Funding Opportunities Digest

In February 1979 the one and only Rod Stewart went to the number 1 spot in the US with his controversial foray into disco, Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?

Like so many hits from this legend, it could have been written with grant applications in mind.

Perhaps you’ve been sat in a bar gazing at a research funders website not sure what they want, or how to approach them. The very thought of it makes your lips dry, and you can’t help but act all shy.

Well most funders still give the bulk of their funds to responsive mode applications (you – the applicant – drives the focus of research). So like the protagonist in the song, they are just sat there waiting for you to ask the questions, and to give them some suggestions…

If you’d like to reach out, below are just a handful of funding opportunities currently available. 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 an informal chat about your research ideas (no matter how early stage they may be) please just get in touch.




MRC/AHRC GCRF Global Public Health; Partnership Awards pre-call announcement
The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) offers a unique opportunity for the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Medical Research Council (MRC) to co-design a global public health initiative. The forthcoming call seeks to bring together expertise in medical science and health interventions in developing countries, with an understanding of local knowledge, cultural dynamics, community engagement and trust.

The MRC and AHRC plan to launch two consecutive partnership award calls in 2017. The first will run from February with a deadline in June, with funding decisions made in the summer. The second will run from September with a deadline in December, with funding decisions made in March 2018. A networking workshop will be hosted during both calls to facilitate the development of new partnerships between the AHRC and MRC communities, and to provide briefing on the objectives of the call. Relevant themes that could be considered include, but are not limited to:

– Understanding public health in relation to cultural and population change, migration/mobility, cultural diversity
– Public health in cities and the effects of urban migration
– Contextually appropriate, user-led / co- design to improve health systems or services
– Delivery of public health programmes in relation to legal frameworks; belief systems and ethical considerations
– Trust in science and community preparedness for medical research and trials
– Addressing health challenges in contexts of humanitarian crises, including conflict
Deadline: TBC

ESRC Resilience of the UK food system in a global context – call 2
This call is to support interdisciplinary projects addressing one or more of the programme’s three thematic priorities.
– Optimising the resilience of agricultural systems and landscape whilst enhancing productivity and sustainability
– Optimising resilience of food supply chains locally and globally
– Influencing food choice for health, resilience and sustainability at the individual and household level
Deadline: 22 March 2017

RCUK Research on public sector pay and workforces
Research Councils UK on behalf of the Office of Manpower Economics, invites tenders for research on public sector pay and workforces 2017. The tenderer will support the OME by undertaking research on public sector pay and workforces that will provide objective new evidence to the pay review bodies to inform their advice to government. These research papers will be in the areas of: aspects of pay and reward; factors influencing individual-level or organisational productivity; and understanding public sector labour markets. All methodologies which offer a new contribution to the body of knowledge on public sector pay and workforces are welcome. Proposals which involve innovative use of new techniques or under-exploited yet robust data are particularly encouraged. The contract is worth £100,000. Up to five separate projects may be commissioned, as well as up to five potential suppliers. The contract will start on 8 May and end on 29 December 2017.
Deadline: 28 March 2017

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

British Academy Special Funds (administered through the BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grants scheme)
The Academy has a number of special funds, from which grants are made for particular and restricted purposes.
– Taiwan Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST)
– Ancient Persia Fund
– Elisabeth Barker Fund
– Sir Ernest Cassel Educational Trust Fund
– 44th International Congress of Americanists Fund
– Elie Kedourie Memorial Fund
– Honor Frost Foundation
– Journal of Moral Education Trust
– Neil Ker Memorial Fund
– Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain
– Society for the Advancement of Management Studies
– Stein-Arnold Exploration Fund
– Sino-British Fellowship Trust
– British Accounting and Finance Association
Further information can be found on the link above.
Deadline: Variable.

British Academy/ Newton International Fellowships
The aims for the Newton International Fellowships Scheme are to:
– Support the development and training of postdoctoral researchers at an early stage of their career from any country outside the UK, by providing an opportunity to work at a UK research institution for two years.
– Ensure the best postdoctoral researchers across all relevant disciplines from around the world 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.
Newton International Fellowships last for two years. Funding consists of £24,000 per annum for subsistence costs, and up to £8,000 per annum research expenses, as well as a one-off payment of up to £2,000 for relocation expenses. Awards include a contribution to the overheads incurred, at a rate of 50% of the total award to the visiting researcher.
Deadline: 15 March 2017

Grants of £2,000-£7,000 are available to individuals, societies, associations or other bodies in the UK or Japan to promote and support interaction between the two countries.
Daiwa Foundation Small Grants can cover all fields of activity, including educational and grassroots exchanges, research travel, the organisation of conferences, exhibitions, and other projects and events that fulfil this broad objective. New initiatives are especially encouraged.
Deadline: 31st March & 30th September

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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