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Funding opportunities

Current funding opportunities

Information on funding is updated weekly. See below for the following categories.

This is not an exhaustive list. Search the Research Professional website for more funding opportunities.

See the separate webpage for calls under Horizon 2020 

 

Research Grants

 

Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF)

MRC, ESRC, AHRC, EPSRC, BBSRC, NERC

The Global Challenges Research Fund aims to ensure that UK research takes a leading role in addressing some of the challenges faced by developing countries. UK Research Councils are the primary delivery partners, and information can be found on each of their websites (links are below). 

MRC

http://www.mrc.ac.uk/funding/browse/mrc-global-challenges-research-fund-foundation-awards/

ESRC

For information only - this call has now closed.

http://www.esrc.ac.uk/funding/funding-opportunities/gcrf-strategic-networks-call-2016/

AHRC

http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/funding/opportunities/current/tackling-antimicrobial-resistance-behaviour-within-and-beyond-the-healthcare-setting/

BBSRC

http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/funding/filter/global-challenges-research-fund/

 

 

Royal Society

International collaboration awards for research professors

The Royal Society, under the Global Challenges Research Fund, invites applications for its international collaboration awards. These enable UK research leaders to develop international collaborations with the best research professors from around the world, to work on some of the global challenges and problems facing developing countries. The objectives of the challenge awards are to: 

•support the development of sustainable collaborative partnerships between researchers in the UK and research groups in developing countries to generate new approaches to the most significant and complex problems faced by developing countries;

•strengthen research capacity in developing countries through collaboration, sharing of knowledge and skills and exchange of staff;

•attract international scientists from developing countries and their teams to work with the UK’s best universities and research institutions;

•support the research of the UK scientists working in fields relevant to the global challenges to formulate new approaches to global development problems.

Research must fall within the remit of the Royal Society, which includes natural sciences and engineering. Research in the social sciences and clinical medicine will not be supported.

UK applicants and overseas co-applicants must be established research leaders in their respective fields, with a proven track record in driving research. They must hold salaried positions at a university or not-for-profit research

institution for the duration of the award.

Grants are worth up to £75,000 per year for up to three years. These cover activities directly relevant to supporting collaboration, including research expenses, travel and subsistence for the applicants or members of their team, salary for research assistance and small pieces of equipment of no more than £10,000.

Deadline  23 May 2017

For more information see https://royalsociety.org/grants-schemes-awards/grants/international-collaborations/?utm_source=social_media&utm_medium=hootsuite&utm_campaign=standard

 

AHRC-MRC Global Public Health: Partnership Awards

*** The closing date for this opportunity has been brought forward. The previous deadline of 31 July 2017 has been brought forward to 8 June 2017. All other call details remain unchanged. ***

The Medical Research Council in collaboration with the Arts and Humanities Research Council, under the Global Challenges Research Fund, invites applications for its first call of the global public health partnership awards. These aim 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 purpose is to build interdisciplinary research capacity and capability in both the UK and developing countries, jointly and collaboratively, and across career stages. Relevant themes that could be considered include:

•understanding public health in relation to cultural and population change, migration or mobility, cultural diversity;

•public health in cities and the effects of urban migration;

•contextually appropriate, user-led or co-design to improve health systems or services;

•delivery of public health programmes in relation to legal frameworks;

•trust in science and community preparedness for medical research and trials;

•addressing health challenges in contexts of humanitarian crises, including conflict.

Proposals addressing any global public health issue affecting low and middle income countries are eligible. Activities under this initiative should aim to lay the foundations for networks and researcher relationships between expertise in the medical sciences and the arts and humanities internationally, and teams should include an appropriate mix of both of these expertise.

The total funding available for this call from MRC and AHRC is £2 million. Funding requested is not intended to support pure research or basic science, therefore, the main costs are likely to be staff wages and travel costs. Grants have a duration between 18 to 24 months. A networking workshop will take place in London on 12 April 2017, to provide an opportunity to discuss partnership opportunities relevant to the call.

Deadline 8 June 2017

For more information see https://www.mrc.ac.uk/funding/browse/mrc-ahrc-gcrf/mrc-ahrc-gcrf-global-public-health-partnership-awards-pre-call-announcement/

 

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/

AHRC Research Grants - Early-career route

The Arts and Humanities Research Council, under its research grants scheme, invites applications for its early-career grants. These enable individual researchers to collaborate with, and bring benefits to, other individuals and organisations through the conduct of research related to the arts and humanities, and support researchers at the start of their careers in gaining experience of managing and leading research projects.

Applications must include one UK principal investigator who is resident in the UK. Early-career 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. International co-investigators can be included.

Grants are worth between £50,000 and £250,000 over a maximum period of five years.

Deadline None

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

AHRC Follow-on funding for impact and engagement scheme

The Arts and Humanities Research Council invites applications for its follow-on funding for impact and engagement scheme: themes. This encourages innovative applications that seek to explore new, unanticipated, pathways to impact which have emerged from projects supported as a part of the following AHRC themes:

•science in culture;

•translating cultures;

•digital transformations in the arts and humanities;

•care for the future: thinking forward through the past.

The aim of the call is to strengthen the impact and legacy of the themes and the council welcome collaborative applications that build on the outcomes from multiple projects within or across the aforementioned areas. Funds are used to support innovative and creative engagements with new audiences and user communities which stimulate pathways to impact. Grants are awarded for knowledge exchange, public engagement, active dissemination and commercialisation activities that arise during or following an AHRC funded project. The scheme does not support supplementary funding for continuation of research activities or entirely new research projects.

The principal investigator must be resident in the UK, be actively engaged in postdoctoral research and be of postdoctoral standing. Early career researchers are prioritised.

Grants are worth up to £100,000 each over 12 months.

Deadline None

For more information see http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/funding/opportunities/current/highlight-notice-plans-announced-for-ahrc-s-follow-on-funding-for-impact-and-engagement-scheme/

AHRC Science in culture large grants

The Arts and Humanities Research Council invites outline proposals for its large grants under its science in culture theme. This theme aims to develop the reciprocal relationship between the sciences and arts and humanities, and to encourage mutual exchanges that offer scope for developing new areas of research, methodologies, research frameworks styles of thinking or ways of working across disciplines. These large grants support ambitious, transformative research agendas and strategic partnerships between research organisations and across disciplines, sectors and internationally.

Researchers based at UK universities or research institutions may apply.

Grants are worth between £1 million and £2m each over a period of three to five years. Approximately two to four grants are expected to be funded.

Deadline None

For more information see http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/research/fundedthemesandprogrammes/themes/scienceinculture/

 AHRC Translating cultures large grants

The Arts and Humanities Research Council invites outline proposals for its large grants under its translating cultures theme. This theme studies the role of translation, understood in its broadest sense, in the transmission, interpretation, transformation and sharing of languages, values, beliefs, histories and narratives. The two key strategic objectives are:

•developing knowledge of the nature of translation as a process that occurs across different languages, cultures, generations, media, genres and sectors. This permits in particular an emphasis on exploration of the cultural dynamics of translation, as well as on analysis of its distinctiveness in relation to other processes of interpretation, transfer, imitation, transformation and exchange;

•engaging effectively from an Arts and Humanities perspective with key areas of public concern such as diplomacy, commerce, conflict and security, economic growth, migration, education, health and well-being, law, ethics and the environment by informing the work of policy makers and public, private and third sector organisations. These large grants provide an opportunity to develop ambitious, transformative research agendas and strategic partnerships between research organisations and across disciplines, sectors and internationally.

Researchers based at UK universities or research institutions may apply.

Grants are worth between £1 million and £2m over a period of three to five years. Approximately two to four grants are expected to be funded.

Deadline None

For more information see http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/research/fundedthemesandprogrammes/themes/translatingcultures/ 

 

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.

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

ESRC 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/

 

Wellcome Trust

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, materials and consumables, animals, equipment, and travel and subsistence.

Deadline 4 July 2017

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

Investigator awards in humanities and social sciences

The Wellcome Trust invites applications for its investigator awards in humanities and social sciences. 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 an eligible higher education or research institution. Applicants who have an established academic post guaranteed by the time they take up the award are also eligible to apply. Candidates should have a statement of commitment from a senior member of the institution and a relevant research project.

Awards are worth between £300,000 to £1 million each over a maximum period of five years. Funding may cover research expenses, materials and consumables, equipment, and travel and subsistence costs. Note for applicants from the University of Cambridge 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 4 July 2017

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

Proposals are favoured which:  

  • 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.

http://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/funding/RPG/RPG.cfm

 

NIH: National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders, US

Hearing health care for adults - improving access and affordability (R01)

The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders invites applications for its hearing health care for adults – improving access and affordability (R01) funding opportunity announcement. This supports research on hearing healthcare in adults in support of improving access and affordability. Further research is needed to strengthen the evidence base with a goal of delivering better hearing healthcare outcomes in adults.

US and foreign for-profit or non-profit organisations and public or private institutions may apply.

Deadline 5 June 2017

For more information see https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-17-202.html

Hearing health care for adults - improving access and affordability (R21)

The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders invites applications for its hearing health care for adults – improving access and affordability (R21) funding opportunity announcement. This supports research on hearing health care in adults in support of improving access and affordability. Further research is needed to strengthen the evidence base with a goal of delivering better hearing health care outcomes in adults.

This FOA utilises the exploratory/developmental research (R21) grant mechanism and runs in parallel with a FOA of identical scientific scope, PA-17-202, which solicits applications under the research project (R01) grant mechanism.

US and foreign for-profit and non-profit organisations and public and private organisations may apply.

The number of awards is contingent upon NIH appropriations. Direct costs are limited to USD 275,000 over a two-year project period, with no more than USD 200,000 in any single year. The maximum project period is two years.

Deadline 16 July 2017

For more information see https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-17-227.html

 

NIDCD research grants for translating basic research into clinical tools

NIH: National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders, US 

The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders invites applications for its research grants for translating basic research into clinical tools (R01) funding opportunity announcement. This provides an avenue for basic scientists, clinicians and clinical scientists to jointly initiate and conduct translational research projects which translate basic research findings into clinical tools for better human health. The scope of this FOA includes a range of activities to encourage translation of basic research findings which will impact the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of communication disorders. The outcomes of the grant must have practical clinical impact.

US and foreign for-profit and non-profit organisations and public and private organisations may apply.

The number of awards is contingent upon NIH appropriations. Applications budgets are not limited but must reflect the actual needs of the proposed project. The maximum duration of a project is five years.

 Deadline 18 October 2017

For more information see https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-17-184.html#_Section_III._Eligibility

 

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 humanities researchers and social scientists who want to explore areas of health but do not hold established academic posts.

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 tenable for up to three years and provide a basic salary, research expenses and travel expenses.

Deadline 6 July 2017

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

 

Freigeist fellowships

Volkswagen Foundation

The VolkswagenStiftung invites applications for the Freigeist fellowships. These support young researchers wishing to carry out visionary, risk-taking research projects at the intersections between established fields of research. The funding provides grantees with a reliable five year timeline during which they are able to enjoy maximum freedom in their early scientific career and develop an entirely independent research profile.

Applications are welcome in all areas and from all nationalities. Applicants must have obtained their doctorate no more than five years ago and be integrated with a university or an extra-mural research institution in Germany at the beginning of the fellowship. Candidates must have previously completed a research project abroad.

Fellowships are available for five years and, depending on the field of research and experience of the candidate, are worth up to €1 million. A second funding period of three years worth up to €400,000 may be applied for at the end of the fourth year. Funding may be used for salaries, travel expenses and equipment. 10 to 15 fellowships are awarded per year.

Deadline 12 October 2017

For more information see https://www.volkswagenstiftung.de/nc/en/funding/persons-and-structures/freigeist-fellowships.html?tx_itaofundinginitiative_itaofundinginitiativekeydates%5bcontroller%5d=FundingInitiative&cHash=16f8133d244d06a981e3fe74623a2daf

Smartstart

Volkswagen Foundation

*** COMING SOON: The next call is expected to open on 1 January 2018. The following information is subject to change. ***

Volkswagen Foundation, along with the Bernstein Network, invites applications for their smartstart training programme. This supports young researchers in complementing their studies with concepts, theories and techniques of computational neuroscience. The smartstart training programme offers an individual training programme with activities such as workshops, courses and lab rotations. Two programmes are offered:

•the smartstart 1 programme for second-year MSc students who will receive guidance from faculty members in selecting their courses and receive financial support for accommodation and travel to carry out training visits;

•the smartstart 2 programme for soon-to-be doctoral candidates who will receive a fully funded one year pre-PhD position and will participate in collaborative projects between two labs including exchange visits.

Participants from a variety of disciplines, such as physics, mathematics, biology, computer sciences, engineering, psychology or medicine, may apply.

For more information see http://www.smartstart-compneuro.de/

 

Major research fellowships in the humanities and social sciences

Leverhulme Trust

The Leverhulme Trust invites applications for its major research fellowships in the humanities and social sciences. These enable well-established researchers in the disciplines of the humanities and social sciences to devote themselves to a single research project.

Applicants must be employed by a university or other institute of higher education in the UK. They must be able to demonstrate scholarship at the highest level, but need not already be of professorial standing.

Fellowships are awarded for two to three years. They cover salary costs for an individual to undertake the normal duties of the fellow, as well as research expenses worth up to £6,000 per year.

Deadline 11 May 2017

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

 

 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

*** This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to open in August 2017. The following information is subject to change. ***

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 the student’s stipend, approved tuition fees, as well as travel to meetings and conferences of up to £1,500, equipment and research expenses worth up to £1,500.

Deadline uknown

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

 

Doctoral studentships

Leverhulme Trust

The Leverhulme Trust invites applications for its doctoral scholarships. These enable UK universities to award full-time doctoral scholarships in any subject area that has been identified as a research priority.

Universities may submit one application only. Graduate students wishing to pursue doctoral study, individual doctoral students and groups or consortia of universities are not eligible to apply. Supporting UK and EU students is particularly encouraged.

The scheme offers 10 grants worth £1,050,000 each. Each grant funds 15 scholarships per year, with 5 scholarships to be offered each year over a three year period. Each scholarship is worth £70,000 over 36 months and will cover maintenance at research council levels, tuition fees and research and training expenses.

Deadline 18 July 2017

For more information see https://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/funding/grant-schemes/leverhulme-doctoral-scholarships

 

PhD studentships

Action on Hearing Loss

*** This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to open later in 2017. The following information is subject to change. ***

Action on Hearing Loss invites applications for its PhD studentships. Projects should be designed with the aim of bringing tangible new benefits closer for people who are deaf, hard of hearing or who have tinnitus. Applications are invited in any of the following areas:

•improving diagnosis of hearing loss or tinnitus;

•improving medical devices for hearing;

•towards treatment to protect hearing;

•advancing treatments to restore hearing;

•silencing tinnitus.

Supervisors and students must be based at recognised British universities or research institutes. Applications should be submitted by the proposed supervisor.

Studentships are worth up to £79,500 in London and up to £75,000 outside London over three years to cover a stipend, university fees, a conference and training allowance, and consumables.

Deadline unknown

For more information see https://www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk/your-hearing/biomedical-research/apply-for-research-grants/phd-grant.aspx

 

Research networks, groups and conferences

 

Research seminars competition

ESRC

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

The Economic and Social Research Council invites applications for its research seminars and strategic networks competition. This supports the hosting of research seminars and strategic networks for groups of academic researchers, postgraduate students and non-academics users from different organisations. The scheme supports two kinds of groups:

•research seminars that enable participants to exchange information and ideas with the aim of advancing research within their fields;

•strategic networks that enable the development of innovative and interdisciplinary collaborations focused on potential new priority areas.

Although applications for research seminar groups are welcome in any area of social science, proposals are encouraged on these topics: civil society, education and neuroscience, biosocial research and data.

Seminar and network group members must be drawn from the public sector, commercial private sector, civil society and other relevant organisations as well as from eligible UK research organisations.

A total of 20 seminar series grants, worth up to £30,000 each, are available over two to three years. Proposers are expected to deliver at least three seminars per year. A total of four strategic network grants, worth up to £100,000 each at 100 per cent economic cost, are available for up to one year. In exceptional circumstances, applications for strategic network grants of up to two years may be permitted with a commensurate increase in the maximum budget to £200,000.

Deadline Unknown

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

 

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/

Highlight Notice for International Development in the AHRC Networking Scheme

*** The closing date for this opportunity has been extended. The previous deadline of 28 February has been extended to 25 April 2017. All other call details remain unchanged. ***

AHRC has launched a Highlight Notice in its Research networking scheme as part of a range of activities to support the contribution which arts and humanities research can make to challenges, policy and/or practice relating to international development. 

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.

Additional funding is being made available through the networking scheme to support applications under this highlight notice as a part of the allocation to the AHRC under the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). Given that international collaboration with developing countries is central to this highlight notice, applications under this highlight notice may seek up to £30,000 of supplementary funding specifically to enhance international activities, collaborations and participation (particularly in relation to LMICs) in addition to the normal £30,000 networking scheme limit.

Deadline The highlight notice will run until 25 April 2017.

For more information see http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/funding/opportunities/current/research-networking-highlight-notice-for-international-development/

 

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

  

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

 

Vivien Law prize

Henry Sweet Society for the History of Linguistic Ideas

The Henry Sweet Society for the History of Linguistic Ideas invites applications for the Vivien Law prize. This recognises the best essay submitted on any topic within the history of linguistics, including the history of the major subject areas of linguistics as well as more specialised topics, such as writing systems, literacy, rhetoric and the application of linguistic ideas within professional and technical fields. Preference will be given to essays on original approaches to the history of linguistics, either in the choice of topic or the way it is treated.

Applications are welcome from currently registered students and scholars who have received their PhD or equivalent qualification within the last five years. Applications from non-members are welcome. The essays should not have been previously published, should not exceed 8,000 words and may be written in English, French or German.

The prize is worth £200 and includes a year’s free membership of the society.

Deadline 30 September 2017

For more information see http://www.henrysweet.org/grants-and-prizes/vivien-law-prize/