Children and Families, Law in Society, Education and Open Door

Please note that we updated our guidance for research and innovation grants on 12 February 2013. Please discard all previous versions of the Grants for Research and Innovation - Guide for Applicants and read the version on the how to apply page

The Foundation currently has four grant programmes that support research and innovation.

Children and Families - helps to ensure that the legal and institutional framework is best adapted to meet the needs of children and families.

Education -  supports innovative research and development in specific priority areas. 

Law in Society - promotes access to, and understanding of, the civil justice system.

Open Door - for projects that improve social well-being, and meet Trustees' wider interests, but lie outside the three programme areas above. 

Grants are mainly for research (usually carried out in universities or independent research institutes) but are also made for practical developments or innovation (often in voluntary sector organisations).

As an independent Foundation, we are well placed to deal with sensitive issues, to challenge fashions and tacit assumptions. We support people with creative ideas to identify change or interventions which will have a practical impact for researchers, policy makers and practitioners.

We do not fund the ongoing costs of existing work or services, or research that simply advances knowledge.