The Nuffield Foundation is a charitable trust established in 1943 by William Morris, Lord Nuffield, the founder of Morris Motors.
We work to improve social well-being by funding research and innovation in education and social policy. We are also increasing the proliferation and quality of research and professional skills – both in science and social sciences – through our capacity building programmes.
We currently have four grant programmes open to applications for research and innovation projects.
Children and Families – helps to ensure that the legal and institutional framework is best adapted to meet the needs of children and families.
Education – aims to improve education opportunities and outcomes for all by funding projects in areas of early years education, mathematics education, secondary education transitions and student parents.
Law in Society – promotes access to, and understanding of, the civil justice system.
Open Door – for projects that improve social well being, but which lie outside our main programme areas.
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.