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APEX Award 2021 for Researchers

APEX Award 2021 for Researchers in the United Kingdom

Country: UK
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Applications call for APEX Award 2021 for Researchers in the United Kingdom. The scheme offers established independent researchers, with a strong track record in their respective areas, an exciting opportunity to pursue genuine interdisciplinary and curiosity-driven research to benefit wider society.


The objectives of this scheme are to

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


The APEX Award Program 2021 has the following benefits

  • An award of up to £100,000 to fund staff.
  • Costs to relieve the applicant and/or co-applicant from some of their teaching and administrative duties.
  • Up to 25% of the total award can be spent on research costs.
  • Successful applicants can also apply for an additional £10,000 to support public engagement activities.
  • This can include consumables, equipment, collaborative travel expenses.
  • Costs of a teaching replacement to relieve the applicant and/or collaborator from some of their teaching and administrative duties. Also, grants can be held for up to 24 months.


Applications must be within the remit of more than one of the Academies. Applications that span the remit of the Royal Academy of Engineering and British Academy preferred. In addition to that, candidates applying for the position must have the following qualifications

  • A researcher with a strong track record as an established independent researcher (this can include engineering researchers, humanities, and social sciences scholars and scientists).
  • Based at a UK University or not-for-profit research institution for at least the duration of the project.
  • Applicants will be expected to collaborate with a research partner from a different discipline from their own or a different university in the UK.

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Type of Opportunity Competitions and Awards
Deadline29 October,2020
Open toAll
OrganizerThe Royal Academy of Engineering



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