Funding Opportunities – first week of February, 2017

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 contact

Wellcome Trust – Public Engagement Fund
In November 2016 Wellcome announced a new funding structure for public engagement, designed to be flexible and more accessible. That scheme is now launched and the application form for the new Public Engagement Fund is available. This funding is for anyone with a great idea for engaging the public in conversations about health-related science and research. It replaces our Society, People, Large Arts, Small Arts, Development, Co-production, Capital and International Engagement Awards. They fund activities, projects, creative spaces, people and organisations. The fund is open to anyone, including those working in: the arts / entertainment media / museums and heritage / leisure, sport and tourism / education and informal learning / the community charity and public sectors.
Deadline: None

British Academy/Newton – Advanced fellowships (Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey)
The British Academy invites applications for its Newton advanced fellowships. These enable international researchers based in Malaysia, Thailand, or Turkey to establish and develop collaborations with the UK, with the intention of transferring knowledge and research capabilities. The skills and knowledge gained should contribute to advancing economic development and social welfare of the partner country. The specific aims are to:
– support the development of a well-trained research community that can contribute to advancing economic development and social welfare of the partner country by transferring new skills and creating new knowledge;
– strengthen research excellence in partner countries;
– establish long-term links between the best research groups and networks in partner countries and the UK to ensure that improvements in research capacity are sustainable in the longer term.
Deadline: 15 March 2017

British Academy/Newton – International Fellowships (Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, Turkey)
The British Academy, via the Newton fund, invites applications for their international fellowships. These enable early career postdoctoral researchers from overseas in the fields of social sciences and the humanities to work for two years at a UK institution with the aim of fostering long-term international collaborations. Newton Fund countries, for applications in the humanities and social sciences, include Brazil, Mexico, South Africa and Turkey. The specific aims are to:
– support the development and training of postdoctoral researchers by providing an opportunity to work at a UK research institution for two years;
– ensure the best postdoctoral researchers across all relevant disciplines are supported in the UK;
– foster long-term relations between Newton international fellows and the UK research base through the establishment of an alumni programme for former fellows of this scheme.
Deadline: 15 March 2017

British Academy/Newton – Mobility grants (Turkey, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand)
The British Academy invites applications for its Newton mobility grants for Turkey, Vietnam, Malaysia and Thailand. These provide support for international researchers based in a partner country to establish and develop collaboration with UK researchers around a specific jointly defined research project. The specific aims of these grants are:
– to strengthen research capacity of the partner countries by facilitating training and skill transfer from the UK to partner countries;
– to support excellent research by linking the best researchers in the UK with the best researchers in partner countries and providing support for collaborative research;
– to establish long term research links between both partners to ensure sustainable research capacity in partner countries and benefit to the UK research community in the longer term.
Deadline: 15 March 2017

RCUK – Joint UK/India Energy Demand Reduction in the Built Environment Call
The Government of India’s Department of Science and Technology (DST) and EPSRC and ESRC, as part of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) Energy Programme, jointly invite proposals for collaborative research projects focussing on reducing energy demand in the built environment as part of the Newton Bhabha Fund.
Three topics for the call have been identified, and applicants must indicate how their proposed research would address at least one of these topics:
– Peak demand reduction through improved building envelopes, low-energy cooling & heating, social practices of adaptive thermal comfort and postoccupancy evaluation.
– City- and community-level energy efficient technologies, research to provide guidance to urban planning, and community design and management for energy.
– Integration of information, communication and renewable energy technologies at building, community, and city level interventions.
Deadline: 15 March 2017

British Academy/TÜBİTAK – Fellowships for UK Researchers
The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) grants fellowships for international scientists/researchers who would like to give workshops/conferences/lectures, or conduct R&D activities in Turkey in the fields of Natural Sciences, Engineering and Technological Sciences, Medical Sciences, Agricultural Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities. The program aims to promote Turkey’s scientific and technological collaboration with countries of the prospective fellows. Three types of visit are granted within this program:
Visiting Scientists/researchers on Short-term (up to 1 month).
Visiting Scientists/researchers on Long term (up to 12 months).
Scientists/researchers on SABBATICAL LEAVE (from 3 months to 12 months).
For further details please see the link above.
Deadline: 31st March 2017

EPSRC Sandpit: New Industrial Systems
In response to future manufacturing challenges EPSRC is running a sandpit with a focus on New Industrial Systems to engender a radical change in the research undertaken in this field in the UK. We hope that this sandpit will enable UK researchers to identify and undertake research with the potential to have a transformative impact on our manufacturing industries. Thinking at the Sandpit is expected to span a broad range of disciplines within a number of fields including, but not limited to: engineering, design, materials science, physical sciences, mathematics and computer science, economics and social sciences including business models, sustainability, life sciences and energy systems.
The broad aims of the sandpit are to generate research proposals which can build a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges in developing new industrial systems, address the key research challenges that are identified, identify a common language between disciplines and facilitate interactions between key researchers and users.
Deadline: 2nd March 2017

New emerging areas of interest for the Nuffield FoundationNuffield are currently reviewing their funding priorities and will publish a strategic intent for their grants programmes in summer 2017. In the meantime, they have added some new areas to their funding criteria that reflect their emerging agenda.
In addition to their existing funding priorities, they are calling for applications that examine:
– Significant structural shifts in British society – demography, social geography, family structures, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, mental health, disability and other vulnerability.
– The impact of technology on social and economic outcomes, on skills necessary for the modern labour market, and on the wider issue of social relationships and personal identity in a data-driven economy and digital culture.
– The relationship between trust in data, evidence and institutional authority, and popular values and beliefs.
– The balance between the protection of individuals and personal responsibility in fostering individual and collective well-being in civic society.
– Inequalities within and between different generations.
Applications can continue to be made to their existing grant programmes and  applications submitted to their Open Door programme will given priority if they fit the emerging agenda above.
Deadline: None

ESRC / Welsh Government – Wales Centre for Public Policy – call for proposals
The Economic and Social Research Council and the Welsh Government invite proposals for a Wales Centre for Public Policy. This aims to replace the existing Public Policy Institute for Wales providing advice to Welsh ministers, and to establish What Works Wales. The centre’s role as advisors to Welsh Ministers will focus mainly on:

  • short turn-around advice or think-pieces on the policy-relevant conclusions to be drawn from research evidence;
  • supporting the First Minister and Cabinet Office in identifying a small number of strategic cross-cutting priorities to be addressed by its work;
  • supporting ministers and the Welsh government in understanding evidence needs and how to address them;
  • sign-posting expert sources of research-based policy advice in Wales or internationally, and supporting ministers in identifying the best way of engaging with this expertise.

Deadline: 16.00 on 16 March 2017

**Yes yes, we know. But as we’ve said, even if we can’t lead on a submission here, we have expertise that could be applied to a submitting organisation…

BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grants
These support primary research in the humanities and social sciences. Grants may be used to facilitate initial project planning and development, to support the direct costs of research and to enable the advancement of research through workshops or conferences, or visits by or to partner scholars. Applications for individual and collaborative projects are equally welcome. International groups of scholars may apply, provided the lead applicant is a UK-based scholar.
Grants are tenable for up to two years and are worth between £500 and £10,000.
Scheme Opens – 12 April 2017 (But if you can start planning for it now – please do)
Deadline: 24 May 2017

British Council – Researcher links socially inclusive waste management and resource efficiency in supply chains workshop
The British Council, via Newton Fund’s researcher links scheme, invites applications to attend their workshop on socially inclusive waste management and resource efficiency in supply chains. Funding enables UK and Brazilian early-career researchers to attend the workshop on sharing knowledge and creating research networks between the UK and Brazil to advance research in socially inclusive measurement and reporting of waste management and resource efficiency in supply chains, to be held 23 to 25 May 2017 in Florianópolis, Brazil.
Deadline: 23 February 2017

Leverhulme – Major Research Fellowships
These awards provide replacement teaching costs over two or three years, to allow academics in the humanities and social sciences to focus on a specific piece of original research.
These awards enable well-established and distinguished researchers in the humanities and social sciences to devote themselves to a single research project of outstanding originality and significance, capable of completion within two or three years. Fellowships are particularly aimed at those who are or have been prevented by routine duties from completing a programme of original research.
Deadline: 4pm on 11 May 2017

Leverhulme – Visiting Professorships
The objective of these awards is to enable distinguished academics based overseas to spend between three and twelve months inclusive at a UK university, primarily in order to enhance the skills of academic staff or the student body within the host institution. It is recognised that Visiting Professors may also wish to use the opportunity to further their own academic interests. The over-riding criteria for selection are first the academic standing and achievements of the visitor in terms of research and teaching, and secondly the ability of the receiving institution to benefit from the imported skills and expertise. Priority will be given to new or recent collaborative ventures.
Deadline: 4pm on 11 May 2017.

ESRC – Experiments and methodological innovation for longitudinal studies
*** This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to open in February 2017. The following information is subject to change. ***
The Economic and Social Research Council’s Understanding Society innovation panel invites proposals for experiments and methodological innovation for longitudinal studies. This supports studies that will be incorporated in the Understanding Society panel of data collection from wave 10 onwards. This call is specifically for experiments and methodological studies, and proposals may address substantive social science questions, or survey methodological questions, or both. Methodological studies may relate to the design of survey instruments or to features of the survey design.
Priority will be given to experiments related to the measurement of family related issues or the use of new technologies. Also, proposals relating to Understanding Society core topic areas are preferred:

  • education;
  • employment;
  • family and household;
  • income, housing, wealth, expenditure and deprivation.

Deadline: 30 March 2017

**Still** COMING SOON: Follow-on funding for impact and engagement scheme: four themes
This call was due to be announced in January with closing dates in April. The call is still not out, but we’ve expended a great deal of energy and resource in following this up, and have tweet the AHRC to enquire what is occurring.
This opportunity will be available soon.
The Arts and Humanities Research Council invites applications for its follow-on funding for impact and engagement scheme: themes. This encourages innovative applications that seek to explore new, unanticipated, pathways to impact which have emerged from projects supported as a part of the following AHRC themes:

  • science in culture;
  • translating cultures;
  • digital transformations in the arts and humanities;
  • care for the future: thinking forward through the past.

Deadline: TBC – if the AHRC are in a bad mood when they launch it, it may still be April 2017 

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

Note: You may have noticed a lack of an amusing acecdote or popular culture connection this week. I am afraid I forgot to put last week’s opportunities up then, so have merged the important points from the emails together. So, for your humourless approach to this latest funding update, that is my bad, not Richard’s.

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