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As governments come under increasing pressure for political accountability, there is an increased demand for evidence-based policy derived from the insights of academic research. The Oxford Policy Exchange Network is a new University-wide initiative designed to support policy engagement. Successful applicants will form our first cohort of Policy Fellows under this banner. The aims of this Fellowship scheme are: to build partnerships with a view to shaping the policy agenda in global, national, and regional contexts; to support evidence-based policymaking; to develop and sustain strategic relationships with policymakers; and to improve and diversify the breadth of policy engagement at Oxford through policy partnerships. If you have an idea and want to discuss its fit with this scheme contact Social Sciences Division Senior Research Impact Facilitator Aileen Marshall-Brown.

Open to: Oxford researchers from any discipline across the University

Possible partners: local authorities and regional policymakers, national level policymakers – UK or overseas, international and intergovernmental bodies, think tanks and lobby groups, regulators, third sector policy-related organisations and public sector bodies.

Max award: £25K (£100K in pot, approx. 4-6 awards) 

For details of how to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) can be found on the Social Sciences Divisional website. The deadline for EOIs is: 20 July 2018, 5pm.

The deadline for full proposals will be in September 2017 (exact timing TBC) and projects can run from October 2018 to July 2019. If you have any queries, please contact impact@socsci.ox.ac.uk for further advice and assistance. These schemes are funded by the Higher Education Innovation Fund and are administered by the Social Sciences Division Research & Impact Team.