Nuffield Foundation

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The Nuffield Foundation is a charitable trust established in 1943 by William Morris, Lord Nuffield, the founder of Morris Motors Ltd. It aims to improve social well-being by funding research and innovation projects in education and social policy, and building research capacity in science and social science.

The Foundation's income comes from the interest on its investments and it spends about £10 million on charitable activities each year. It is financially and politically independent and is governed by a board of trustees who meet four times a year.

The Foundation makes grants for research and innovation projects in several areas:

  • Education
  • Law in society
  • Children and families

It also has an Open Door programme for exceptional projects outside these areas.

The Foundation also funds programmes designed to increase research capacity in science and social science. Each year it funds over 1,000 Nuffield Research Placements to give hands on research experience to 16- and 17-year-olds studying STEM subjects.

With the ESRC and HEFCE it funds Q-Step, a £19.5 million programme designed to promote a step-change in quantitative methods training for social science undergraduates in the UK.

The Foundation has a separate fund for investing in rhuematic disease research. This was bequeathed by Captain Oliver Bird in 1948. In recent years, this money has been used to fund PhD studentships. It also has a small dedicated fund for strengthening relationships between the UK and other Commonwealth countries.

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