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The Oxford Policy Engagement Network offers up to £50k to enable researchers from any subject area to collaborate with partners in the policymaking community to tackle policy challenges.

How could your research help policymakers tackle the world's biggest challenges? From AI to statistics, energy to engineering, developments in science and technology have significant policy and regulatory implications.


The Oxford Policy Engagement Network (OPEN) is offering awards of up to £50,000 to enable researchers at the University and their partners in the policymaking community to collaborate in tackling public policy challenges. The Challenge Fund may be used to support new partnerships, activities and research, or for development of ongoing collaborations This year, for the first time, applicants can consider projects lasting up to 2 years.

Past Challenge Fund awards have enabled collaboration with partners in and outside the UK, in government, parliament, and civil society addressing challenges in areas such as climate change, the economy, health, international development, migration, and peacekeeping.

The Fund is intended to support applications that show strong potential to achieve impact in policy arising from excellent research and which, through collaboration, clarify, or expand, the range of options open to policymakers.

Proposals from those new to, or experienced in, policy engagement are equally welcome. Applications from researchers in any department or faculty are welcome, and those from researchers in the Humanities and Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Divisions are particularly encouraged.

To increase equality of opportunity across research disciplines and reduce the effect of unconscious bias as to the relative importance of different policy priorities, an element of randomisation will used to determine which of those proposals assessed as fundable receive funding.

You can watch videos that showcase the sorts of partnerships and projects researchers across the University have worked on with policymakers. Full length versions are available on youtube. Click here to watch the policy engagement showcase videos.


Deadline for applications 10 July 2023. 

The Oxford Policy Engagement Network connects more than 850 members in more than 50 departments and faculties across the University with opportunities to engage with the policymaking community locally, nationally, and internationally.

Click here for full details and to apply