In September 2022, the British Academy announced a new round of the Academy Research projects. The scheme was previously open for applications in 2014 and now has additional funds to support new projects. Typically, projects supported through this programme obtain small-scale core funding and the kitemark of recognition that enables them to approach other funders with the Academy's endorsement of quality. The call is aimed at scholars in both humanities and social sciences and, on this occasion, the Academy is particularly interested in collaborative projects intended to provide infrastructural resources for other researchers and the wider public, which have a clear focus on longer-term sustainability, and a clear plan to move to financial self-stability after a fixed period of core funding from the Academy.
The Academy Research Projects are intended to offer the kitemarking of academic excellence to major long-term infrastructural projects or research facilities, intended to produce fundamental works of scholarship rather than to produce interpretative works or monographs.
The Academy grants the title of Academy Research Project to about 55 long-term enterprises, each organised and run by its own project committee. So long as the projects continue to work towards their agreed objectives and remain active and productive, the Academy expects to maintain long-term support. Current projects include some supported since the 1920s and 1930s.
The maximum grant is £5,000 per annum and it is desirable that the projects will be able to complete within 10 years.
Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:
Value and duration Up to £25k in the first instance (over 5 years) with the expectation that the projects will be reviewed for further funding if necessary.
Applicants will be asked to specify the expected duration of their project, understanding that the projects should set out a clear plan to move to financial self-stability after a fixed period of core funding from the Academy.