Ideas and Pioneers Fund

Application process and timelines

The application process is straightforward and comprises an online application form and submission of a two-minute video.

What to include in your application

  • Your application should tell us how your idea is new, radical or unusual, and how it fits with the mission of  Paul Hamlyn Foundation.
  • You should tell us what you plan to do with the funding and over what time period (at most 18 months).
  • Your application is a chance to demonstrate your passion and enthusiasm, and tell us why you (and if relevant, other members of your team) are the best person or people to take the idea forward. You should mention your own personal or professional experience.
  • Your proposal should detail how much funding you need to develop your idea and how much you are requesting from PHF. We usually provide funding up to £10,000, although we consider funding up to £15,000 in exceptional circumstances.

How to apply

Applications to the Ideas and Pioneers Fund are made online. To access the online application, click on the orange ‘Apply’ button to the left of the screen. Before completing your application, we encourage you to read the Fund guidance in full.

As part of the application process we ask you to send us three things:

  1. A short written application via a simple online form. Please use simple language, explain abbreviations and avoid jargon. Remember that the person reviewing your application may not have specialist knowledge of the issue or area you are working on, so make sure your idea can be clearly understood. You will be able to save a draft of your form part-way through and come back to it at a later date.
  2. A two-minute video, as a way to explain your idea and convince us that you are the right person to make it happen. The majority of the video should be the lead applicant speaking to the camera, in the style of a webcam or Skype conversation. We aren’t interested in production value or the way you make this film: we want to start to get to know the person or people behind the idea. You will need to upload your finished film to the video sharing site Vimeo. As part of the online written form, you will be asked to send us a weblink to your video, along with any passwords. For top tips on how to make your video, read this blog.
  3. An optional equalities monitoring questionnaire which we use to ensure our processes are fair and promote equality of opportunity. This information is not considered as part of your application and will not be seen by anyone directly involved in making a decision about your proposal. Any information provided will be treated as strictly confidential and will be used for statistical monitoring purposes only. No information will be published or used in any way which allows any individual to be identified. If there is an aspect of your personal circumstances or background that you do want us to take into account as a part of your proposal (e.g. if you have lived experience of the issue your idea addresses), please also include this information in your video or written application.

We will not be able to answer individual questions before we receive your application. For further information about our online application system please visit our Applying for Funding page.

If you need support to be able to complete the application process, for example due to a disability, please get in touch and we will be happy to make reasonable adjustments.

Timescales

The Ideas and Pioneers Fund has no deadlines to submit an application.

We will notify you within 12 weeks of submitting your application whether or not your application has been successful or not.

The application process is straightforward and comprises an online application form and submission of a two-minute video.

What to include in your application

  • Your application should tell us how your idea is new, radical or unusual, and how it fits with the mission of  Paul Hamlyn Foundation.
  • You should tell us what you plan to do with the funding and over what time period (at most 18 months).
  • Your application is a chance to demonstrate your passion and enthusiasm, and tell us why you (and if relevant, other members of your team) are the best person or people to take the idea forward. You should mention your own personal or professional experience.
  • Your proposal should detail how much funding you need to develop your idea and how much you are requesting from PHF. We usually provide funding up to £10,000, although we consider funding up to £15,000 in exceptional circumstances.

How to apply

Applications to the Ideas and Pioneers Fund are made online. To access the online application, click on the orange ‘Apply’ button to the left of the screen. Before completing your application, we encourage you to read the Fund guidance in full.

As part of the application process we ask you to send us three things:

  1. A short written application via a simple online form. Please use simple language, explain abbreviations and avoid jargon. Remember that the person reviewing your application may not have specialist knowledge of the issue or area you are working on, so make sure your idea can be clearly understood. You will be able to save a draft of your form part-way through and come back to it at a later date.
  2. A two-minute video, as a way to explain your idea and convince us that you are the right person to make it happen. The majority of the video should be the lead applicant speaking to the camera, in the style of a webcam or Skype conversation. We aren’t interested in production value or the way you make this film: we want to start to get to know the person or people behind the idea. You will need to upload your finished film to the video sharing site Vimeo. As part of the online written form, you will be asked to send us a weblink to your video, along with any passwords. For top tips on how to make your video, read this blog.
  3. An optional equalities monitoring questionnaire which we use to ensure our processes are fair and promote equality of opportunity. This information is not considered as part of your application and will not be seen by anyone directly involved in making a decision about your proposal. Any information provided will be treated as strictly confidential and will be used for statistical monitoring purposes only. No information will be published or used in any way which allows any individual to be identified. If there is an aspect of your personal circumstances or background that you do want us to take into account as a part of your proposal (e.g. if you have lived experience of the issue your idea addresses), please also include this information in your video or written application.

We will not be able to answer individual questions before we receive your application. For further information about our online application system please visit our Applying for Funding page.

If you need support to be able to complete the application process, for example due to a disability, please get in touch and we will be happy to make reasonable adjustments.

Timescales

The Ideas and Pioneers Fund has no deadlines to submit an application.

We will notify you within 12 weeks of submitting your application whether or not your application has been successful or not.