Funding opportunities – weekly digest 06/08/2016

This weeks tenuous pop culture reference/featured funding opportunities email brings you The Beatles, who on this day in 1965 hit the number 1 spot with their classic Help! (which is from my favourite Beatles Album).
John later confirmed that this wasn’t just a generic song about needing help, it was him asking for it when faced with the astonishing fame the band were finding themselves in (the poor souls).
For our purpose, I’d like to use the lyrics to show what FRO services may be on offer.
It’s very possible that some colleagues out there find themselves feeling as John did – insecure, losing independence etc. Sheena and I might be able to help you find external income that could have a standalone value on your CV and enable world leading research/analysis/outputs that you are passionate about, which might help alley these feelings. And importantly, as John asked – “Help me, get my feet back on the ground”… If you feel this way, swing by and have a chat with me – I can bring you down – I guarantee it.
As usual, here are just a few of the funding opportunities currently available. For more funding opportunities, please visit Research Professional – an online funding opportunities database and alert service, to which Keele is a subscriber. All staff have access on-campus.
If you are interested in any of these, any others currently available, or would just like a chat about your research, just get in touch.


Please see the email from Sheena sent on 2nd August and attached for further details on the internal process that will apply.
The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is to enhance and improve its support for early career researchers at three distinct stages:
– Doctoral
– Immediately Postdoctorate
– Transition to Independent Researcher
Postdoctoral Fellowships will be made available to ESRC and non-ESRC funded doctoral graduates who are within one year of completing their PhD and will give them the opportunity to consolidate their PhD through developing publications, their networks, and their research and professional skills.
ESRC are also introducing a New Investigator scheme, which replaces the Future Research Leaders scheme. This new strand of our existing Research Grants scheme will provide early career researchers with the opportunity to lead their first major research grant and gain experience of managing a research project and team. The scheme has an open deadline for submission.
Other new developments include:
Ensuring that all ESRC grant holders set out, at the application stage, how they will support postdoctoral researchers’ continuing professional development.
Commissioning an international comparative review of the nature of the PhD in the social sciences – to establish the extent to which PhDs provide effective preparation for careers both within and beyond academia, and whether our doctoral graduates are competitive internationally.
Encouraging early career researchers to participate in other ESRC funding schemes, for example, requiring them to be included as co-investigators.
The Independent Social Research Foundation (ISRF) wishes to support independent-minded researchers to explore and present original research ideas which take new approaches, and suggest new solutions, to real world social problems.
The Foundation intends to make a small number of awards to support independent-minded researchers working in Political Economy – which the ISRF here extends to include the social scientific study of economies across the whole range of the social sciences – to be held from a start date no later than the end of December 2017. Scholars from within Europe are eligible to apply.
The award is intended as providing full relief from all teaching duties and all associated academic administration, for a period of up to 12 months; applications may be made by those whose sole or principal post is a part-time equivalent.
The amount will be offered to buy out the costs of replacing all teaching and associated administration in the applicant’s home institution, and will be considered to a maximum of £60,000 per successful applicant. Within that sum, reasonable support for research expenses may be considered on a matched-funding basis with the host institution.
Deadline: 16th September 2016
By far the British Academy’s most popular scheme in terms of applications received and number of awards made, the BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grants stand as one of the Academy’s highest profile programmes with awards in 2015/16 made to academics working at over 100 Institutions around the UK.
These awards, up to £10,000 in value and tenable for up to 24 months, are provided to cover the cost of the expenses arising from a defined research project.
Scheme Opens – 1 September 2016
Deadline for Applicants – 12 October 2016
ESRC invites applications for an Understanding the Macroeconomy Network Plus. The aim of the network is to develp the capacity needed to sustain a substantive policy-oriented research programme, which is focussed on themacroeconomy. The Network will include representatives from the policy community and the private sector as well as academics from the economics profession and other disciplines which have the potential to add value in this area. It will be charged with providing leadership in connecting interdisciplinary research groups and networks, ensuring the new initiative can best add value in the context of existing capacity and current research agendas (whether or not ESRC-funded).
Maximum budget: £3.7 million. Closing date for outline proposals: 4pm, 20/09/16.
Global Food Security, in collaboration with the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, the Economic and Social Research Council, the Natural Environment Research Council and the Scottish Government, invites applications for its second call on resilience of the UK food system in a global context. This aims to provide the evidence base to underpin the UK’s strategic approach to food security and create a more resilient food system. Interdisciplinary projects should address one or more of the following key themes:
•optimising the productivity, resilience and sustainability of agricultural systems and landscapes;
•optimising resilience of food supply chains both locally and globally;
•influencing food choice for health, sustainability and resilience at the individual and household level.
A food systems approach is encouraged, and proposals must integrate science areas from all three of the research councils involved.
The closing date for applications is 10 Nov 16.
The British Academy intends, through this scheme of Mid-Career Fellowships, both to support outstanding individual  researchers with excellent research proposals, and to promote public understanding and engagement with humanities and social sciences.
The aim of the scheme is to allow  successful applicants to obtain time freed from normal teaching and  administrative commitments. The time bought by the scheme should be devoted to  the completion of a major piece of research, and the Academy will also look for evidence of a clear commitment to a strategy of public engagement with and  communication of the results of the research during the period of the  Fellowship.
The awards support outstanding  individual researchers and outstanding communicators who will promote public  engagement and understanding of the humanities and social sciences. Applicants will  be asked in their proposal to set out specific plans for the dissemination of  their research to a broad audience, in addition to publication in the usual  academic press and journals. Awards will be judged both on the excellence of  the research proposed and on the capacity of the applicant to communicate with  a broad audience. Applicants are invited to indicate ways in which their  proposed programme will contribute to advances in understanding, including  public understanding, in their subject area and to the identification of  appropriate strategic priorities in the social sciences and humanities.
Scheme Opens – 10 August 2016
Deadline for Applicants – 14 September 2016
The NSPCC and the ESRC are calling for research proposals that address our shared interest in mental health, and help meet the NSPCC’s goal of helping children get back on track after abuse
We know that child abuse and neglect can affect mental health and wellbeing in childhood and beyond into adulthood (Arseneault et al, 2011; Nanni et al, 2012; Sroufe et al, 2005). Children who have been abused need the right kind of support, at the right time. We want to ensure their development is not derailed by poor mental health – an outcome that could stop children reaching their potential to become healthy, happy adults and active members of society.
Our new research programme aims to boost what we know about what works to help children after abuse and neglect. We are looking for proposals that make a significant contribution to the evidence base and the potential for real impact.
We expect to fund research that commences before the end of March 2017 and runs for up to 5 years. The funding for this open research call currently stands at £1.7m and we anticipate funding 3 to 5 proposals.
Deadline: 7th October 2016
Our weekly digest of funding opportunities is provided by Richard Smith, the Faculty Research and Enterprise Officer at Keele’s Faculty of Humanities and Social Science.
If you want more information on these, or other opportunities, Richard can be contacted via email at

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