nuffield foundation – Communities, Cohesion and Resilience Fund

A new research and policy collaboration from the British Academy and the Nuffield Foundation will award over £500,000 in research funding to identify practical solutions to increase the cohesion and resilience of local communities in the UK.


The British Academy and the Nuffield Foundation will facilitate the development of research proposals by bringing together early- and mid-career researchers from different disciplines, national and local policymakers, and people working on the frontline of local service delivery at a research innovation workshop in September 2021.

Participants will be encouraged to develop multidisciplinary research proposals that investigate:

  • the role of local and non-local ties in making some communities weaker, stronger, more cohesive, more vulnerable or more resilient than others; and/or
  • the nature of local and/or community assets, attributes and affiliations that enhance or impede individual welfare and social well-being.

Following the research innovation workshop, participants will submit applications for consideration by the Steering Group. Grants will range in value from £10,000 to £200,000 for projects of up to two years.

Applications from a wide range of academic disciplines and professional backgrounds are encouraged. As an example, applicants from a policy and delivery background may be working within government or the private or voluntary sectors at local, regional or national level. They might be responsible for policy or involved in the direct delivery of services within local communities. Those with a research background may be based in universities, research institutes, think tanks or voluntary organisations.

Applications to participate in the workshop will open in Spring 2021.

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