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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

Royal Society

Research Grants

The Royal Society invites applications for its research grants. These provide seed-corn funding for early-career scientists for research within the society’s remit in the life and physical sciences. The aim is to increase the availability of specialised equipment and consumables for research, and to support essential field research. This scheme covers all areas of life and physical sciences, including engineering but excluding clinical medicine, and applications within the history of science field are also accepted.

Applicants must have a PhD or equivalent status, be working as independent researchers within five years of their first academic position and be resident in the UK at the time of the application. They must be based at an eligible UK institution and have access to their own lab space.

Grants are worth up to £20,000 each over one year, and may be used towards the purchase of specialised equipment, consumables and travel and subsistence costs.

Deadline: 06 June 2018. Applications due by 3pm UK time. This call is repeated two times a year.

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

 

British Academy

Sustainable Development Programme

The British Academy, under the Global Challenges Research Fund, invites applications for its sustainable development programme. This supports researchers in the humanities and the social sciences working to generate evidence on the challenges and opportunities faced in developing countries and respond to the sustainable development goals. The aim is to fund policy-oriented UK research, aimed at addressing the UN’s 2030 agenda for sustainable development and advancing the UK’s aid strategy. The programme will focus on:

•supporting innovative research projects and collaborations;

•building understanding of human and cultural contexts and how this can help inform practices and policies aimed at contributing to sustainable development outcomes;

•expanding the research base in countries and populations with high unmet need and low research capacity.

Projects should address the following three thematic areas: heritage; dignity; violence. The academy is particularly keen to encourage applications from the humanities in this round.

Applications are open to researchers based at UK institutions. The main applicant must be based at an eligible UK university or research institute, and have at least three years postdoctoral, or equivalent, research experience. The applicant must either be in a permanent position at the institution or have a fixed-term position for the duration of the award. Co-applicants can be from overseas, and co-applicants from the global south are encouraged, but they must also have at least three years of postdoctoral, or equivalent, research experience.

Projects must be up to 27 months in duration. Grants are worth up to £300,000 each.

Deadline: 30 May 2018

For more information see: https://www.britac.ac.uk/sustainable-development-programme-2018

 

Heritage Lottery Fund

Heritage Grants

The Heritage Lottery fund invites applications for its heritage grants. These support projects related to national, regional or local heritage in the UK. Focus areas include:

•archaeological sites;

•collections of objects, books or documents in museums, libraries or archives;

•cultural traditions such as stories, festivals, crafts, music, dance and costumes;

•historic buildings;

•histories of people and communities;

•histories of places and events;

•the heritage of languages and dialects;

•natural and designed landscapes and gardens;

•people’s memories and experiences;

•places and objects linked to industrial, maritime and transport history;

•natural heritage including habitats, species and geology.

Non-profit organisations and partnerships led by non-profit organisations may apply. Only projects which have not yet started are considered.

Grants are worth between £100,000 and £5 million. Projects should have a duration up to five years. If requests are over £1m organisations are expected to contribute with at least 10 per cent of the costs, and If requests are under £1m organisations are expected to contribute with at least five per cent of the costs.

Deadline: 14 June 2018

For more information see: https://www.hlf.org.uk/apply/application-deadlines-and-funding-decisions

 

IDP Education Australia

Research Grants

IDP Education Australia, as part of the International English Language Testing System and in collaboration with the British Council, invites applications for its research grants. These support research projects that reflect current concerns and issues relating to the IELTS test in the international context. Projects are particularly encouraged in the areas of test development and validation issues, issues relating to contexts of test use, and issues of test impact.

Applications are welcomed from researchers and organisations with expertise in language learning and assessment research, especially those with a direct and ongoing connection with IELTS.

Grants are worth up to £45,000 each.

Deadline: 30 June 2018

For more information see: https://www.ielts.org/teaching-and-research/research-proposals

 

Economic and Social Research Council

Restricted call: ESRC New Investigator Grants

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

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

For more information see: https://esrc.ukri.org/funding/funding-opportunities/new-investigator-grants/

University of Cambridge Applicants: The ESRC expect the University to run an internal selection process to ensure that we submit only bids from outstanding individuals with the potential to become the research leaders of the future. The University can submit only a limited number of applications. To meet these requirements, this call will be overseen by a cross-school Committee, as decided by University’s Research Policy Committee: http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/cam-only/committee/rpc/minutes/20161124.pdf

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

The applicants who wish to submit an application ahead of the March 2019 Panel deadline, are required to submit to ESRCNewInv@admin.cam.ac.uk by Monday, 25th June 2018 (17:00):

- The internal selection form

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

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

 

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/

RCUK-SBE Lead Agency Agreement – Collaborative proposals for US and UK researchers

The Economic and Social Research Council, in collaboration with the National Science Foundation, under the Research Councils UK and the Social Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate (RCUK-SBE) lead agency agreement, invites applications for collaborative proposals. These allow US and UK researchers to submit a single collaborative proposal that will undergo a single review process, and thus, reduce the barriers to working internationally currently encountered by researchers. Proposals are accepted for collaborative research in areas at the intersection of NSF/SBE and RCUK remits. The primary UK research councils participating in this activity are:

•Economic and Social Research Council;

•Arts and Humanities Research Council;

•Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.

Proposals are expected to adhere to the proposal sizes and duration for the relevant UK research council and SBE programmes from which funding is sought.

A full research proposal may be submitted to the lead agency upon confirmation from the lead agency that the proposed collaborative research is appropriate for the RCUK-SBE lead agency agreement.

If NSF is the lead agency, the proposal should only indicate the US expenses on the NSF budget form, whereas if a UK research council is the lead agency, the proposal should only indicate the UK expenses on the primary research council’s budget forms. The costs of the US and UK organisations must be clearly differentiated in the proposal.

Deadline: The MoU expires on 18 June 2018

For more information see: http://www.esrc.ac.uk/funding/funding-opportunities/rcuk-sbe-lead-agency-agreement/

 

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

Standard Research Grants

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council invites proposals for its standard research grants. These support a variety of projects ranging in length and value within the areas of engineering and physical sciences. Applications may include research projects, feasibility studies, instrument development, equipment, travel and collaboration, and long-term funding to develop or maintain critical mass. High-risk, high-return research proposals relating to new concepts or techniques are particularly encouraged.

Principal investigators and co-investigators must be resident in the UK and must be academic employees of an eligible organisation, such as a higher education institution, a research council institute or an independent research organisation. Collaborations with other HEIs and industry, commerce or other organisations are encouraged.

Grants have no limit on value or length.

Deadline: no deadline

For more information see: https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/funding/applicationprocess/routes/standardresearch/

 

Research Councils UK 

**COMING SOON**: Industrial strategy challenge fund 

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

Research Councils UK, in collaboration with Innovate UK and Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, invite applications for its industrial strategy challenge fund. This supports UK’s world-leading research developed together with businesses and charities to tackle major industrial and societal challenges.

Expressions of interest are currently being sought to help RCUK to identify new challenges to be included in the next round of funding. The next challenges will focus on at least one of the four grand challenges identified in the government’s industrial strategy – building a Britain fit for the future.

Closing date: unknown

For more information see: https://apply-for-innovation-funding.service.gov.uk/competition/126/overview

 

Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) - second call

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

  • challenge-led disciplinary and interdisciplinary research
  • strengthening capacity for research and innovation within both the UK and developing countries
  • providing an agile response to emergencies where there is an urgent research need.

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

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

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

 

Arts and Humanities Research Council

Languages memory small grants scheme – language acts and worldmaking

The Arts and Humanities Research Council, via the open world research initiative’s language acts and worldmaking project, invites applications for its languages memory small grants scheme. This supports small projects and events that resonate with the theme of languages memory, and the aims of the language acts and wordmaking project. The aim is to enliven the awareness of the ways in which languages are experienced, practised, taught and researched. Possible themes to explore are the following:

•worldmaking and languages;

•history, legacy and future of UK, EU and international languages policies and comparative perspectives;

•language ideologies and pedagogies;

•languages in moments of crisis;

•new ecologies of memory;

•digital methods and memory practices in relation to modern languages;

•technologies of language learning across time;

•languages and coloniality, the postcolonial and the transnational;

•languages and the archive, mnemonics and memory palaces;

•lost languages, linguicide and future languages;

•remembering language as play;

•diasporic communities and language memory

Proposals that work with other HEIs, cultural organisations, or private enterprises are encouraged.

Grants support the organisation of workshops, conferences, public events, or other projects. Successful applicants are invited to present their work at a language acts and worldmaking showcase event later in the year.

Deadline: 27 May 2018

For more information see: https://ahrc.ukri.org/funding/apply-for-funding/current-opportunities/languages-memory-small-grants-scheme/

Lead Agency Agreement with National Science Foundation

The Arts and Humanities Research Council, 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. 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 up to £280,000 will be funded by the AHRC at 80 per cent full economic costing over five years. 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/

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/

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/

Follow-on Funding for Impact and Engagement Scheme—Strategic Themes

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/

Follow-on Funding for Impact and Engagement Scheme—International Development

 

The Arts and Humanities Research Council, via the Global Challenges Research Fund, invites applications for its follow-on funding for impact and engagement scheme – international development. This aims to fund innovative ways to enhance engagement with AHRC-funded research in countries receiving Official Development Assistance or which contribute more broadly to international development. Proposals will be expected to involve equitable partnerships with development organisations or low- and middle-income countries and to explore unanticipated or emergent pathways to impact relating to current or past AHRC-funded research, including projects supported under the GCRF and Newton Fund.

 

Applications must be collaborative and include at least one non-academic organisation which supports international development. They must also meet the requirements of ODA, including submission of an ODA Compliance Statement.

 

Funding is worth up to £100,000 for a period of up to 12 months.

Deadline: 4pm, 25 July 18 (applications are invited between 31 May and 25 July 2018)

For more information see: https://ahrc.ukri.org/newsevents/news/pre-call-announcement-highlight-notice-for-impact-and-engagement-follow-on-funding-in-international-development/

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/

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/ 

 

Wellcome Trust

Restricted Call: University Awards in Humanities and Social Science 2018

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

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

Eligibility: Applicants should have a PhD or equivalent experience, and have built up a competitive track record in a relevant area of research. Applicants who hold a permanent academic post are not eligible to apply for this award.

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

University of Cambridge Applicants:

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

Requests for support letters must be sent to researchstrategy@admin.cam.ac.uk, copying your School Office, by 15 June 2018. Requests must include:

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

If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact the Research Strategy Office at researchstrategy@admin.cam.ac.uk.

Cambridge deadline: 15 June 2018

Funder Deadline: 6 July 2018

For more information see: https://wellcome.ac.uk/funding/university-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: Preliminary applications due by 5pm GMT/BST, 4 July 2018; full applications due by 5pm GMT/BST, 18 September 2018.

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 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 or have a statement of commitment from a senior member of the institution and a relevant research project.

Awards range from under £250,000 to £1 million each over a maximum period between three and five years. Funding may cover research expenses, research or teaching buy-out leave and conference and meeting costs.

Deadline: Preliminary applications due by 5pm GMT/BST, 4 July 2018; full applications due by 5pm GMT/BST, 18 September 2018.

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

Seed Awards in Humanities and Social Sciences

The Wellcome Trust invites applications for its seed awards in humanities and social science. These enable researchers to develop 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. 

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 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: 26 June 2018

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

 

Leverhulme Trust

Research Project Grants

The Leverhulme Trust invites proposals for its research project grants. These support innovative and original research projects on a topic of the applicant’s choice. Proposals may be in any field, except for medical research or clinical medicine.

Eligible applicants must already be employed by an institution or be academics who have maintained close links with that institution following retirement. Eligible institutions include universities, other institutions of higher education in the UK, and registered charities in the UK that have equivalent research capacity. The scheme is also open to institutions or organisations of similar standing in countries where the provision of research funding is seriously limited. Principal investigators may not apply from institutions or organisations located in North America or elsewhere in the EU. The award is paid directly to the institution at which the applicant is employed. Up to three co-applicants from the same institution or different institutions may apply.

Grants are worth up to £500,000 each and may be held for up to five years.

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.

Deadline: none

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

 

Endangered Languages Documentation Programme

Major Documentation Project Grants

The Endangered Languages Documentation Programme invites applications for its major documentation project grants. These are for projects in the field of endangered languages which exceed the funding limit of a small grant of £10,000. The programme aims to:

•support the documentation of as many endangered languages as possible;

•encourage fieldwork on endangered languages

•create a repository of language resources for linguistic, social sciences, and the language communities.

Projects may be undertaken by teams or individuals. Researchers of any nationality may apply and projects may be undertook in any part of the world. Applicants must have qualifications in linguistics and experience in linguistic fieldwork, including suitably qualified graduate students. The grants are not targeted to a specific career stage. Applicants for multi-person projects must have a proven track record in language documentation and linguistic analysis and have demonstrated the skills to manage such a project. Evidence of positive outcomes of previous grants, including accessible archived data and previous research must be demonstrated. Applications from established PIs are welcomed, however their salary is not eligible for funding.

Grants are worth between £10,000 and £150,000 each for a period of six months to three years. Funding may cover elements such as fieldwork costs, equipment, researchers' salaries, and graduate students' stipends.

Deadline: Applications are invited between 15 October 2018 and 5pm GMT, 15 January 2019; references due by 5pm GMT, 31 January 2018. This call is repeated once a year.

For more information see: http://www.eldp.net/en/our+grants/documentation+grants/

Small Documentation Grants

The Endangered Languages Documentation Programme invites applications for its small grants. These support a variety of documentation activities for endangered languages. Applications may be submitted for the purposes of assessing and demonstrating the feasibility of a larger project, or to undertake preliminary or supplementary research to prepare for or advance the documentation of the endangered language.

Language documenters of any nationality may apply for funding to undertake projects in any part of the world. Applicants are normally expected to have experience in language documentation work or fieldwork or a suitable academic background but groups and individuals of all backgrounds are eligible to apply. Applicants must be affiliated with a host institution that has experience in administrating grants. Directors, founders and heads of financial administration at the host institution are not eligible to apply.

Grants are worth up to £10,000 for projects lasting between six and 12 months, and they normally cover field trips.

Deadline: Applications are invited between 15 October 2018 and 5pm GMT, 15 January 2019; references due by 5pm GMT, 31 January 2018. This call is repeated once a year.

For more information see: http://www.eldp.net/en/our+grants/documentation+grants/

Legacy Material Grants

The Endangered Languages Documentation Programme invites applications for its legacy material grants. These support the digitisation and archiving of legacy materials which are a rich resource for the documentation of the world’s linguistic diversity, such as recordings of endangered or moribund languages in analogue format which are not part of an existing repository. The collections may include audio and video recordings, field notes, text collections and photographs.

Language documenters of any nationality may apply. Projects may take place in any part of the world. Applicants are normally expected to have experience in language documentation work, fieldwork, or a suitable academic background. The principal investigator must not be a director, owner, or similar, of the host institution. The applicant should have, or be in a position to make, a formal link with a university or comparable institution. Projects can only be funded if the materials can be made openly accessible at the Endangered Languages Archive. Projects that aim to collect new materials will not be considered.

Grants are worth up to £10,000 each for projects lasting from six to 12 months.

Deadline: 5pm, 15 January 2019

For more information see: http://www.eldp.net/en/our+grants/legacy+material+grants/

 

 

 

Fellowships

Endangered Languages Documentation Programme

Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Endangered Languages Documentation Programme invites applications for its individual postdoctoral fellowships. These support early-career researchers undertaking research on endangered languages. The programme aims to:

•support the documentation of as many endangered languages as possible;

•encourage fieldwork on endangered languages;

•create a repository of language resources for linguistic, social sciences, and the language communities.

Applicants must be postdoctoral researchers who have held a PhD for less than five years, have qualifications in linguistics and experience in linguistic fieldwork. They may be of any nationality, undertake the project in any part of the world, and propose projects that are undertaken by teams or individuals. PIs must demonstrate that they have a prior track record of documentary work, archiving and research publications.

The fellowship is worth up to £150,000 over two years, and cover salary and technical staff costs, consultants, equipment, travel and subsistence.

Deadline: Applications are invited between 15 October 2018 and 5pm GMT, 15 January 2019; references due by 5pm GMT, 31 January 2019. This call is repeated once a year.

For more information see: http://www.eldp.net/en/our+grants/documentation+grants/

 

Royal Academy of Engineering

Research Fellowships

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

The Royal Academy of Engineering invites applications for its research fellowships. These support engineers in developing their academic research careers.

Applicants must be early-career researchers about to complete their PhD or who have been awarded their PhD in the last four years. There are no nationality restrictions, but posts must be held at UK higher education institutions in an engineering department and applicants must not hold a permanent academic position. PhD students may apply but must have received their degree before starting the fellowship.

Fellowships are tenable for five years.

Deadline: 06 Sep 2018 (Forecast)

For more information see: https://www.raeng.org.uk/grants-and-prizes/support-for-research/raeng-research-fellowship/how-to-apply

 

UK Research and Innovation

**Restricted call** Future Leaders Fellowships

UK Research and Innovation invites applications for its future leaders fellowships. These enable early-career researchers and innovators to transition to or establish their research or innovation independence in any area supported by UKRI. The objectives of the scheme are to:

•develop, retain, attract and sustain research and innovation talent in the UK; 

•foster new research and innovation career paths including those at the academic or business and interdisciplinary boundaries, and facilitate movement of people between sectors;

•provide sustained funding and resources for the best early career researchers and innovators;

•provide long-term, flexible funding to tackle difficult and novel challenges, and support adventurous, ambitious programmes.

Applicants are expected to hold a doctorate by the start date of the fellowship or to be able to demonstrate equivalent research experience or training. Senior academics are ineligible to apply. Applicants may be based in universities, UK-registered businesses, or other other research and user environments including research councils' institutes and laboratories. There are no nationality restrictions.

Fellowships are tenable for up to seven years with a compulsory review in year four. Applications exceeding £1.2 million over the first four years must contact UKRI office staff prior to submission. Funding for host organisations depends on the organisation type. For academic institutions, funding will be at 80 per cent of the full economic cost of the fellowship.

Cambridge University Internal Deadlines

The University will not limit the number of applications that can be submitted for this call. However, all potential applicants are expected to discuss their interest with the relevant Head of Department.

Communication of Intention to Submit to RSO:
Applicants are required to communicate their Intention to Submit to the relevant Head of Department, who will discuss this with the School. The School will pass on their list of agreed applicants to researchstrategy@admin.cam.ac.uk by 01 June 2018.

Heads of Department will submit to the funder required Expressions of Interest for agreed applicants by 07 June 2018.

PVC Letter:
The full application requires a letter of support signed by both the Pro-Vice Chancellor of research and relevant Head of Department. Following submission of the Expression of Interest, applicants are asked to send the draft support letter and completed PVC support letter form to researchstrategy@admin.cam.ac.uk by 11 June 2018.

Funder Deadline: Expressions of interest due by 7 June 2018; full applications due by 4pm, 3 July 2018. This call is repeated 2 times a year.

For more information see: https://www.ukri.org/funding/funding-opportunities/future-leaders-fellowships/

UKRI Innovation Fellowships – AHRC leadership fellows highlight notice

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

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

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

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

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

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

Deadline: 31 May 2018

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

 

Leverhulme Trust

COMING IN 2019: Research Leadership Awards

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

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

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

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

Deadline: Unknown

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

 

Wellcome Trust

Research Fellowships in Humanities and Social Science

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: Preliminary applications due by 5pm BST, 6 July 2018; full applications due by 5pm BST, 20 September 2018.

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

 

Arts and Humanities Research Council

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

Leverhulme Trust

**Coming soon** Doctoral Scholarships

*** This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to open in 2020. The following information is subject to change. ***

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 £1.05 million each. Each grant funds 15 scholarships, 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.

Closing date: unknown

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

 

Bangor University

Welsh Medium Research Scholarship: Bilingualism

Welsh Medium PhD scholarship at Bangor University, ‘Learning the sounds of Welsh as an adult’. The project will investigate the factors affecting the learning or acquisition of sounds by adults who learn Welsh, and the types of training that can improve learners' pronunciation. 

This scholarship is funded by Y Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, Y Ganolfan Dysgu Cymraeg Cenedlaethol and Bangor University. The scholarship (fees and maintenance grant) is available for a period of three years for research work leading to a doctorate. 

Please note: the ability to speak and write Welsh is essential.

The closing date for applications is Friday, 25 May 2018.

Interviews for the scholarship will be held on Friday, 8 June 2018

You can find more information here: https://www.bangor.ac.uk/linguistics/study-with-us/postgraduate-funding/en

Also available as a PDF

Applicants are welcome to contact Sarah Cooper for an informal chat about the scholarship before making an application:  s.cooper@bangor.ac.uk

 

Endangered Languages Documentation Programme

Individual Graduate Scholarship

The Endangered Languages Documentation Programme invites applications for its individual graduate scholarship. This supports graduate students in doctoral programmes in the field of endangered languages. The programme aims to:

•support the documentation of as many endangered languages as possible;

•encourage fieldwork on endangered languages;

•create a repository of language resources for linguistic, social sciences, and the language communities.

Researchers seeking a PhD scholarship of any nationality in any part of the world may apply. Applicants must be enrolled in or admitted to a doctoral programme at a university or similar institution. They must have completed at least one full-time academic year of postgraduate training, master’s degree studies included.

The scholarship covers a period of one to three years and may be used towards field trip costs, and direct living costs. Tuition costs, overhead costs and salary are not covered.

Deadlines: Applications are invited between 15 October 2018 and 5pm GMT, 15 January 2019; references due by 5pm GMT, 31 January 2019. This call is repeated once a year.

For more information see: www.eldp.net/en/our+grants/documentation+grants/

 

Research networks, groups and conferences

 

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

Network Grants

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council invites applications for its network grants. These support the creation of new interdisciplinary research communities and topics by developing interaction between the research community and appropriate science, technology and industrial groups. The aim is to transfer experimental techniques, models and scientific insights, and to promote mobility between academy, universities and industry. Networks are expected to lead to new collaborative multidisciplinary research proposals and some may develop into virtual centres of excellence, providing critical mass of analytical expertise.

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. Each network should:

•be a new collaboration;

•primarily aim to form a new interdisciplinary research community and to identify new interdisciplinary research topics;

•involve a group with a range of expertise and experience;

•be based in the UK, although overseas collaboration may be included;

•demonstrate the added value EPSRC funding will bring.

There is no limit to the amount of funding that can be applied for, however networks should last for up to three years. Grants cover the operating and support costs of a network, including investigator salaries, travel and subsistence for researcher exchanges and laboratory visits, hosting workshops and administrative support.

Deadline: None

For more information see: https://epsrc.ukri.org/funding/applicationprocess/routes/network/networks/intro/

 

Arts and Humanities Research Council

Global Challenges Research Fund highlight notice—education in conflict and protracted crises

The Arts and Humanities Research Council, under the Global Challenges Research Fund, invites proposals for its highlight notice for education in conflict and protracted crises. This supports the development of research networking proposals which explore the contribution of arts and humanities research to education and learning in contexts affected by conflict or protracted crises. Proposals should be for sustained collaboration and must draw significantly on relevant arts and humanities research literature, context and concepts or approaches, and include significant research expertise within the remit of the AHRC. Proposals may address:

•learning at any stage;

•learning in any context;

•indigenous and local knowledges and skills development;

•teacher training, learning and development;

•the design of educational environments;

•minorities and marginalised context;

•educational capability building and development;

•learning content and curricula;

•learning within specific groups or contexts.

Applications must be made in collaboration with co-investigators from LMICs and be Official Development Assistance compliant. Collaboration with academic and non-academic collaborators, and organisations involved in international development are encouraged.

Funding is worth up to £60,000, out of which £30,000 is strictly for international activities.

Deadline: 24 May 2018

For more information see: www.ahrc.ac.uk/funding/opportunities/current/gcrf-highlight-notice-education-in-conflict-and-protracted-crises/

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/

 

Wellcome Trust

Small Grants

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

Köhler Foundation

Hans Kilian award of merit for the research and advancement of metacultural humanisation

The Köhler Foundation invites nominations for the Hans Kilian award of merit for the research and advancement of metacultural humanisation. This recognises scientific research and publication projects in interdisciplinary human sciences.

Scientists and researchers who, in their theoretical, methodical, and empirical work, have been creatively transcending the borders between disciplines and cultures and bringing forth productive syntheses between previously isolated areas of knowledge, may apply. Special consideration will be given to those who explore historical and inter- or trans-cultural dimensions. Universities as well as cultural and academic associations throughout the world may nominate. Self-nominations are also allowed.

The award is worth €80,000.

Deadline: 30 June 2018

For more information see: http://www.hans-kilian-award.de/application-and-nomination