Who can apply to the research fund?

Any full member of the CIPR can submit a proposal to the research fund. The fund does not accept proposals from students, commerical enterprises or any proposals which could be funded through CIPR groups.

Researchers should be individuals or pairs. We welcome applications from members in the UK and globally and we particularly encourage applications from applicants with diverse backgrounds.

What type of research can be funded?

Research which helps the CIPR fulfil its Charter obligations and is of practical use to the industry.

Although applicants will need to provide a summary of their research in written form, the outputs of the research can be multimedia such as podcasts, infographics, videos, slide decks, webinars and more. We welcome creative responses to the research process.

Research proposals need to meet the following criteria:

  • Clear demonstration of the originality and importance of the research topic
  • Demonstrate the potential impact on the profession.
  • Evidence that the proposal is generally feasible and well planned, with consideration of how to mitigate risks and address eventual challenges
  • Research aligns with the CIPR strategy
  • Defined, measurable, and suitable outputs for the research proposal, e.g. a journal article, a webinar, a best practice guide etc
  • Well-thought through and detailed financial expenditure forecast

How do I submit a research application?

Please register your interest. This helps us gauge the level of interest in the fund.
Then you need to read and complete the application form. You will need to identify and name a supervisor for your research project, and provide their membership number.

How do I find a supervisor?

Any full member of the CIPR can be your supervisor. If you don’t know anyone who could be your supervisor -  our Fellows taking part in the Progress mentoring scheme, Group Chairs or Council members  may be able to help.

Who will make decisions about who gets the funding?

There will be a research panel consisting of representatives from CIPR’s groups, council and Board as well as academia, business and the CIPR’s Director of Membership and Learning.

Members of the panel will review all applications. Shortlisted applications will be invited to have a short interview with members of the panel and those to be granted funding selected.

Feedback will be available to unsuccessful applicants.

Who holds the Intellectual Property (IP) Rights to the research?

We will require a “licence to freely distribute” as part of your grant funding. This is in line with our charter aim to publish research of interest to the industry. You can retain the IP to your research, share it with the CIPR and or with any other funding partner but you need to outline this in your application.

Your holding of the IP to the original research does not preclude a future researcher building on the work but they would have to acknowledge your IP.


Who will publish the research?

The panel will review the completed research work and as long as they are happy that it meets the criteria in the application and the appropriate standards then CIPR will arrange for publication and promotion.

How much funding can I hope to receive?

The funding available is seed funding so the maximum award will be £2,000 - payable 50% in advance and 50% on completion. However the actual amount awarded will be determined by the panel.

How big is the fund?

An initial sum of £10,000 has been allocated but this is subject to review should there be a high level of interest.

What happens if for some reason I can’t complete the research?

In receiving the funding for the research you are entering into a contractual obligation.

If for any reason you believe you will not be able to complete the research to the agreed timeline you must let CIPR know immediately. Where there are extenuating reasons for requesting a delay these will be considered by the panel.

If because of health reasons you will no longer be able to complete the research you will need to provide evidence to corroborate this.

In the case of an individual simply not having capacity to complete the research due to changing work circumstances then they would be required to return the 50% funding already provided in line with the CIPR’s Code of Conduct.