Accelerator Fund

We are providing funding to open research projects at The University of Manchester.

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Applications are now open and will close on Wednesday, 31 May 2023.

The Open Research Accelerator Fund is supporting the development of open research practice by funding projects across The University of Manchester.

Building on its last iteration in 2022, £100,000 has been allocated to the fund over the next two financial years (2023/24 and 2024/25). This will allow us to support projects up to two years in duration.

How to apply

The Accelerator Fund is open to PGRs and staff at The University of Manchester.

Applications will be considered at two distinct funding levels:

  1. Awards up to £20,000 per annum will be available for large projects. Two to four awards will be made at this level
  2. Awards up to £2,000 will be available for one off activities and short projects. 10 - 15 awards will be made at this level over two funding cycles (Spring 2023 and Spring 2024).

Further information

For further information about the application process and award criteria please refer to the application form linked below.

You can also read two examples of successful applications from last year, Sharing Qualitative Methods and Machine Learning Framework for Clinical Text Mining.

If potential applicants would like their application to be reviewed prior to final submission, please contact the Office for Open Research with a completed application form no later than Friday, 26 May 2023.

For all enquiries relating to the Accelerator Fund, please email:

Download application form (MS Word)