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HSS Impact Funding

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences has created a fund for developing research impact. This fund is open to all Schools and Departments within the Faculty and supports new or continuing research impact activities which are of a clear strategic nature.

Applying to the Impact Fund

Examples of uses of this fund include:  

  • Organising an event to introduce research findings to potential non-academic users or beneficiaries;  
  • Producing a tailored, non-academic publication summarising the results of a piece of research;  
  • Producing research results in alternative formats, such as film, website etc;  
  • Paying for assistance to collate audience responses to a public or practitioner exhibition, programme or event that disseminates academic research;  
  • Collecting other forms of evidence (i.e. data, web-usage, feedback analysis etc.) that document the significance and reach of research impacts;  
  • Eliciting statements of evidence from beneficiaries or users of QMUL research in HSS.  

This is not a definitive list, and applicants are encouraged to be imaginative in the activities that they put forward for support.  

The fund is not able to support buyout from teaching or other duties. It is expected that workload issues of this kind are addressed within Schools and Departments prior to application.  

Potential applicants must discuss and obtain sign-off on all impact funding options with the impact lead or Director of Research in their School/Department before submitting an application 

Requests for funding can range from £500 to £3,000 and applications will be considered within two weeks by a Faculty panel.  

Requests for funds are open from 1st November 2021 to 1st June 2022 and can be made at any time during this period, with all funds to be utilised by 31st July 2022. Requests for further details on the application can be made by the panel during the process.  

Decisions on awarding funding will be based upon: 

  • Plans for the production of evidence of the impact of research; 
  • The demonstration of links between impact activity/ies and research outputs; 
  • The potential of the activity to contribute to research impact culture (whether it is future applications for external funding or future impact projects);  
  • The feasibility and timescale of the proposed activity/ies; 
  • The costings provided and value for money; 
  • The amount of money already awarded from this fund to the School/Department or an individual or group of researchers within the current and previous financial year. 

Application Form

All applications should be made by completing the form below and emailing it to Luke Cridland, Research Impact Manager,

HSS Impact Fund Application Nov 2021-Jun 2022 [DOC 30KB]

Post-Award Reporting

A short report on how the funds were used and what was achieved will be requested from awardees 6 weeks after the expected activity.

Applicants may be asked to provide details including images, data, and testimonies to support the production of materials that promote HSS and QM’s Impact activities and culture for internal and external audiences, with recognition given to data protection, image rights and other concerns.

A report template will be sent to successful applicants.


Collaboration and Strategic Impact Fund Nov 21 - Jan 22  

The HSS Collaboration and Strategic Impact Fund welcomes proposals from individuals and groups of researchers in Humanities and Social Sciences in order to develop research collaborations with external, non-academic partners to deliver research activity with significant impact. Projects should involve collaboration with external non-HEI partners in the co-creation of research based on the earlier research activity of the applicant(s). The scheme will run over 7 months from January 2022 and spend needs to be completed by end of July 2022. Using funds allocated to the Faculty from the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF), applicants can submit proposals for up to £10,000 per project for individual led projects, and up to £15,000 for group led projects. The scheme will be managed by the HSS Faculty Team.  

The deadline for submission of bids is Mid-Day on Friday, 14 January 2022 


  1. Academic staff in teaching and research roles or groups of academic research staff within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences are eligible to apply to this scheme. 
  2. Group applications may be submitted, but each project must nominate a lead applicant. 
  1. Doctoral students and research staff who are not employed within the Faculty as independent researchers may not apply as lead applicants. However, proposals which are designed to offer experience of external collaboration to less experienced colleagues, including doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers,are strongly encouraged. 
  2. Projects that have long-term potential impact on the Faculty’s research will be prioritised. 
  1. Proposals must include a minimum of one non-academic partner but there are no restrictions on the size, type, sector or location of the partner organisation. Proposals with an international dimension are welcome, as are those proposals which involve collaboration with more than one partner. The role and contribution of each project partner must be clearly defined.  
  2. Proposals must include measurable objectives, clear research outputs and a project timetable. No monies may be carried forward into a new financial period, and all project expenditure must be incurred by 31 July 2022 


Whilst the HSS Collaboration and Strategic Impact Fund will support the development and expansion of existing partnerships and collaborations, proposals that seek to stimulate new, potentially long-term relationships are also strongly encouraged where they are based on an existing collaborative activity. In addition, we will support proposals that demonstrate external research and innovation activity to underpin impact.  

Funding will support a range of activity including secondments, exchanges, stand-alone projects, commercial activity, and resource development such as the development of exhibitions and digital content, business development and product development. This list is not exhaustive and further advice and guidance as to the suitability of this funding for your project is available from the HSS Faculty Team.  

Proposals must:  

  1. Build on the previous research of the academic lead. 
  2. Clearly define how the partnership and the funds you are seeking will enable you to shape your research agenda after the award period in a sustainable fashion. 
  1. Stimulate research-led interactions with non-academic partners and collaborators that will lead to jointly created outputs and/or knowledge. 
  2. Articulate a rationale for the partnership and identify the benefits for academic and non-academic participants. 
  1. Significantly increase the opportunity for ideas and findings to have an impact on the private, public and/or third sectors, with the intention of developing future impact case study activity. 
  2. Indicate how projects align with institutional, School and Faculty priorities. 
  1. Articulate how the project will further the development of impact activities and outputs in collaboration with external partners. 

Funding may be used for:  

  • Modest staff costs for partner organisations, where participation would otherwise be impossible.  
  • Staff costs for Queen Mary researchers other than independent research staff to enable their participation on the project. PhD students are eligible for such costs . Queen Mary staff costs must be provided by JRMO.  
  • Hosting events, exhibitions, workshops. This may include venue hire, hospitality and associated costs.  
  • Essential travel and subsistence for staff, key participants and/or collaborators costed according to Queen Mary Financial Regulations  
  • Technical or specialist expertise (e.g. translation, transcription, digital resource development, exhibition development).  
  • Dissemination events or activities, and public engagement events where these activities form a part of an overall project. Public Engagement should not be the primary focus of proposals submitted to this scheme, as other internal and external funding is more suitable for projects designed to primarily test or develop research related public engagement.  

Funding may not be used for:  

  • Buy-out costs for the Academic lead or other academic applicants.  

Assessment criteria

Applications will be assessed against the following criteria:  

  • Articulation of the connections between the research interests of the applicants and the needs of the external partner.  
  • Quality of the impact development plan: including clear objectives and milestones and evidence that the project will be managed to maximise these impacts. This includes a commitment on behalf of the applicant(s) to develop an impact case study from this activity.  
  • Alignment with institutional and/or Faculty strategic objectives, relating to potential future research grant applications and the production of excellent research outputs.  
  • Identification where appropriate of the likely target audiences/users for the project and how they will be reached.  
  • Identified financial or in-kind support from external partners.  
  • Letter(s) of support from external partners.  

Evaluation of bids

The bids will be evaluated by Professor Matthew Hilton, Professor Adrian Armstrong, Dr Martin Welton, Dr Sharon Ellis and Faculty Research Manager. Members of the evaluation panel will not be eligible to lead bids but may take part in bids led by others.  

Application process

The deadline for submission of bids is mid-day on Friday, 14 January 2022 (please submit one document in pdf).  

Decisions and feedback will be communicated following a panel review at the end of January.  

All applicants must ensure they have the support of their Head of School (or delegated authority) before an application is submitted.  

Application forms should be submitted to Anna Boneham ( in one pdf.

HSS Collaboration and Strategic Impact Fund Application Form 2021-22 [DOC 35KB]

Successful applicants may be asked to provide details including images, data, and testimonies to support the production of materials that promote HSS and QM’s Impact activities and culture for internal and external audiences, with recognition given to data protection, image rights and other concerns. 

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