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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:
- Law in society
- Children and families
- Early years education and childcare
- Economic advantage and disadvantage
- Finances of ageing
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.
Together with the Institute for Fiscal Studies the Nuffield Foundation funded a proposal for a revision of the British tax system. The research project was headed by Nobel laureate Sir James Mirrlees. The Nuffield Foundation is also funding Our World In Data, a completely free web-publication that is bridging the gap between quantitative social science and the general public. This publication is used in teaching in many universities and is increasingly the basis for media coverage of the long term perspective on global development.
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.
- Nuffield Foundation
- Records relating to projects carried out with grants from the Nuffield Foundation at the National Archives
- Records relating to the Nuffield Advanced Physics Group held by the Archives of the Institute of Education, University of London
- Nuffield Foundation, Registered Charity no. 206601 at the Charity Commission