For those of you around over the summer, this quiet time can provide a good opportunity to start developing research bids.
Staffordshire University subscribes to Research Professional. This is a great tool to help you find research funding and news. Below is a good example of an upcoming fund.
British Academy -mid-career fellowships. Support outstanding individual researchers with excellent research proposals, and promote public understanding and engagement with humanities and social sciences. The time bought by the scheme should be devoted to the completion of a major piece of research, and the Academy will also look for evidence of a clear commitment to a strategy of public engagement and communication of the results of the research during the period of the fellowship.
For scholars who have already published works of intellectual distinction or have established a significant track record as a communicator, and who are normally no more than 15 years from the award of their doctorate.
A number of external funding organisations use online sites to upload funding applications. Some of these sites require a bid to be signed off by Research Services as part of your application process.
This includes Je-S. This site provides electronic application forms for the following funds: AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC, STFC, the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) and the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI)
Once you have requested an account Research Services must confirm you are a member of staff at Staffordshire University before you can get started.
In addition Research Services also acts as approver on the following:
Royal Society (E-GAP)
British Academy (E-GAP2)
European Commission (Participant Portal)
When you are submitting a bid to these funds you need to make sure you leave enough time for the Research Services to review and submit your project after you have pressed submit. We work to the same application deadline as you.
The British Academy provides funding for research in the humanities and social sciences. They have agreed to come to Staffordshire University to provide information on the variety of research funding opportunities they offer.
Delegates will learn more about the scheme requirements, success rates, what assessors look for and how best to present applications. Plus there will be some new funds opening in the next few months so this is a chance to find out about the new schemes.
This event is being held on Thursday 2 October 13:00-16:00 in LT114/116 Ashley Building, Leek Road, Stoke-on-Trent
Academics from a number of regional Universities will also be invited and a networking session will be held. Collaborative research projects are of great interest to funders, so this is a good opportunity to talk to other academics and find out how you can work together. A member of staff from the British Academy will be on hand during the networking session to provide information on the viability of your project ideas.
There are limited numbers of spaces, and we expect them to go quickly, so book your place now!
Please include the following
Add details of projects you are looking to develop and need partners to collaborate on. We will share this with all delegates before the event.
The event will start at 1pm.
13:00 -14:30 –British Academy Presentation
14:00-14:30 –Q and A session
14:30 – 14:45 –break
14:45-15:45 –Networking to develop collaborative British Academy projects
The University has had some success with these grants in the past, but there seems for have been fewer applications in recent rounds. We are keen to see the numbers increasing again as this is a great fund to launch new researchers or to get small projects off the ground
Funding Body: British Academy and Leverhulme Trust
Scheme: Small Research Grants
Overview: Fund is available to support primary research in the humanities and social sciences.
Funds may be used to facilitate initial project planning and development, to support the direct costs of research and to enable the advancement of research through workshops or conferences, or visits by or to partner scholars.
Applications for individual and collaborative projects are equally welcome. International groups of scholars are eligible to apply, provided the lead applicant is a UK-based scholar.
Budget: Grants are tenable for up to 24 months and are worth between £500 and £10,000. Start dates may be between 1 September 2014 and 31 March 2015. The fund does not cover staff time for the principal investigator, but you can employ a researcher to do the leg work on the project and get their time covered. Institutional overheads are not covered.
Deadlines: 15 April 2014 –Bids are submitted online. All bids need final online approval from the External Projects Team as well as faculty approval. Please factor in time for this and let the team know in advance that you are submitting a bid.
If you know a star academic working abroad that you would like to work at Staffordshire University for two years, this fund from the Royal Society and British Academy should be of interest.
Researchers can work in a broad range of fields including natural and social sciences and humanities.
Funding Body: Royal Society and the British Academy
Scheme: Newton International Fellowship
Overview: The Royal Society and the British Academy invite applications for the Newton international fellowship. This enables early-stage postdoctoral researchers from all over the world to work in the fields of natural and social sciences and the humanities at UK research institutions. Contact between the applicants and their UK sponsor must have been established prior to application.
Applicants must have a PhD and up to seven years of active full time postdoctoral experience. They should be working outside the UK and be competent in oral and written English. UK citizens may not apply.
Budget: The fellowship lasts for two years and provides £24,000 per year for subsistence costs, up to £8,000 per year for research expenses and a one-off payment of up to £2,000 for relocation expenses. In addition, fellows may receive up to £6,000 per year for up to 10 years following the tenure to support networking activities with UK-based researchers.
The British Academy has launched their annual call for people to hold conferences at the academies London base. The remit for conferences is that they fit around the theme of humanities and social sciences. Plus they are looking for proposals for conferences that will be pivotal events and of lasting significance in the field. This is a chance for leading and emerging scholars to examine current and future issues surrounding novel, dynamic, innovative and exciting subject areas. Funding Body: British Academy Scheme: Conference Programme Overview: The British Academy invites proposals for its 2015 conference programme. This supports conferences on subjects in the humanities and social sciences held at the British Academy’s premises in central London. The academy will support up to six conferences in 2015, with up to 135 participants each.
Any UK-based scholar is eligible to submit a proposal. Budget: The academy provides the venue, facilities and catering; contributes to travel and accommodation for convenors, speakers and chairs; and promotes and administers the conferences. Themed volumes of essays arising from the conferences may be published in the Proceedings of the British Academy series. Deadlines: 21 February 2014 –annual call Further Information:http://www.britac.ac.uk/events/events_proposals_conferences.cfm
Erasmus+, the new European programme for education, training, youth and sport will have a national agency to manage certain aspects of the funding. The previous Lifelong Learning Programme was run by both Ecorys and the British Council. They have teamed up together to bid for the new Erasmus+ contract and been successful.
In the Lifelong Learning Programme, there were a range of smaller funds which were applied to via the National Agency rather than to the European Commission. This will be the same in Erasmus+ only now the two agencies will be providing the support together.
The Department for Business Innovation and Skills estimates that the new Erasmus+ programme will be worth Euros 940 million to the UK between 2014 and 2020. It is expected to increase opportunities for international study, teaching and volunteering across Europe.
This is subject to final contractual agreements and approval by the European Commission. But it is expected they will start operating on 1 January 2014.
This exchange fund from the British Academy will be of interest to academics working in humanities and social sciences and looking to develop a programme of work in China. The deadline is in February, so this leaves plenty of time to work up links with a Chinese partner.
Funding Body: British Academy
Scheme: International partnership and mobility scheme – UK-China one-year partnerships
Overview: The aim of this scheme is to support the development of partnerships between the UK and China, strengthening research excellence through new, innovative initiatives and links.
The scheme intends to strengthen research capacity and capability, with both partners gaining from the collaboration, and to initiate the development of long-term, vigorous links between the UK and Chinese scholars whilst also encouraging an intra-regional exchange of expertise and knowledge sharing. Awards cover any branch of the humanities or social sciences and are intended to focus on collaborative research on a specific theme of mutual interest. Workshops and seminars should form an integral part of the research programme. Partnerships including a training element and involving early-career scholars will be looked on favourably.
Both applicants must be of postdoctoral or equivalent status and based at a research-active institution.
Budget: Funding is worth up to £10,000 for one year
British Council has funding for Early Career Researchers to travel to nineteen countries across the world for up to three months. This is part of the British Council Research Links Scheme. Funding can also include a partner country visiting the UK.
Different countries have different priority areas and these can be found in the guidelines. If no priority areas are specified, all research areas are covered.
The countries involved at this stage are; Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Morocco, Egypt, Qatar, South Africa, Nigeria, Russia (Humanities and Social Sciences only), Turkey, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Pakistan, Thailand, Indonesia, South Korea, Vietnam and Bangladesh. For this call placements involving the United States are also eligible, in specific areas which focus on using the humanities and social sciences in an interdisciplinary environment.