Theatres Seed Fund 2019-2020

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Proposals are sought from Oxford researchers in any Division to develop new, and contribute to existing, research collaborations with theatres and theatre-makers in Oxfordshire.

The Theatres Seed Fund is an internal grant scheme that supports research, knowledge exchange, and public engagement through collaborative projects between researchers and Oxfordshire theatres and theatre-makers.

The objectives for this fund are to:

  • Develop new, and consolidate existing, research collaborations.
  • Provide a ladder of engagement, enabling researchers to trial ideas and develop collaborative projects which may be continued after the end of initial seed funding.

This year there will be two deadlines, with up to £5,000 available at each from a total pot of £10,000.

The first deadline is 12 noon, Thursday 24th October, and the second 12 noon, Thursday 21st November. All funding must be spent by 31 July 2020.

Grants of up to £3,000 per application are available to enable researchers to develop and deliver collaborative projects with Oxfordshire theatres and theatre-makers. These projects can be stand-alone, or used as proof-of-concept for larger-scale projects and funding applications.

This funding round has now taken place. If you have any questions, please contact Ruth Moore, Theatre Project Officer.


Guidance Notes, Eligibility and Assessment Criteria can be downloaded here: 



Who can apply?

Applicants must be a researcher at the collegiate university. This includes DPhil students, Early Career Researchers, teaching staff and Faculty members. DPhil applicants will require support from their supervisor.

I’m a theatre maker, can I make an application?

Only Oxford University researchers can make an application. If you have an idea for a collaborative project, please contact Dr Hannah Coleman Manktelow (Connecting Researchers and Oxfordshire Theatres Project Officer), who will be able to advise you on connecting with researchers.

Is this only for new projects?

The Theatres Seed Fund supports the development of existing projects as well as new projects.

What kind of activity will you fund?

In the 2018/2019 academic year, the Theatres Seed Fund paid for a variety of project costs including rehearsal and performance space, research assistants, dramaturgs, videographers, scriptwriters, photographers, directors, actors, consultants, production materials, refreshments and travel.

If I apply unsuccessfully to the October 24th deadline, can I apply again in November?

Yes. We will provide brief feedback to all unsuccessful applicants and you are welcome to reapply for the second round with a revised application.

How is the funding administered?

All services must be invoiced for in advance; products (travel tickets, materials, consumables) will be claimed through expense forms.