Enhancing Research Culture: Open Call 2022-23

Enhancing Research Culture: Open Call 2022-23

Open call for projects that promote a more supportive, inclusive, and collaborative research environment.


The Research England Enhancing Research Culture Fund 2022-23 is now open for applications. We are seeking proposals for projects that address research culture challenges or enhance existing practice. Projects can be undertaken by researchers, academic, technical, or professional services colleagues, or teams comprised of diverse profiles.  

Proposals are invited for projects in the region of £5k – £50k (including directly allocated and incurred costs). Funds must be spent and goods receipted by 31 July 2023. This call has a total budget of £280k. 

The deadline for applications is Friday 9 December 2022 at 17:00. 

Aims of the scheme 

Proposals are welcomed for projects that promote a more supportive, inclusive, and collaborative research environment. Projects should boost both: 

  • the institutional or local research culture and  
  • colleagues’ own career development and profile. 

Projects may involve (but not be restricted to) scoping or collaborative activity, data collection and analysis, and engagement and dissemination activity.  

Engagement with research culture activities can take many forms and involve many different collaborators. We welcome applications from all those involved in contributing to a better research culture, at any size or scale. By investing in innovative solutions to shared challenges, we will inspire genuine, lasting organisational change. 

Projects may span one or more of our five research culture themes: 

  1. Personal Development, Reward and Recognition 
  2. Open Research and Impact 
  3. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Research 
  4. Responsible Research and Innovation 
  5. A Collegiate and Supportive Environment. 

Our statement on Research Culture provides our definition, aspirations, and commitments to achieving positive change at the University of Leeds. Information can also be found via the research culture webpages, and in the review of the 2022 Research Culture Awards and its accompanying video. 


The ERCF is open to individuals, research groups, institutes, Schools, Services, and Faculties at the University of Leeds.  We are keen to support a range of projects from people in a wide variety of roles, however we strongly encourage applications from the following:   

  • Early Career Researchers (self-defined) 
  • Colleagues representing diversity in all forms 
  • Teams with a broad range of experience and skills (e.g. academic, research, professional service and technical) 

We would also like to encourage more applications from Faculties that weren’t as well represented in applications to our Research Culture Awards including Arts, Humanities, and Culture and Environment. 

If you are a previous recipient of Enhancing Research Culture funding, you may apply to for the current round of funding to continue a previous project. 

Given the short spending period (6 months), there is an option to use the 2023 spend period to scope your project with the aim of completing the project with follow-on funding in 2024. We strongly recommend this option for as-yet-unscoped or unpiloted projects. 

How to apply 

Applications should be submitted to the Research Culture team by 17:00 on 9 December 2022 via email to researchculture@leeds.ac.uk 

Essential guidance, project examples, and a template application form can be found here: 

For enquiries please contact Holly Ingram, Research Culture Project Manager at researchculture@leeds.ac.uk   

Connect with the Research Culture team 

Join the Research Culture Team to stay informed of our activity, including bimonthly Culture Cafes, the monthly Research Culture Newsletter and events, and opportunities to connect with like-minded colleagues.