The Heritage Seed Fund is a new internal grant scheme to support research, knowledge exchange and public engagement with research projects with UK and/or international heritage organisations. The objectives for this fund are to: 

Develop new, and consolidate existing, research collaborations with the heritage sector.
Provide a ladder of engagement, enabling researchers to trial ideas and develop collaborative projects which may be continued after the end of initial seed funding.
Support agenda-setting interdisciplinary critical debate and discussion of heritage.

Funding Details:

There are two levels of funding available with closing dates in Hilary Term 2019 and Trinity Term 2019:

Workshops: Up to £1000 per application to support researchers who would like to develop a collaborative relationship with partner(s) in the UK and/or international heritage sector.
Projects: Up to £3000 per application to enable researchers to develop and deliver projects. These projects can be stand alone, or used as proof-of-concept for larger-scale funding applications. 

There is an additional fund to support Conversations (up to £200 per application) which is available to enable researchers to travel for exploratory meetings with potential partners in the UK and/or international heritage sector. This fund can also support travel from external partners to Oxford. This is available through submission of a Case for Support form to:

The total amount of funding available to support projects is £15,000.

Who can Apply:

The applicant must be a researcher at the collegiate university. This includes DPhil students, Early Career Researchers, teaching staff and Faculty members. DPhil applicants will require support from their supervisor, and the active engagement of a member of staff. Applications that are interdisciplinary and include participants from
different Divisions of the university are especially welcome.

Further Guidance Notes, Eligibility and Assessment Criteria 

The Application:

Online via the University’s Internal Research Award Management System (IRAMS) for Workshops and Project grants, via  email to for Conversation grants.

Key dates:

Application Opens: 29 November 2018 (Hilary Term) and 25 March 2019 (Trinity Term).

Funder Deadline:  28January 2019 (Hilary Term) and 03 May 2019 (Trinity Term).

Research Services deadline: 21 January 2019 (Hilary Term) and 26th April 2019 (Trinity Term).

Faculty first draft review deadline: 07 January 2019 (Hilary Term) and 12th April 2019 (Trinity Term).

EOI: 03 January 2019 (Hilary Term) and 5th April 2019 (Trinity Term).