What we fund

Grants are generally given for capital infrastructure (new build, refurbishment and equipment) supporting excellence in the fields of science and medicine, health & disability, education and the arts & humanities.

The large majority of our funding is allocated through open programmes (i.e. programmes which are open for any applicant to apply, albeit within defined eligibility criteria). We also run a small number of closed programmes (i.e. programmes where the particular field being funded is tightly defined and where we work with a number of carefully selected organisations). Generally our capital infrastructure programmes are open programmes and our closed programmes are all bursary, scholarship or salary schemes focussed on people rather than buildings or equipment. Information on all of our programmes is available on this site, including information on how to apply, via the menus to the left. We welcome applications under our open programmes but do not accept unsolicited applications under our closed programmes.

Partnership programmes

The Foundation is committed to working, where possible, in partnership with other funders and expert bodies. A number of our funding programmes are administered by other organisations and this website provides details of those programmes, including links to the relevant information on how to apply (which is generally via the partner organisation rather than direct to us). By partnership programmes we mean all programmes that are administered and/or co-funded by other organisations.

For more details on specific programmes, as well as information on how to apply, please follow the links to the left. Our recent Annual Reports detail all grants awarded under each programme heading during the relevant year.