Further education organisations can apply for new £100k research grants from the Further Education Trust for Leadership (Fetl).

It announced on Thursday (November 13) that it was accepting applications for collective research grants.

Jill Westerman CBE, Fetl chair, said: “We would welcome applications from organisations with innovative and visionary ideas, particularly around leading learning and leadership for the future in our sector.”

Former Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) chair Dame Ruth Silver launched Fetl over the summer with a budget of up to £5.5m of leftover LSIS funding.

Fetl invited applications for individual FE leaders to apply for fellowship grants in September and has now agreed on four candidates set to receive between £10,000 and £30,000 each. The four individuals are expected to start their research in the new year. Mark Ravenhall, Fetl chief executive, declined to comment on the identity of the chosen individuals nor their research topics.

However, he said: “We received 21 applications which were whittled down to a shortlist of six, before four were chosen.”

Groups interested in FETL collective research grants should visit www.fetl.org.uk to apply by noon on December 12.