention of your data

The data on the grants we award form part of the historical records of the Foundation. As an organisation with a strong interest in impact and trends over the long term, we need to retain our application and grant records on a similarly long-term basis. However, if we decide not to award you a grant, the details of your application will be anonymised after six years.


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and with the knowledge and agreement of all co-investigators and other staff named on this application.  I have read the guidance above for applicants and believe that this application meets the eligibility criteria for funding.  
Please Note: Applications cannot be amended after submission