Funding Opportunities, 10th April 1968 & Cliff Richard = Is it Easter yet

On 10th April 1968 Cliff Richard hit the number 1 spot with his international smash Congratulations. With the songs charming and joy-joy tone, along with its proximity to an alleged international vote rigging saga ordered by Francisco Franco, it could have been written with grant applications in mind.

Maybe you think that applying for grant funding could never make you happy and contented, and that applying takes you to places where happiness hasn’t been invented. This song is a reminder and inspiration that perhaps one day, a funder might tell you that they can’t live without you too, and then you’ll want the world to know that you’re as happy as can be.

Of course to be in with a chance of this, you need to make the first move and apply.
To help, as usual 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.
Please note that given the Easter bank holidays, there may be a break from funding news until at least 24th April.


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

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.
We’ve flagged this opportunity repeatedly since February – if you plan to apply and have not been in touch, and we do not have a draft from you by the 19th April, we may be unable to support you.

AHRC Workshop on cultural heritage and rapid urbanisation in India

The AHRC and the Indian Council for Historical Research invite expressions of interest to attend a workshop on cultural heritage and rapid urbanisation in India. The workshop will be funded through the Newton Fund and will convene about 40 researchers from the UK and India to explore history of urbanisation and its current challenges for heritage, sustainability and social cohesion in India. The event will draw on a range of disciplinary perspectives including urban history, heritage, languages, the digital humanities and archaeology. The key objective is the development of longer term collaborative research projects. AHRC will pay for standard class transport, up to three nights’ accommodation, visa charges and subsistence
costs incurred during the event for about 20 researchers. The workshop will take place in Delhi on 24 and 25 May 2017.
Deadline: 26th April 2017

British Council / Newton Fund (mostly) applications for new grants are now open

Newton Fund Institutional Links Grants – Apply for grants of £50,000 – £300,000 for research and innovation collaborations, centred on shared research and innovation challenges. Partner countries: Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Philippines and Thailand.
Workshop grants – Newton Fund Researcher Links – Apply for a grant to run a bilateral research workshop for early career researchers. Bilateral workshops can be proposed between the UK and Brazil, India, Kenya, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. This call is a part of the Newton Fund.
Travel grants – Researcher Links (non-Newton Fund)
UK/Israel Researcher Links Travel Grants are designed to strengthen links for future collaboration, build research capacity and enhance researchers’ career opportunities.
Travel grants – Newton Researcher Links
Early career researchers can apply for a travel grant to undertake an international research placement to strengthen links for future collaboration, build research capacity in developing economies, and enhance the researcher’s career opportunities. This call is a part of the Newton Fund. Partner country: Thailand
Deadlines: 13 June 2017

British Council / Newton Fund Researcher links workshop on poverty a by-product or a building block of prosperity

The British Council, via the Newton Fund invites applications for its researcher links workshop on poverty a by-product or a building block of prosperity. Funding enables early-career researchers to attend a workshop on trends in the economic development from Brazil and the UK, to be held in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, between 21 and 24 August 2017. This aims to engage both welfare reform in the UK and Brazil and economic development globally.
Early-career researchers and late doctoral students from the UK and Brazil, working in cognate areas, may apply. Grants cover travel, visa, and local travel and living expenses.
Deadline: 1st May 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

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