We’ve detected that you are using an outdated browser. This will prevent you from accessing certain features. Update browser

Grant application process.

Before applying for funding you should read the general information below along with the supporting Guidance notes (note these were revised on 6 April 2017).

If you decide you want to apply you must upload your application to our grant portal.

Applying for funding

First of all, read guidance note 1 to find out our strategy and what is in scope, and read our strategy.

Our aim is that the majority (80%) of our funds are committed through directive approaches, such as advertised calls for applications on specific subjects. Our foresight reviews are one mechanism we use to investigate where we should focus our funding, before issuing a call. However, we are still open to receiving unsolicited proposals and applications.

Outline proposal

If you have read our mission, strategy, delivery plans and publications, but are still unsure if your project is in scope, submit an outline proposal for a decision in principle. We will let you know if we are interested in pursuing your idea – if so, you will be invited to submit a full application, without implying any commitment from either party.


You may submit an application without first submitting an outline proposal. Please see below for what to include in your application.

How we will assess your application

The Foundation has a formal governance structure for grant decision making.

All proposals and applications are reviewed initially at our monthly grant applications meetings. When we confirm receipt we will let you know the date of the next meeting.

Sometimes we may request further information for due diligence purposes.

Are there deadlines for submitting applications?

Normally, the Foundation can receive grant proposals and applications at any time. However, we will be launching our new strategy at our international conference on 9-10 October and are not accepting any applications under our main grants scheme until after that.

***Main grant applications programme temporarily closed ***

We are launching a new strategy at our international conference in London on 9 and 10 October 2019. Therefore, we are currently not accepting full grant applications under our main programme.

The following two schemes are still open for applications:

Opening access to Heritage & Education Centre collections (previously called ‘Using Heritage & Education Centre digital collections’): small research grants of up to £15,000 to make use of Lloyd's Register Foundation's Heritage & Education Centre digital resources. Find out more.

Outline proposal: you can submit this short form if you think that you have a creative idea, within our mission, that could help us meet our seven new challenges:

  • Safety at sea
  • Safety of food
  • Safety of physical infrastructure
  • Safety of digital and data driven systems
  • Safety for a sustainable future
  • Closing the gap between public perception and real-world risk
  • Improving access to engineering skills

If we are interested in finding out more about your proposal we would invite you to submit a full application, without any commitment to funding at that point.

We will review outline proposals out our monthly initial review meetings.

Our planned dates are as follows:

Deadline for submissions Grant application meeting
5 August [to be considered at the September Board meeting] 15 August
2 September 12 September
3 October 15 October
31 October [to be considered at the December Board meeting] 12 November
2 December 12 December

We try to feed back to applicants within a week of each Grant application meeting. Exceptionally, we may have further internal discussion before feeding back.

What should you include in your application?

Our form has some specific headings such as risks, impact and benefit. The points below should guide you in completing these sections and the executive summary:

  • How you are helping us meet our mission, strategic themes, objective and funding priority
  • What scientific question or societal challenge relevant to our mission will the funded programme answer
  • What are outputs, outcomes, impact and benefit to society that you expect to achieve?
  • How do you propose achieving it: methodology, governance, timescales, outcomes, indicators of success
  • Any partner organisations and their financial or in-kind contributions
  • Evidence of excellence of your and partner organisations, team and individuals
  • How the results will be disseminated
  • Budget breakdown by year and categories of expenditure. Also give this information for any partners who will receive our funding
  • Sustainability: if the activity is to continue after our period of funding, what are your plans for future funding?

Your application will normally form part of your contract, against which progress and success will be measured. Please see guidance note 7 for a framework which should help you to describe the impact you expect to achieve.

Will we ask you to make a presentation?

No, we do not require a presentation. We may arrange a discussion or meeting with you to find out more information or gain a better understanding of your organisation and your application. There is no need to attend a Grants Committee or Board of Trustees meeting.

Should I send hard copy?

We do not need hard copies of any documents.

Will we give you feedback if your application is rejected at any stage?

Yes, of course. We will let you know our reasons.

Hit enter or the arrow to search Hit enter to search

Search icon

Are you looking for?