Applications for this scheme are now closed.

In partnership with the British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society (‘the Academies’) and with generous support from the Leverhulme Trust, the APEX award (Academies Partnership in Supporting Excellence in Cross-disciplinary research award) scheme offers established independent researchers, with a strong track record in their respective area, an exciting opportunity to pursue genuine interdisciplinary and curiosity-driven research to benefit wider society. 

The objectives of this scheme are to:

  • Support outstanding interdisciplinary research which is unlikely to be supported through conventional funding programmes
  • Promote collaboration across disciplines, with a particular emphasis on the boundary between science and engineering and the social sciences and humanities
  • Support researchers with an outstanding track record, in developing their research in a new direction through collaboration with partners from other disciplines
  • Enable outstanding researchers to focus on advancing their innovative research through seed funding

For the purposes of this scheme interdisciplinary research is defined as:

"Interdisciplinary research (IDR) is a mode of research by teams or individuals that integrates information, data, techniques, tools, perspectives, concepts, and/or theories from two or more disciplines or bodies of specialized knowledge to advance fundamental understanding or to solve problems whose solutions are beyond the scope of a single discipline or area of research practice. Successful IDR plans and supports research practices and outputs greater than the sum of their constituent disciplinary parts.”

Funding details

This scheme provides:

  • An award of up to £100,000 to fund staff costs of which no more than 25% may be used for associated research costs
  • This can include consumables, equipment, collaborative travel expenses
  • Costs of a teaching replacement to relieve the applicant and/or co-applicant from some of their teaching and administrative duties
  • Grants can be held for up to 24 months

Note: requests for any other salary costs e.g. for research assistants, post-docs or studentships etc. cannot be included in the application. Note that awards under this scheme will not pay indirect and estate costs.

All awards must start between 1 September 2018 and 1 November 2018. 

For further details, please read the guidance notes in the How to apply page. If your query is not covered in the FAQ page, please contact

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