Sussex Researcher School

Researcher-Led Initiative Fund

Putting on a conference? Want to set up an Interdisciplinary group? Funds are available from the Sussex Researcher School (SRS) for researcher-led initiatives

The Researcher-Led Initiative (RLI) fund has been established to fund peer-led professional development activities for researchers. We are keen to sponsor initiatives that benefit a broad range of researchers (across disciplines and career stages). You may seek funding for activities that expand, complement or build on current provision for researchers.

Applications to the RLI fund are invited from researchers of all career stages (you must be currently registered for a doctoral degree at Sussex, or hold a contract of employment to conduct research or as a member of faculty)

Applicants are requested to consider the following before making an application:

  • How is the proposed activity intended to enhance professional development of researchers?
  • How interdisciplinary is the proposed activity? How might the activity be opened up to other researchers?
  • How the proposal addresses areas within the Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF).


Funding will not be given for research projects, travel, course or conference attendance, or staffing costs.


Check out the previous winning initiatives


Also, have an idea around research culture? The Research Staff Office are delighted to invite you to apply to the Research Culture Seeding (RCS) Fund; part of a range of initiatives that the University of Sussex has recently launched to help foster a creative, inclusive, and collaborative research culture here at Sussex. Open to Early Career Researchers, you can apply for up to £2,500 to organise an initiative. See the Research Culture Seeding Fund webpage for applicant guidance, terms and conditions, and to apply. The deadline for applications is Friday 15 April.

Current Call for Applications

The current call is for activities that are already in progress that you are seeking some support for and the funds must be spent by the 31st July 2014.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 11th April.

Award Amount

We would normally expect applications to be for less than £1,000, although more will be considered. If your application is successful, you will be asked to share the evaluation of your initiative with the SRS.

Application Form & Guidance Notes

Download the guidance notes to assist in completing and submitting your application form.

Download the RLI application form



For further information and questions, please contact Laura Chapman, Researcher Development Coordinator on extension 3366, or email

Sussex Researcher School