Research Funding

ALDinHE’s funding call 2021-2022 is now open. Please submit applications by 23.59 29 July 2021. We have £5,000 available in funding, with a maximum of £1,000 per project, and this opportunity is open to anyone who works at a member institution. Each year ALDinHE allocates funding for innovative research projects that focus on specific aspects of Learning Development.


We are looking to fund a number of small-scale research projects, which aim to help promote learning development as a scholarly activity.

While we continue to invite a broad range of proposals that engage with learning development practice or theory, and impact on student learning, we would like to give particular attention to applications that focus on two vital areas:

(1) equality, diversity and inclusion and

(2) sustainability in learning development and higher education.

We encourage funding proposals that respond to, and aim to gain insight into ensuring learning development plays an active role in tackling some of these issues and remains sustainable in the long-term. This includes applications that specifically look at values-driven learning and practice and how you are expressing these or working with students to these values. You may wish to apply this lens to inclusivity or BAME students, to scholarship, to digital learning, delivery and accessibility, or to a combination of all of these. Consider also how you might bring students into that conversation.

What could higher education look like in 2021-2022, and where do we want learning development to be? Your research project can help shape that outcome.

Please read the guidance for applicants and complete two versions of the application form, returning these to admin@aldinhe.ac.uk by 23.59 29th July 2021. Applicants will be notified in September 2021.

The ALDinHE grants are competitive bids, which are judged by the Research and Development working group against the following criteria:

  • The extent to which the research will directly impact or further enhance students’ experiences of learning development.
  • Evidence of collaboration and clear implications for the field of learning development, beyond the individual’s immediate practice / subject field.
  • Appropriate and achievable aims within the context of the project, including details as to how the project will be evaluated and shared within the LD community.
  • Appropriate research question(s), methdology and breakdown of financial details and how this builds on the current literature within the field.
  • Demonstration of how the project is aligned with the research team’s interest and experience in pedagogic research.

People discussing Research Funding

ALDinHE offers mentoring to support members who want to apply for research funding. If you would like to request a mentor to guide you through the submission process and preparation processes, please email admin@aldinhe.ac.uk . Please note that a mentor does not guarantee that an application will be accepted.

Project outcomes are disseminated to the wider community through the website and the annual ALDinHE conference.

We also encourage all successful applicants to write up their project for publication in The Journal for Learning Development in Higher Education.

For further information, please contact the Research Funding Working Group via email: research@aldinhe.ac.uk

Some of the examples of the previous winning projects can be found here for 2015-2016, 2016-2017, 2018-2019, 2019-2020 and 2020-2021

Links to documentation:

Application Guidance

Application Form