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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

 

APEX awards

British Academy and other funders

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

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 outstanding interdisciplinary research which is unlikely to be supported through conventional funding programmes;

•promote collaboration across disciplines, with a particular emphasis on the boundary between science and engineering and the social sciences and humanities;

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

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

Researchers with a strong track record as an established independent researcher 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 Unknown

For more information see http://www.raeng.org.uk/grants-and-prizes/support-for-research/apex-awards

 

Trust, identity, privacy and security in the digital economy

EPSRC

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, under the Research Councils UK digital economy theme and the cyber security strand of the Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security, invites applications for its call on trust, identity, privacy and security in the digital economy. This supports co-created, user-driven and interdisciplinary research that addresses real problems in the broad areas of trust, identity, privacy and security in the digital economy.

Projects should use an interdisciplinary approach, incorporating technology, economics, culture, social and behavioural aspects and politics. Research should also address one or more of the following areas:

•using and interacting with personal data;

•trust in algorithms, artificial intelligence and automation;

•usable security in systems and their development.

Research must be co-created with users across disciplines and applicants must consider responsibility and sustainability.

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 HEI, a research institute funded by a research council or an independent research organisation. Applicants are encouraged to request resources for public understanding and engagement activities.

The total budget available is £10 million to fund 10 projects. Projects should ring-fence five per cent of the funding to support networking activities.

 Deadline 12 September 2017

For more information see https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/funding/calls/tips2/

 

COMING SOON: Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) - second call

Research Councils UK

*** The next call is expected to open in late summer 2017.***

The latest press release is at http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/media/news/170721/

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 Unknown

 

Interdisciplinary research hubs to address intractable challenges faced by developing countries

Research Councils UK

The Research Councils UK, under the Global Challenges Research Fund, invites applications for its interdisciplinary research hubs to address intractable challenges faced by developing countries. These enable UK research organisations to establish and lead challenge-led and impact-focused research hubs which meet the aims of official development assistance and focus on transformative approaches to address currently intractable development challenges. Each multi-institutional hub must demonstrate:

•challenge and impact focus – address specific development challenges with the potential to deliver a broad range of measurable impacts, and a clear plan for sustaining and further developing the work;

•interdisciplinary research excellence – anchored by well-integrated interdisciplinary approach which demonstrates the ability to think across, between and within the sustainable development goals and that adds significant value to existing global research efforts;

•global partnerships – a commitment to capacity building and a programme of research and supporting activities which is co-developed with international partners, through genuine and equitable partnerships with researchers, development agencies, third sector and civil society organisations, industry, private sector and policy makers;

•organisation and leadership.

Applications must include an international partnership, a PI who will work as a hub director and co-directors. The PI must be must be employed by a UK HEI, a research institute funded by a research council, an independent research organisation, or a public sector research establishment. The co-directors may be in the Global South or the UK. The research partners, such as UK or international HEIs, public laboratories or other non-profit research intensive organisations, may receive funds from the hub award. Other organisations, such as government organisations and businesses, may participate in the hub but may not receive funds directly.

Awards are worth between £8 million and £20m each at full economic cost over five years. Up to 15 awards are available.

Deadline 29 September 2017

For more information see http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/funding/gcrf/interdisciplinary-research-hubs-to-address-intractable-challenges/

 

AHRC-MRC global public health partnerships

The Medical Research Council, in collaboration with the Arts and Humanities Research Council, under the Global Challenges Research Fund, invites applications for its second call on 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 for global public health benefit. Proposals may address any global public health issue affecting low- and middle-income countries. 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. Permissible activities include:

•establishing interdisciplinary collaborative partnerships or consortia;

•developing strategy to strengthen research activity across the field;

•knowledge sharing across research departments and between institutions and across sectoral boundaries both within the UK and with LMIC based colleagues;

•small scale, pilot, proof of principle, exploratory or higher risk interdisciplinary projects to explore innovative boundary crossing collaborations;

•cross-disciplinary literature reviews, research synthesis, evidence analysis or integrative data sharing and analysis;

•widening or extending the disciplinary breadth of existing teams or partnerships;

•career development, interdisciplinary skills enhancement and capacity building;

•establishing shared infrastructure, including staff, equipment, data, seminars, workshops or networking activities.

Applications must include international collaborations involving researchers, practitioners, communities, patients or other non-academic partners in the UK and one or more low or middle income country.

The total budget for this call is £2 million and applicants may apply for either a small partnership award worth up to £50,000 over a maximum of 18 months for initial activities building new partnerships or for a larger partnership award worth up to £200,000 over a maximum of two years for a comprehensive package for developing new or existing partnerships.

Deadline 26 October 2017

For more information see http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/funding/opportunities/current/global-public-health-partnership-awards-2/

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/ 

AHRC/University of Cambridge

Project grants - flexible funding

The University of Cambridge, via its programme for Multilingualism: Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies (MEITS), funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Open World research initiative, invites applications for project grants from its flexible funding pot. These support research related to multilingualism concerning the following themes:

•arts of identity;

•standard languages, norms and variations;

•sociolinguistic perspectives on multilingualism;

•the influence of multilingual identity on foreign language learning;

•language learning across the lifespan;

•multilingualism and cognition.

Applications are particularly welcomed from early-career researchers and from institutions which are not involved in any of the OWRI projects. Projects by scholars working in literature, cultural studies and visual culture, which explore the MEITS themes in relation to these areas, are prioritised. Projects which can contribute to the project’s proposed pop-up museum are also welcomed. Both individual and collaborative projects will be considered.

Grants are worth between £500 and £10,000 each for a duration of one months to two years. Most grants will be worth between £2,000 and £5,000. Funding may be used towards direct costs of research and towards the advancement of research through workshops or conferences. Priority may be given to applications with matching funding from the researchers’ home institutions.

Deadline 30 September 2017

For more information see http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/funding/opportunities/current/funding-call-multilingualism-empowering-individuals-transforming-societies-meits/

 

ESRC

Transformative research call

*** The funder's closing date for this opportunity has been extended. The previous deadline of 31 October has been extended to 7 November 2017. All other call details remain unchanged, including the internal deadline of 8 September for University of Cambridge applicants. **

The Economic and Social Research Council invites proposals for its transformative research call. This aims to provide stimulus for transformative research ideas at the frontiers of the social sciences, enabling support and development of research that challenges current thinking.

Projects should involve pioneering theoretical and methodological innovation.

UK research organisations eligible for research council funding may apply. Any researcher based at an eligible organisation may be a PI. Co-Is are permitted and they may be policy makers or practitioners. Only two proposals can be accepted from each eligible research organisation.

Grants are worth up to £250,000 each for up to 24 months. The ESRC covers 80 per cent of costs and the balance must be covered by the host organisation. Up to 12 awards are available.

Restricted call for University of Cambridge applicants: The University can submit 2 applications. This call will be managed according to the University’s restricted calls policy. If you are interested in applying, please send an Internal Selection Form (Available from the e-mail address below), a Demographic Data Form, and a letter of support from the Head of Department which will hold the grant to researchstrategy@admin.cam.ac.uk, by 8th September 2017.

Funder deadline 7 November 2017

For more information see http://www.esrc.ac.uk/funding/funding-opportunities/transformative-research-call-2017-18/

COMING SOON: EU-India platform for social sciences and humanities call for collaborative research on sustainability, equity, wellbeing and cultural connections

*** This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to open in the end of August and close in the end of November 2017. The following information is subject to change. ***

The Economic and Social Research Council, the Academy of Finland, the French National Research Agency, the Indian Council of Social Science Research, the Research Council of Norway, the The National Science Centre of Poland, the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport of Slovenia and the Arts and Humanities Research Council invite applications for their call for collaborative research on sustainability, equity, wellbeing and cultural connections, under their EU-India platform for social sciences and humanities programme. This supports excellent and innovative research on sustainability, equity, wellbeing and cultural connection, with the emphasis on Indian and European dimensions, in both contemporary and historical contexts. Research proposals should focus on societal challenges facing both India and the respective European countries. Interdisciplinary approaches across the social sciences and humanities are encouraged, but other disciplines may also be included.

Researchers from India, Finland, France, Norway, Poland, Slovenia and the UK may apply. Each proposal must include a consortia of three or more research groups based in three or more different countries participating in the call and be eligible for the funding from their national funding agencies. Every proposal must involve representation from India eligible for funding by the ICSSR or the Indian Council of Philosophical Research.

Funding available is worth €5.5 in total, and it aims to fund six projects.

For more information see http://www.esrc.ac.uk/funding/funding-opportunities/equip-call-for-collaborative-research-on-sustainability-equity-wellbeing-and-cultural-connections/

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

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/

New Investigator Grants

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.

University of Cambridge applicants:  Only applicants whose proposals have been approved through the internal selection process will be allowed to proceed with submission to ESRC.  The requirements are a completed internal application form, and a letter of support from your Head of Dept. The internal deadline for the latest call has now passed  (3 July 2017).

If you have any questions, then please write to ESRCNewInv@admin.cam.ac.uk 

 

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

Seed awards in humanities and social science

The Wellcome Trust invites applications for its seed awards in humanities and social science. These enable researchers to develop compelling and innovative ideas that go on to form part of larger grant applications. Activities can include pilot and scoping studies, preliminary data gathering, proof-of-principle studies, planning sessions and meetings of collaborative networks. Each funding round is specifically themed, but the work in general should focus furthering the understanding of human and animal health from a humanities and social sciences point of view. The theme for the current call is regulation and health.

Applicants must have a PhD or equivalent professional experience and they must be based at an eligible institution in the UK, Republic of Ireland or a low-to-middle-income country. Applications may include collaborators but no leading co-applicants.

Awards typically range from £25,000 to £100,000 over six to 12 months. Funding may be used towards a salary or research or teaching replacement, research expenses including costs for a researcher or a consultant and meeting costs.

Deadline 5 October 2017

For more information see https://wellcome.ac.uk/funding/seed-awards-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. .ac.uk/funding/RPG/RPG.cfm

 

NIH: National Institute on Aging, US

Central neural mechanisms of age-related hearing loss

The National Institute on Aging and the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communicable Disorders invite applications for their central neural mechanisms of age-related hearing loss (R01) funding opportunity. This seeks basic or clinical research applications that investigate central neural mechanisms of age-related hearing loss in older adults and/or in relevant animal models. Studies of interest may include, but are not limited to, the following:

•examining the age-related cellular and molecular changes along the central auditory pathway and their impact on neural activity;

•examining the effects of manipulating the balance of excitatory or inhibitory neural activity to study neural circuits along the auditory pathway;

•using imaging techniques to reveal patterns of neural reorganisation with hearing loss and ageing;

•investigating the central effects of age-related hearing loss on neural and perceptual processing;

•examining gene expression changes in the ageing auditory system;

•investigating the degree of neural activation obtained from a diminished auditory signal and subsequent change in cortical reorganisation;

•investigating how natural ageing influences central auditory plasticity.

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

Application budgets are limited to USD 500,000 in direct costs per year for up to five years. Up to five awards are available.

Deadline 8 November 2017

For more information see https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AG-18-017.html

 

Action on Hearing Loss

International project grant

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

Action on Hearing Loss invites applications for its international project grant. This aims to generate scientific discoveries that will lead to new treatments to protect, improve or restore hearing, or to silence tinnitus. Research projects should focus on the following areas:

•improving diagnosis of hearing loss;

•improving medical devices for hearing;

•understanding and prevention of hearing disorders;

•restoration of hearing;

•silencing tinnitus.

Projects that address areas of tinnitus and Méniere’s disease are encouraged.

Applicants may be from any university or research institute based anywhere in the world. Lead applicants may submit only one application, but may be named as a co-applicant or collaborator on other applications.

The grant is worth up to £55,000 per year for up to three years. The total funding is worth up to £160,000.

Deadline Unknown

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

 

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

Leverhulme Trust

The Leverhulme Trust invites applications for its research fellowships. These enable experienced researchers to conduct a programme of research in any discipline. Studies of disease, illness and disabilities in humans and animals and research that intends to inform clinical practice or the development of medical applications are excluded from this call.

Applicants must be resident in the UK at the time of application, and able to demonstrate experience and academic background sufficient to confirm their ability to complete the proposed research. They may not be registered for a degree, for doctoral studies, or for professional or vocational qualifications. Applications from researchers who are or have been prevented by routine duties from completing a programme of original research, are encouraged.

Fellowships are worth up to £55,000 each over a period between three months and two years, and may cover research expenses, replacement costs or loss of earnings.

Deadline 9 November 2017

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

 

Senior fellowships in hearing research

Medical Research Council

The Medical Research Council invites applications for its senior fellowships in hearing research. These support research across all areas of science relating to auditory processing and sensory degeneration in hearing disorders. The aim is to strengthen the UK’s research capacity and skills in hearing research. Fellows will deliver research programmes to tackle some of the biggest challenges in the field using creative and novel approaches, integrating into on-going initiatives, forming a networked group of new leaders and capitalising on existing infrastructures and investments. Applications may range from basic studies with relevance to mechanisms of disease to translational and developmental clinical research.

Clinical and non-clinical researchers based at eligible UK HEIs or NHS trusts may apply. They must have a track record of nationally competitive research, be managing their own independent research group and have clear plans to develop into an internationally recognised leader in the field. There are no residence eligibility restrictions.

The total budget is £6 million. Each fellowship is worth between £1.5 million and £2m over five years, providing full personal salary costs, together with support for research staff, consumables expenses, travel costs and capital equipment appropriate for the research project. Networking and cross-sector development activities are encouraged. The award may support a period of research overseas, at a second UK institution or within industry where appropriate for the research project.

Deadline 16 January 2018

For more information see https://www.mrc.ac.uk/funding/browse/senior-fellowships-in-hearing-research/mrc-senior-fellowships-in-hearing-research/

 

Sir Henry Wellcome postdoctoral fellowships

The Wellcome Trust invites preliminary applications for the Sir Henry Wellcome postdoctoral fellowships. These enable newly qualified postdoctoral researchers the opportunity to start independent research careers, working in high quality research environments. Candidates are expected to identify a biomedical or population health research question and to develop the proposal and their scientific independence so as to become a leader in the field.

Applicants must be in the final year of their PhD studies or be an early-career researcher with some initial postdoctoral experience. They must be a UK or European Economic Area national or have a PhD from a UK or Republic of Ireland university. Applicants must also have an eligible sponsoring institution in the UK or Republic of Ireland to administer the grant for the full tenure and to offer a mentor, who holds an established post at the host organisation, to provide independent support and advice.

Fellowships includes an award of £250,000 over four years on a full-time or part-time basis, covering the basic salary determined by the host institution, fellowship supplement of £2,500 a year for personal support and research expenses.

Deadline 16 October 2017

For more information see https://wellcome.ac.uk/funding/sir-henry-wellcome-postdoctoral-fellowships

 

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/

 

 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/

 

British Academy

Mid-career fellowships

The British Academy invites applications for its mid-career fellowships. These aim to support individual researchers with high calibre research proposals, and to 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.

Individuals employed at UK universities or other UK HEIs may apply, and the Academy is looking particularly to support mid-career scholars. Funding primarily supports 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.

Fellowships are worth up to £160,000 and are tenable from six to 12 months.

Deadline 20 September 2017

For more information see http://www.britac.ac.uk/british-academy-mid-career-fellowships

Postdoctoral fellowships

*** This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to open in February and close in March 2018. The following information is subject to change. ***

The British Academy invites applications for its postdoctoral fellowships. These enable early-career researchers to strengthen their experience of research and teaching in a university environment, which will develop their curriculum vitae and improve their prospects of obtaining permanent lecturing posts by the end of the fellowship. The primary emphasis is on completion of a significant piece of publishable research, which will be assisted by full membership of an academic community of established scholars working in similar fields.

Applicants must be within three years of the award of a doctorate and be supported by the UK host institution in which they wish to hold the fellowship. Applicants must also be UK or EEA nationals, or have completed a doctorate at a UK university. Any applicant who does not fall into one of these categories must demonstrate a strong prior association with the UK academic community.

Fellowships are tenable for three years and cover fellows’ salaries, small-scale research expenses up to £6,000, costs towards the time of a mentor, and the host institution’s estates and indirect costs. A total of 45 fellowships are expected to be available.

Note for applicants at the University of Cambridge: This call will be managed according to the University’s restricted calls policy. Faculties and Departments are asked to invite and rank their applications and submit by 9 September 2016 to researchstrategy@admin.cam.ac.uk. The applications should include: • The internal selection form (contact the email address above for a copy); • CV (2 pages) and list of publications; • An X5 for the application; • a support letter from the Head of Department/Faculty. The support letter should address the suitability of the applicant for the scheme, commitment from the host department and employment potent

For more information on the call see http://www.britac.ac.uk/british-academy-postdoctoral-fellowships

 

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

 

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

  

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/