Call for Proposals

Applications are now closed.

We are calling for cutting-edge research proposals from LBS faculty, post-doctoral students, research fellows and PhD students from year 1.

This particular Call for Proposals is being supported by the Sui Foundation, and we encourage and support research at the intersection of business and development, with a particular emphasis on technology as a force for good to address the world’s most pressing challenges.

Technology plays a multifaceted role in sustainable development, addressing themes such as climate change, poverty alleviation, access to capital and social inclusion. Acknowledging its crucial potential to achieve social, environmental and economic impact, we hope that this opportunity can leverage and support cutting-edge research at LBS.

To learn more about the gift from the Sui Foundation to London Business School and the Wheeler Institute please visit here.


This call for proposals is open to the following members of London Business School: Faculty, PhD students from year 1, Post-doctoral students and Research fellows.

Please note that a letter of support from supervising LBS faculty is a compulsory requirement for all LBS PhD students, post-doctoral researchers and research fellows. We also ask non-tenure-track faculty whose paper will be solo-authored to submit a letter of support from LBS faculty.  

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.

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

Our mission

The Wheeler Institute aims to promote research that applies business insights to address the world’s most pressing challenges. At the core of the Institute’s mission is the commitment to becoming a leading hub for trusted insights on business solutions that address the economic, social and environmental challenges that are prevalent in the developing world.

Emphasising impartiality and academic rigour, the Wheeler Institute adopts a systemic perspective when addressing global issues. The Institute encourages a broad perspective on business contributions to development, a problem-focused methodology, and an approach that is characterised by its multidisciplinary nature.

Though the primary focus of the Institute’s research is on challenges faced by developing nations, we acknowledge the interconnected nature of these issues, recognising their linkages to challenges in the developed world.

Please visit our website, blog and research portal for illustrations of our work.

About the Sui Foundation

The Sui Foundation is committed to help future generations of developers and business leaders leverage the power of decentralised computing.

Sui Foundation Managing Director Dr Greg Siurounis is a graduate of London Business School’s PhD programme and serves as an Assistant Professor in Economic Theory and Policy at the Department of Regional and Economic Studies at Panteion University in Athens, Greece.


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