We believe policy and practice should be influenced by independent and rigorous evidence. We aim to ensure these qualities are maintained in the future by supporting the development of young scientists and social scientists.
Together with the ESRC and HEFCE, we are investing £19.5 million over five years in Q-Step, a programme designed to promote a step-change in quantitative skills for social science undergraduates in the UK.
Through our Nuffield Research Placements, we provide opportunities for school and college students to take part in STEM-related research. We are also building research capacity in rheumatic disease by developing a cohort of outstanding young research scientists through the Oliver Bird Rheumatism Programme.
We have also funded UK/Africa partnerships to increase the professional and academic training available for people in eastern and southern Africa.
About our capacity building programmes
Watch some short films of Lisa Howell's Nuffield Research Placement with Konik horses.
See how we are working with other foundations to combat neglected tropical diseases in eastern and southern Africa.
Find out how Oliver Bird student Lauren Whyte has been instrumental in discovering a new way to control the cells that destroy bone disease.
Social Science Small Grants Scheme
Our Social Science Small Grants Scheme closed in December 2010. Existing grant holders are not affected by the closure and the Conditions of Award still apply.