This special programme of grants and fellowships, launched by the PMC in May 2020, is designed to help support the field of British art studies during the COVID-19 crisis. It will provide quickly released funding for both individuals and institutions, and is intended to sustain research, writing and thinking on British art and architecture during a period of unprecedented disruption for our scholarly and curatorial communities.


Research Continuity Grants are awards of £10,000, designed to enable institutions to continue planning and conducting curatorial and scholarly research projects during the coming year, on topics drawn from the history of British art and architecture.

Eligibility

The Research Continuity Grants are intended for institutions such as galleries or museums, which are based within the arts and cultural sector and which have been affected financially by the COVID-19 crisis.

Our funding programme is designed to support scholarly research and the dissemination of knowledge in the field of British art history. Applicants must therefore demonstrate that their institution is actively involved in pursuing a scholarly or curatorial project on British art or architecture of any period, which might take the form of an exhibition, cataloguing project, research project or publication. They must also describe the ways in which the Research Continuity Grant would enable these projects to be sustained during the twelve-month period covered by the award: that is, from June 2020 to May 2021. 

Funding

Research Continuity Grants are awards of £10,000 and will be paid to the organisation as a single lump sum.

Timetable

These grants will be awarded and released in early June 2020, and are designed to help sustain research projects operating across the period 1 June 2020 to 31 May 2021.

All successful applicants must complete a final report in June 2021.

Application

Applications for Research Continuity Grants will open on Tuesday 28 April and close at midday on Tuesday 19 May. All applications must be made online through the grants.paul-mellon-centre.ac.uk website. Once registered you will be able to fill out the online application form – no references are required for this grant.