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 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.

Ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh.

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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 – 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

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

 

Funding Opportunities – 13/11/2016

Colleagues,

This week in November 1986, Berlin finally hit the number 1 spot with their Oscar winning Take My Breath Away, which of course shot to prominence that year as the ‘love theme’ from Top Gun.
Like so many 80s movie soundtracks, it’s a song that could have been written with grant applications in mind.
Maybe you watch funders and their foolish game from a distance, waiting, hoping that they’ll come to you to take their breath away. Perhaps you watch the sands of time pour away as the timeliness of your proposal diminishes, and decide it’s now or never. And maybe, if it ultimately fails, you long to go back…
But, if Top Gun teaches us anything, it’s that Goose wouldn’t want to you retreat, and let your adversaries and rivals win. You should get stuck in.
The Faculty Research Officers are standing by to be your wing-person, helping you push the envelope and take somebodies breath away. To give you a target rich environment, below are just a handful of opportunities currently available.
For many more funding opportunities, please see our previous emails, or visit 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 any of these, any other funding opportunities or just a general chat about your research, please get in touch.
Many thanks.

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Academies launch fund for interdisciplinary research

In partnership with the British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society (‘the Academies’), the APEX award (Academies Partnership in Supporting Excellence in Cross-disciplinary research award) scheme offers established independent researchers, with a strong track record in their respective area, an exciting opportunity to pursue genuine interdisciplinary and curiosity-driven research to benefit wider society.
The objectives of this scheme are to:
– support outstanding interdisciplinary research which is unlikely to be supported through conventional funding programmes
– promote collaboration across disciplines, with a particular emphasis on the boundary between science and engineering and the social sciences and humanities
– support researchers with an outstanding track record, in developing their research in a new direction through collaboration with partners from other disciplines
– enable outstanding researchers to focus on advancing their innovative research through seed funding.
Deadline: 13th January 2017

 

AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Area-Focused Network Plus Call

The Arts and Humanities Research Council, under the Global Challenges Research Fund, invites expressions of interest for its area-focused network plus call. This supports multidisciplinary, internationally collaborative programmes of activity rooted in the arts and humanities that take a place-based approach to addressing global development challenges. This model provides opportunities to bring together expertise across disciplines and research organisations to address a set of integrated development challenges in particular places, societies and development contexts.
UK higher education institutions or accredited independent research organisations may apply. International applicants are eligible to apply as co-investigators.
Funding is worth between £1.5 million and £2m per project over a period of four years. It is anticipated that up to five projects will be funded.
Deadline: 18th January 2017

 

AHRC International Placement Scheme 2017

The International Placement Scheme (IPS) is an annual programme providing Research Fellowships to AHRC/ESRC-funded doctoral students, early career researchers and doctoral-level research assistants.
The purpose of the Call (described as an ‘IPS Fellowship’) is to provide early career researchers (ECR), doctoral level research assistants and AHRC/ESRC funded doctoral students with dedicated access to the internationally renowned collections/ programmes/ expertise held at the IPS institutions. These IPS institutions are seven world-leading, international institutions:
Harry Ransom Center (HRC), The University of Texas at Austin, USA
– The Huntington Library, California, USA
– The Library of Congress (LoC), Washington DC, USA
– National Institutes for the Humanities (NIHU), Japan
– Shanghai Theatre Academy (STA), Shanghai, China
– Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., USA
– The Yale Center for British Art (YCBA), Connecticut, USA
Deadline: 19th January 2017

 

Wellcome Trust – COMING SOON: Arts awards – small arts awards

The Wellcome Trust will shortly be inviting applications for its arts awards for small projects. Information for the next scheme will be announced in November 2016. The following information is from the previous round and is subject to change. ***
These awards fund new artistic projects that enable artists and audiences to explore health research. Eligible projects should aim to:

  • develop high-quality, imaginative artistic practice;
  • bring together artists and scientists in collaborative relationships;
  • stimulate debate about health research and the history of medicine;
  • encourage new insights into health research and its social, cultural and ethical effects, rather than simply illustrating it;
  • reach and engage diverse audiences.

Applicant organisations or individuals must primarily be based in the UK or the Republic of Ireland. The scheme is open to a wide range of people including producers, curators, companies, community groups and universities. Project teams should include a professional artist and a researcher with expertise in the subject of the project.
Each award is worth up to £40,000 and includes staff costs, materials and consumables, production costs and travel and subsistence.
Deadline: TBC

 

Wellcome Trust COMING SOON: People awards

The Wellcome Trust will shortly be inviting applications for its people awards. Information for the next scheme will be announced in November 2016. The following information is from the previous round and is subject to change. ***
These awards support public engagement projects that encourage the public to consider and debate issues raised by health and wellbeing research. The scheme aims to:

  • provide evidence of audience need;
  • stimulate interest, excitement and debate about biomedical science or the history of medicine;
  • support formal and informal learning;
  • reach audiences with a wide geographical spread across the UK and Republic of Ireland;
  • inform, inspire and involve audiences of all ages and from all walks of life;
  • bring together the right team members and disciplines;
  • investigate and test new methods of engagement, participation and education.

Deadline: TBC

 

AHRC Research Networking Highlight Notice for International Development

The AHRC has decided to issue a further highlight notice for networking applications relating to international development. As well as encouraging the development of new applications it is hoped that this second highlight will provide more time for those individuals who were interested in the first highlight notice but unable to complete applications before it closed.
This highlight notice is intended to encourage the development of research networking proposals which explore the contribution that arts and humanities research can make to challenges, policy and/or practice relating to international development. It also seeks to support the development of sustained international boundary crossing collaborations with Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs) which receive Official Development Assistance (ODA) (details are in the Highlight Notice Document) and/or with organisations which play an important role in supporting international development.
Deadline: 28th February 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

Funding Opportunities – 04/11/2016

On this day, 1st November 1969 Elvis Presley hit the Number 1 spot in the US with his cover of Suspicious Minds. As with many hits from The King, this song could have been produced with grant applications in mind.

It touches on issues of distrust, cynicism and feeling trapped. RCUK funding may come to mind when thinking of such things. But

The song also goes on to reflect on the good thing that the relationship is, that it is worth working towards and that it isn’t something that should be given up on. How true this is for Council funding too. Ask any former RCUK grant holder and I am positive they will tell you that they feel happy joy-joy feelings for it, and how the fantastic resource they secured furthered their research.

Plus, this song was the first Number 1 hit in 7 years for The King and formed a vital part in his comeback. A further lesson and inspiration that you shouldn’t give up…

To help you, below are just a handful of opportunities currently available – including some of the latest RCUK opportunities. For more funding opportunities, please visit 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 any of these, any other funding opportunities or just a general chat about your research, please get in touch.

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Please note that the AHRC website seemingly has new Theme Large Grant calls, however these link to obsolete necro-material so it is probably just a mistake. For now, I advise ignoring them while we get clarification – we’ll alert you if they rise again.

AHRC Anti-Microbial Resistance Pre-Call Announcement

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR), is a term used to describe disease-causing organisms that have evolved to survive medicines that have been designed to kill them or stop their growth. The numbers of bacteria that are becoming resistant to antibiotics are increasing, with the development of new antibiotics and treatments being slower to emerge. It is clear that AMR is a hugely complex problem with a range of influences, driven by human activity as much as by biological mechanisms. Biomedical and clinical expertise alone cannot tackle AMR and globally co-operative interdisciplinary approaches are needed to tackle the challenge.
The call will invite innovative, cross disciplinary proposals that increase our understanding of the role that human and animal interactions with, and within, the indoor and built environment play in contributing to, or preventing, the evolution of AMR, and the potential for culturally informed, creative and design-led approaches to generate innovative ways to address the challenges of AMR in indoor and built environments.
Key areas which it is expected that the call will cover include:
– Places, Spaces, Cultures and Practices: Interactions with and within the Indoor and Built Environment
– Pathways and Journeys through the Built Environment and the Dynamics of Change
– Creative, Collaborative and Disruptive Innovation, Experiments and Design in Indoor/ Built Environments
– Reflection, Learning, Data and Valuing Impacts from Changes to the Indoor/ Built Environment
The call will encourage the development of new perspectives and creative thinking on the challenges of AMR through bringing distinctive Arts and Humanities and design research approaches more centrally into cross-disciplinary research and practice relating to AMR in the indoor and built environment.
AHRC will be holding an all-day networking and information event in Central London on 30 November 2016. The event will provide an opportunity to discuss research opportunities relevant to the call and for interested researchers and collaborators to network:
Deadline: TBC – February 2017
The British Academy’s Rising Star Engagement Awards (BARSEAs) are designed to enable established early career academics to actively engage in the work of the Academy and to enhance their own skills and career development through the organisation of events, training, and mentoring activities for a wide range of other early career researchers. This also includes public engagement and policy engagement activities.
This scheme is not an offer of funding for research activity.
Deadline: 30th November 2016
The Economic and Social Research Council invites applications for its celebrating impact prize. This prize recognises and rewards ESRC-funded researchers and ESRC associates who have achieved, or are currently achieving, outstanding economic or societal impacts through their research and collaborative working, partnerships, engagement and knowledge exchange activities.
There are six categories for this prize:
•outstanding impact in business and enterprise;
•outstanding impact in public policy;
•outstanding impact in society;
•outstanding international impact;
•outstanding early career impact – awarded in partnership with SAGE publishing;
•impact champion.
Please note – There must be a link to ESRC funding to be eligible. For further details, please see the link above.
Deadline: 1st December 2016
The British Academy invites proposals for its conference programme. This supports conferences on subjects in the humanities and social sciences held at the British Academy’s premises in London, UK. Conferences should last for one or two days, be suitable for up to 100 participants, bring together a large number of academics from different fields, and include the possibility that a themed volume of essays arising from the conference might be published in the proceedings of the British Academy series. Proposals of an interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary nature, suggestions for subjects that contribute to public policy debates and collaborations are welcomed.
Any UK-based scholar may submit a proposal.
Deadline: 24th February 2017


Wellcome
Trust – Seed Award in the Humanities and Social Sciences 

The Wellcome Trust invites applications for its seed awards in humanities and social science. These enable researchers to develop compelling and innovative ideas that may go on to form part of larger grant applications. Proposals for this round must focus on the theme of sexuality and health. Eligible activities include pilot and scoping studies, planning sessions and meetings of collaborative networks.

Applicants may be individuals or groups, and must have a PhD or equivalent professional experience. They must be based at an eligible institution in the UK, Republic of Ireland or a low-to-middle-income country.
Deadline: 16th March 2017
Climate change, environmental degradation and resource pressures have created unprecedented situations for societies worldwide. Conventional knowledge and capacity building to tackle the challenges associated with sustainability have proven inadequate, and a comprehensive and concerted research initiative is needed to boost research on transformations to sustainability that can catalyse new kinds of solutions to environmental and social challenges.
T2S is a new funding programme for international, transdisciplinary projects addressing transformations to sustainability initiated by the Belmont Forum and NORFACE network. The programme is supported by funding agencies from Belgium, Brazil, Chinese Taipei, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and the USA. More information on the participation of Norway will be available soon. Support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme may also be available for this programme.
Proposals from researchers based in any of the partner countries are welcome, and should address one or more of the call themes:
– Governance and institutional dimensions of transformations to sustainability
– Economy and finance of transformations to sustainability
Wellbeing, quality of life, identity, and social and cultural values in relation to transformations to sustainability
Deadline: TBC – Call opens in December
The Ministry of Defence’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory and the Direction Générale de l’Armement invite proposals for their joint PhD programme. This aims to develop research in key areas of mutual interest to France and the UK, such as autonomous underwater vehicles, meta-materials, synthetic biology, sensors, vehicle armour, and human and social sciences. Proposals should address the following areas of interest:
•acoustic and radio-electric waves;
•biology and biotechnology;
•defence and security foresight;
•energy;
•environment and geosciences;
•fluids and structures;
•human and systems;
•information engineering and robotics;
•information management big data;
•materials and nano-technologies;
•photonics.
UK and French supervisors based at universities or appropriate labs in the areas of interest may propose suitable candidates, who should be French or UK PhD students. Each proposal must have a supervisor from both a UK and French academic institution. Students are expected to spend time at both the UK and French institutes over the course of the PhD.
Deadline: 31st December 2016

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