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Rapid Response Policy Advisory Scheme

Lack of time coupled with competing demands is an identified barrier to academic-policy engagement. To address this bottleneck UCL Public Policy has established a Rapid Response Policy Advisory Scheme, designed to support academic-policy engagement, by addressing known barriers that can prevent it from happening. The scheme awards Rapid Response Policy Advisory (RRPA) grants to enable the development/delivery of urgent short-term policy work in response to policy demand. Researchers are responsible for identifying urgent policy demand and completing the application form.

Funding Available: up to £5,000

Funding Call: Open call with a rolling deadline

What’s the funding for?:

  • Convening internal or external interdisciplinary meetings, preparing expert comment or policy briefings on emerging policy issues at short notice.
  • Small amounts of expenses to enable meetings with policymakers, attend or organise roundtable meetings, networking etc.
  • Any opportunity to engage with policymakers quickly where the ability to do so would otherwise be limited.

Am I Eligible to Apply?: You are eligible to apply for a Rapid Response Advisory Grant if you meet all the following criteria:

  • Identified a clear and urgent policy demand that requires a rapid response, supported by a policy contact / partner.
  • Applicants from all UCL academic staff will be considered (PIs must have a UCL employment contract in place at point of application that covers the full duration of the award. Note that postdoctoral researchers may be named as PI if they meet this criterion and have approval from their line manager and Head of Department).
  • Professional services staff are eligible to apply under HEIF.
  • If your subject discipline has a link to the current/recent EPSRC portfolio, please give details where applicable. For EPSRC IAA projects, at least one of the PI or Co-I(s) must have links to the underpinning EPSRC research grant. This person must either be a named investigator on the Gateways to Research page or have approval from a named investigator to link the grant to the project.

For an informal discussion please contact Dr Olivia Stevenson, Head of UCL Public Policy, or Carina Schneider, Public Policy Engagement Facilitator for BEAMS. 
For detailed guidance on EPSRC IAA funding criteria, please also see section A on Eligibility in the  


Assessment: The Public Policy team will assess the application in consultation with the Public Policy Advisory Committee and come back to applicants within a week of submission (minimum time period), we may ask the applicant to join this discussion and seek input from the relevant academic staff. Decisions will be made on consideration of one or more of the following:

  • Meeting the above criteria/eligibility
  • The potential for meeting urgent policy demand and generating policy related impact
  • The possibility to raise the profile of and/or levels of engagement with UCL’s public policy relevant research
  • The potential for developing new partnerships and/or deepening collaborative relationships with policymakers

Delivery: As this is a new funding approach, we may make changes to how it is delivered and administered as we understand more about the internal demand and what works.

Application form