Funding Opp: Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning

Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning (DRILL) is a ground breaking UK-wide programme fully funded by a £5 million grant from the Big Lottery Fund.  DRILL is the world’s first research and pilot programme led by disabled people and their priorities.

Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning is led in partnership with Disability Action Northern Ireland, Disability Wales, Inclusion Scotland and Disability Rights UK.

Applications are now invited for grants to carry out research and establish pilot projects on subjects reflecting the priorities of disabled people.  Partnerships, which include combinations of disabled people, their organisations, academics and potentially others, are expected to come together to develop and submit applications and, if funded, deliver their project through a process of coproduction.

Disabled people will be at the forefront of designing and delivering these projects.  The purpose is to build a better evidence base about approaches that enable disabled people to achieve independent living – to have choice and control over their lives in ways non-disabled people take for granted.

The above information has been taken from the funder’s website:

Funding available: £150,000
Closing Date: 27 July 2016

DRILL expects to fund approximately 40 projects over the next four years.

If you are interested in applying for this call please contact


Friday Funding # 1: Sustainability

Welcome to a new weekly blog post for funding opportunities. Each week we will be listing a selection of funding calls relating to a specific theme. This week’s theme is Sustainability.

Please see the following opportunities below:

Call Title: Environment and Sustainability Research Grants
Funder: Royal Geographical Society    Funding Available: £10k
Deadline: 09 May 16
Summary: Awards to researchers within 10 years of completing their PhD, for projects investigating some of the bigger issues of environmental sustainability including, but not limited to, water and development, energy security, and urban migration.
Link to Funder’s Page:

Call Title: Newton Institutional Links
Funder: British Council/Newton Fund     Funding Available: £50k-£300k
Deadline: 27 June 16
Summary: Aims to build UK-partner country research and innovation collaborations centred on shared research and innovation challenges which have direct relevance to social welfare and economic development.
Link to Funder’s Page:

Call Title: EPSA-2016 Grants
Funder: NERC/EPSA     Funding Available: £50k-£200k
Deadline: 17 May 16
Summary: Research synthesis projects designed to significantly advance global understanding on the way that ecosystem services contribute to poverty alleviation. The call will fund a set of projects that build upon the scientific advances and evidence generated by ESPA (Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation) projects.
Link to Funder’s Page:

Call Title: Development and implementation phase grants
Funder: Humanitarian Innovation Fund     Funding Available: £75k – £150k    
EOI by 24 May 16
Summary: Development of an innovation by creating practical, actionable plans and guidelines. Turning ideas into action, the development stage takes designs from the drawing board and transforms them into real-world solutions.
Link to Funder’s Page:

Call Title: International Development in the Research Networking Scheme
AHRC     Funding Available: £30k
31 May 16
Summary: This notice encourages research networking proposals which explore the contribution that arts and humanities research can play in debates about international development and/or to the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It also seeks to support the development of international boundary crossing collaborations with countries which receive Official Development Assistance (ODA) and/or with organisations which play an important role in supporting international development.
Link to Funder’s Page:

Call Title: Open calls
Global Innovation Fund     Funding Available: £30k – £10 million
Summary:  Investment designed to support innovations on their path to scale. Will also support some of the promising innovations that will change the development landscape that are currently only in their infancy. Flexibility to support innovators from early stage field pilots right through to large scale innovations.
Link to Funder’s Page:


If you have found an opportunity you would like to apply for please let the Research Support team know via

Next Week’s theme will be Digital Communities/ Digital Health.