Funding Opportunities – 26/01/2017


On 23rd January 1983, Met at Work hit the number 1 spot with Down Under.

The song is all about the disappointment the protagonist feels when travelling the world. Everyone he meets already knows all about Australia – the Fosters, the women, the thievery etc.

But the true land down under is lost beneath the poor stereotypes. It is a reminder that sometimes people get it wrong and need a little help to see things differently. With a research grant (or Fellowship), you too could help enlighten and educate people to get it right – just like epics such as Crocodile Dundee would go on to do for Australia, with its more accurate representation of everyday Oz.*

To help, below are just a handful of funding opportunities currently available which may provide resources to help move your research agenda forwards. Many more are on our previous emails or through Research Professional – an online funding opportunities database and alert service, to which Keele is a subscriber. All staff have access on-campus and you can setup customised searches and alerts.

If you are interested in any of these, other funding that may be available, or would just like a chat about your research ideas (no matter how early stage they may be) please just get in touch.


Call Now Open – The Independent Social Research Foundation – Early Career Fellowship (social science)
The Independent Social Research Foundation will launch a call on 23rd Jan 2017 for early career researchers (not more than 10 years post-PhD)  in the social sciences.

Grants of up to £50,000 are available  to provide full relief from all teaching duties and all associated academic administration for a period of (up to) one year. Research expenses should be funded with matched funding from the host institution.

ISRF  are looking to fund research which uses new approaches to existing problems.  Eligible research is: “Innovative research which breaks with existing explanatory frameworks so as to address afresh empirical problems with no currently adequate theory or investigative methodology. Innovation may also come from controversial theoretical approaches motivated by critical challenge of incumbent theories. Interdisciplinarity in the generation of new investigative initiatives may be achieved by combining, cross-fertilising, and so transforming empirical methods and theoretical insights from the social sciences. Projects ranging across the breadth of the social scientific disciplines and interdisciplinary research fields are welcome, and relevant applications from scholars working within the humanities are also encouraged”.
Deadline: 3rd March 2017.

ESRC – Secondary Data Analysis Initiative (SDAI) – open call
The Secondary Data Analysis Initiative aims to deliver high-quality high-impact research through the deeper exploitation of major data resources created by the ESRC and other agencies. Proposals are welcome at any time. Funding is provided for up to 18 months with an overall limit of £200,000 (100 per cent fEC) per grant.
Deadline: None

Leverhulme Project Grants
These awards are to support high quality and original research. Leverhulme are willing to support work that crosses boundaries and has an element of risk.

The grants provide support for the salaries of research staff engaged on the project, plus associated costs directly related to the research proposed, and the award is paid directly to the institution at which the applicant is employed.

Proposals must reflect the personal vision of the applicant and demonstrate compelling competence in the research design. The Trust favours applications that surmount traditional disciplinary academic boundaries and involve a willingness to take appropriate degrees of risk in setting research objectives.
Deadline: None (3 review periods a year – Leverhulme’s website isn’t the most clear on this, so please ask the FRO for further information)

Leverhulme Fellowships
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: Currently closed – re-opening later in the year.

AHRC Research Grants – Standard
The scheme supports coherent, high quality research projects and encourages collaboration of all kinds. Projects must have both a PI and a Co-I.

Budget: fEC between £50,000 and £1,000,000 (funded at 80% for maximum of 60 months)
Deadline: No fixed deadlines

AHRC Research Grants – Early Career Route
This research grants route from the AHRC is intended to enable academics in the early stages of their career to build and lead their first research team around a well-defined project. Projects must have both a PI and a Co-I.

Budget: fEC between £50,000 and £1,000,000 (funded at 80% for maximum of 60 months)
Deadline: No fixed deadlines.

AHRC Leadership Fellows – Standard
The AHRC wants this scheme to not only lead to a significant individual work but to enhance research leadership and capacity across the arts and humanities by mid-career and senior academics. Therefore in addition to focused individual work, there is also time for collaborative activities that will have impact on the relevant discipline and beyond.

Budget: £50,000 – £250,000 for between 6 and 18 months.
Deadline: No fixed deadlines

AHRC Leadership Fellows – Early Career Route
The AHRC’s Leadership Fellows scheme provides time for research leaders, or potential future research leaders, to undertake focused individual research alongside collaborative activities which have the potential to generate a transformative impact on their subject area and beyond. In addition to demonstrating support for high quality, world leading research and associated outputs, proposals must include collaborative activities to support the development of the Fellow’s capacity for research leadership in the arts and humanities.

Budget: £50,000 and £250,000 for between 6 and 24 months.
Deadline: No fixed deadlines

ESRC Research Grants
The ESRC’s Research Grant scheme is to fund an excellent research project, which can cover a standard project structure to a large scale survey or methodological development. There must be a named PI and at least one Co-I.  International Co-Is can be included.

Budget: £350,000 to £1,000,000
Deadline: No fixed deadline

ESRC New Investigator (formerly Future Leaders)
This scheme is specifically aimed at supporting those looking to make the transition to an independent researcher through managing their first major research project. 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.

Budget: £100,000 to £300,000 for between 36 – 60 months.
Deadline: No fixed deadline

Bonus – Remember that Innovate UK still have buckets of cash and loads of calls to go with it begging to be improved by the Social Sciences and Humanities…

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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