Funding Opportunities – 15/05/17

Funding Ops + 12th May 1967 and Wayne’s World = I’m coming to get you

In May 1967 The Jimi Hendrix Experience released their debut album Are You Experienced in the UK, and from this Foxy Lady is the focus of this weeks tenuous pop culture/funding opportunity. In Wayne’s World, Garth was too shy and nervous to try and talk with Dream Woman.

But with the right song (in this instance, Foxy Lady), he was able to move past his insecurities, mime, gesticulate and hip thrust his way towards his target. Some might call this highly questionable at best, but if you can do the same with the funding opportunity of your dreams, the pay off for your research plans could be significant, and we encourage it*.

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. Previously highlighted opportunities are also available on the Faculty Research Blog: https://keelehumss.wordpress.com/

If you would like to talk about these opportunities, any other funding that may be available, or would just like an informal chat about your research ideas please just get in touch.

*We do not encourage mimes (ever), recommend you only employ civil gesticulations, and that HR be consulted in advance of any hip thrusting. 
Many thanks. 
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The AHRC is launching its 2017 Film Awards to find new and emerging talent that straddle the worlds of both filmmaking and arts and humanities research. This award is designed to showcase, reward and recognise the best of the growing number of high-quality short films (defined as no longer than 30 minutes) that are linked to arts and humanities research. For the third year running, there is also the “Inspiration Award” which is open to members of the public, provided their film has been inspired by research in the arts and humanities.
Awards will be made in five categories and the winner of each category will win £2,000 to be invested in their future filmmaking activities. All applicants must accompany their submissions with supporting text which must detail how the film is directly linked or influenced by arts and humanities research.
Deadline: 4pm on 6 July 2017
The British Academy invites applications for its resilient cities and infrastructure call. This supports interdisciplinary, problem-focused research programmes that address the challenge of creating and maintaining sustainable and resilient cities in developing countries, recognising the need to interweave mitigation and adaptation. Interdisciplinary research from across the social sciences, humanities, natural sciences, engineering, and medical sciences which tackles the challenges of urbanisation and infrastructure development in an integrated way is supported. Expertise in planning and construction, housing, transport, health, social welfare, education, demographic change, climate change, air pollution, ecology, and the provision of public services,such as water, sanitation, and electricity, may be required.
Deadline: 7th June 2017 
 
The British Council, under the Newton Fund, invites applications for its researcher links trilateral workshop grants. These stimulate longer term links between the UK, Kenya and South Africa, as well as contribute to the personal and professional development of the participants. In particular, the trilateral workshops aim to build capacity across Sub-Saharan Africa for the establishment of Research Chairs and Research Centres of Excellence. Workshop proposals should include an explanation of the mutual benefits to the UK, Kenya and South Africa country researchers and institutions. They should also explore any potential longer term benefit that might arise, thinking about who might benefit and how, and describe the actions that will ensure that potential impact is realised. Multidisciplinary proposals may include natural sciences, social sciences and arts and humanities. The following research and innovation challenge areas will be prioritised:
•food security – a priority research area for South Africa;
•sustainable and renewable energy;
•health;
•environment and climate change – a priority area for South Africa;
•manufacturing for SMEs;
•governance and conflict resolution related to development;
•cross-cutting themes.

Deadline: 13th June 2017

Health Foundation: Tender: Research proposals are invited on the topic of young people’s future health prospects
The Health Foundation is beginning to implement a long-term strategy to improve people’s health in the UK. The Foundation are inviting proposals for research to further the understanding of factors that shape young people’s future health prospects, as part of a Health Foundation inquiry on the topic. The project requires a research partner with a track record of high quality policy and practice research in the field of young people (specifically between the ages of 12 and 24 years old and transitions to adulthood). The aim is to produce a quantitative picture of the factors that contribute to today’s young people having healthy lives, now and in the future, and recommendations for the actions necessary to improve future health prospects.

We anticipate bids of up to £180,000 for research completed over 18 months, by March 2019.

Deadline: The foundation will hold an information call on Wednesday 17 May 2017 with a closing date for applications at 12 noon on Monday 5 June 2017.

The Leverhulme Trust invites proposals for its research project grants. These support innovative and original research projects on a topic of the applicant’s choice. The trust welcomes applications for research in any academic discipline, however, the Trust does not fund: applied medical research; policy-driven research aiming to assemble an evidence base for immediate policy initiatives; research of which advocacy forms an explicit component; research which is aimed at an immediate commercial application; research in which the balance between assembling a data bank or database and the related subsequent research is heavily inclined to the former; research in which the main focus is on capacity building, networking, or the development of the skills of those involved.

Deadline: 3 review dates per year (speak to the FRO for more information)

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

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.

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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 r.smith3@keele.ac.uk

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

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.

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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

DAIWA FOUNDATION SMALL GRANTS
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 r.smith3@keele.ac.uk

 

 

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 r.smith3@keele.ac.uk

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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
Update: 
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 r.smith3@keele.ac.uk

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.
Glenn

Funding Opportunities – 26/01/2017

Colleagues,

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.

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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 r.smith3@keele.ac.uk

Funding Opportunities + 6th January 1979 = Young Man, there’s no need to feel down

Colleagues,

Happy New Year!

To open the 2017 tenuous pop culture/funding opportunities emails, on this day, 6th January 1979, Village People hit the number 1 spot with their classic Y.M.C.A.

Like many hits from this groovy disco group, this song could have been written with grant applications in mind.

It’s a reminder that there’s no need to be unhappy, when you are short on your dough, there are many ways to have a good time, you can make real your dreams. You have just got to know this one thing. It’s fun to apply for grants and external funding.

And your friendly neighbourhood Research Officers can help you today. Below are just a handful of the 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 opportunities, any others available or you would like a very informal chat, please just take a walk up the street (to us in the Moser), or drop us an email.

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Funding for this highlight notice is being provided by the Department for Education in order to produce insight into policy areas of interest to the Department and to promote the use of relevant datasets. The highlight notice provides up to 18 months funding for grants with an overall limit of £200,000 (100 per cent full Economics Cost (fEC). It is expected to fund around two projects in 2017.
Proposals submitted to this highlight notice must address at least one of the themes outlined below:
– Teacher quality/subject specialism and the link to social mobility; what works in recruitment and retention of teachers and leaders
– Social mobility: regional differences in early years, school choice and Higher Education attainment
– The gender pay gap – using household level data to understand the within household GPG
– How does time from birth to return to work vary across the income distribution?
– Within households that have a child and a parent returns to work is gender or pay level the biggest determinant of which parent returns? For example: is it always the men who return, irrespective of pay?
– Further education – choice and quality, what works?

Deadline: 10 March 2017

 
*** This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to open in late January 2017 and is expected to close in April 2017. The following information is subject to change. ***
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: April 2017
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.

 

The Home Office, through the Joint Security and Resilience Centre, invites responses for its call on challenge project. This aims to capture strategical and tactical barriers which inhibit the security sector and develop project work against proposed solutions. Projects must provide demonstrable effort towards at least one of the following:
•deliver a joint response to the UK’s national security challenges;
•drive the delivery of the right solutions;
•growth of the security sector.
Suggestions for future areas of research are welcome.
10 awards, each worth between approximately £25,000 and £50,000, are available.
Deadline: 22nd January 2017.

***This scheme was launched on the 20th December, a bit of festive skulduggery from funders eh.

The Economic History Society, with the Institute of Historical Research, invites applications for its fellowships. These offer one-year postdoctoral fellowships in economic and social history, tenable at the Institute of Historical Research.
Fellowships are paid at the ESRC level, which in 2017-2018 was £16,296 for London-affiliated students and £14,296 for those outside London. Additionally, the society funds travel costs for each fellow, for up to four IHR visits. A total of four fellowships are available.

Deadline: 7th April 2017.

 

The JRC Trust is interested in funding work that focuses on removing problems through radical solutions, and not simply about making problems easier to live with. Generally, the Trust funds work that is about addressing the root causes of problems rather than delivering services or alleviating immediate needs and recognises that change can take many years to achieve. As a result, the Trust is willing to take the long view and to take risks.
Applications are currently being accepted under the following priority areas:
1. Peace and Security to support a transition towards:
A.) The use of ‘soft’, rather than ‘hard’ power as a first line of response to conflict within society and around the world.
B.) The de-legitimisation of violence as a tool for responding to conflict, securing interests or projecting power.
C.) A culture of human rights and non-violent problem-solving, promoted at all levels of society.
2. Power and Accountability – to support people to create a world in which power is more equally shared, and in which powerful institutions are responsive and accountable to wider society and aligned with the long-term public interest.
3. Rights and Justice – to promote racial justice and equality of opportunity as a basis for a harmonious multi-racial, multi-ethnic society in the UK.
4. Sustainable Future – to develop and promote sustainable, low-carbon alternatives to the current consumerist and growth-based paradigm.
5. Northern Ireland – to fund work which will contribute as a strategic level to the ongoing transformation of the Northern Ireland conflict.
6. Cross cutting proposals which directly relate to more than one priority are also accepted; however, this must be clearly demonstrated in the application proposal. Organisations should be undertaking work at a national level. This means work that seeks to make positive change across the UK as a whole, or across one or more of its member countries – England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
The deadlines for applications for Northern Ireland, Sustainable Future and Cross Cutting applications are 27 March 2017 and 21 August 2017 (12 noon).
The deadlines for Peace & Security, Power & Accountability and Rights & Justice applications are 10 April 2017 and 4 September 2017 (12 noon).
This is just a friendly reminder that although Innovate UK may seem focused on areas not of Primary interest to our Faculty, many of their schemes and prospective applicants could no doubt benefit from Humanities and Social Science excellence.
The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Welsh Government wish to jointly appoint a Wales Centre for Public Policy. The centre will have two distinct roles: the first is as successor to the existing Public Policy Institute for Wales providing advice to Welsh Ministers and the second is 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 Ministers and the Welsh Government in understanding evidence needs and how to address them
building and mobilising a network of individuals and research organisations  to respond rapidly to Welsh Government requirements.
Deadline: March 2017 
P.S. Yes yes I know… But even if we can’t realistically lead on a submission here, we have expertise that can and should contribute to such a centre. Now’s the time to tap your networks to get on-board with institutions who will be making submissions to this…

Are you listening to me?

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

UK in a Changing Europe – Brexit Priority Grants now open

A couple of weeks ago, we mentioned an ESRC UK in a Changing Europe Brexit Priority Grants scheme. The scheme is now open, and guidance and further information can be found at:

http://www.esrc.ac.uk/funding/funding-opportunities/uk-in-a-changing-europe-brexit-priority-grants/

The deadline will be 16.00 on 25 January 2017
We know of a few people across the Faculty interested in this, so if you would like to pursue it, or would like further information, please let us know.

 

If you want more information on this, or other opportunities, contact Richard Smith, Faculty Research and Enterprise Officer at Keele’s Faculty of Humanities and Social Science, via email at r.smith3@keele.ac.uk

Funding Opportunities – 29/11/2016

Colleagues,

In late November in 1985, Rocky 4 was released. This movie of course gave us its soundtrack which included Survivor’s fist clenchingly good Burning Heart. This song, like so many hits from the Rocky series, could have been written with grant applications in mind.

It is a reminder that if you are on a quest for answers with an unquenchable thirst, when there is so much at stake, you need to follow the warriors code where there’s no surrender.

As Rocky would go on to say in a later movie, “…it ain’t about how hard you hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward… That’s how winning is done”. Prof. Andrew Derrington has said, inside every successful grant applicant, is a very very unsuccessful grant applicant. So if you’ve had an unsuccessful grant application, if you’ve been knocked back – why not take a page out of Rocky’s book – get a montage going on, run through some snow, play some 80’s ballads – and never give up.

To help you be a contender, below are just a handful of current funding opportunities available. Many more can be found on the HumSS blog here, or through Research Professional – an online funding opportunities database and alert service, to which Keele is a subscriber. All staff have access on-campus.

If you are interested in these opportunities, any other funding, or would like a very informal chat about external funding (no matter how early or developed your ideas may be), please just get in touch.

Many thanks

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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

Sir Halley Stewart Trust – Social Theme
The Trust has a particular focus on supporting innovative research projects and new pioneering development projects, primarily through the provision of salary costs.  We fund Medical, Social and Religious projects, with Education being a theme that runs across all three grant-making areas. Our grants budget for the financial year 2015-16 is £850,000

The Trust welcomes proposals for Social research or development projects in the UK which attempt to:
– Prevent and resolve conflict, promote reconciliation, and/or encourage re-connection between family members.
– Help people to ‘move beyond disadvantage’.
– Help people who may be vulnerable and/or have been exploited, particularly the elderly.

Such projects might be concerned with the family and social aspects of:
-Unemployment
– Crime
– Imprisonment
– Homelessness
– Migration
– Mental health problems
Deadline: March 2017

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)

Wellcome Trust – Collaborative Awards (in Humanities & Social Science)
Collaborative Awards provide flexible support to excellent research groups with outstanding track records. Proposals must address important, complex health-related questions in the humanities and social sciences that need a collaborative team effort. Funding can be used to coordinate and integrate activities, build networks, and carry out large-scale potentially interdisciplinary research.
Eligibility: Proposals will be considered from applicants who meet Wellcome’s eligibility criteria and have outstanding track records in their fields, relative to their career stages. Teams will normally consist of two to six principal applicants. Your full application must be accompanied by a statement of commitment on behalf of each host institution, from the most senior authority in the relevant faculty, school or division.
Deadlines: 16th January 2017+ 1 more later in 2017 (TBC)

Newton Fund: Reciprocal Schemes
Under the Newton Fund, the British Academy’s international partners in Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, Turkey, and Vietnam, have opened up further opportunities for research funding for collaborations with the UK. Many of these schemes are directly aimed at researchers based in the UK. Applications for these schemes are submitted directly to the country partner.
Deadline: Variable – See specific country calls, or ask the FRO for more information

Many thanks.

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

Funding Opportunities…and a poem?! – 22/11/2016

Colleagues,

The Dean’s presentation last week prompted our thinking around RCUK funding, on the need to increase awareness of it, and boosting confidence in aspiring for, pursuing and securing it.

Following the success of last years ESRC poem (where we were inundated with up to several emails of praise), in place of our usual tenuous pop culture/Funding Ops, this week we’ve put together another poem to perhaps help soften the image of Council funding.

In addition, further down is a bit of info on success rates, and some of the standard AHRC and ESRC routes currently open (others are available). If you would like to discuss RCUK funding, including steps you can take to increase your chances with it – even if it is many years away in your Research Plans (due in Wednesday 14th December), just get in touch.

Many thanks.  

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RCUK 

If your lack of time to spend on research makes you want to act out,
Just think what you could do with some nice juicy buyout. 

For with the scope and versatility of an RCUK resource,
What a fantastic means you’ll have to contribute to discourse.

If the research venue that you need is quite some distance,
Build in money to send instead, your very own Research Assistance.

And if you want to be free and nimble just like a Catamount,
You may be able to pay for that conference RSF won’t cover with the 12.5% of Indirect/Estate costs you could secure in your T-Account.

And of course with the boost RCUK funding could give to Curriculum Vitaes,
Management may (in a platonic professional way) look at you like in Planet of the Apes, the way Zira looks at her ‘Bright Eyes’.

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If you’re still not convinced? Even if you have thought about Research Council funding before, you might think ‘Yeah, but it’s so hard to get – why even bother?’
Well the success rates aren’t as grim as you might think. Below are success rates based on the 2015/16 year for the main schemes of the AHRC and ESRC.

AHRC
Project Grants – Standard = 25%
Project Grants – Early Career = 55%
Fellowships – Standard = 38%
Fellowships – Early Career = 28%

ESRC
Project Grants = 13%*
Future Leaders (now replaced) = 21%

*The ESRC Project Grant odds in particular may still seem grim, but you’d still have a better chance there than winning the Lottery (1 in 14 million), thinking that Leicester would have won the Premier League last year (1 in 5000 at the start of the season), or finding a parking space on campus at 10.30am on a Wednesday term time (1 in a Squillion).
Plus, with the help of your friendly neighbourhood research officers, the support and guidance from your department and robust peer review (internal and external), there are many ways to help you achieve the highest possible quality proposal.

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Some of the standard AHRC and ESRC routes currently open (others are available):

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
Link: www.ahrc.ac.uk/funding/opportunities/current/leadershipfellowsecr/

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.
Deadline: No fixed deadlines
Budget: £50,000 and £250,000 for between 6 and 24 months.
Link: http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/funding/opportunities/current/leadershipfellowsecr/

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:
Link: www.ahrc.ac.uk/funding/opportunities/current/researchgrantsstandardroute/

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
Link: www.ahrc.ac.uk/funding/opportunities/current/researchgrantsearlycareers/

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
Link: http://www.esrc.ac.uk/funding/funding-opportunities/research-grants/

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
Link: http://www.esrc.ac.uk/funding/funding-opportunities/new-investigator-grants/

UK in a Changing Europe – Brexit Priority Grants Pre-Call
The ESRC will shortly be launching a call under the UK in a Changing Europe initiative for Brexit Priority Grants. These are to support additional activity (including research synthesis and potential new short-term research activity) related to the process of the UK leaving the European Union.
The grants will be between £100,000 and £300,000 (100 per cent fEC, with the ESRC contributing 80 per cent fEC) and for a duration of up to 18 months. The ESRC expects grants to commence on 1 April 2017.
Whilst grants under the call will be able to support new research, grant holders will be expected to undertake stakeholder and public engagement activity throughout the grant’s duration. Grant holders will also be expected to work closely with the initiative, led by Director Professor Anand Menon in communicating the research.
The ESRC intends to launch the call at the beginning of December 2016, and it is expected to close at 16.00 on 25 January 2017.

Many thanks.

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