Make an impact on the research community – apply for Researcher-Led Initiatives funding now

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Do you have a bright idea for an activity to enhance your professional skills and benefit your community?

Open to doctoral and early career researchers, the RLI Fund gives you greater input into your support and development needs.

Apply for up to £750 to organise an initiative focusing on either:

  • equality, diversity and inclusion
  • mental health and wellbeing among researchers
  • public engagement
  • researcher training and development 

The 2022-23 call is now open to applications. Whether it’s a symposium or a journal club, a community network, podcast or a focus on citizen science, we want to empower you to do your thing.

How does it work?

Applications are invited for funding to support short-term, well-defined initiatives under one of four strands. Check out the list of previous awards for inspiration.

Once funded, activities are organised by the award recipients; support, where needed, should be provided by your School’s Research & Enterprise Coordinator (REC), and reimbursement is made through the School. 

A maximum of £750 is available for any one project, and awarded funds must be spent by the end of the current financial year (31 July).

Recipients must submit a short evaluation report after their activity has taken place, and may be asked to contribute to the Doctoral School’s Festival of Doctoral Research or RDP event to share their experiences.

How do I apply?

See the RLI Fund webpage for full details of the scheme, and get in touch at if you’d like to discuss a project before you apply.

Read the guidance notes carefully, then submit the application form before the deadline of Monday 14 November 2022. The previous applications on the website may help.

Proposals will be judged by members of the Doctoral School and of Sussex’s academic community after the deadline. We aim to get a decision to you within three weeks.