Funding Opportunities 09/09/16

This week in 1999, after 58 weeks in the UK album chart, Shania Twain’s album Come on Over finally hit the number 1 spot. For the purposes of our tenuously linked pop-culture/featured funding opportunity email, this record breaking commercial and critically successful album gave us all the single – That Don’t Impress Me Much. Although this never got past number 3 in the UK, it remains this revered artists biggest selling single here and could have been written with grant applications in mind.

Shania sings that however far we think our own superficial ‘perfection’, flawless assets (the car she refers to) or even being a rocket-scientist* will get us, we still need that something special… It reminds us that whatever you think about your grant application – it needs to impress the reviewers in the right ways for them.

The video also tells us that if you’re walking through the desert hitchhiking, your should still vet potential lifts**.

If you would like to try and impress reviewers much, you might need to find some suitable funding opportunities.

To help you, please see below for JUST A SELECTION 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 would like to apply for any of these opportunities, any others that may be out there, or would just like a chat about your research – please contact us.

Many thanks.

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AHRC – Follow-on Funding for Impact and Engagement scheme highlight – Cultural Value

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) established the Cultural Value Project at the end of 2012. Its objectives were:

– to identify the various components of cultural value across a variety of contexts and within a unified approach; and

– to identify and develop methodologies that might be used to assess those dimensions of cultural value.

Building on the outcomes of the Cultural Value Project, and the opportunities for enhanced pathways to impact which emerge from the Cultural Value Project Report, the AHRC is launching a Highlight Notice in the Following on Funding (FoF) scheme. We seek to encourage the application and development in policy and practice contexts of innovative, research-based approaches which enrich understanding of the value to individuals and society generated by the arts and culture.

Highlight notices are intended to stimulate proposals addressing strategic priorities or emerging research areas in order to encourage innovation, new thinking and/or the development of collaborations in these areas. Highlight notices are offered as opportunities within existingAHRC research schemes, although in this case highlight applications will be considered through a different assessment process to other FoFapplications. Find out more about our current Highlight Notices.

Applications which do not fit under this highlight notice can continue to be submitted to the Follow-on Funding (FoF) scheme as usual.

Deadline: 15th December 2016

The Great Place Scheme

The Great Place Scheme is designed to put arts, culture and heritage at the heart of successful communities across England. Twelve areas will pilot new approaches that enable cultural, community and civic organisations to work more closely together.

The Great Place Scheme will fund projects in areas where there is a commitment to embed arts, culture and heritage in local plans and decision-making.  By strengthening the networks between culture, civic and community organisations, and by involving citizens and local businesses, projects will enhance the role that culture plays in the future of each place participating in the Scheme. In time this will lead to the wide range of social and economic benefits that arts, culture and heritage can achieve.

This is a pilot scheme. It will fund activities which can be built on in the future, and whose learning can be shared with other places.

Deadline: Expression of Interest – 6 October 2016.

Global Challenges – EPSRC – Tackling Global Development Challenges through Engineering and Digital Technology Research *(We encourage suitable colleagues to Co-I on proposals)

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, via the Global Challenges Research Fund, invites applications for its call on tackling global development challenges through engineering and digital technology research. This supports an internationally leading programme of research centred around engineering and digital technologies to tackle the challenges faced by the developing world. Proposals must fall under one or both of the following headings:

  • engineering research – sustainable infrastructure development, engineering for disaster resilience or engineering for humanitarian aid;
  • digital technology research – access to digital services, use of data for vital services or secure and trusted digital infrastructures.

Projects must be predominantly in EPSRC remit, although interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary proposals are welcomed.

Deadline: 15th November 2016

Innovate UK Project innovation fund for Prevent

Innovate UK with support from HM Government’s Prevent Strategy invites registrations for their project innovation fund for Prevent. Funding aims to find innovative ways to prevent vulnerable people from becoming radicalised to support or carry out terrorism. Projects must focus on one or more of the following objectives:

  • increasing the understanding of and reducing the risk of radicalisation within a particular sector;
  • increasing the understanding of and reducing the risk of radicalisation within a particular demographic;
  • delivering new and innovative ways of working to deliver Prevent objectives;
  • working with vulnerable individuals or groups through outreach projects;
  • helping project participants to develop the judgement skills to challenge others’ views confidently;
  • improving understanding of the manifestation, dissemination and impact of terrorist content online;
  • building an evidence base to show how radicalising networks form online, and how they can be disrupted;
  • raising awareness of terrorist propaganda online, and promoting digital resilience by equipping individuals with the skills to protect themselves and others;
  • developing technical solutions to protect those in important sectors, such as education and health, from terrorist content online.

Eligible applicants must be an organisation of any size working alone or in collaboration with others. All proposals must involve an organisation that leads the project.

Total funding budget is worth up to £1.5 million and projects are worth between £10,000 and £100,000 each depending on the type.

Deadline: 5th October 2016

Creative England Interactive Healthcare Fund *(We encourage suitable colleagues to Co-I on proposals)

The South West Interactive Healthcare Programme  is currently seeking applications from the creative sector in addition to healthcare.

This £500,000 competition is funded by Creative England’s regional growth fund and run by South West and West of England Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) in conjunction with SETsquared.

The priorities themes for this competition are:

– Enabling the health and care workforce, patients, their carers and families to work more effectively in care settings

– Enabling patients and citizens to manage their health and wellbeing independently

– Influencing and incentivising behaviour to improve health outcomes.

The funding is available to small or medium sized enterprises based in England (outside of Greater London) via investments of between £25,000 and £50,000. Funding will be allocated to support the uptake and market traction of innovative digital technologies that will clearly improve patient care and health service provision.

Deadline: 30th September 2016 

British Council – Cultural protection fund – large grants

The British Council’s Cultural Protection Fund, with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, invites applications for its large grants. These support projects that help creating opportunities for economic and social development through fostering, safeguarding and promotion of cultural heritage in conflict affected regions overseas. The grants assist efforts to keep cultural heritage sites and objects safe, as well as supporting the recording, conservation and restoration of cultural heritage. Cultural heritage includes various things from the past that communities value and want to pass on to the future generations, such as:

  • archaeological sites and monuments;
  • collections of objects, books or documents in museums, libraries or archives;
  • historic buildings;
  • cultural traditions such as stories, festivals, crafts, music, dance and costumes;
  • histories of people, communities, places and events;
  • heritage of languages and dialects;
  • people’s memories and experiences, often recorded as oral history.

Any organisation may apply. Organisations based outside the fund’s target countries must be working with a local partner organisation in one or more of the fund’s current target countries within the Middle East and North Africa region, specifically: Afghanistan, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Iraq, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey and Yemen.

Grants are worth between £100,000 and £3 million for multi–year proposals. The total budget is worth £30 million.

Deadline: 28th October 2016

British Council – Cultural protection fund – small grants

The British Council’s Cultural Protection Fund, with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, invites applications for its large grants. These support projects that will help creating opportunities for economic and social development through fostering, safeguarding and promotion of cultural heritage in conflict affected regions overseas. The grants assist efforts to keep cultural heritage sites and objects safe, as well as supporting the recording, conservation and restoration of cultural heritage will be supported. Cultural heritage includes various things from the past that communities value and want to pass on to the future generations, such as:

  • archaeological sites and monuments;
  • collections of objects, books or documents in museums, libraries or archives;
  • historic buildings;
  • cultural traditions such as stories, festivals, crafts, music, dance and costumes;
  • histories of people, communities, places and events;
  • the heritage of languages and dialects;
  • people’s memories and experiences, often recorded as oral history.

Deadline: 19th December 2016

UK-India education research initiative calls for research proposals

The UK India Education Research Initiative, in collaboration with the Indian Department for Science and Technology and the Indian University Grants Commission, invites applications for its calls for research proposals under the e-partnership and research incubation strand. This aims to develop jointly funded research and innovation partnerships with core societal benefit outcomes and to facilitate collaborations between Indian and UK higher education institutions to support work on new or existing research projects. Two calls are available:

  • the DST/UKIERI call, for research projects on any subject;
  • the UGC/UKIERI call, for research projects on climate research, data science, human health, material science or marine science.

Institution-based research teams in the UK and India may apply jointly. Project leaders must be of at least postdoctoral status or equivalent. UK project leaders should be based at UK universities or not-for-profit research organisations and resident within the UK.

Funding is worth up to £200,000 per project lasting up to three years. Eligible costs include staff, researchers and research student exchanges and travel costs.

Deadline: 5th October 2016

British Academy Wolfson research professorships

The British Academy, in collaboration with the Wolfson Foundation, invites applications for its research professorships. These provide an opportunity for extended research leave to a small number of the most outstanding established scholars to enable them to concentrate on a significant research programme, while freed from normal teaching and administrative commitments. Any field of study in the humanities and social sciences is suitable to apply.

Applicants of any age and status, including professors or lecturers, may apply. In all cases applicants must have a significant track record of publications. Award holders are expected to communicate their plans and results to a broad audience.

Each award is worth £50,000 per year for three years, to cover costs of replacement teaching, with any balance available to the award holder as research expenses. The awards are not covered under the full economic costing regime.

Deadline: 23rd November 2016

 

* – This song may inspire you to contact colleagues in the ‘Hard Sciences’ (be they rocket scientists, the dirt people – whoever) to remind them that HumSS research and approaches might help them achieve that special touch they might other wise be lacking. If so, do let us know.

** – Although this is a wise move, the Faculty Research Office strongly advises colleagues not to hitchhike at all. Plus – FCO advises women travelling abroad against hitchhiking or accepting car rides from strangers (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/advice-for-women-travelling-abroad)***.

*** – Grant applications around the fact that this advice is aimed at women only would be welcome.

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 r.smith3@keele.ac.uk

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