Systems Change Accelerator research grants


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

Awarding grants up to £7,500 to support collaborative and interdisciplinary social innovation research.

Funds support research that aims to inform and to drive systems transformation for pressing social and environmental challenges, and to amplify the impact of research through public engagement.

The deadline for applications to the 2021 programme is Wednesday, 27 January.

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, through e.g. 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.

Previous grantees

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.