Oxford University Press transfers £5m to the John Fell OUP Research Fund each year.
The fund was created in 2006 and is named after the seventeenth-century 'father' of the modern Press, Dean of Christ Church, Vice-Chancellor and Bishop of Oxford.
The fund aims to foster creativity and a proactive approach to research opportunities in all subject areas, and particularly interdisciplinary fields. It makes seedcorn and start-up grants, and provides staff and funds to stimulate applications to external agencies.
Reports on completed projects indicate that awards made from the John Fell Fund are successfully fulfilling its purpose, leveraging additional funding at a ratio of up to 1:7.