Funding applications open for solutions-focused research impacting future generations

29 November 2023

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The Oxford Martin School has opened its latest round of funding for 2023, inviting Expressions of Interest for research that are solutions-focused and could have a major impact on current and future generations.

The School is particularly looking for high-risk, high-reward ideas that would not normally be fundable through conventional research funding channels.

Dr Jean-Charles Buffet, Research and Programmes Manager at the Oxford Martin School, said:

‘The Oxford Martin School was founded by Dr James Martin on the basis that it would help find solutions to the most pressing challenges of our time, particularly those that require a truly interdisciplinary approach. All our programmes are required to demonstrate a clear and feasible pathway to delivering impact and implementation – from innovations in the sciences to expert advice and policy recommendations.

‘Although in the past applications needed to meet a specific theme, this time we are considering any project that addresses our mission.’

The School is inviting Expressions of Interest that addresses the School’s mission and which addresses the following questions:

  • Scale: does the project address a contemporary challenge of global significance?
  • Excellence: does the project involve research of the highest international standard?
  • Impact: will this research make a major positive difference in the world beyond academia, and how will this be achieved?
  • Additionality: what is novel about the proposed research, and why should this research be funded by the Oxford Martin School, rather than by another funder?

Researchers are encouraged to read the full application guidelines and eligibility criteria prior to the development of a formal Expression of Interest and follow the suggested next steps within the document.

It is anticipated that the Oxford Martin School will contribute £100,000 to £1 million per project over a period of one to five years.

The deadline for Expressions of Interest is 5 pm on 19 February 2024. Potential applicants are more than welcome to email Jean-Charles on for further information.