Applications for this programme are now closed. New applications will be accepted in late 2017. 

Many important research questions and many of the challenges facing society today increasingly require interdisciplinary approaches. New advances in science, engineering, social sciences and humanities, as well as the development and adoption of new technologies, require collaboration across traditional disciplinary boundaries.

The Royal Academy of Engineering, British Academy, and the Royal Society, with the kind support of The Leverhulme Trust, have therefore undertaken a new initiative to start the APEX Awards (Academies Partnership in supporting Excellence in cross-disciplinary (X) research). These awards aim to demonstrate how researchers from different disciplines sharing a common vision can come together to generate creative and innovative solutions which will benefit the wider society.

The Awards are funded by the kind support of The Leverhulme Trust.

The Leverhulme Trust

The Leverhulme Trust was established by the Will of William Hesketh Lever, the founder of Lever Brothers. Since 1925, the Trust has supported grants and scholarships for research and education. Today, The Leverhulme Trust is one of the largest all-subject providers of research funding in the UK, distributing over £60m a year. The Trust provides funding across a range of academic disciplines such as arts, sciences, engineering and social sciences, with an aim of supporting talented individuals to realise their personal vision in research and professional training.

Key benefits of the Awards:

  • These Awards provide engineering academics, with an established background and a strong track record, an exciting opportunity to pursue genuine interdisciplinary and curiosity-driven research to benefit the wider society. Successful applicants will be expected to work in collaboration with relevant researchers from other disciplines (particular emphasis on the boundary between science, engineering, and the social sciences and humanities) based at their own or other UK universities.
  • Supports excellent researchers in developing their research in a new direction through collaboration with partners from other disciplines.
  • They also provide an opportunity for the junior academic to gain valuable teaching and administrative experience by covering the duties of the awardee.

Funding details

Funding will be available for up to £100,000 to fund staff costs of which no more than 25% of the total requested amount may be used for associated research costs. These can include consumables, equipment and collaborative travel. All Awards must commence between 1 September–1 November 2017 and can be held for up to 24 months.

The award contributes to the salary costs of the teaching replacement who will take over non-research related activities of the awardee (and/or the collaborator) for the duration of the Award (up to the equivalent of the minimum point on the lectureship scale as paid by the host university - basic salary only, including on costs - FEC will not be paid).

Note: The costs submitted in the application form should be those that will apply when the Award is anticipated to commence. Letter of support from the Head of Department must be submitted directly to the application portal by 6 January 2017.