About the Fund

What is the John Fell OUP Research Fund?

Oxford University Press is transferring £5m per annum for an initial period of ten years to create the John Fell OUP Research Fund, which is named after John Fell, Dean of Christ Church, Vice-Chancellor (1666-9), Bishop of Oxford, and 'father' of the modern Press. The Fund is intended to foster creativity and a proactive approach to research opportunities in all subject areas, and particularly interdisciplinary fields. It will make seedcorn and start-up grants, and provide staff and funds to stimulate applications to external agencies. As the Fund is intended to complement external funding bodies, it will not duplicate the purposes of those bodies. The Fund was launched in February 2006.

Reports have been collected on completed projects funded by the John Fell Fund during the period February 2006 to July 2010.  These reports indicate that awards made from the John Fell Fund are successfully fulfilling the purpose of the fund as outlined above and are leveraging additional funding at a ratio of up to 1:7.  Further details about the Fund are given in the JF OUP Research Fund - Annual Report 2011 - 12 (Executive Summary) (88kb)