Research Resources Gants - Support for Libraries and Archives

Publish Date: Aug 09, 2016


Research Resources Grants improve access to health-related library and archive collections across the UK and Republic of Ireland by supporting cataloguing, conservation and digitisation projects.

Scheme at a glance

Level of funding:Up to £10,000, or £10,000 to £150,000

Duration of funding:Up to 3 years

Who can apply

All libraries and archives across the UK and Republic of Ireland can apply for Research Resources Grants.

Projects should focus on collections of:

  • printed books
  • documents
  • film and photographic materials.
  • Scoping grants up to £10,000

These grants are suitable for libraries and archives that need the help of external experts to assess collections. These experts produce detailed reports on the content and condition of the collections.

Grants from £10,000 to £150,000

Your project should meet both the international standards set for cataloguing (ISAD[G] and MARC) and the preservation standards outlined by the Institute of Conservation (ICON). Your application should:

show how the collection could support research in health-related humanities and social science subjects
identify researchers who may want to use the collection(s) you propose to develop.

Who can't apply

  • Individuals.
  • Academic departments.
  • Private collections.

What we offer

Research Resources Grants have two levels of funding:

Scoping Grants up to £10,000

Grants normally last for up to a month. The support is to pay for skilled external experts (normally a conservator and an archivist).

Grants from £10,000 to £150,000

Grants normally last between one to three years. Support includes:

  • staff
  • project expenses
  • transport costs to cover the transfer of collections

You can also apply for public engagement funds to involve the public in your research and inspire learning.

What we don’t offer

We don't fund on a proportion of full economic costs in UK universities.

How to apply

You must submit your application through the Wellcome Trust Grant Tracker (WTGT) which can be found in the "Further official information" below.

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If your project involves the digitisation of analogue material – including text, audio and video – for use over the web, please read our Technical guidelines for digitisation projects [PDF 148KB] before you apply.

Scoping grants up to £10,000

If you're interested in a scoping grant, please contact us before you apply. You can submit a full application at any time of the year. We'll give you a decision within two months.

View a sample full application form for Research Resources Scoping Grant [PDF 959KB].

Grants from £10,000 to £150,000

It usually takes eight months from submitting your preliminary application to receiving a final decision.

1. Submit your preliminary application

If suitable, we'll invite you to submit a full application.

2. Submit your full application

View a sample full application form for Research Resources Grant [PDF 1.3MB].

3. Review and shortlisting

The Research Resources Funding Committee meets twice a year to review full applications.

4. Decision

We'll usually give you a decision within six weeks of you submitting a full application.


Grants from £10,000 to £150,000 are considered twice a year. You must submit your application by 17:00 (GMT/BST) on the deadline day. We don't accept late applications.

Scoping grants up to £10,000: application deadline is any time of the year
Grants from £10,000 to £150,000: application deadline 17 October 2016

For more information click "Further official information" below.

Further Official Information

Link to Original

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Eligible Countries

United Kingdom