Funding opportunities digest – 23/08/2016

Funding Ops + this day in 1986 + Tododo = You have to reach for that grant


This weeks tenuously linked pop culture reference/featured funding opportunities email comes from 23rd August 1986, when Boris Gardiner hit the Number 1 spot with I Wanna Wake Up with YouThis slow dance reggae classic and its video could have been written with grant applications in mind. For example, Boris sings:

I wanna wake up with you

I wanna reach out and know that you’re there

I want you to be the first thing that I see

I wanna wake up with you…

I suspect some colleagues will have felt exactly this way about that big grant success they’re working towards… They want to wake up with it right there – paperwork all over their kitchen maybe, reach out and touch the project communication strategy, have their RA be the first thing they see (in a professional/ non-creepy/ non-breach of HR rules way) – perhaps…
Anyway, if you watch the video, although it almost has it all (impressive perms, gold-standard tasteful Hawaiian shirts that no spouse/partner should forbid, and white shoes), what it doesn’t have is Boris doing anything about his love… He just mopes around London. The lesson, and hopefully inspiration, is that if you want that grant – you need to do something about it.
To help you as ever, here are just some 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 reaching for of these, or any other funding, or would just like an informal chat about your research plans, please just get in touch.
Offering up to £50,000 over three to twenty-four months for experienced researchers to conduct a programme of research in any discipline.
Research Fellowships are open to experienced researchers, particularly those who are or have been prevented by routine duties from completing a programme of original research. Awards are not limited to those holding appointments in higher education.
Deadline: Please see the emails in your inbox about the internal process that applies to this scheme. 
These provide support for international researchers based in South Africa, Turkey and Vietnam to establish and develop collaboration with UK researchers around a specific jointly defined research project. These grants are particularly suited to initiate new collaborative partnerships, between scholars who have not previously worked together, or new initiatives between scholars who have collaborated in the past. The Newton mobility grants from the British Academy cover researchers working in all disciplines within the social sciences and humanities.
Deadline for applications: 14 Sep 16
This programme enables UK and Chinese PhD students and their supervisors to spend 3-12 months in Chinese and UK higher education institutions. Applications are welcome in the following fields: health and life sciences; environmental technologies; food and water security; energy; urbanisation; education and creative economy for economic development and social welfare.
Deadline for applications: 20 Sep 16
These awards offer an opportunity for the UK researcher to develop the strengths and capabilities of their research groups through training, collaboration and reciprocal visits with a partner in some of the best research groups in the Brazil.UK researchers from the natural sciences, engineering, medical sciences (including clinical or patient-oriented research), social sciences and humanities fields, are eligible to apply for support.
Deadline for applications: 24 Oct 16
New Investigator Grants form one element of our support for early career researchers and the scheme is specifically aimed at supporting those looking to make the transition to an independent researcher through managing their first major research project. These grants replace our Future Research Leaders scheme. The call is open to high-quality candidates from anywhere in the world who have a maximum of four years’ postdoctoral experience and the support of an eligible UK research organisation. Grants ranging from £100,000 to £300,000 full Economic Cost (fEC) can be awarded. Proposals are welcomed across the full disciplinary range of the social sciences and at the interface with the wider sciences, however the social sciences must represent at least 50 per cent of the research focus and effort.
Deadline: Open
The Higher Education Funding Council for England invites applications for its catalyst fund: innovation in learning and teaching. This supports small-scale projects to develop innovations in learning and teaching for university provision.
The council is particularly interested in proposals which:
•develop curriculum innovations from interdisciplinary research, interdisciplinary professional practice or both;
•respond to employer demands for advanced skills or knowledge;
•develop use of learner analytics for particular pedagogic purposes.
Deadline: Please see your inbox for details on the internal procedure for applying.
The Pilgrim Trust invites applications for its project grants. These support projects in the areas of preservation and scholarship, and social welfare. Preservation and scholarship projects should focus on the following areas:
•preservation of and repairs to historic buildings and architectural features – preference may be given to early-stage projects that give new use to buildings which are at risk, and of architectural or historic importance;
•conservation of works of art, books, significant ephemera, museum objects and records held in museums, galleries, specialist archives and repositories – eligible museums must be members of Associations of Independent Museums and must be registered or accredited, or expected to achieve accreditation within two years, and they must have fewer than 60,000 visitors or a turnover of less than £300,000 per year;
•promotion of knowledge through academic research and its dissemination, including cataloguing within museums, galleries and libraries, and institutions where historic, scientific or archaeological records are preserved – grants cover only works for which public funds are not available;
•cataloguing of archives and manuscripts;
•conservation of manuscripts;
•places of worship.
Social welfare projects should aim to have a positive impact on the lives of women and girls facing severe multiple disadvantage, particularly where their vulnerabilities put them at risk of offending.
Applications are open to UK registered charities, organisations exempt from registration, recognised public bodies and registered friendly societies.
Deadline: Open
The Home Office invites expressions of interest to evaluate Prevent projects. This aims to evaluate the impact of Prevent funded community-based projects that are being delivered between October 2016 and March 2017. The Home Office has worked with civil society and third sector partners by funding initiatives in the UK to deliver the Prevent strategy. These community-based projects are aimed at increasing participants’ resilience to terrorist and extremist ideologies. Key research aims for the impact evaluations are:
•measure and assess the effectiveness of projects against the strategic aims of Prevent – measure the impact of projects on participants’ vulnerability to being drawn into terrorism, or participants’ ability to prevent others from being drawn into terrorism;
•explore and develop appropriate and innovative methodologies for measuring the impacts of Prevent projects;
•gain an in-depth understanding of what makes a project successful, and how these components could be transferable to other projects.
Psychological or behavioural approaches, methodologies that utilise social media or website analytics, approaches based on robust research into vulnerability or resilience factors around extremism, or other justified methodologies are accepted.
Bidders must demonstrate relevant experience.
The total budget is worth £100,000 and a range of projects will be supported.
Deadline: 04 September 2016
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office invites tenders for its scoping studies to develop a UK Policy programme for financial sector in China. The tenderers will deliver clear, robust and evidenced recommendations on the reform and liberalisation of China’s financial sector in order to increase the sector’s efficiency, sustainability and sophistication.
Contracts are available under the following themes:
•capital markets, including mapping out the current state of development and sophistication, identifying latest development on the connectivity and assessing the implications for the UK from policy, regulation and business perspectives;
•asset management, including identifying the key barriers to global asset diversification, exploring the effect of ‘special zone’ arrangements and evaluating the necessary knowledge, tools and skills Chinese asset managers need to go global;
•green finance, including assessing China’s ambition for green finance and its intersection with the UK’s expertise, evaluating regulatory changes needed for the integration of China’s domestic green finance markets with global markets as well as exploring options for development and assessing feasibility of related products;
•insurance, covering the evaluation of characteristics of the current industry landscape and the possibilities and obstacles for foreign participation.
Four contracts are available worth up to £70,000 each between 16 September and 16 December 2016.
Deadline: 1st September 2016
Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study invites applications for its creative arts, humanities and social sciences fellowships. These support scholars and artists who wish to be in residence at the Radcliffe Institute and pursue an independent project in the creative arts, humanities and social sciences. The following themes are of special interest:
•study of women, gender, and society;
•history of women in America which will draw on the resources of the Schlesinger Library.
Fellows are expected to be free of their regular commitments so they can devote themselves full-time to the work outlined in their proposal. Fellows are expected to reside in the Boston area during the fellowship and have their primary office at the Institute.
Fellowships are worth up to USD 75,000 for one year with additional funds for project expenses. Visual, film, and video artists may apply for either one or two semesters. The stipend for one semester is worth USD 37,500. Some support for relocation expenses is provided where relevant. Fellows receive office or studio space and access to libraries and other resources of Harvard University.
Deadline: 15th September 16
The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada invites applications for its partnership development grants. These enable new or existing partnerships to either develop research in the social sciences and humanities, or to design and test new partnership approaches for research that may result in practices or models that can be adapted by others or be scaled up to a regional, national or international level. Funding is available for existing partnerships to foster new research distinct from the partnerships previous activities, or for new partnerships to foster new research in its initial stages. Projects should respond to the objectives of the council’s insight or connection programme, or a combination thereof.
Applications must be submitted by project directors on behalf of their partners. The director must be affiliated with a Canadian postsecondary institution or non-profit organisation, while partners may be Canadian or international institutions or organisations of any type. At least one partner must be a Canadian postsecondary institution and at least one must be different from the grant funds administrator. Co-applicants may be individuals from Canadian postsecondaryinstitutions, non-profit organisations, philanthropic foundations, think tanks and municipal, territorial or provincial governments, or international postsecondary institutions. Individuals from the private sector or federal government may only participate as collaborators.
Each grant is worth between CAD 75,000 and CAD 200,000 over one to three years.
Deadline: November 30, 2016
The Education Endowment Foundation invites applications for its general project funding. This aims to identify, fund and evaluate projects that will raise the attainment of children and young people from economically disadvantaged backgrounds in schools in England. Funding also aims to scale up projects which work best at narrowing the attainment gap between children and low-income backgrounds and their better-off peers. Applications may include:
•well-defined programmes with clear explanation of how they will be implemented within schools or educational settings;
•evidence that suggest that the intervention is effective at raising the attainment and skills of disadvantaged pupils;
•programmes that are scalable.
Priority areas are evidence-based ideas that focus on interventions aimed at improving literacy outcomes in primary school children, secondary school subject teaching and interventions aimed to improve how teachers mark pupils’ work.
Mainstream primary and secondary schools, early years settings, charities, local authorities, academy chains, universities and social enterprises may apply. For-profit companies must use the funding for public benefit and meet the Foundation’s objectives and are expected to contribute to the project cost. Projects must be for the benefit of pupils and schools in England, however innovative ideas from overseas that are applicable to schools in England are accepted.
There is no funding limit. Grants are usually worth between £90,000 and £1.5 million each.
Deadline: 9th December 2016
The British Film Institute invites tenders for its call on economic and cultural impact and implications for the screen sector on the result of the EU referendum. The tenderer will undertake research that enables the UK screen sector to asses the short- and medium-term consequences of the EU referendum decision on both the industry itself and on the wider public. The call aims to establish lines of work for future research topics to ensure that the economic and cultural value of the UK’s screen sector is preserved and continues to grow over the coming years.
The contract is worth up to £70,000.
Deadline: 30 August 2016
*** The British Academy will soon be inviting proposals for its conference programme. Submission of proposals for the 2018 conference programme will open in October 2016. The following information is subject to change. ***
This programme supports conferences on subjects in the humanities and social sciences held at the British Academy’s premises in London, UK. Conferences should last for one or two days, be suitable for up to 135 participants, bring together a large number of academics from different fields, and include the possibility that a themed volume of essays arising from the conference might be published in the proceedings of the British Academy series.
Any UK-based scholar is eligible to submit a proposal. Conferences may also be held in collaboration with other organisations.
Funding covers the costs of administration, catering, preparation of delegate packs and promotional material, and contributes to travel and accommodation costs for speakers, chairs and convenors.
Deadline: TBC
Our digest of funding opportunities is provided by Richard Smith, 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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