John Fell Fund Briefing

John Fell Fund Briefing

JFF is an internal Oxford University fund, which is open to academics and researchers at the University of Oxford. Its purpose is to complement external research funding, for example by funding early-stage (or ‘pilot’) research that is not sufficiently developed to be submitted to an external funder. It is intended to foster a proactive approach to research opportunities in all subject areas, and particularly interdisciplinary fields.

The briefing provides information about the fund’s aims, the SSD main and small awards schemes and the application process. Attendees should leave the session with an understanding of what makes a good application and how to avoid common pitfalls.


By the end of the briefing, attendees should:

  • Understand the JFF aims and the kinds of projects that are supported
  • Have knowledge of the main and small award schemes
  • Become familiar with the eligibility criteria and the application process
  • Understand what makes a good application


Intended Audience 
The briefing is open to salaried employees of the collegiate university who are eligible to apply to the John Fell Fund (JFF) as a principal investigator. This comprises those holding an academic post (e.g. Professor, Associate Professor, Departmental Lecturer) or a research fellowship awarded competitively that is intended to enable the holder to establish an independent research career (e.g. Leverhulme Early Career Fellow or Junior Research Fellow). The briefing is also open to all research directors, facilitators and support officers from across the division who would like to know more about the JFF and the application process.


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