Funding Opportunities – 13/11/2016


This week in November 1986, Berlin finally hit the number 1 spot with their Oscar winning Take My Breath Away, which of course shot to prominence that year as the ‘love theme’ from Top Gun.
Like so many 80s movie soundtracks, it’s a song that could have been written with grant applications in mind.
Maybe you watch funders and their foolish game from a distance, waiting, hoping that they’ll come to you to take their breath away. Perhaps you watch the sands of time pour away as the timeliness of your proposal diminishes, and decide it’s now or never. And maybe, if it ultimately fails, you long to go back…
But, if Top Gun teaches us anything, it’s that Goose wouldn’t want to you retreat, and let your adversaries and rivals win. You should get stuck in.
The Faculty Research Officers are standing by to be your wing-person, helping you push the envelope and take somebodies breath away. To give you a target rich environment, below are just a handful of opportunities currently available.
For many more funding opportunities, please see our previous emails, or 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 get in touch.
Many thanks.


Academies launch fund for interdisciplinary research

In partnership with the British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society (‘the Academies’), the APEX award (Academies Partnership in Supporting Excellence in Cross-disciplinary research award) scheme offers established independent researchers, with a strong track record in their respective area, an exciting opportunity to pursue genuine interdisciplinary and curiosity-driven research to benefit wider society.
The objectives of this scheme are to:
– support outstanding interdisciplinary research which is unlikely to be supported through conventional funding programmes
– promote collaboration across disciplines, with a particular emphasis on the boundary between science and engineering and the social sciences and humanities
– support researchers with an outstanding track record, in developing their research in a new direction through collaboration with partners from other disciplines
– enable outstanding researchers to focus on advancing their innovative research through seed funding.
Deadline: 13th January 2017


AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Area-Focused Network Plus Call

The Arts and Humanities Research Council, under the Global Challenges Research Fund, invites expressions of interest for its area-focused network plus call. This supports multidisciplinary, internationally collaborative programmes of activity rooted in the arts and humanities that take a place-based approach to addressing global development challenges. This model provides opportunities to bring together expertise across disciplines and research organisations to address a set of integrated development challenges in particular places, societies and development contexts.
UK higher education institutions or accredited independent research organisations may apply. International applicants are eligible to apply as co-investigators.
Funding is worth between £1.5 million and £2m per project over a period of four years. It is anticipated that up to five projects will be funded.
Deadline: 18th January 2017


AHRC International Placement Scheme 2017

The International Placement Scheme (IPS) is an annual programme providing Research Fellowships to AHRC/ESRC-funded doctoral students, early career researchers and doctoral-level research assistants.
The purpose of the Call (described as an ‘IPS Fellowship’) is to provide early career researchers (ECR), doctoral level research assistants and AHRC/ESRC funded doctoral students with dedicated access to the internationally renowned collections/ programmes/ expertise held at the IPS institutions. These IPS institutions are seven world-leading, international institutions:
Harry Ransom Center (HRC), The University of Texas at Austin, USA
– The Huntington Library, California, USA
– The Library of Congress (LoC), Washington DC, USA
– National Institutes for the Humanities (NIHU), Japan
– Shanghai Theatre Academy (STA), Shanghai, China
– Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., USA
– The Yale Center for British Art (YCBA), Connecticut, USA
Deadline: 19th January 2017


Wellcome Trust – COMING SOON: Arts awards – small arts awards

The Wellcome Trust will shortly be inviting applications for its arts awards for small projects. Information for the next scheme will be announced in November 2016. The following information is from the previous round and is subject to change. ***
These awards fund new artistic projects that enable artists and audiences to explore health research. Eligible projects should aim to:

  • develop high-quality, imaginative artistic practice;
  • bring together artists and scientists in collaborative relationships;
  • stimulate debate about health research and the history of medicine;
  • encourage new insights into health research and its social, cultural and ethical effects, rather than simply illustrating it;
  • reach and engage diverse audiences.

Applicant organisations or individuals must primarily be based in the UK or the Republic of Ireland. The scheme is open to a wide range of people including producers, curators, companies, community groups and universities. Project teams should include a professional artist and a researcher with expertise in the subject of the project.
Each award is worth up to £40,000 and includes staff costs, materials and consumables, production costs and travel and subsistence.
Deadline: TBC


Wellcome Trust COMING SOON: People awards

The Wellcome Trust will shortly be inviting applications for its people awards. Information for the next scheme will be announced in November 2016. The following information is from the previous round and is subject to change. ***
These awards support public engagement projects that encourage the public to consider and debate issues raised by health and wellbeing research. The scheme aims to:

  • provide evidence of audience need;
  • stimulate interest, excitement and debate about biomedical science or the history of medicine;
  • support formal and informal learning;
  • reach audiences with a wide geographical spread across the UK and Republic of Ireland;
  • inform, inspire and involve audiences of all ages and from all walks of life;
  • bring together the right team members and disciplines;
  • investigate and test new methods of engagement, participation and education.

Deadline: TBC


AHRC Research Networking Highlight Notice for International Development

The AHRC has decided to issue a further highlight notice for networking applications relating to international development. As well as encouraging the development of new applications it is hoped that this second highlight will provide more time for those individuals who were interested in the first highlight notice but unable to complete applications before it closed.
This highlight notice is intended to encourage the development of research networking proposals which explore the contribution that arts and humanities research can make to challenges, policy and/or practice relating to international development. It also seeks to support the development of sustained international boundary crossing collaborations with Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs) which receive Official Development Assistance (ODA) (details are in the Highlight Notice Document) and/or with organisations which play an important role in supporting international development.
Deadline: 28th February 2017

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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