Small Grants, Big Impact

The Small Grants Award funds collaborative, targeted research into high-priority areas, new challenges, and pressing concerns in policing.

Previous research projects have had a significant impact on research, policy and practice –

  • Dr Sam Lewis’s 2019/20 award with Cumbria Constabulary developed into a project on rural domestic abuse which recently received a Home Office STAR award of £176,000;
  • A new tool developed by Dr Xavier L’Hoiry’s research with South Yorkshire Police in the same year helps officers identify Adult Services Website users at risk of trafficking – it is currently in use at South Yorkshire and being trialled by several other forces;
  • Training developed from Dr Charlotte Barlow’s 2017/18 award on coercive control has helped over 1,000 service providers understand and investigate coercive control at organisations including Merseyside Adult and Child Safeguarding, Lincolnshire Social Services, and several police forces.

2022 Call

The total value of the fund is £100,000. It is expected this will fund 4 projects that will start January-February 2023 for 12 months.

This is an open call with no restriction on the area of policing research or practice for submissions. There will be three stages – a one-page proposal, a collaboration workshop, and an application for funding.


Read more here.