Transformative funding programme launched for professionals working across vulnerability and policing

The funding programme was launched by the Vulnerability & Policing Futures Research Centre; a joint initiative led by the University of Leeds and University of York.

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Vulnerability & Policing Futures Research Centre has today launched an innovative new Translational Fellowship funding programme. The rolling programme will fund non-academic practitioners and policymakers to undertake research with the Centre, enabling them to address particular vulnerability and policing problems or solutions in their work. 

Each Translational Fellowship award will offer approximately £10,000 for a six-month project, although applications for different lengths of time and amounts will be considered if they are especially strong in advancing the aims of the Centre’s work. 

The collaborative programme will empower ‘front line’ workers or policy professionals to produce tools that are evidence-based and readily applicable to policy and practice. 

Each Translational Fellow will be allocated an appropriate academic mentor from the Centre’s team of experts to act in both a supportive and an advisory capacity. 

Professor Adam Crawford (Universities of York and Leeds), Co-Director of the ESRC Vulnerability & Policing Futures Research Centre, said: “We’re delighted to launch our new Translational Fellowships programme. It will provide the opportunities and support for practitioners from diverse organisations to address issues they see in their day-to-day work and for them to develop solutions to these problems through joint research with the Centre”. 

We’re really keen to hear from and collaborate with relevant individuals and teams seeking to build better services for vulnerable people. We’ve tried to make the programme sufficiently flexible so that support packages can be tailored to the needs of the fellows, their employer and the Centre, ensuring everyone gets the most out of this fantastic opportunity. 


Professor Charlie Lloyd (University of York), Co-Director of the ESRC Vulnerability & Policing Futures Research Centre, said: “We’re incredibly excited by the potential of the Translational Fellowships programme to have a positive impact on problems that organisations face when responding to issues that affect vulnerable groups. Our Centre brings together a wide range of internationally renowned researchers, meaning that we can work with applicants dealing with a variety of vulnerability and policing issues across many types of organisations, including the police, local authorities, charities and campaign groups, among others.” 

Click here to read more about the Translational Fellowships programme on the ESRC Vulnerability & Policing Futures Research Centre website.