TORCH Knowledge Exchange Projects Fund




TORCH Knowledge Exchange Projects Fund

Funded by TORCH’s research grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Up to £5,000 for projects – funding and activity needs to be complete by 1 April 2020


The TORCH Knowledge Exchange Projects Fund supports interdisciplinary, research-led, knowledge exchange projects. This opportunity aims to  support projects of any size that involve mutually beneficial collaborations between researchers and organisations external to the University. Previous examples have included partnerships with the NHS and Science Museum.  We are encouraging proposals from academics from across all Divisions of the University of Oxford, who are working in areas of humanities and science related research and/or in areas connected to diversity and inclusivity.  
Eligibility and Process
This fund is available to University of Oxford academics, researchers, and DPhil students, based in any Division. As part of the application process, your Faculty/Department will also need to give approval via IRAMs.
It is recommended that you get in touch with your Faculty beforehand to let them know you are applying.

Awarded funds are administered centrally from TORCH, rather than being transferred to Faculties/Departments to administer. TORCH will also provide some digital and logistical support.

We request a written report on the completion of the project.

How to apply and Selection criteria
Deadline for applications is 12pm (midday) 28 June 2019. Another round will be in Michaelmas term 2019.
Please send your application by the deadline via the online IRAMS application.
The application includes a case for support (word document) is to be completed. This document asks for applicant details, title and overview of the proposed research project, partner statement and outline budget.

Assessment of the applications will focus on:
•    The quality of the proposed project and the proposed benefit to the partner organisation;
•    The potential for the project to enhance the applicant’s research;
•    The potential for the project to contribute to developing a productive and long lasting partnership with the named organisation;
•    The ways in which the project will promote the reach and significance of research beyond the academic community.


A selection panel made up of researchers and judges external to the University will make the final decisions. Applications will be confidential at all times. All applicants will be informed within 1 month of the deadline.  


Professor Wes Williams

Knowledge Exchange Champion

Humanities Division



Dr Victoria McGuinness

Head of Research Partnerships

TORCH | The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities



Barbara Zweifel
KE Support Officer

TORCH | The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities