This call has now closed. The following is for information only.

ESRC and DFID are pleased to announce the invitation only Raising Learning Outcomes (RLO) Follow-on Fund call, open to all RLO principal investigators and co-investigators, both past and present. The call is focused on impact enhancement, research augmentation, capacity building (workstreams 1-3) and cross-grant synthesis (workstream 4) activities, which build on their existing RLO grant.

This call will be open twice a year, in three-monthly tranches for the next three years. The final tranche will open in approximately May 2021. Up to £2 million has been allocated for the length of the call. 

Projects may be up to a maximum of two years in duration. There is no limit to the number of applications or grants given out for each tranche. The call has been designed so that all grants will get an equal chance to access this additional funding if and when they are ready to do so. Proposals can be submitted at any point in the three-month windows, but will not be assessed before the deadline. 

In workstreams 1-3 (impact enhancement, research augmentation, and capacity building) proposals are invited for grants with a full economic cost (fEC) value of between £25,000 and £100,000 for either workstream, or for any combination of these three workstreams. Researchers are eligible to apply for a number of these grants on multiple occasions; however, the total amount of all awarded grants linked to the original proposal must not in sum exceed £100,000.  

In workstream 4 (cross-grant synthesis) proposals are invited from RLO researchers working in collaboration with other RLO grants. These proposals must also have a fEC value of between £25,000 and £100,000. Researchers can also apply for a number of these grants, on multiple occasions, and can collaborate with different projects in these applications. The funders are keen to encourage applications to workstream 4. Therefore, in addition to the maximum of £100,000 allocable per grant in workstreams 1-3, a further £100,000 may be allocated to original RLO grants against workstream 4 (this makes a maximum of £200,000 across all four workstreams). 


The call is open to any principal investigator (PI) or co-investigator (Co-I) who has held a research grant funded within the RLO programme. Co-Is who wish to apply as a PI to this Follow-on Fund call must have the express support of their original RLO grant’s PI. The original grant can be open or closed at the point that the application(s) are made, and they will be awarded as separate grant(s) to the existing/completed RLO grant. Researchers who have not been a PI or Co-I on an RLO-funded grant are not eligible to apply. All uninvited or ineligible applications will be rejected.

Call documents

Key dates

The first three-monthly call tranche has closed.

An assessment panel will be held in April 2019 and the earliest start date for projects would be May 2019.