Discover Economics Grant

Economics departments and groups within UK universities now have the opportunity to apply for 2020 funding to support outreach activities for school and college students. Lead applicants must be members of the RES. The deadline for applications is 28 October 2019. Decisions will be made during December 2019, therefore it is advised that the propsed date of the project takes this into account.

What can I apply for?

This funding is designed to encourage school students to have an interest in economics.  Economics departments or groups within UK universities  can apply for funding to support outreach projects that combine talks, interactive games and networking/ career opportunities.

Funding is only for projects or events taking place in 2020 that are explicitly aimed at increasing diversity in undergraduate economics students.

Examples of groups targeted might be state schools, women or ethnic minorities.

In allocating Discover Economics Grants, the RES will aim to support a range of events across institutions, bearing in mind geographical spread and the nature of the student groups targeted. 

How much can I apply for?

Applicants can request funding up to a maximum of £5,000 but it is anticipated that grants awarded will typically be in the range of £2000-£3000.

It must be an activity taking place within 2020.

What’s required?

If you would like to apply for the Discover Economic Grant, the lead applicant must be a current RES member.

Download and complete the application form from this page. Once completed, please submit your application via the submit button.

(Note that previous applicants can submit again but you must mark 'no' against the previously funded question, in order to process your application). 

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About the Scheme

The purpose of the Discover Economics Grant scheme is to encourage universities in the UK to hold outreach programmes for school students and sixth formers to give them an introduction to economics as a field of study and profession. It provides grants annually to University Departments and groups within UK universities.

Many universities hold their own outreach programmes, and the RES has already supported a number of Discover Economics days around the country; at universities such as UCL, University of Manchester, University of Southampton and others, which you can read about in the case studies below. There is also a guide on how to run an outreach event.

Case Studies

Some universities, such as the Universities of Cambridge and Bristol, have already held their own successful outreach events. The RES has also supported several outreach events, which you can read about in the case studies below. There is also a guide on how to run an outreach event.

19 Aug 2019

Discover Economics Case Study: University of Manchester

Discover Economics

12 Jul 2019

Discover Economics Case Study: Annual Festival of Economics

Discover Economics

11 Jul 2019

Discover Economics Case Study: Aston University - Economics: Engaging, exciting … and for everyone

Discover Economics

09 Jul 2019

Discover Economics Case Study: UCL Discover Economics

Discover Economics

09 Jul 2019

Discover Economics Case Study: University of Southampton Dragonfly Day

Discover Economics

05 Jul 2019

Discover Economics Case Study: Women in Economics

Discover Economics

Resources

01 Aug 2019

How to run an outreach event

News

 

Special Projects Grant

Members can apply for up to £5,000 for one off activities that further the understanding and use of economics.

Small Academic Expenses Grant

Members can apply for up to £600 for small grants to support independent economic research.

Conference Grant

Members can apply for up to £500 to support those who are presenting an economic paper at a conference or are acting as the main speaker.