Curatorial Research Grants are offered annually to institutions, galleries or museums to help towards the costs of appointing a Research Curator to undertake research for a specific project.

The Grant is an award of up to £40,000 to cover the full length of the research project.

Scope

Curatorial Research Grants are specifically designed to help institutions, galleries or museums towards the costs of appointing a Research Curator to undertake research for either:

  • An exhibition or installation of British art or architectural history, or related topic
  • A cataloguing project on part of a collection or archive that will result in a printed or online catalogue

Alternatively an institution may apply for a Curatorial Research Grant to provide replacement staff costs to provide temporary cover for a curatorial staff member to work on a specific exhibition or cataloguing project.

Applications for the support of part-time curatorial researchers are also welcome. 

Funding

Curatorial Research 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 award will be paid directly to the institution as a lump sum only.

The institution should give details of any financial support already in place or funding expected or being sought from other sources. 

Eligibility

Our funding programme supports scholarship, academic research and the dissemination of knowledge in the field of British art and architectural history only. All supported topics must have an historical perspective and all applications must demonstrate their association with the field of British art or architectural history.

Applications are open to international as well as national institutions.

The Grant is designed to cover the wage of a researcher, it is not to be used for other costs related to staging a curatorial project such as loans or equipment.

Only one Curatorial Research Grant application per institution will be considered each year. 

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

Application

Curatorial Research Grants are offered in our Autumn round of funding, applications will open mid August and close on 30 September.

To apply for a Curatorial Research 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 (example of which can be downloaded below) and provide the details of two referees.

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 and detailed timeline and budget in their application
  • The institution must provide details of the expected outcomes of the project in the application. Curatorial research might result in an exhibition (physical or virtual), an exhibition catalogue, or a printed or online catalogue of part of a collection/archive
  • The institution must provide annual reports on the projects progress until completion and a final report six months after the project has been completed