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External Funding Opportunities

RESTRICTED CALL: ESRC NEW INVESTIGATOR GRANTS

The ESRC have announced their New Investigators scheme. The call is open to high-quality candidates who have a maximum of four years’ postdoctoral experience. Proposals are welcome in any topic which falls within ESRC’s remit, including projects at the “interface with the wider sciences”, provided that social sciences accounts for at least 50% of the proposed research. The ESRC will award grants of between £100-300K at fEC, though as with other Research Council grants they will cover 80% of this cost. Awards will be for up to five years, though they will be typically three years in duration, with a special case being made for the need for five years’ worth of funding. For full details please see the call specification.

This call has a rolling deadline, and applications will be reviewed 3 times / year: in ESRC Panel meetings in March, July and November each year. Roughly 35 awards will be made per year. 

INTERNAL SELECTION PROCESS:

The ESRC expect the University to run an internal selection process to ensure that we submit only bids from outstanding individuals with the potential to become the research leaders of the future. The University can submit only a limited number of applications. To meet these requirements, this call will be overseen by a cross-school Committee, as decided by University’s Research Policy Committee:

http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/cam-only/committee/rpc/minutes/20161124.pdf

There will be 3 internal calls every year, ahead of the panel meetings in November, March and July. Only applicants whose proposals have been approved and selected through the internal selection process will be allowed to proceed with submission of their applications to ESRC. 

The applicants who wish to submit an application ahead of the March 2019 Panel deadline, are required to submit to ESRCNEWINV@ADMIN.CAM.AC.UK by MONDAY, 25TH JUNE 2018 (17:00): 

  • The attached internal selection form;
  • A letter of support from your Head of Department. This letter is very important to the success of the application as it is needed to confirm that the project is supported by the Department, the applicant’s eligibility and details of any proposed departmental support (for example the provision of a mentor and a programme of research skills training).

If you have any questions, then please write to

ESRCNewInv@admin.cam.ac.uk

RESTRICTED CALL: WELLCOME TRUST UNIVERSITY AWARDS IN HUMANITIES AND

SOCIAL SCIENCE 2018

The Wellcome Trust invites applications for the University Awards in Humanities and Social Science scheme [1]. University Awards enable universities to attract, or retain, outstanding research staff at an early or mid-stage in their careers by providing support for up to five years at lecturer, senior-lecturer or reader level. After this, it is expected for the researcher to take up a permanent position at the academic organisation.

Funding includes up to five years support, providing full salary for three years, 50% in the fourth year and 25% in the fifth year. It also includes personal removal expenses, research expenses for the first three years and travel expenses to attend meetings for the full duration of the award.

Eligibility: Applicants should have a PhD or equivalent experience, and have built up a competitive track record in a relevant area of research.

Applicants who hold a permanent academic post are not eligible to apply for this award.

The candidate must be nominated by the prospective Head of Institution (Department/Faculty/Institute) and have an undertaking from the Vice-Chancellor demonstrating the University’s commitment to their research field, and that the University will provide 50% salary costs in year four, 75% in year five and full salary at the end of the award.

VICE-CHANCELLOR SUPPORT LETTER

Applications to this scheme require support letters from the Vice-Chancellor which will be coordinated according to the Procedure for VC and PVC Research Support Letters [2].

Requests for support letters must be sent to

researchstrategy@admin.cam.ac.uk, copying your School Office, by 15 JUNE 2018. Requests must include:

  • A draft letter (template can be downloaded from the RSO Website, at
  • VC and PVC Research Support Letters Website [3])
  • A short outline of the proposal;
  • A support letter from the Head of Department, Faculty or Institute,
  • including a statement on your expected teaching/administrative load for
  • the five-year period;
  • A letter from your Head of School including evidence of the approval
  • of the salary contributions and permanent post (for joint appointments
  • across Schools, one joint letter of support will be accepted)

Funder Deadline: 6 July 2018 

If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact researchstrategy@admin.cam.ac.uk.

Research Grants 

RESTRICTED CALL: ESRC CLIMATE CHANGE CENTRES CALL AND CLIMATE CHANGE NETWORK PLUS CALL

 

ESRC has announced 2 calls in Climate Change: CLIMATE CHANGE CENTRES CALL 2018, worth £5M with the deadline of 15 May and CLIMATE CHANGE NETWORK PLUS, worth £3M with the deadline of 5 June. Whilst the primary research area must be within the social sciences, ESRC encourages inter / multidisciplinary working both within and beyond the social sciences. 

Further detail on the calls can be found here: Centre call and Network Plus call.

RESTRICTION:

ESRC will award ONE Centre and ONE Network Plus. The institutions can lead on ONLY ONE of the two applications, i.e. either a Centre or a Network Plus application. For this reason we will coordinate institutional response to this call.

INSTITUTIONAL COORDINATION:

* If you are interested in LEADING a Centre or a Network Plus institutional bid, please write to RESEARCHSTRATEGY@ADMIN.CAM.AC.UK by 13 MARCH 2018 9AM stating your name and department, which scheme you would prefer to lead on and a paragraph describing your background and potential topic for the bid.

* If you are interested in CONTRIBUTING to an institutional bid please also let us know by writing to RESEARCHSTRATEGY@ADMIN.CAM.AC.UK by 13 MARCH 2018 9AM stating your name and department, and one paragraph describing the area of expertise and contribution you wish to make.

The Wiener-Anspach Foundation

The Wiener-Anspach Foundation has launched the call for proposals for its 2018-2020 Research Project Grants. These grants support two-year collaborative research projects between researchers at Cambridge and the Université libre de Bruxelles at levels up to €30,000. It can support running costs or postdoctoral fellowships for research projects in any field. Promoters from the University of Cambridge and the ULB who wish to apply must send a letter of intent by January 31st and submit the complete application file by March 26th. Further information, including application materials and points of contact, can be found on the research projects page of the Foundation's website.

Philip Leverhulme Prizes

The Leverhulme Trust has announced the 2018 round of the Philip Leverhulme Prizes. Philip Leverhulme Prizes recognise the achievement of outstanding researchers whose work has already attracted international recognition and whose future career is exceptionally promising. Each award is worth £100,000 over two to three years. The Trust will make around 30 awards. Prizes can be used for any purpose which can advance the prize-holder's research, with the exception of enhancing prize-holder's salary. Please note the costs which the Trust considers to be ineligible for this award.

The University is restricted to three nominations per category, so this will be handled according to the restricted calls process.

 

Eligible candidates should:

-        have been awarded their PhD in the last ten years by the closing date of 17May 2018 (i.e. the PhD award has to have been confirmed by 17 May 2008) though a case can be made for significant career breaks;

-        have a permanent post or long-term Fellowship which extends beyond the date of the Leverhulme award.

There are six subject areas which are eligible to apply this year:

-        Classics

-        Earth Sciences

-        Physics

-        Polities and International Relations

-        Psychology

-        Visual and Performing Arts.

 These categories are intentionally broad, and the Trust will consider nominations irrespective of departmental affiliation.

Nominations

If you have any applicants you wish to put forward for this competition, their details should be sent to researchstrategy@admin.cam.ac.uk by 19th February 2018 stating their name, department and giving a brief summary of their reasons for nomination (no more than 1 paragraph). You should also state which of the above subject areas they are being considered under. The nominations should be accompanied by a Head of Department / Chair of Faculty support letter confirming the applicant's eligibility and stating why they should be recommended for this award.

 

Governance after Brexit

In February 2018 the ESRC will be issuing a call for a research programme on Governance after Brexit, directed by Professor Daniel Wincott (ESRC Leadership Coordinator for Governance and Brexit). Applications are sought from the full range of social science and related disciplines.  The expected deadline for the proposals is in early May.

The overall budget for the programme is £5 million. A mix of larger (£250,000-£750,000 at 100% fEC) and smaller (up to £250,000 at 100% fEC) grants will be funded

The term ‘governance’ is understood broadly for this programme, and relevant proposals that draw on a wide range of expertise and experience are welcome.  Examples of possible research topics:

  • locality or community research in so-called ‘left behind’ places (including comparisons among and across them) 
  • ‘everyday’ Brexit - how Brexit emerges in everyday scenes and situations, including the ways in which it is implicated in the futures imagined and planned for by individuals, groups and institutions
  • the third sector and civil society’s contributions to governance
  • future of democracy in the UK (including the roles and functions of legislatures and participatory methods/democratic mini-publics, including participatory toolkits) 
  • governance at and across different levels, including devolved nations, devolution in England, city-regions and localities 
  • the roles of judges and judiciaries in UK democracy
  • key social and economic issues, such as promotion of social mobility and combatting inequalities, injustice and discrimination
  • key government strategies and policies, such as UK government Industrial Strategy, new devolved tax policies, justice policies 
  • identity and culture – questions about gender, ‘race’, class, generation and nationality that are important in their own right and also resonate across a range of other issues.

If you would like to discuss this call or are interested in submitting a proposal, please speak to one of the School Research Facilitators. More information will be available here in February. 

British Academy has opened a new funding scheme 60 Visiting Fellowships. Awards of up to £33,000.

As you know, the School of Arts and Humanities and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences are in the process of developing an international research strategy. One of the possible avenues of international collaboration is through the development of research relations with individuals based at overseas institutions. The British Academy has opened a new funding scheme meant to facilitate such interactions.  The recently advertised Visiting Fellowships allow academics based in any country overseas to be based at Cambridge for up to six months. The expected outcome of the Fellowships is a development new research collaborations and/or deepening of existing partnerships.

Please see more information on the scheme below – it is a good starting point for reflection on the internationalization of Faculty/Department research strategies.

The School Research Facilitators Team would be happy to support applications to this scheme: we can discuss research ideas, help identify potential collaborators and provide feedback on proposals.

BA expect to award approximately 60 Visiting Fellowships through this current call. Awards of up to £33,000 are available, to include a contribution of 50% of the total award to enable the UK institution to host the Visiting Fellow.

Suitable candidates for the Visiting Fellowships include researchers active within any discipline within the humanities or the social sciences. They may be talented early career scholars who have only recently obtained their PhD degree; mid-career researchers; or established academics with a considerable track-record of achievement.

Candidates need not necessarily apply to develop collaboration with UK scholars active within the same discipline. These Fellowships are open also to applicants who wish to work with UK colleagues in other areas or disciplines (including scholars within the natural, medical, or engineering sciences), in a cross- or inter-disciplinary way.

More information can be found on the scheme’s website: https://www.britac.ac.uk/visiting-fellowships

If you have any questions, please you can contact the Academy at +44 (0) 20 7969 5220 or internationalgrants@britac.ac.uk

Horizon 2020

The full programme can be found here:

http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/index.html

Thematic calls

The final Work Programme 2018-2020 is not yet available, but links to the scoping papers and overarching document for the call can be found at https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/what-work-programme

Eight issues are highlighted in the overarching document  "as deserving serious consideration under this programming cycles as they are expected to impact on society in the coming decades": 

  • Hyper-connectivity and big data driving change and innovation

  • Falling cost of energy fostering innovation (e.g. separation and recycling of raw materials, drinking water from the sea)

  • Migration and demographic dynamics challenging European societies

  • Pressure on health systems and health inequalities

  • Climate change, oceans and space

  • Primary sector innovation being key for sustainability and well-being

  • Biotechnology as the next wave of disrupting technologies

  • Increasing instability as a new reality for societies

H2020-FETFLAG-2018 tackling grand interdisciplinary science and technology challenges, single stage – topic 2

The European Commission Horizon 2020: Excellent Science, under the future and emerging technologies programme, invites proposals for its H2020-FETFLAG-2018 tackling grand interdisciplinary science and technology challenges call. This supports projects that tackle science and technology challenges that are expected to produce impacts on economy and society, benefiting European citizens and paving the way for global technological and industrial leadership. Proposals may address the following topic:

•FETFLAG-02-2018 ERA-NET Cofund for FET flagships.

Proposals may take the form of ERA-NET Cofund actions, which require participation by at least three legal entities; each established in a different EU member state or Horizon 2020 associated country. Legal entities established in a third country, who secure their own funding, may be included in the consortia.

The total indicative budget for this call is worth €10 million.

Deadline 17 April 2018

For more information see http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/calls/h2020-fetflag-2018-2020.html#c,topics=callIdentifier/t/H2020-FETFLAG-2018-2020/1/1/1/default-group&callStatus/t/Forthcoming/1/1/0/default-group&callStatus/t/Open/1/1/0/default-group&callStatus/t/Closed/1/1/0/default-group&+identifier/desc 

 

Non-Thematic calls

Click HERE for general information on the ERC schemes.  

COMING SOON: H2020-MSCA-COFUND-2018 Marie Sklodowska-Curie co-funding of regional, national and international programmes, single stage

*** This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to open on 12 April 2018 and close on 27 September 2018. The following information is subject to change. ***

The European Commission Horizon 2020: Excellent Science, under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions work programme, invites proposals for its H2020-MSCA-COFUND-2018 Marie Sklodowska-Curie co-funding of regional, national and international programmes call. This aims to stimulate regional, national or international programmes to foster excellence in researchers’ training, mobility and career development. This will be achieved by co-funding new or existing regional, national and international programmes to open up to, and provide for international, intersectoral and interdisciplinary research training, as well as transnational and cross-sectoral mobility of researchers at all stages of their career. Proposals may be submitted for the following topics:

•MSCA-COFUND-2018-FP fellowship programmes;

•MSCA-COFUND-2018-DP doctoral programmes.

Beneficiaries in these programmes must be legal entities established in an EU member state or Horizon 2020 associated country that fund or implement doctoral or fellowship programmes for researchers. Legal entities established in a third country, who secure their own funding, may be included in the consortia.

Funding will support eligible researchers for a period of at least three months. Grants are worth up to €10 million. The remuneration costs provided for researchers recruited under an employment contract are worth at least €2,709 a month for early-stage researchers and €3,836 a month for experienced researchers. The remuneration costs provided for researchers recruited under a status equivalent to a fixed-amount fellowship are at least €1,354.5 a month for early-stage researchers and €1,918 a month for experienced researchers. The total indicative budget for this call is €80 million.

Deadline 27 September 2018

For more information see http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/calls/h2020-msca-cofund-2018.html#c,topics=callIdentifier/t/H2020-MSCA-COFUND-2018/1/1/1/default-group&callStatus/t/Forthcoming/1/1/0/default-group&callStatus/t/Open/1/1/0/default-group&callStatus/t/Closed/1/1/0/default-group&+identifier/desc

 

ERC-2018-CoG consolidator grants

The European Commission Horizon 2020: Excellent Science ERC invites proposals for its ERC-2018-CoG consolidator grants. These support principal investigators who are at a career stage at which they may be consolidating their own independent research team or programme.

Principal investigators, who have been awarded their first PhD between seven and 12 years prior to 1 January 2018 and who have produced several publications as a main author, may apply. The host institution must engage the Principal Investigator for at least the duration of the project. It must either be established in an EU member state or associated country as a legal entity, be an international European interest organisation, be a Joint Research Centre or any other entity created under EU law. PIs may be of any nationality and may reside in any country in the world at the time of the application but must spend a minimum of 50 per cent of their working time in an EU member state or associated country and a minimum of 40 per cent of their working time on the ERC project.

The total budget for consolidator grants is worth €550 million to fund an estimated 287 grants. Grants are worth up to €2 million each over five years. An additional €750,000 start up grant may be requested.

Deadline 15 February 2018

For more information see http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/calls/erc-2018-cog.html#c,topics=callIdentifier/t/ERC-2018-COG/1/1/1/default-group&callStatus/t/Forthcoming/1/1/0/default-group&callStatus/t/Open/1/1/0/default-group&callStatus/t/Closed/1/1/0/default-group&+identifier/desc

 

COMING SOON: ERC Advanced grants

*** This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to open on 17 May 2018 and close on 30 August 2018. The following information is subject to change. ***

The European Commission Horizon 2020: Excellent Science ERC invites proposals for its ERC-2018-AdG ERC advanced grants. These support principal investigators at the career stage at which they are already established research leaders with a recognised track record of research achievements. The aim of this activity is to provide long-term funding to support investigators and their research teams to pursue ground breaking, high-gain and high-risk research in a host institution based in an EU member state or associated country.

Researchers in any field and of any nationality may apply. Investigators based outside the EU who wish to carry out a project with a host institution in the EU or associated countries are encouraged to apply. Applicants must have a significant track record in the last 10 years which may include benchmarks such as 10 publications in major international peer-reviewed journals as a main author, three major research monographs at least one of which is translated into another language, or other equivalent benchmarks. The host institution must engage the principal investigator for at least the duration of the project and must be established as a legal entity in an EU member state or associated country or be an international European interest organisation, the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre or any other entity created under EU law.

The total budget for this call is €450 million to fund an estimated 194 projects. Grants are worth up to €2.5 m over five years. An additional start up grant of €1m may be requested.

Deadline 30 August 2018

For more information see https://erc.europa.eu/funding/advanced-grants

 

ERC-2018-PoC proof of concept grants

The European Commission Horizon 2020: Excellent Science ERC invites proposals for its ERC-2018-PoC proof of concept grants. These aim to maximise the value of ERC-funded research by funding further work to verify the innovation potential of ideas arising from ERC funded projects.

All principal investigators in an ERC frontier research project, that is either ongoing or has ended less than 12 months before 1 January 2018, may apply. The host institution must engage the PI for at least the duration of the project and must be established in a member state or associated country as a legal entity. Applicants may be of any nationality and be residing in any country at the time of the application.

The total budget is €20 million to fund an estimated 130 projects. Grants are worth up to €150,000 each over up to 18 months, but should normally be completed within 12 months.

Deadline 16 January 2018

For more information see http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/calls/erc-2018-poc.html#c,topic

 

ESRC Research Centres Competition

The Economic and Social Research Council invites applications for its research centres competition. This supports innovative new research addressing any major social and economic topic. Research centre funding is aimed at experienced research leaders who require longer-term or extended support for research groups, inter-institutional research networks, project-linked programmes, medium-to-large surveys, other infrastructure or methodological developments, or any related larger-scale projects. Funding should contribute to high-impact investments over the longer term. The centres must:

•provide scientifically coherent programmes of research aimed at driving forward innovations in social science theory, the development and application of novel research methods, data sources and practical application;

•be international or national centres of excellence for social science research, where researchers can collaborate on long-term projects;

•make significant contributions to scientific, economic or social impact;

•involve potential users of research and take advantage of international collaborative or comparative opportunities;

•support active career development programmes aimed at building research capacity.

Researchers at eligible UK research organisations may apply as the lead applicant.

The total budget is worth up to £30 million and funding covers a period of up to five years. Four grants, worth between £2m and £8m each at 80 per cent full economic cost, are available.

 

Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) - second call

Research Councils UK

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a £1.5 billion fund announced by the UK Government to support cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries through:

  • challenge-led disciplinary and interdisciplinary research

  • strengthening capacity for research and innovation within both the UK and developing countries

  • providing an agile response to emergencies where there is an urgent research need.

The Research Councils UK invite applications for their Global Challenges Research Fund – second call. This aims to establish a cohort of large-scale Global Challenges Interdisciplinary Research Hubs, which will be expected to deliver integrated and innovative international research programmes meeting the aims of Official Development Assistance.

UK researchers and researchers from the DAC list countries in collaboration may apply. Overseas research organisations may not apply as the lead organisation.

Deadline: Various - see GCRF website at http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/funding/gcrf/ and the the sites of individual research councils.

 

ESRC

Standard Grants

Grants range from £200,000 to £2M at 100% full economic costs (fEC) for up to five years. Up to 30% of funding can be used toward international collaborators. Applications may be submitted at any time. The majority of decisions are announced within 26 weeks of submission.  

Eligibility: Applications can be for ‘blue sky’, strategic or applied research, and the ESRC is keen to encourage fresh ideas from new researchers. At the time of application, applicant PIs must either have a contract of employment with their research organisation in place for the duration of the award, or an assurance from the submitting institution that, if the proposal is successful, a contract of employment will be given that covers the period of the award plus an additional 3-6 months. This scheme lends itself for un-established researchers particularly to apply as co-investigator.

Deadline: None

For more information see http://www.esrc.ac.uk/funding-and-guidance/funding-opportunities/3717/research-grants.aspx

Research Grants

The Economic and Social Research Council invites proposals for its research grants. These support individuals or teams to conduct standard research projects, large-scale surveys and other infrastructure projects or methodological developments in any area within the council’s remit. Proposals can be for basic, applied or strategic research.

All UK HEIs, research institutes, and independent research organisations approved by the council may apply. Proposals for two or more linked projects may be submitted, and research proposals may be submitted jointly by more than one applicant but require one of the individuals to be regarded as the principal investigator. Collaborations between UK researchers and those in other countries are encouraged. Furthermore, business, third sector or government bodies based in the UK can also be included on the proposal.

Research awards can be made for up to five years. Grants range in size from £350,000 to £1 million at 100 per cent full economic cost.

Deadline: None

For more information see http://www.esrc.ac.uk/funding/funding-opportunities/research-grants/

For further ESRC opportunities see the list here:

http://www.esrc.ac.uk/funding/funding-opportunities/

 

British Academy and other funders

APEX awards

The British Academy, in collaboration with the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society, with support from the Leverhulme Trust, invites applications for its academies partnership in supporting excellence in cross-disciplinary research (APEX) awards. These offer established, independent researchers with a strong track record in their respective area, an opportunity to pursue genuine interdisciplinary and curiosity-driven research to benefit wider society. The objectives of this scheme are to:

•support 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 a track record, in developing their research in a new direction through collaboration with partners from other disciplines;

•enable researchers to focus on advancing their innovative research through seed funding.

Researchers with a strong track record as established independent researchers may apply. This includes engineering researchers, humanities and social science scholars and scientists. Applicants must be based at a UK university or non-profit research institution for at least the duration of the project, and will be expected to collaborate with a research partner from a different discipline from their own or a different university in the UK. Applications should be within the remit of more than one of the academies.

Each award is worth up to £100,000 to fund staff costs of which no more than 25 per cent may be used for associated research costs, including consumables, equipment, and collaborative travel expenses. Funding covers the costs of a teaching replacement to relieve the applicant or collaborator from some of their teaching and administrative duties. Grants can be held for up to two years.

Deadline: 14 December 2017

For more information see: https://royalsociety.org/grants-schemes-awards/grants/apex-awards/

 

AHRC/NSF lead agency agreement

The Arts and Humanities Foundation, in collaboration with the Social, Behavioural and Economic Sciences Directorate of the US National Science Foundation, invites applications for funding under their lead agency agreement. This supports interdisciplinary research of mutual interest and aims to facilitate the peer-review and joint funding of US-UK collaborative research.

Transnational teams of UK and US-based researchers are invited to apply. The UK principal investigator must meet the AHRC’s current eligibility for standard and early career AHRC research grant proposals. The US principal investigator must be eligible for funding from the NSF. For the standard route, the principal investigator must be resident in the UK and an academic employee at the lecturer or equivalent level at an eligible organisation, which may be a higher education institution, a research institute funded by a research council or an independent research organisation.

For the early-career route, researchers must have either received their PhD or equivalent professional training within the last eight years, or be within six years of their first academic appointment.

Projects costing £50,000 to £1,000,000 for the standard route or £50,000 to £250,000 for the early-career route will be funded by the AHRC at 80 per cent full economic costing. Funding for the US part of the project must be in accordance with NSF’s normal funding rules for unsolicited proposals.

Deadline None

For more information see http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/funding/opportunities/current/rcuknsftwowayleadagency/

 

AHRC Research Grants - Standard route

The Arts and Humanities Research Council, under its research grants scheme, invites applications for its standard route grants. These support research projects by enabling individual researchers to collaborate with, and bring benefits to, other individuals and organisations through the conduct of research related to the arts and humanities. Grants aim to achieve the following:

•assist researchers in all areas of the arts and humanities;

•support projects that lead to significant advances in creativity, insights, knowledge and understanding, of interest and value in the research community and in wider contexts;

•enable arts and humanities researchers to pursue and bring to completion in due time collaborative research projects that require leadership from more than one single scholar;

•enable arts and humanities researchers to establish or enhance effective working relationships with fellow researchers;

•provide opportunities for less experienced researchers to develop their expertise and careers by working with senior researchers and by leading projects themselves;

•maximise the value of research outcomes by promoting their communication dissemination with individuals and organisations outside academia and, where appropriate, to facilitate the knowledge transfer of those outcomes to both the research community and other contexts where they will make a difference.

Applications must include one UK principal investigator who is resident in the UK and actively engaged in postdoctoral research and be of postdoctoral standing. International co-investigators can be included.

Standard route grants are worth between £50,000 and £1 million for up to five years.

Deadline None

For more information see http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/funding/opportunities/current/researchgrantsstandardroute/ 

For further AHRC opportunities see the list here:

http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/funding/opportunities/current/

Wellcome Trust

Investigator awards in humanities and social science

The Wellcome Trust invites applications for its investigator awards in humanities and social science. These support researchers in established posts at all career stages working on important questions of relevance to health.

Applicants must be based in the UK, Republic of Ireland or a low or middle-income country and should have an established academic post at a HEI or research institution. Candidates should have a statement of commitment from a senior member of the institution and a relevant research project.

Awards range from under £300,000 to £1 million each over a maximum period of five years. Funding may cover research expenses, research or teaching buy-out leave and conference and meeting costs.

For University of Cambridge applicants this call requires a statement of commitment signed by the Head of School in which the applicant is based. If an application is supported by 2 departments from separate Schools the letter can be signed jointly by the heads of both Schools.

Deadline: 9 January 2018

For more information see https://wellcome.ac.uk/funding/investigator-awards-humanities-and-social-science

Collaborative awards in humanities and social science

The Wellcome Trust invites applications for its collaborative awards in humanities and social science. These support teams who are tackling major health-related questions in the humanities and social sciences that require a collaborative approach. They are intended to promote the development of new ideas and bring disciplines together to speed the pace of discovery.

Teams from the UK, Republic of Ireland or low- and middle-income countries should normally consist of two to six principal applicants, each of whom has a strong track record in their area of research relative to career stage. Interdisciplinary research collaborations which combine the humanities and social sciences with biomedical science or product development are encouraged. Collaborations may be international and may exist across a university or spanning a number of institutions.

Awards are normally worth between £1 million and £1.5m each over a maximum period of five years. Funding may cover research expenses, including research assistance or PhDs, research or teaching buy-out leave and conference and meeting costs.

Deadline: 9 January 2018

For more information see https://wellcome.ac.uk/funding/collaborative-awards-humanities-and-social-science

Small grants in humanities and social science

The Wellcome Trust invites applications for its small grants in humanities and social science. This supports programmes of activities that enable researchers to establish and develop networks, explore new areas of research and increase the impact of their work. Support can include research expenses for small-scale projects, personal support or salary expenses or conference and meeting costs.

Social science researchers may apply, through a university or other research organisation based in the UK, Republic of Ireland or a low- or middle-income country.

Grants are usually worth up to £30,000 and researchers from low- and middle- income countries working in high-income countries can request up to £20 per day for extra costs.

Deadline: None

For more information see https://wellcome.ac.uk/funding/small-grants-humanities-and-social-science

 

Leverhulme Research Project Grants

The aim of these awards is to provide financial support for innovative and original research projects of high quality and potential. 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.  

Funding is up to £500,000 for up to five years (average is around 150k for three years).

There are no deadlines for this scheme. The application process has an outline phase (turnaround usually within three months) and a full application stage – no alterations to the project outline are allowed.

Favoured proposals will:  

  • reflect the personal vision of the applicant;

  • demonstrate compelling competence in the research design;

  • surmount traditional disciplinary academic boundaries;

  • involve a willingness to take appropriate degrees of risk in setting research objectives.   

Eligibility: The Trust does not fund research which is of direct relevance to clinicians, medical professionals and/or the pharmaceutical industry. 

Applicants are strongly advised to consult the statement on the Leverhulme Trust’s approach to grant-making.

For more information see https://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/funding/grant-schemes/research-project-grants

 

Fellowships

Society in Science, CH

Branco Weiss fellowship

Society in Science invites applications for the Branco Weiss fellowship. This supports young researchers conducting new and innovative research focusing on social, cultural, political or economic issues.

The fellowship consists of a two-year pioneer phase and a subsequent three-year exploitation phase, with a review after the second year.

Applicants must have completed their PhD by the application deadline and have a strong record of achievement in their chosen field. Applicant must have been born after 1 January 1984.

Up to ten fellowships, worth CHF 100,000 per year each, are available for a period of five years. The programme aims to award up to 10 fellowships each year. Funding may cover salary, equipment, travel costs, consumables, personnel and more.

Deadline: 15 January 2018

For more information see: https://brancoweissfellowship.org/

 

UKRI

UKRI innovation fellowships – AHRC leadership fellows highlight notice

Research Councils UK, under the UK Research and Innovation and through the National Productivity Investment Fund, invites applications for its innovation fellowships through the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s leadership fellows scheme highlight notice. These enable early-career researchers to carry out research in relevant focus topics, in order to support the research leaders of the future and enable them to undertake major new innovation orientated, intellectual endeavours. Fellowships support the delivery of the government’s industrial strategy by allowing early-career researchers to explore interdisciplinary solutions, which address focused sectoral needs, to the economic benefit of the UK. Applications must fall into one of the following focus areas:

•creative and digital economy innovation leadership fellows for research programme and leadership activities in partnership with creative or digital economy organisations;

•interdisciplinary interface innovation leadership fellows for innovative research and research leadership development activities combining arts and humanities with other fields of study;

•Rutherford Fund fellows for non-UK nationals carrying out activities related to one of the categories above.

Postdoctoral researchers, who are within eight years of the award of their PhD or equivalent or within six years of their fist academic appointment, may apply. Applicants must hold a contract at an eligible UK research organisation for the duration of the fellowship. Non-UK nationals are particularly encouraged to apply for the Rutherford Fund fellowships and they need not to be based in the UK at the time of the application. Collaborations between academia and non-academic organisations are encouraged.

Fellowships are worth between £50,000 and £250,000 each at full economic costing over six to 24 months, or over one to two years if taken part-time. Fellows will be eligible to apply for a further fellowship of up to two years in duration.

Deadline 31 May 2018

For more information see: http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/funding/opportunities/current/ecr-highlight-notice-in-the-ahrc-leadership-fellowships-scheme/

 

ESRC

Leadership Fellowships

The Economic and Social Research Council invites applications for its leadership fellowship. This offers a senior academic an opportunity to develop an ambitious vision and strategy for building leadership capability within the social sciences. The fellow is expected to:

•provide intellectual leadership and vision for ESRC’s work in leadership capability;

•lead engagement with research organisations and other organisations concerned with improving leadership capability in higher education, seeking out opportunities to work in partnership, including engagement with administration staff where appropriate;

•build on initial work undertaken by the ESRC by developing a clear conceptualisation of what leadership means, working with the academic community and other key stakeholders to test and refine it;

•review existing support frameworks, identifying gaps in provision and examples of best practice, both nationally and internationally, and from within and beyond academia;

•develop an ambitious evidence-based strategy for how the ESRC can build leadership capability within the social sciences that will also offer significant value across the remit of the other research councils and Innovate UK.

Applicants must be based at a UK HEI, research council institute or independent research organisation.

Funding is worth up to £100,000 at 80 per cent full economic costing to cover part-time work carried by the fellow and associated costs over one year.

Deadline: 3 January 2018

For more information see: http://www.esrc.ac.uk/funding/funding-opportunities/esrc-leadership-fellowship/

Postdoctoral Fellowships 

The Economic and Social Research Council invites applications for its postdoctoral fellowships. This enables those in the immediately postdoctoral stage of their careers, to consolidate their PhD through developing publications, their networks, and their research and professional skills. The scheme is delivered through the councils’ national network of doctoral training partnerships and centres for doctoral training, which consists of the following:

•Cambridge social science doctoral training partnership;

•Grand Union doctoral training partnership;

•the London interdisciplinary social science doctoral Training partnership;

•London School of Economics doctoral training partnership;

•Midlands Graduate School doctoral training partnership;

•Northern Ireland and North East doctoral training partnership;

•North West social science doctoral training partnership;

•The South Coast doctoral training partnership;

•The South East Network for social sciences doctoral training partnership;

•South West doctoral training partnership;

•University College London, Bloomsbury and East London doctoral training partnership;

•Wales doctoral training partnership;

•White Rose social sciences doctoral training partnership;

•Social-Biological Centre for doctoral training;

•Data Analytics and Society Centre for doctoral training.

Applicants who have completed their PhD at a research organisation that is part of a doctoral training partnerships or centres for doctoral training and who are within 12 months of completing their PhD, may apply. The applicant must either have been awarded a PhD or have submitted their thesis and passed their viva voce with minor corrections, with the expectation that the PhD will be awarded by the fellowship start date.

Deadline: 16.00 on 23 March 2018

For more information see: http://www.esrc.ac.uk/funding/funding-opportunities/postdoctoral-fellowships/

 

Leverhulme Trust

Visiting Professorships

The Leverhulme Trust invites applications for its visiting professorships. These enable UK institutions to host distinguished researchers from overseas, primarily to enhance the skills of academic staff or students at the host institution. Visiting professors may also wish to use the opportunity to further their own academic interests and visit more than one UK institution.

Any field of research is eligible, excluding studies of disease, illness and disabilities in humans and animals, and research that is intended to inform clinical practice or the development of medical applications. Applications must be made by a member of academic staff, based in a UK university or other HEI, who will be responsible for co-ordinating the visit. Priority is given to new or recent collaborative ventures.

Funding is worth between £10,000 and £150,000 and covers maintenance, travel expenses and research costs of visits that last between three and 12 months. Travel within the UK, laboratory consumables and essential technical assistance may also be covered.

Deadline: 10 May 2018

For more information see: https://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/funding/grant-schemes/visiting-professorships/application-procedure

COMING SOON: Research leadership awards

*** This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to open in spring 2019. The following information is subject to change. ***

The Leverhulme Trust invites applications to its research leadership awards. These awards support researchers with established university careers who wish to build a research team to address a distinct research problem. 

Applicants should have held a university post for at least two years and be based in a university in the UK. Each institution is limited to one bid only. 

Awards are worth between £800,000 and £1 million over a duration of four to five years. Funding should be used to support research assistants and students led by the award holder and associated research costs.

Deadline: Unknown

For more information see https://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/funding/grant-schemes/research-leadership-awards

Early-career fellowships

The Leverhulme Trust invites applications for its early-career fellowships. These enable early-career researchers to undertake a significant piece of publishable work and to advance to a more permanent academic position. The research may be in any subject area, with the exception of studies of disease, illness and disabilities in humans and animals, and research that is intended to inform clinical practice and the development of medical applications.

Fellowships may be held at universities or at other HEI in the UK. Applicants must not yet have held a full-time established academic post at a UK university or comparable UK institutions. Candidates must be within four years of their doctoral thesis submission or have equivalent research experience by the time they take up the fellowship. They must also either hold a degree from a UK HEI at the time of taking up the fellowship or at the time of application hold an academic position, such as a fixed-term lectureship or fellowship, in the UK.

Approximately 100 fellowships are available. Each fellowship provides up to £25,000 per year to cover 50 per cent of the fellow’s total salary costs, up to £6,000 a year towards research expenses, up to £150 a day for UK and overseas subsistence and funding for capital items up to £1,000 per item. Fellowships are tenable for three years full time, but the trust may consider part time requests. The host institution must contribute remaining 50 per cent of salary costs for the fellow.

Deadline: 1 March 2018

For more information see: https://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/funding/grant-schemes/early-career-fellowships

 

Research fellowships in humanities and social science

Wellcome Trust

The Wellcome Trust invites applications for its research fellowships in humanities and social science. These support postdoctoral researchers in health-related humanities and social sciences to carry out an extended period of independent research.

Applicants should be postdoctoral researchers who are not in a tenured or long-term established post and are based at an eligible institution in the UK, Republic of Ireland or a low- or middle-income country. Candidates must have a sponsor from an eligible host organisation that will administer the fellowship for the full duration of the award.

Fellowships are usually worth up to £275,000 each for up to three years and provide a basic salary, research expenses and personal removal expenses.

Deadline: 11 January 2018 (recurring)

For more information see: https://wellcome.ac.uk/funding/research-fellowships-humanities-and-social-science

  

 

AHRC Fellowships

Leadership Fellows Scheme - Early-Career Researchers

The Arts and Humanities Research Council invites applications from early-career researchers for its leadership fellows scheme. This enables early-career researchers to develop their leadership experience and capabilities as they establish themselves and develop beyond doctoral and postdoctoral work, and to produce innovative research that moves significantly beyond doctoral projects.

Principal investigators must be within eight years of the award of their PhD or equivalent professional training, or be within six years of their first academic appointment. They should have the commitment and support of their host organisation, which may be a UK higher education institution, a research institute or an independent research organisation, as well as a committed institution-based mentor. Co-investigators are not permitted, however, research assistants of a postdoctoral standing may be included in applications.

Proposals should have a full economic cost of between £50,000 and £250,000. Fellowships cover up to 80 per cent fEC and are awarded for 24 months for full-time researchers. Applicants on part-time contracts are awarded support pro-rata. The AHRC will make a contribution to the cost of the fellow’s mentoring.

For more information see: http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/funding/opportunities/current/leadershipfellowsecr/

 

Leadership Fellows Scheme - Standard Route

The Arts and Humanities Research Council invites applications for the standard route of its leadership fellows scheme. This enables researchers to develop their capabilities as leaders, to carry out work with a potential to generate a transformative impact on their discipline, and to develop and undertake leadership activities that are connected to their research.

Principal investigators must be actively engaged in postdoctoral research and either have a doctorate degree or equivalent experience or training. They should have at least two years of postdoctoral experience in an academic or research environment or have an equivalent level of professional or practice experience of direct relevance to the proposed research. Eligible host institutions include UK higher education institutions, research institutes and independent research organisations. Co-investigators are not eligible under this scheme.

Grants are worth between £50,000 and £250,000 for a period of six to 18 months.

Deadline: None

For more information see: http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/funding/opportunities/current/leadershipfellows/

 

Studentships

Humanities and social science doctoral studentships

Wellcome Trust

The Wellcome Trust invites applications for its humanities and social science doctoral studentships. These enable researchers to undertake a humanities or social science doctoral degree in any area of health.

Applicants must have sponsorship from an eligible host organisation in the UK, Republic of Ireland or low-to-middle income country. Applicants should hold or expect to hold a relevant master's degree. They should not already have received support for their doctoral studies or be registered for a research degree.

Studentships are available for up to three years and cover approved tuition fees and a stipend worth up to £26,839 a year. Additional funding up to £1,500 towards attendance at academic meetings and conferences is available, as well as up to £5,000 for research and fieldwork expenses.

Deadline 29 March 2018

For more information see https://wellcome.ac.uk/funding/doctoral-studentships

 

Research networks, groups and conferences

Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research and other funders

Lorentz Center workshops

The Lorentz Center, supported by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), Leiden University and other funders, invites proposals for the Lorentz Center workshops fund. This enables researchers or research groups to organise workshops at the Lorentz Center in order to stimulate groundbreaking innovative research, and to focus on new collaborations and interactions between scientists from different countries and fields.

Academic researchers in any country and from any scientific or scholarly discipline may apply. Workshop proposals are evaluated primarily for their scientific merit. Initiatives to bring new groups together are encouraged.

A budget of €700,000 per year is contributed by NWO. Workshops typically last five days and have up to 25 or 55 participants.

Deadline: 30 January 2018

For more information see: https://www.nwo.nl/en/funding/our-funding-instruments/enw/lorentz-center/lorentz-center.html

AHRC Research 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.

Proposals need to be led by a UK principal investigator. Principal investigators must come from a discipline in the arts and humanities. Only one co-investigator is permissible. International co-investigators are eligible under this scheme.

Grants are worth up to £30,000 each over two years. An additional £15,000 full economic cost may be provided to cover the costs of any international participants or activities in addition to the scheme limit.

Deadline: None

For more information see http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/funding/opportunities/current/researchnetworking/

Royal Society

Smaller scientific meetings

The Royal Society invites proposals for smaller scientific meetings. Funding enables scientists from around the world to present and discuss new research in all areas of science at small meetings. Two types of meeting may be held:

•fast-track discussion meeting – intended to allow two-day meetings on timely topics to take place, with a shorter lead time of approximately six months from approval to meeting date;

•Science+ meeting – two-day meeting held at the Royal Society, London bringing together pure science and an additional element formed from areas which build on or function alongside science, such as policy or public health.

Applicants must provide the scientific theme and develop the content of the meeting. In addition they must advise on suitable routes for publicising the meeting and dealing with interest from the media.

The Royal Society will promote the meeting to the relevant communities and to the media and provide logistical support, materials for the meeting and full on-site support throughout. Funding contributes to travel and expenses for organisers, speakers and chairs, and the society provides the venue, facilities and catering.

Meetings are to be held from November 2017 to March 2018. Applicants may express a preferred month for their meeting on the proposal form however final allocation of dates is subject to availability at the Royal Society.

Deadline: None

Fore more information see https://royalsociety.org/science-events-and-lectures/scientific-meetings/?utm_source=social_media&utm_medium=hootsuite&utm_campaign=standard

For more information see https://royalsociety.org/science-events-and-lectures/scientific-meetings/?utm_source=social_media&utm_medium=hootsuite&utm_campaign=standard

Small grants

Wellcome Trust

The Wellcome Trust invites applications for its small grants. These support small scale humanities and social science research projects, scoping exercises or meetings in any area of human or animal health, and projects related to research resources.

Applicants must be based in, or intend to travel to, the UK, Ireland or a low- and middle-income country.

Grants are normally worth up to £5,000. Applications for international meetings or to attract international speakers may receive up to £10,000. Funding covers research expenses, transport, accommodation, subsistence and photocopying costs.

Deadline: None

For more information see: http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/Funding/Humanities-and-social-science/Funding-schemes/Small-grants/index.htm

 

Awards and Prizes

British Academy

Rising star engagement awards

The British Academy, with support from the Garfield Weston Foundation, invites applications for its rising star engagement awards. These enable early-career researchers to engage in the work of the academy and enhance their own skills and career development through the organisation of events, training, and mentoring activities for other researchers. Activities may be in any field of humanities and social sciences.

Early-career researchers who are within 10 years of receiving their doctorate and ordinarily resident in the UK may apply. They are expected to be associated with a UK university through holding a post or a fellowship, and they must be able to demonstrate their academic credentials as leaders in research through suitable marks of esteem, such as awards. Applications must also include a academy fellows as a supporter for the project and the applicant’s candidacy.

The awards are worth up to £15,000 each and cover all associated costs for the activities and feedback analysis and reports. Up to 35 awards are available through the academy and additional three awards are available through the Garfield Weston Foundation.

Deadline: 13 December 2017

For more information see: https://www.britac.ac.uk/british-academy-rising-star-engagement-awards

Leverhulme Trust

**COMING SOON: Philip Leverhulme prizes

*** This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to open on 3 January 2018. The following information is subject to change. ***

The Leverhulme Trust invites nominations for the Philip Leverhulme prizes. These recognise researchers whose work has attracted international recognition and whose future career is promising. The subject areas for this call include:

For the 2018 competition the selected subject areas are:

  • Classics

  • Earth Sciences

  • Physics

  • Politics and International Relations

  • Psychology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

The disciplines selected are intentionally broad, and nominations will be considered irrespective of a nominee’s departmental affiliation.

Nominees must hold a post in a UK institution of higher education or research, and should normally have been awarded their doctoral degree no more than 10 years prior to the closing date for applications. Nominations should be made by the nominee’s head of department or equivalent.

Up to 30 awards are available, each worth £100,000 over a period of two to three years. Funding may be used for any purpose that advances the recipient’s research, with the exception of enhancing the recipient’s salary.

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