Funding applications open for innovations to overcome major contemporary challenges

05 October 2022

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The Oxford Martin School has opened its latest round of funding, inviting Expressions of Interest for research to develop state-of-the-art innovations to overcome global challenges or to drive their deployment and adoption.

“Our founder, Dr James Martin established the Oxford Martin School to innovate and find solutions to the most pressing global challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. He saw that it is vital not only to develop new technologies, but to understand how these could deliver improvements for society,” said Dr Jean-Charles Buffet, Research and Programmes Manager at the Oxford Martin School. “Yet invention and innovation are not straightforward as new technologies co-evolve with organisational, cultural, legal and behavioural changes. We encourage Expressions of Interest that demonstrate ingenuity and new thinking, but also ones that drive the practical implementation of new ideas.”

The School is inviting Expressions of Interest around the development of state-of-the art innovations to address a major contemporary challenge, the development of novel ways to remove barriers to the deployment, adoption or effectiveness of important innovations, or both. We take a broad view of innovation and see it as a real-world implementation of a new idea, method or device. Potential barriers could include economic, cultural, social or involve legal or governance constraints.

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 5pm on Monday 30th January 2023.