Collaborative Project Grants are designed to support the development of innovative collaborative research projects between two or more organisations in the field of British art and architecture.

The grant is intended to provide seed-money to fund a research project in which two or more partner organisations are involved and is designed to cover practical costs for enhancing the collaborative research project, including costs associated with travel, accommodation, meetings and scholarly workshops or events.

Outcomes of the Collaborative Project Grant could include a series of workshops or conferences, a publication, an exhibition, a digital project or the submission of a collaborative research project proposal to a major funding body.

Funding

Collaborative Project Grants are offered for up to a maximum of £40,000 to cover the full length of the project. Applications for less than £40,000 are also eligible.

The application must nominate one institution or applicant as the administrative lead. The awarded funds will be paid to this institution as a lump sum.

The grant is designed to cover the cost of the project participants’ research, travel, accommodation and meetings, and to help fund scholarly gatherings such as workshops, seminars and conferences.

Eligibility 

Our funding programme supports scholarship, academic research and the dissemination of knowledge in the fields of British art and architectural history, and of British visual culture understood more broadly, from the medieval period to the present day. All supported topics must have a clear art-historical perspective, including those that focus on recent or contemporary artistic practice. All applications must demonstrate that British art, architecture or visual culture provides a substantial focus for their project. Applications will be assessed according to their academic rigour, originality, and contribution to scholarship. We do not fund research projects focusing on archaeology, current architecture practice, or the performing arts.

Applications are open to international as well as national institutions.

For further questions on eligibility please contact the Fellowships & Grants Manager.

Application

Collaborative Project Grants are offered in our autumn round of funding. Applications will open early August 2021 and close on 30 September 2021.

To apply for a Collaborative Project Grant you must use our online system at grants.paul-mellon-centre.ac.uk. Once registered you will be able to fill out the online application form (an example of which can be downloaded below) and provide the details of two referees. Once the application is submitted we will contact the nominated referees with details on how they submit their references which must be completed through our online system and must be no more than 500 words.

Referees should have first-hand knowledge of the applicant’s academic career and the subject area for which funding is being sought. Advisory Council would like to be informed of the originality of the subject matter and the applicant’s suitability to pursue such research. Advisory Council would like to be informed of the originality of the subject matter and the applicant’s suitability to pursue such research. We do not accept references from individuals who are directly involved in the project or individuals who are affiliated with the institution (employee, trustee etc.) unless it is a large institution, such as a University, and the individual is not personally associated with the project. If you have any questions about your choice of referee, please emailed the Fellowships & Grants Manager at grants@paul-mellon-centre.ac.uk.

Applications and nominated referee details must be received by 30 September; referees have until 10 October to submit their references.

Requirements

  • Due to the large amount of funding offered, institutions should provide a comprehensive budget and detailed schedule of activity within the application (including proposals of meetings, visits, workshops etc). 
  • The participating institutions must provide details of the expected outcomes of the project in the application.
  • The participating institutions must provide a final report on the project six months after it has been completed.