BackgroundThe Nuffield Foundation was established in 1943 and by William Morris (Lord Nuffield), the founder of Morris Motors.
MissionTo 'advance social well being', particularly through research and practical experiment. The foundation aims to achieve this by supporting work which will bring about improvements in society, and which is founded on careful reflection and informed by objective and reliable evidence.
Geographic focusMainly UK, but also in Europe and eastern and southern Africa.
Programme areasThe foundation’s work is divided into three main branches:
• Social policy
• Capacity building
Funds research and innovation in key areas of social policy. Two main interests are children and families and law in society (focusing specially on civil law), and the foundation has distinct funding programmes in these areas.
The Changing Adolescence Programme examines the ways in which the experience of being a teenager has changed over the last 30-40 years.
Through our Open Door programme, the foundation has funded social policy projects in other areas, such as government and constitution, tax and benefits, poverty and disadvantage and the economics of ageing.
All of the foundation’s work in social policy aims to identify opportunities for improvement, either at policy level, or in the day to day practice of social workers, legal professionals, civil servants and others responsible for the delivery of social services.
Within this field, the foundation works in the following areas:
• Research and innovation - funds education research projects designed to have a positive impact on education policy and practice
• Teaching resources - has developed a range of classroom and professional development resources for teachers, in science, mathematics and other subjects
• Building capacity in science and research - helps 16-18 year olds embark on successful careers in science and research through Science Bursaries. The foundation also provides funding for undergraduates to work on research projects, and runs a programme of research in rheumatic disease through the Oliver Bird studentships.
Offers science and research vacation work placements for KS5 students and undergraduates, and also runs a specialist programme of research in rheumatic disease.
The foundation builds research capacity in social science through its Social Science Small Grants, which offer post-doctoral researchers up to £15,000 for research projects.
The Africa Programme funds works to increase the professional and academic capacity in southern and eastern Africa.