SSRP Funding

Learn about the ways we fund our projects and apply for funding for your own research.

SSRP Funds

The Sussex Sustainability Research Programme (SSRP) funds University of Sussex and Institute of Development Studies (IDS) interdisciplinary research projects focused on identifying trade-offs and synergies among the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The SSRP Impact Fund is currently open and accessible to existing or previously funded SSRP projects. The fund aims to accelerate impact and further engagement with these projects. See further details of the Impact Fund below.

SSRP Fund – latest call for proposals

SSRP Fund # 6: Re-engaging in sustainability research with the Global South

The SSRP is making available small grants for projects to help Sussex researchers re-engage with research partners in the Global South on key sustainability topics. As in the past, a range of projects will be supported that advance one or more SDGs and related issues. These include, but are not limited to:

  • environmental and human rights issues at forest margins
  • sustainability issues in peri-urban areas
  • linkages between poverty, environment, and health
  • the sustainability of the food system
  • climate mitigation and adaptation. 

See our research projects page for an indication of the type of projects supported to date.

Projects up to £20k will be funded. Because of university budgetary restrictions, funds must be used by 31 July 2022. The deadline for proposals will be Monday 31 January 2022 at 12 noon. 

Find further information regarding scope, eligibility and review criteria on the full SSRP Fund Call for Proposals [PDF 226KB]

  • Key dates
    Call issued

    Friday 7 January 2022


    Monday 31 January 2022 by 12:00 noon

    Panel meeting

    Friday, 4 February 2022

    Decision to applicants

    Monday 7 February 2022

    Latest project start date

    Monday 21 February 2022 (due to University budgetary restrictions)
  • How to apply

    Please complete the Application Form [DOCX 55KB] and return to Fiona Hurd at by 12:00 noon on Monday 31 January 2022. Because of the short turnaround, please be aware that late applications cannot be accepted.

For further questions about any details of the call or application process, please contact Fiona Hurd at

SSRP Impact Fund

The Sussex Sustainability Research Programme (SSRP) Impact Fund is designed to provide short-turnaround funds for SSRP-funded faculty to generate additional impact from their SSRP funded research. The fund is open to PIs, Co-Is and postdocs associated with SSRP-funded projects.

The fund will support impact and engagement activities that build and strengthen relationships and seek to accelerate the impact being generated from SSRP-funded research projects. Funding could be used for a range of activities, including but not limited to:

  • developing policy recommendations/documents with external partners
  • collaborative meetings overseas (noting that the visiting fellowship scheme will cover financing colleagues from overseas to visit Sussex)
  • research-based training for external partners
  • Short-term employment of research assistant to enhance impact
  • special Journal Issues
  • costs of organising special sessions on an SSRP topic at a national or international conference; cost of attending a conference to present SSRP results
  • costs of visits to key stakeholders and presenting SSRP results.

We envisage grants will be in the region of £1,000-2,000 for a period of up to 6 months. The upper limit of funding applications is £5,000 in exceptional circumstances (e.g. for unanticipated Special Journal Issue costs).

Ineligible costs

  • conference attendance
  • impact and engagement activities costs requested in the original SSRP funding application
  • hosting of overseas visiting fellows at Sussex (to be covered by SSRP Fellowship Fund).

Application process

Requests for funds may be submitted at any time using the SSRP Impact Fund application form. The Director of SSRP may also invite applications. Applications will be reviewed by the SSRP Secretariat and Directorate and if applicable, members of the SSRP Programme Management Group. These funds are available for SSRP-associated projects only.

Review criteria

  • evidence of need by project partners
  • evidence of how the proposed activity fits within a planned, sustained and strategic approach to engagement
  • demonstration of additionality to previous SSRP-funded activities.

Reporting requirements

Successful applicants will be expected to submit a very brief report on progress and outcomes to date. Reports will be expected after six months or at the end of the funding period.

Further information

If you would like to discuss your application, please contact Fiona Hurd, SSRP Programme Manager, at