Call for Applications: Using Heritage & Education Centre digital collections

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

Our Heritage & Education Centre (HEC) are encouraging ideas that use our digitised and digital online resources. You could create interactive media to present our heritage data in exciting ways (like Numbers game: The artists making waves with big data), develop data analytic and linguistic tools or write a research paper using our collection material.

From genealogy, maps and visual media to ship and yacht building, trade routes and safety at sea – we want people worldwide to search and interrogate the rich content of the archive in new ways.

We are in the process of digitising 1.25 million ship plans and survey reports, making them more accessible to the public online. Our website also holds digitised collections of the World Fleet Statistics and Casualty Returns as well as Lists of Surveyors and the Register of Ships from 1764. 

Please download the below PDF for full details before visiting our application portal to apply.

The closing date for this application 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)


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.

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