Call for applications: Opening access to Heritage & Education Centre collections

Make use of our heritage resources - Small research grants (up to £15,000)

Our Heritage & Education Centre (HEC) are encouraging ideas that use our physical and online resources.

We want to hear from you - whether you are interested in producing a research paper, snazzy art work, complex data visualisation, or something new that we have not yet thought of!  

From genealogy, graphology, maps and visual media to ship and yacht building, trade routes, perceptions of risk, and safety at sea – our collections cover a whole host of subjects and we want people worldwide to search and interrogate this rich content in new ways.

Perhaps you know how to create interactive media to present our heritage in exciting ways (like Numbers game: The artists making waves with big data), or can develop data analytic and linguistic tools to delve in to our collections. If you have any queries on our resources, or need us to prepare a data set for you to use, please contact louise.sanger[at] to find out more.

Our website already holds digitised collections of the World Fleet Statistics and Casualty Returns, as well as Lists of Surveyors and the Register of Ships from 1764 and our online library catalogue. We will soon be adding sample data sets and are in the process of digitising 1.25 million ship plans and survey reports, making them freely available online.   

Please see below summary scope of funding and download the PDF for full details, before visiting our application portal to apply. Note that the Flexigrant portal is open for this particular application even though it is closed for others. This call was previously called 'Using Heritage & Education Centre digital collections' and is now called 'Opening access to Heritage & Education Centre collections'. 

The closing date for applications is 31 December 2019. We plan to implement the following review deadlines throughout 2019.

Deadline for submissions Decision confirmed by
24 June 18 July
29 July 22 August
26 August 19 September
23 September 17 October
28 October 18 November
25 November 19 December
31 December 20 January (2020)


Opening access to HEC - Scope of funding

The Foundation will support a wide range of research to help fulfil our mission. Initial funding is intended for small scale research programmes, some of which may have the potential to develop into larger projects in the future.

Small grants will be awarded from £5,000 to £15,000 to support costs directly associated with the research project such as travel and salaries.

The Lloyd’s Register Foundation does not fund individuals, but applications are welcome from related organisations including universities, colleges, libraries, small and large collections, archives, museums etc. as well as from affiliated artists in residence programmes and data visualisation companies. 

Grants can also cover the costs of appraising and using associated resources, from both our own and other collections worldwide. This will help to open-up our own collections, placing them in context and making them relevant to a wider audience.