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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Members can apply for up to £2,000 for one off activities that further the understanding and use of economics.
Members can apply for up to £600 for small grants to support independent economic research.
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.