SAMS/BAM Research Capacity Building Scheme

The Society for the Advancement of Management Studies (SAMS) and British Academy of Management (BAM) 

SAMS/BAM Research and Capacity Building Grant Scheme


The Society for the Advancement of Management Studies (SAMS) and the British Academy of Management (BAM) is pleased to announce the launch of a new grant scheme starting in July 2019, with a second round of funding to be announced in 2020. 

The scheme partnership strengthens the commitment of both organisations to support management research and promote capacity building. 

The SAMS/BAM Research and Capacity Building Grant Scheme: 

SAMS/BAM Research and Capacity Building grants are aimed at researchers who want to develop an empirical research project that: 

  • Enables capacity building by bringing together a group of researchers from at least two HE institutions, including early career as well as experienced researchers 

  • Produces novel conceptual outcomes based on rigorous, innovative use of methods and by developing original ways of thinking to address complex management problems  

  • Demonstrates the social value of management research conducted in the public interest 

It is envisaged that projects will normally involve researchers at two or more HE institutions in order to foster a culture of intellectual collaboration and enable capacity building. The intention of the scheme is to widen access of opportunity and increase the diversity and inclusivity of management research. Applications may address this in various ways, including by proposing an interdisciplinary research project if appropriate. Priority will be given to proposals with clear and effective publication, dissemination and impact plans. 

The maximum value of each award is £150,000. The duration of projects will be between 24 months (minimum) and 36 months (maximum). 

Principal Investigators must be based in a UK HE institution and will normally be located in a School of Management or Business. Co-Investigators may be based in HE institutions outside the UK. HE institutions will be limited to submitting one application (as host institution/Principal Investigator) in response to each annual Scheme call. 

The Principal Investigator and all Co-Investigators who are based in Schools of Management or Business must be BAM Members and have active BAM membership for the duration of the project. It is a condition of award that the research findings are presented at a BAM annual conference during the funding period. 

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview by the SAMS/BAM Grant Award Committee in January/February 2020. 

Applicants are advised to read the SAMS/BAM Research and Capacity Building Grant Application Guidance, available below, before making an application to the Scheme.

** Current members of BAM and SAMS Councils are not eligible to apply as Principal Investigators or be named as Co-Investigators **



Please download the documentation by clicking on the links below:

Application form questions (updated 5th September 2019)

Applications Guidance, Financial Guidelines and Terms and Conditions (updated 5th September 2019)

Case for Support Template (to be completed and uploaded as PDF)

Workplan Template (to be completed and uploaded as PDF)

Justification of Resources and Budget Template (to be completed and uploaded as PDF)

Frequently Asked Questions (to follow)


Applications must be submitted electronically via the BAM Grants Scheme website.  You can register a user account now at:

You are advised to submit your application before the final deadline day to avoid any technical problems.  Applications submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.

For any questions on the scheme, please contact the British Academy of Management Grants Administrator, Stuart Hull, at