Systems Change Accelerator research grants


Funding to apply, translate and amplify research findings for social impact.

Current grantees

2022-23 grantees

Matthew Amengual and Alexander Rustler  – Project Title: Weak states, strong corporations, and social conflict: how state-regulated private provision of public services changes firm-community disputes.


Aoife Brophy, Abrar Chaudhury, Jamil Wyne, and Courtney Savie Lawrence – Project Title: Assessing Climate-Technology Systems and Future Impact.


Michael Devereux, Bridget Kustin, and Stephanie Brobbey – Project Title: Wealth Management: Tradition Versus New Imperatives.


Akshay ManglaProject Title: Scaling-up Police Reforms: Systems Change for Women’s Security and Justice in India.

Previous grantees

2021-22 grantees

Aoife Brophy, Kaya Axelsson and Charmian Love Project Title: Net Zero Leadership. Read their full report and watch the research team discuss their findings in an Insights for Action seminar.

Dr Marc Ventresca and Jimmy Jia – Project Title: Podcast to Engage Saïd Business School Alumni in Climate-related Sectors for the Development of Core Curriculum Sustainability Case Studies. Listen to the Levers of Exchange podcast.


Researchers and their projects from the 2017/18 grant cycle

Tanja Collavo - Project title: Bridging the academia-practitioners gap to improve the ecosystem of support for social entrepreneurial projects.

Diana Dajer - Project title: Peacetech from the ground up (e-participatory budgeting as a social inclusion tool).

Karim Harji - Project title: Mapping impact expectations among impact investors. 

Ashley Pople - Project title: The Economics of Thinking Healthy. 

Who is the award for?

To be eligible for the grant you must:

  • Be a faculty member employed by the University of Oxford (s/he can apply as the Principle Investigator for a group award)
  • Propose a plan to use research to inform and drive systems change for social impact
  • Be committed to joining the Skoll Centre community of researchers and practitioners, eg through participating in key events
  • Be committed to equity, diversity and inclusion. We believe that more diverse and inclusive teams foster innovation, and will prioritise funding proposals from diverse teams that represent different identities, disciplines, and schools of thought. Priority will be given to proposals that explicitly value knowledge equity, and bring together different forms of lived, learned and practice expertise.