Apply now for the Philanthropic Research Project 2018

Calling all academics. What could you do with additional funding for your research? Could you change lives, challenge perspectives, or explore new ideas?PRP-logo

Apply now to the Philanthropic Research Project 2018 and you could receive thousands of pounds to develop your research. Academics from across the University can nominate projects for this new scheme, launched by Development and Alumni Relations. The winner will work alongside a team of expert fundraisers to be promoted to alumni, staff and friends of the University during the 2018/19 academic year.

The successful project will be the feature of the fundraising communications for the 18/19 academic year. Funds raised will be available within that year and the project lead will work closely with the University's fundraising team to develop the communications, meet potential supporters and help train our fundraisers on talking about the research. Please read the FAQs below for more information. 

Entering is easy. All you need to do is complete the form below by the deadline of 25 February. For further information, refer to the form or contact Laura Fairbanks, Head of Fundraising, on

How it works

Nominate: Complete the entry form below by the deadline of midnight on 25 February

Vote: Three projects will be shortlisted and the alumni, staff and student communities will vote for their favourite during April 2018

Fundraise: A fundraising appeal will be developed to run from October 2018-June 2019

Thank: Share the outcomes of your research with supporters of your project

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  • Philanthropic Research Project application

    Only research is eligible for this scheme and a preference will be given to areas with a strong philanthropic message. Funding can be spent on research posts, equipment, lab and/or bench fees, PhD students or other costs that will further your work.

    While there are no guarantees on how much the public may give, a successful appeal could raise c. £250,000 for your work.

    If you have any questions or require some advice in completing this form, please contact Head of Fundraising Laura Fairbanks on 0121 414 8894.

  • Personal Details
  • Name
  • Project Details
  • I agree that I, or one of my team, will be filmed and photographed to help promote the project.


What makes a project philanthropic?

All kinds of research can be suitable for fundraising. If your project can change lives, solve a problem, or overcome a challenge then please apply for the scheme. Your research should have a measurable, tangible impact and be accessible to the public with outcomes that are straightforward to understand. We will work with you to share your story with our audience of supporters. Previous successful fundraising projects have included miscarriage research, the University of Birmingham School and cancer immunology research.

What are the benefits of applying?

The successful project could receive between £100,000 and £250,000 of funding if fundraising is successful and will be promoted with a fully integrated marketing appeal. Nominating your project is an excellent way to raise the profile of your research, as shortlisted projects will be featured in the alumni and friends magazine, Old Joe, which is sent to c.200,000 alumni each year. All projects nominated will be considered to become part of the University’s next fundraising campaign and passed on to our face-to-face fundraisers to explore more bespoke approaches to our supporters. There may also be the opportunity for your research to be featured in our other alumni communications. 

How does shortlisting work?

After nominations close on 25 February, applications will be reviewed and shortlisted by your College. A panel of representatives, including alumni and staff and chaired by Professor Tim Softley, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Transfer, will then pick the top three projects. The University’s staff, student and alumni communities will be asked to vote for their favourite during April 2018.

How much funding could my team receive?

Between £100,000 and £250,000 has been raised for previous projects through fundraising. Your role in the fundraising will include working closely with the fundraising team to develop the communications, meet potential supporters and help train our fundraisers on how to talk about your research. 

What would my team have to do?

Your team should be willing to work with the fundraisers in Development and Alumni Relations by meeting regularly to share information. Be prepared to be interviewed on camera explaining your research and to be filmed in your workspace. Case studies to help tell your story and explain the impact of your work will be very helpful. You’ll be expected to give updates over the course of the appeal and to help thank donors who contribute.