UCL Public Policy


Rapid Response Policy Advisory Scheme (UKRI-IAA's)

The scheme awards expert engagement grants to enable the development/delivery of urgent short-term policy work in response to policy demand. Up to £10,000 is available throughout the year to UCL academic-staff from all subject disciplines.

Funding available: Up to £10,000
Funding call: Open call with a rolling deadline 

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.

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 working in any subject discipline and at any stage in their careers can apply for this funding. Early career and underrepresented researchers are particularly encouraged to apply. (PIs must have a UCL employment contract in place at the 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).
  • The funding for this scheme comes from three UKRI funding sources (EPSRC, AHRC, BBSRC). You can show how it maximises the impact of research aligned with these portfolios.

For an informal discussion please contact Dr Olivia Stevenson, Deputy Director of UCL Public Policy.
For detailed guidance on IAA funding criteria, please also see Eligibility in the UCL I&E documentation

UCL I&E documentation


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 policy professionals


We may make changes to how this funding is delivered and administered as we understand more about the internal demand and what works.

>>To submit your application, please apply here: Microsoft Forms

Other funding Opportunities 


Rapid Response Policy Advisory Scheme (EPSRC, AHRC IAA)

< £10,000. Open; Rolling deadline. 

Policy Dialogues Funding (EPSRC IAA)

< £5,000. Closed. 

Policy Engagement and Impact Fellowship

6 awards of <£1,000. Closed. 

Small Grants Scheme

< £4,000. Closed.