Funding Opportunities – 28/10/2016

Back by popular demand (or at least due to SPRE according to Richard) the tenously linked pop-culture/funding opportunities!

So, on 25th October 1986, Bon Jovi’s seminal Slippery When Wet hit the No. 1 Album spot in the US. In addition to the albums poignant swimming pool Health and Safety message title (which we should all keep in mind), it also brought us hits such as Living On A Prayer

For the purposes of this post, this particular song is a reminder that when considering applying for grants and external income, times can be tough, but you’ve got to hold on to what you have, give it a shot and fight for what you want.
If you would be interested in taking the Faculty Research Officers hand to try to make it, below are a handful of 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 other funding opportunities or just a general chat about your research, please just get in touch.
The British Academy is inviting proposals from UK-based researchers in the Social Sciences and Humanities to develop projects related to the following topics: Urban Futures; Conflict, Stability & Security; Justice, Rights & Equality; Europe’s Futures; Knowledge Frontiers. This call is part of a new round of research projects under the British Academy’s Tackling the UK’s International Challenges programme. Awards are of one-year in duration. The themes stated above correspond to the British Academy’s current international policy priorities.
Deadline: 02 November 2016
As part of the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) is intending to announce a call in October 2016 for large-scale, collaborative grants for international development. Funding will support multi-disciplinary, internationally collaborative programmes rooted in the arts and humanities that take an area-based approach to addressing global development challenges.
The intention is to make funding of £1.5-2 million and up to 3 years duration available per project through the ‘Network Plus’ funding model. This model provides opportunities to bring together arts and humanities area-based expertise across disciplines and research organisations to address a set of integrated development challenges in particular places, societies and development contexts. The AHRC anticipates funding up to 5 projects.
The application process is expected to be in two stages with the deadline for Expressions of Interest likely to be in January 2017. There will then be further engagement with those invited through to full submission stage, expected to be in early summer 2017.
The AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships (CDP) scheme enables non-HEI Organisations with a strong track record in the Collaborative Doctoral Award scheme, and supporting other doctoral students, to be allocated a cohort of CDA studentships for which they will then be able to nominate projects with academic partners.The intention is to give partners greater autonomy and the ability to develop strong programmes of collaborative PhD study.
These 12 CDP organisation groups have allocations of studentships to start in the academic years 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 and most are now running calls open to university-based researchers who wish to work with partner staff and archives to propose a collaborative project suitable for subsequently advertising as a studentship commencing in 2017.   Each CDP partner uses a slightly different approach with some specifying key topic areas.
Organisations are:
– British Library
– Science Museums Group [Includes: Science Museum, Museum of Science and Industry, National Media Museum, National Railway Museum York, National Railway Museum Locomotion Shildon, BT Archives, The Royal Society and The Royal Geographical Society]
– The British Museum
– Tate
– National Football Museum
– Imperial War Museum
– V & A
– Historic England & English Heritage
– The National Gallery and Bowes Museum
– Oxford University Museums [includes: Ashmolean,  Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Museum of the History of Science]
– Thames Museum Consortium  [Includes: National Maritime Museum, National Portrait Gallery, The National Archives]
– Scottish Heritage Consortium  [Includes: National Museums Scotland, ,National Galleries of Scotland, National Library of Scotland, Historic Environment Scotland}
All have a deadline of 25th November
The ESRC have set priority areas for investment over the next four year.
They will invest in areas of national priority, mobilising social science evidence to address significant social and economic challenges. The initial priority areas for investment across all areas of the portfolio are:
– Mental health
– Housing
– Productivity
– Understanding the macroeconomy
– Ways of being in a digital age
Some of these calls have already been advertised on our emails, but there is a new Productivity call expected soon…
The UK has experienced a long term slowing in productivity growth and particularly since 2008 the “productivity puzzle” of exceptionally weak growth when compared to international competitors. There is a pressing need for further research evidence to explain productivity levels and to provide the basis for development of new policy measures to support and foster productivity.
As an initial step we will commission a ‘network plus’, to provide leadership and encourage joint working. The network, as well as providing a forum for networking and knowledge exchange will map current research activity, seed-fund small research projects, run thematic workshops and rapid response reviews and build interdisciplinary capacity.
Deadline: TBC
Awards designed to give 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.
The purpose of these awards is to give 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.
Emphasis is also placed by the Academy and the Wolfson Foundation on the importance of award-holders communicating their plans and results to a broad audience.
Deadline: 23rd November 2016
This scheme provides funding for early career postdoctoral researchers to conduct cooperative research in Japan, with leading research groups in Japanese universities and other institutions, under the guidance of a host.
The British Academy is an overseas nominating authority for this scheme, which is funded entirely by the JSPS. In this capacity, the British Academy nominates a designated number of candidates each year.
Applications can also be made independently of the British Academy, by an open recruitment route, through host researchers in Japan.
The aim of the programme is to help researchers advance their own research while contributing to the progress of research both in Japan and abroad.
Deadline: 7th December 2016 
The AHRC is collaborating with the BBC on a workshop that brings together BBC commissioning and editorial staff with arts and humanities researchers specialising, or with interests in female composers.
We are interested in uncovering the works of historical female composers that, crucially, have composed both orchestral and choral music. We aim to commission up to three features on different composers this would include working with the BBC Orchestras and Choruses to play and record pieces of music alongside radio programmes detailing of the life and times of the composers themselves.
Expressions of interest are invited from researchers from all disciplines within the arts and humanities to participate in an AHRC/BBC workshop on January 25th 2017 to explore ideas that will help feed into BBC programming.
We welcome expressions of interest from researchers at all stages of their careers, including doctoral students and early career researchers working in the areas outlined above.
Deadline: 30th November 2016
A new funding opportunity is being launched as part of a decade-long partnership between the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Department for International Development (DFID) which aims to place innovation and appetite for risk at the centre of world-class research.
Sitting within the ESRCDFID Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation Research, the Development Frontiers Research Fund aims to fund innovative, strategic and catalytic research with the potential to radically impact on sustainable development concepts or practices, or lead to new thinking and action on poverty reduction.
Proposals are invited for projects with a full economic cost (fEC) value between £200,000 and £300,000. Projects can be between 12 and 18 months long, but must finish no later than 31 March 2019. We expect to fund around 14-18 awards, depending on the quality of the proposals received.
Deadline: 26th January 2017 (other events take place before this such as a Webinar – please see the link above).
Launched in 2015, the Innovation Caucus is an initiative funded jointly by Innovate UK and the ESRC. Its aim is to promote closer engagement between social science researchers and the strategists, analysts and technologists working at Innovate UK. By providing independent research-based insights about the processes, practices and policies relevant to the UK innovation ecosystem, the Innovation Caucus is committed to enhancing sustainable, innovation-led economic growth.
When originally established, the Innovation Caucus comprised a small number of Thought Leaders, who have been engaged in a number of activities and projects with Innovate UK and will form the steering group. To enable the Innovation Caucus to engage in a wider range of activities with a broader scope over the coming months, we are looking to expand the membership of the Innovation Caucus. The intention is to have a wider membership who will be engaged in an ad hoc capacity to address real-time questions and challenges from Innovate UK and the ESRC as well as supporting longer term projects.
We are looking to recruit up to 15 social scientists as new members to the Innovation Caucus.
Deadline: 30th November 2016
Arts Council of England require an external evaluator to support the evaluation of the Celebrating Age programme by:  capturing learning from the activity supported in formats that allow other practitioner, policy makers, stakeholders and funders to apply this learning and; developing a simple peer support programme to enhance learning across the grant recipients for the first two years of activity.
Deadline: 23rd November
Residential Landlords Association is issuing a call for innovative research proposals to understand and examine the underlying causes of homelessness from the ending of tenancies in the private rented sector.
**I can’t access further details on this opportunity at this stage – but if there is definite interest from somebody, I will try and get you further information.
Many thanks.

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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