Funding Opportunities

The Independent Social Research Foundation wishes to support independent-minded researchers to explore and present original research ideas which take new approaches, and suggest new solutions, to real world social problems.

ISRF funding is awarded competitively through a series of grant competitions – for Early and Mid-Career Researchers, Independent Scholars, and for Small Groups.

The foundation also awards prizes for essays in Social Theory (in partnership with the Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour), Economics (Cambridge Journal of Economics) and Interdisciplinarity, and has previously run competitions in Organisation Studies (Organization Studies), and Digital Social Science (Big Data & Society).

Award recipients are invited to present their work at the ISRF Annual Workshop, previously held in Cambridge (2013), York (2014), Edinburgh (2015), London (2016), Amsterdam (2017), Berlin (2018) and Oxford (2019).

Existing or previous ISRF Fellows may apply to the the ISRF Dissemination Fund for one grant of up to £500 towards the cost of, for example, holding an event at which their book (or a book to which they have contributed significantly) is launched.