Funding Opportunities Digest – Late March/Early April 2017

As ever, below are just a handful of the opportunities currently available which might provide resources to take your research 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 would like to talk about these, any other funding that may be available, or would just like an informal chat about your research ideas please just get in touch.

Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs (EU) – Study on corporate profits in Italy

The Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs invites tenders for a study on corporate profits in Italy. The tenderer will provide an understanding of the drivers of corporate profits and how these affect investment and employment decision. The project should cover as a minimum:
•a review of the theoretical and empirical literature on the drivers of corporate profits, in Italy and in other countries;
•an analysis of, in a cross-country comparative perspective, various indicators for profit developments at macroeconomic level and their drivers;
•an econometric analysis on Italy’s firm-level data to check for evidence on the main drivers of profits, taking into account firm, sector and macro-level factors, and assess how profits are related to the prospects of the firm, and its investment and employment decisions;
•a summary of the above analyses and to draw policy conclusions.
The study should focus on non-financial corporations and should include SMEs from 1990 to the most recent data. The contract is worth between €30,000 and €40,000 over 10 months.
Deadline: 7th April 17

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
Internal Deadline for 1st Draft – 19th April 2017. Call Deadline: 24 May 2017
If you will be applying to this, please get in touch.

Joseph Rowntree Foundation – Using incentives to improve the private rented sector for people in poverty

This aims to improve the English private rented sector as a source of accommodation for people in poverty by presenting policy-makers with detailed proposals to incentives landlords to reduce costs or improve standards and stability within their accommodation. This is achieved through two elements:
•a policy-focused international review, which identifies policy interventions used elsewhere in the world to improve the private rented sector that may be transferrable to England, both within regulated and non-regulated private rented market;
•the development of three detailed, costed proposals.
Policy proposals must reduce costs or improve living standards within the sector for people in poverty. They should focus on the section of the Poverty Reduction Strategy likely to be affordable to those in poverty though proposals may wish to consider ways to bring more property into that part of the sector by improving affordability. Policies that would improve the sector as a source of accommodation for low-income families with children are particularly welcome. Proposals should include how they will address the different qualities strands within the study including issues of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexuality and family status. Collaboration with JRF is mandatory.
One project is normally worth up to £35,000 or £50,000 for exceptional proposals.
Deadline: 12th April 2017

Department for International Trade – Trade remedies research

Department for International Trade invites tenders for its trade remedies research. The tenderer will provide evidence that will help inform decisions around the design and implementation of a future policy framework after the UK leaves the European Union. The following areas are of particular interest:
•determination of injury;
•consideration of economic interest;
•review, monitoring and evaluation.
The contract is worth £60,000 between 24 April and 30 July 2017.
Deadline: 13 April 2017

***Pre-Call*** AXA Research Fund 2016-2017 Post-Doctoral Fellowship

The 2nd campaign of the AXA Research Fund 2016-2017 Post-Doctoral Fellowship scheme will open on April 14th, 2017. The following topics fall within the scope (please see each topic for specific sub-themes):
– Management of Life & Health Risks
– Management of Data & Technological Risks
– Management of Climate & Environment Risks
– Management of Finance, Insurance and Regulation Risks
Please be reminded that the Application Guidelines contain all the necessary information regarding the Selection process, including eligibility & selection criteria, geographical scope, comprehensive timeline for the campaign as well as legal details.

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
Internal Deadline for 1st Draft – 19th April 2017. Call Deadline: 24 May 2017
If you will be applying to this, please get in touch.

Academy of Marketing – Research funding

The Academy of Marketing invites applications for its research funding. This aims to further the development of marketing knowledge, develop research and research capabilities in marketing, and inform marketing practice. Proposals may cover aspect of research in the broad area of marketing. The proposed work should be an original project and not be a part of any ongoing research. Applicants must be paid-up members of the academy.
Funding is worth up to £5,000 per project. Five awards are available, two of which are reserved for early career researchers. An amount equal to the conference fee for one person from each successful application will be provided for attendance at the 2018 Academy of Marketing annual conference.
Deadline: 5th May 2017

Academy of Marketing – Teaching research and development grants

The Academy of Marketing invites proposals for its teaching research and development grants. These support and encourage pedagogic research on evidence-based practices of innovative and effective learning, teaching and assessment methods related to marketing. Proposals should align with this year’s theme of freedom through marketing: looking back, going forward.
Proposals may be submitted by individuals or teams employed in departments of UK HEIs delivering programmes in marketing. Joint proposals from more than one institution are welcomed.
Grants are worth up to £3,000 per project to cover costs associated with time release, support and administration, travel and subsistence, materials and consumables, dissemination of findings. An additional £500 is available to cover the fee to attend the Academy of Marketing Conference in 2018. It is hoped that institutions will provide match funding for bids or support grant winners in other tangible ways.
Deadline: 5th May 2017

Academy of Marketing – Research Funding 2017

The Academy of Marketing invites applications for its research funding. This aims to further the development of marketing knowledge, develop research and research capabilities in marketing, and inform marketing practice. Proposals may cover aspect of research in the broad area of marketing.
The proposed work should be an original project and not be a part of any ongoing research. Applicants must be paid-up members of the academy.
Funding is worth up to £5,000 per project. Five awards are available, two of which are reserved for early career researchers. An amount equal to the conference fee for one person from each successful application will be provided for attendance at the 2018 Academy of Marketing annual conference.
Deadline: Friday 5th May

Academy of Marketing – Teaching research and development grants

These support and encourage pedagogic research on evidence-based practices of innovative and effective learning, teaching and assessment methods related to marketing. Proposals should align with this year’s theme of freedom through marketing: looking back, going forward. Proposals may be submitted by individuals or teams employed in departments of UK HEIs delivering programmes in marketing. Joint proposals from more than one institution are welcomed.
Grants are worth up to £3,000 per project to cover costs associated with time release, support and administration, travel and subsistence, materials and consumables, dissemination of findings. An additional £500 is available to cover the fee to attend the Academy of Marketing Conference in 2018. It is hoped that institutions will provide match funding for bids or support grant winners in other tangible ways.
Deadline: Friday 5th May

ESRC Festival of Social Science

ESRC are delighted to announce that our 2017 Festival of Social Science will take place from 4-11 November 2017 and the call for applications is now live, you can apply for up to £1000k.
In 2017 the Festival team is particularly keen to receive applications for events:
– to be held in London or the East of England
– run by or featuring Early Career researchers
– from first-time organisers
– that are aimed at specialist interest audiences
– that encourage participation from children or young people.

Events must:
– be held during the ESRC Festival of Social Science 2017 (4-11 November)
– fit with the aims and objectives of the Festival
– feature social science (ideally with a social scientist involved in the event)
– be free to attend
– not be aimed primarily at academic audiences.
Examples of previous events include Film screenings, Virtual activities, Hands on activities, Debates, Outdoor events, Seminars, Workshops, Exhibitions.
Deadline: 16.00 Friday 5th May

British Council – Researcher links workshop on employing information and communications technologies in homes and cities for the health and well-being of older people

The British Council, via the Newton Funds invite applications for their researcher links workshop on employing information and communications technologies in homes and cities for the health and well-being of older people considering the growing number of people with dementia. Funding enables UK early-career researchers to attend a workshop focussing on building up links for future collaborations with China, to be held 14 to 16 August 2017 in Bradford, UK. Applicants will have the opportunity to present their research in the form of a poster or short oral presentation and discuss this with established researchers from the UK and China.
Early-career researchers who have a research or academic position at a recognised research institution in the UK may apply.
Approximately 18 grants are available and cover costs related to the participation of the workshop.
Deadline: 20th May 2017

MRC-AHRC Global Public Health: Partnership Awards Call

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) offers a unique opportunity for the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Medical Research Council (MRC) to launch a global public health initiative that responds to the challenge of bringing together expertise in medical science and health interventions in developing countries, with an understanding of local knowledge and history, cultural dynamics, community engagement, and trust.
The overarching driver of this partnership building activity is to develop inter-disciplinary research capacity and capability in both the UK and developing countries, jointly and collaboratively and across career stages. The aim is to generate reciprocal benefits through integrating understanding of cultures and histories into medical and public health challenges in a global context and to equip the next generation of researchers to work collaboratively and blend scientific, cultural and policy research.
The activity should catalyse the creation of sustainable, balanced relationships between UK based research organisations and researchers with those in developing countries. Learning and knowledge exchange should be reciprocal with clear mutuality of benefit for all collaborators.
This call is designed to complement previous GCRF foundational awards calls, including the cross-Council calls led by MRC on Global Infections and Non Communicable Diseases (NCD) and by ESRC on Anti-microbial Resistance (AMR). It seeks to add distinctive value to those calls through focusing on the development of inter-disciplinary research capability and innovation which combines expertise in the medical and health sciences with research in the arts and humanities and which strengthens international collaboration and partnerships. This call is part of two consecutive partnership award calls that will run in 2017 with the second opening in Autumn 2017.
Deadline: 8th June 2017

**Pre-Announcement** – ESRC 2017 Open Research Area (ORA) for the Social Sciences Call

The Open Research Area (ORA) is a collaborative transnational funding agreement between four major European research agencies: ANR in France; DFG in Germany; ESRC in the UK; and NWO in The Netherlands. Its objective is to strengthen international co-operation in the social sciences through a common call for proposals to fund the highest quality joint research projects.
ORA has now announced that a fifth joint call for proposals will open in spring 2017. Proposals will be invited for research projects in any area of the social sciences involving researchers from any combination of two or more of the participating countries (excluding bilateral applications from French-German teams).
In this call, the Japanese core national funding organisation, JSPS, will also collaborate with ORA as an associate partner. Applicants to the ORA call are encouraged to seek partnerships with Japanese researchers, and JSPS will open a specific call for Japanese researchers. Japanese projects associated with the ORA proposals will be encouraged to submit proposals to this call for funding. Further information will be provided with the upcoming call for proposals.
The call for proposals will be published by the end of April. DFG will be the lead agency, and full details will be available on the DFG website.
Deadline: 5th July 2017

Wellcome Trust Small Grants in Humanities and Social Science

The Trust’s Small Grants in Humanities and Social Science are designed to support programmes of activities that enable researchers to establish and develop networks, explore new areas of research and increase the impact of their work. Programmes could include a combination of different activities such as:
– Organising conferences (including annual conferences), seminars, meetings or workshops.
– Carrying out developmental or exploratory research projects, including archival scoping or proof of concept work.
– Activities can involve policy makers, healthcare practitioners or other groups relevant to the research.
The scheme is open to humanities and social science researchers based in universities or other research organisations in the UK, Ireland or a low- or middle-income country. Grants are usually up to £30,000. They usually last for six to twelve months but the duration can be flexible, eg for a series of annual conferences.
Deadline: None

AHRC Networking

The Arts and Humanities Research Council invites applications for its research networking scheme. This encourages discussion and exchange of ideas on a specified thematic area, issue or problem through facilitating a short-term series of workshops, seminars, networking activities or other events. The aims of the scheme are:
•to support collaboration and the exchange of ideas across boundaries, primarily between researchers in the arts and humanities, as well as with colleagues in other disciplines and other stakeholders in order to explore a particular theme, issue or problem;
•to enable groups of researchers and other stakeholders to explore ideas which could lead to tangible projects and maximise opportunities for advances in creativity, insights, knowledge and understanding in the area to be explored, with results of value both to the arts and humanities research community and to wider contexts where they can make a difference;
•to encourage and enable researchers within the research community to involve new researchers and research students, as well as people or organisations from outside the
academic and research community, in the discussion and development of ideas;
•to foster international collaboration and the development of strong academic links with overseas researchers, in order to develop understanding through engagement with different cultures and parts of the world, and to enhance research standards;
•to provide a framework for the AHRC to learn of emerging areas of intellectual urgency and potential strategic importance, both within the UK and internationally, identifying key research challenges by building new collaborations as well as strengthening existing ones.
Deadline: OPEN

ESRC Seminar Series (Closed – But possibly returning 2018)

The Research Seminars Competition is run annually and seeks to award funding to UK research organisations to hold research seminar series. In the previous round funding was also available for eligible institutions to hold strategic networks.
Seminar groups meet regularly to exchange information and ideas with the aim of advancing research within their fields. Networks build collaborative systems and groups through a wider range of activities than seminars. They reflect the core aims set out in the ESRC’s Strategic Plan to promote innovation, risk-taking and multidisciplinary collaboration.
It is expected that seminar groups and network members are drawn from the public sector, commercial private sector, civil society and other relevant organisations, as well as from other UK research organisations.
Deadline: TBC.

British Academy Newton Schemes – None currently open, but check regularly for new calls.

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 r.smith3@keele.ac.uk

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