Funding was first awarded in 2010 and, following a competitive review process that took place in Summer 2016, the archives will continue to receive £60,000 in each of the next five years.
The review submission demonstrated the significance of the Design Archives collections and the expertise its small team provides to the wider research community.
Professor Catherine Moriarty, Curatorial Director, said: "Welcoming researchers and provoking and producing research is central to every aspect of our work in the Design Archives.”
“We are constantly innovating and leading debate when it comes to matters relating to both stewardship and interpretation. The designers whose archives we look after were idealists and original thinkers and I’d like to think they would be pleased that their legacy is being shared in the dynamic spirit of enquiry we represent.”