Seed Funding Grants

This programme will fund projects between £1,000-£10,000, for a duration of up to 9 months, between the dates of February 1, 2022–January 31, 2023. 

Please note that this grant scheme closed for applications on October 29, 2021. Those who have submitted applications will be notified of the outcome in due course. If you have any questions about this scheme please email:

Researchers at any career stage who work on the social study of science and religion in society are welcome to apply for this programme.

All applications should include:

  1. Application Form
  2. Project Budget
  3. Project Timeline
  4. A 2-page CV for each applicant and team member
  5. A signed letter of support from your institution(s)

Please use the above templates and email your completed applications to with a subject heading including your name and the title of the funding programme you are applying for (e.g., “John Doe. Seed Funding Application”).

Further guidance on how to complete the application can be found here:

Allowable Expenditure

Research grants will be administered by the University of Birmingham and provided to awardees as sub-awards.

Permitted uses of sub-award funding include:

  • Research expenses, such as research participant compensation or incentives, transcription costs, translation costs, reprographics, survey costs, and participant recruitment expenses
  • Salary costs and/or teaching buyout
  • Modest allowance for justifiable equipment, publication charges, software and other supplies

Funding CANNOT support any institutional overheads or indirect costs.

Given current global and local travel restrictions in many countries, we welcome grant applications that include novel ways to collect data, which might include incentives to participants to take part in interviews, or focus groups via digital platforms. Any plans for travel or in-person research should be based on a realistic assessment of COVID-19 risks/regulations.  Where travel or lodging costs are included they cannot consist of more than 10% of the overall grant requested.