Applications open for CIPR’s 2023 Research Fund

The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) has announced the launch of its 2023 Research Fund

The CIPR Research Fund, now in its third successive year, awards grants of up to £2000 to CIPR members to conduct critical research of public relations (PR) practice that advances the knowledge and understanding of PR and communication management. The fund provides financial support for projects that are aligned with the CIPR's mission as outlined in its Royal Charter to enhance the professionalism and effectiveness of PR.

Applications are now open and are welcome from individuals or as part of a team. Applications are especially welcome from applicants keen to support the CIPR’s 75th anniversary themes of demonstrating the value of PR to society and on the future of the profession. As part of the CIPR's commitment to inclusion, applicants do not need to have research experience and can be supported to develop both their proposal and to formulate a workable research approach.

New for this year, successful research fund applicants will also have the opportunity to undertake a CIPR training course to help refresh or develop their research knowledge and skills (T&Cs apply).  

Previous research on PR in a pluralistic society by Martin Turner Found.Chart.PR, MCIPR can be found online.

Mandy Pearse Chart PR, FCIPR, Chair of the CIPR’s Research Panel

We want these grants to allow members to research ideas that sit outside of the day-to-day immediacy of their work, for the advancement and understanding of public relations practice while also benefitting their own career and development. 

We welcome proposals from members in all stages of their careers, from all backgrounds and PR disciplines. If you have a burning desire to explore a topic that will add to the body of PR knowledge then put in a submission.

Mandy Pearse Chart PR, FCIPR, Chair of the CIPR’s Research Panel

The deadline for applications is 18:00 GMT on Friday 24 February 2023. For more information about the Fund and how to apply, please visit our website.

To find out more about previous research visit our Research Fund Page.

Terms and conditions for free CIPR training place:

  • The free place is only open to successful recipients of the CIPR Research Fund 2023.
  • The free place is available on either ‘Research for PR Success’ or ‘Visualising Data’, view course details and dates
  • The place is non-transferable and cannot be exchanged for other training or CIPR services.
  • The course must be taken before 31 December 2023.
  • Standard training terms apply.

About the Chartered Institute of Public Relations

Founded in 1948, the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) is the world's only Royal Chartered professional body for public relations practitioners with over 10,000 members.

The CIPR advances professionalism in public relations by making its members accountable to their employers and the public through a code of conduct and searchable public register, setting standards through training, qualifications, awards and the production of best practice and skills guidance, facilitating Continuing Professional Development (CPD), and awarding Chartered Public Relations Practitioner status (Chart.PR).