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21st Century Challenges Exploration Awards

Open call – considered every quarter starting October 2018

A key enabling activity in developing the 21st Century Challenge Programme, especially in the creation of Networks, is early-stage exploration of challenge-led priorities and identification of where STFC-funded capabilities could be applied to help provide solutions to these. The 21st Century Challenges Exploration Awards scheme provides a mechanism for Research Organisations to undertake small, exploratory projects aimed at identifying and exploring the potential of STFC-funded research to contribute to solutions to 21st Century Challenges.

Funding may be used to:

  • Engage with potential users at the STFC-21st Century Challenges interface to identify their research priorities and matching STFC capabilities
  • Identify existing and potential applications of STFC-funded research to 21st Century Challenges

Proposals may cover any topic of relevance to 21st Century Challenges. The scheme will provide funds of up to £20k to be used for:

  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Challenge Capability Mapping
  • Early Stage scoping studies

The aim is to contribute to the community’s and STFC’s knowledge of the 21st Century Challenge landscape, inform strategy and build interdisciplinary partnerships.

Please refer to the guidance notes (PDF, 105KB) for further information and how to apply.

Before applying please contact 21st Century Programme.

Exploration Award reports

Last updated: 14 December 2018


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