Ignite - funding for researchers
The Cultural Institute’s Ignite fund supports researchers at Leeds to develop research partnership projects. It is open to researchers in any faculty or discipline. 

Ignite provides funding for projects that have a clear focus on developing a working relationship between the University and external organisations to support engaging, relevant and impactful research.

We support projects which achieve clear benefits and impacts for both the University and the external partner (or partners). All projects should provide the opportunity to explore ideas and areas for development, to work with external partners to improve the quality of our research and demonstrate how they can form the basis of a potentially fundable longer term project plan or programme of activity. 

How to apply

Deadline for applications – 18 November 2019

We provide funding between £500 and £2000 for academics to develop an interdisciplinary partnership project with a cultural element that aims to:

  • Develop research impact by building an effective working relationship between the University and external organisation
  • Form the basis of a potentially fundable longer term project plan or programme of activity.
  • Provide value for money
Applicants can work with a non-Higher Education partner from any sector or discipline, although the project itself must have an arts or humanities research focus. This can be achieved, for example, by project teams including researchers from the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures, or by working with a cultural or creative sector organisation.

Lead applicants must be academic staff employed by the University until at least 31 July 2020, and cannot be a postgraduate researcher.

Download guidance and application form

If you have any queries about making an application please contact culturalinstitute@leeds.ac.uk.