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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

 

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

Research Councils UK

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

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

For more information see http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/media/news/170421/

 

 

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

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 is Monday, 3 July 2017 (17.00)

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

 

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

COMING SOON: Seed awards in humanities and social science

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

The Wellcome Trust invites applications for its seed awards in humanities and social science. These enable researchers to develop compelling and innovative ideas that may go on to form part of larger grant applications. Activities can include pilot and scoping 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.

Applicants may be individuals or groups, and must have a PhD or equivalent professional experience. They must be based at an eligible institution in the UK, Republic of Ireland or a low-to-middle-income country.

Awards typically range from £25,000 to £50,000 over six to 12 months although the trust will consider proposals up to £100,000. Funding may be used towards research or teaching buy-out leave, research expenses including costs for a researcher or a consultant and meeting costs.

Deadline Unknown

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 Deafness and other Communication Disorders, US

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

 

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

 

Research programme

Educational Testing Service, US

The Educational Testing Service invites applications for its research programme. This supports research on topics related to the TOEFL iBT test and the TOEFL ITP assessment series, promoting high-quality language assessment research. Possible research topics include score use and implications, domain analysis, and innovations in assessing interactional competence.

Applications are open to faculty or staff affiliated with non-profit organisations and research institutions with expertise in English language learning and assessment research. Members of for-profit organisations are ineligible.

Deadline 14 July 2017

For more information see https://www.ets.org/toefl/grants/coe_research_program

 

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

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/

 

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

 

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

Action on Hearing Loss invites applications for its PhD studentships. These support PhD projects aiming to bring 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;

•improving medical devices for hearing;

•understanding and preventing hearing disorders;

•restoring hearing;

•silencing tinnitus.

Potential supervisors may apply. Supervisors and students must be based at recognised British universities or research institutes.

Studentships are worth up to £79,500 over three years, covering a stipend, university fees, a conference and training allowance, and consumables.

Deadline 26 July 2017

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

*** POSTPONED: This opportunity is temporarily closed. ***

This competition supports the hosting of research seminars and strategic networks for groups of academic researchers, postgraduate students and non-academics users from different organisations. A total of 20 seminar series grants, worth up to £30,000 each, and four strategic network grants, worth up to £100,000 each, are available.

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/

 

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

 

Conference grant fund

Modern Humanities Research Association

The Modern Humanities Research Association invites applications under its conference grants funding scheme. This supports conferences or colloquia in the field of medieval and modern European languages and literature, held in the UK or the Republic of Ireland. The main purpose of conferences or specialist colloquia supported must be the dissemination of research, and the planning of a coherent refereed publication deriving from the meeting will normally be a prerequisite of a successful application. It is expected that postgraduate students will be particularly welcomed at the conferences that are supported. Preference will be given to conferences that are interdisciplinary in nature.

The scheme is open to academics at UK or Irish institutions. Priority may be given to younger scholars, postgraduate students, retired scholars, and participants from countries with weak currencies.

A maximum of five grants worth up to £1,500 each are available per round. Applications are not considered for less than £500.

Deadline 30 June 2017 (recurring)

For more information see http://www.mhra.org.uk/Funding

 

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/