Call for proposals

Applications are now closed.

Our mission

A primary objective of the Wheeler Institute for Business and Development is to stimulate and support research at the intersection of business and development, with a particular emphasis on research in the developing world. Our ambition is to be a pre-eminent hub for trusted insights on business solutions to development challenges. We are impartial, academically rigorous and take a systemic view on problems. Our approach is multidisciplinary and problem focused.

Research for impact

The Wheeler Institute aims to promote research that applies business insights to address the world’s most pressing challenges. We are particularly keen on business research that addresses economic and social challenges in the developing world, although we recognise the often inter-connected nature of these challenges, and their linkages to those in the developed world.

For an illustration of our work, explore the examples showcased on our Wheeler blog and in our Business Research for Impact brochure.


This call for proposals is open to:

  • LBS faculty
  • PhD students from year 1
  • Post-doctoral students
  • Research fellows

Funded Activities

The Wheeler Institute supports research with up to £20,000. The type of research activity that we will favour can be sought for:

  • Research costs
  • Data acquisition costs
  • Conference travel costs

This is not a closed set of activities. Applications for funding of other activities that are a part of research projects will also be warmly welcomed where these are congruent with the Institute’s overarching objectives.

Please note, a letter of support is compulsory for PhD students, post-doctoral students, research fellows and non-tenure-track faculty whose paper will be solo-authored.


For further information please refer to our grant guidelines for applicants and awardees

Please contact us at if you have any questions.

Other research support from the Wheeler Institute for Business and Development

We support research that can have a ‘real world’ impact. In addition to our biannual call we are now welcoming research proposals from the LBS academic community related to COVID-19 and emerging markets. Learn more.

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