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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

Cambridge Language Sciences

Research Incubator Fund

A small projects fund to foster innovative and interdisciplinary research in the language sciences

Criteria 

Proposals will be evaluated by a review panel. Priority will be given to those which

  • Promote interdisciplinary exchange and collaboration
  • Address emerging themes
  • Develop novel methodological approaches or tools
  • Be likely to lead to the development of further research grant proposals.

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be full members of the University of Cambridge for the duration of the project.
  • Each proposal should be submitted by co-applicants from at least 2 different research groups.
  • Postdoctoral researchers are eligible in principle, but should check with their department. Applications should include a supporting letter from your research supervisor (where applicable).
  • Travel costs and workshops/events will not be funded under this scheme.

Conditions

  • Projects must be completed within 6 months of notification of the award.
  • A brief report must be completed within 9 months of notification of the award
  • Successful applicants will be required to present their projects at the next Language Sciences Symposium in 2018.
  • Financial support from Cambridge Language Sciences and the Isaac Newton Trust should be acknowledged in any outputs from a grant under this scheme.

NOTE: Employment of research assistants usually needs to be done through TES. Please seek HR advice before including personnel costs as part of a proposal.

Apply via the online portal: https://webservices.admin.cam.ac.uk/ncbk/gnsg/index.cgi

Deadline: 17.00, 19 January 2018

 

Canadian Institute for Advanced Research

Global call for ideas

The Canadian Institute for Advanced Research invites letters of intent for its global call for ideas. This supports research leaders from around the world to identify important global research challenges that would benefit from CIFAR’s approach to sustained research interactions that include diverse perspectives. Submissions must address global, complex questions and identify an interdisciplinary research approach. Proposals from all areas of research are accepted.

Researchers from around the world may apply.

Three to six new programmes will be supported.

Deadline: letters of intent due by 21 January 2018; full applications due by autumn 2018.

For more information see: https://www.cifar.ca/assets/cifar-global-call-for-ideas/?platform=hootsuite

 

The Endangered Languages Documentation Programme

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: 15 January 2018

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

 

 

ESRC Research Centres Competition

The Economic and Social Research Council invites applications for its research centres competition. This supports innovative new research addressing any major social and economic topic. Research centre funding is aimed at experienced research leaders who require longer-term or extended support for research groups, inter-institutional research networks, project-linked programmes, medium-to-large surveys, other infrastructure or methodological developments, or any related larger-scale projects. Funding should contribute to high-impact investments over the longer term. The centres must:

•provide scientifically coherent programmes of research aimed at driving forward innovations in social science theory, the development and application of novel research methods, data sources and practical application;

•be international or national centres of excellence for social science research, where researchers can collaborate on long-term projects;

•make significant contributions to scientific, economic or social impact;

•involve potential users of research and take advantage of international collaborative or comparative opportunities;

•support active career development programmes aimed at building research capacity.

Researchers at eligible UK research organisations may apply as the lead applicant.

The total budget is worth up to £30 million and funding covers a period of up to five years. Four grants, worth between £2m and £8m each at 80 per cent full economic cost, are available.

Deadline: 16.00, 15 March 2018

For more information see: http://www.esrc.ac.uk/funding/funding-opportunities/centres-competition-2018/

 

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

International centre-to-centre research collaborations

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research council invites applications for its funding for international centre-to-centre research collaborations. This provides opportunities for leading UK research groups to work in partnership with the best international researchers. Proposals may consists of a single research project or a suite of related research activities that address any topic within the council’s remit, and be either for new collaborations or build on existing relationships.

Individual UK investigators and research centres must apply in partnership with at least one overseas partner organisation, which may be a university, public sector research organisation or publicly funded research institute. Each applicant team must hold at least one strategic EPSRC grant or a portfolio of EPSRC grants worth at least £3 million, with all grant end dates after 1 May 2018. Partner organisations may be based in a low- or middle-income country, but the proposal does not need to comply with Official Development Assistance requirements. Industry engagement is strongly encouraged where appropriate. UK applicants may only be named as a PI or co-investigator on one proposal. Each proposal is expected to request funding for at least two full-time equivalent postdoctoral researchers.

The budget is £15 million and it aims to fund 10 to 15 projects. Funding may cover travel, subsistence and consumables for the UK researchers to visit or have extended work placements to a partner's laboratory overseas, and support for visits by overseas partners to the UK of up to one year per individual.

Deadline: Outline proposals due by 4pm, 1 May 2018; full proposals due in October 2018.

For more information see: https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/funding/calls/international-centre-to-centre-research-collaborations/

 

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/

 

NIH: National Institute of Mental Health, US

Research on autism spectrum disorders

A total of five institutes and offices of the National Institutes of Health invite applications for their research on autism spectrum disorders (R01 clinical trial optional) funding opportunity. This supports research designed to elucidate the aetiology, epidemiology, diagnosis, treatment, and optimal means of service delivery in relation to autism spectrum disorders. Areas of interest include:

•epidemiology;

•screening, early identification and diagnosis;

•genetic studies;

•brain mechanisms;

•shared neurobiology of ASD with fragile X syndrome and other related disorders;

•cognitive science;

•communication skills;

•services research.

This funding opportunity uses the NIH research project (R01) grant mechanism and runs in parallel with two calls of identical scientific scope, PA-18-400 and PA-18-399, that solicit applications under the NIH exploratory or developmental grant (R21) mechanism and the small research grant (R03) mechanism, respectively.

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

Application budgets are not limited, but must reflect the actual needs of the project. The maximum project period is five years.

Deadline: 5 February 2018

For more information see: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-18-401.html

 

Autistica

Improving outcomes – language and communication

Autistica invites letters of intent for its improving outcomes – language and communications call. This supports research on communications and language related to autism. Proposals must align with Autistica’s research strategy and project themes may be, for example, pilot intervention or feasibility intervention studies, psychoeducational tools or evaluation of current or modified service delivery. Involvement of autistic adults and families in the design and production of research is encouraged where appropriate.

Investigators holding appointments at academic, research or clinical institutions in the UK and in receipt of salary funding may apply. Proposals may be submitted in collaboration with companies or international co-investigators. Bulk of the proposed research must be conducted within the UK.

A minimum of two awards, worth up to £200,000 each over two years, are available. Funding may cover direct costs only.

Deadline: 19 January 2018

For more information see: https://www.autistica.org.uk/our-research/apply-for-funding/call-for-proposals-language-and-communication

 

Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project, GB 

Individual Graduate Scholarship

The Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project invites applications for its individual graduate scholarship. This provides funding for PhD studies in the field of endangered languages.

Researchers 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 up to three years and may be used towards living costs, language consultant support, essential fieldwork items, travel and subsistence costs, consumables directly associated with the project and other costs.

Deadline 15 January 2018

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

Major Documentation Project

The Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project invites applications for its major documentation project. This enables researchers to undertake projects on the topic of endangered languages.

Researchers and teams of researchers of any nationality may apply to undertake projects in any part of the world. Applicants must have qualifications in linguistics and experience in linguistic fieldwork. This includes suitably qualified graduate students. They must be affiliated with a host institution that has experience in administrating grants. Applications from established PIs are welcomed, however their salary is not eligible for funding. Directors, founders and heads of financial administration at the host institution are not eligible.

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 15 January 2018

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

Small Grants

The Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project 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 15 January 2018

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

 

Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) - second call

Research Councils UK

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 the sites of individual research councils.

 

AHRC/NSF lead agency agreement

The Arts and Humanities Foundation, in collaboration with the Social, Behavioural and Economic Sciences Directorate of the US National Science Foundation, invites applications for funding under their lead agency agreement. This supports interdisciplinary research of mutual interest and aims to facilitate the peer-review and joint funding of US-UK collaborative research.

Transnational teams of UK and US-based researchers are invited to apply. The UK principal investigator must meet the AHRC’s current eligibility for standard and early career AHRC research grant proposals. The US principal investigator must be eligible for funding from the NSF. For the standard route, the principal investigator must be resident in the UK and an academic employee at the lecturer or equivalent level at an eligible organisation, which may be a higher education institution, a research institute funded by a research council or an independent research organisation.

For the early-career route, researchers must have either received their PhD or equivalent professional training within the last eight years, or be within six years of their first academic appointment.

Projects costing £50,000 to £1,000,000 for the standard route or £50,000 to £250,000 for the early-career route will be funded by the AHRC at 80 per cent full economic costing. Funding for the US part of the project must be in accordance with NSF’s normal funding rules for unsolicited proposals.

Deadline: None

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

 

AHRC Research Grants - Standard route

The Arts and Humanities Research Council, under its research grants scheme, invites applications for its standard route grants. These support research projects by enabling individual researchers to collaborate with, and bring benefits to, other individuals and organisations through the conduct of research related to the arts and humanities. Grants aim to achieve the following:

•assist researchers in all areas of the arts and humanities;

•support projects that lead to significant advances in creativity, insights, knowledge and understanding, of interest and value in the research community and in wider contexts;

•enable arts and humanities researchers to pursue and bring to completion in due time collaborative research projects that require leadership from more than one single scholar;

•enable arts and humanities researchers to establish or enhance effective working relationships with fellow researchers;

•provide opportunities for less experienced researchers to develop their expertise and careers by working with senior researchers and by leading projects themselves;

•maximise the value of research outcomes by promoting their communication dissemination with individuals and organisations outside academia and, where appropriate, to facilitate the knowledge transfer of those outcomes to both the research community and other contexts where they will make a difference.

Applications must include one UK principal investigator who is resident in the UK and actively engaged in postdoctoral research and be of postdoctoral standing. International co-investigators can be included.

Standard route grants are worth between £50,000 and £1 million for up to five years.

Deadline: None

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

AHRC Research Grants - Early-career route

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

Applications must include one UK principal investigator who is resident in the UK. Early-career researchers must have either received their PhD or equivalent professional training within the last eight years, or be within six years of their first academic appointment. International co-investigators can be included.

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

Deadline: None

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

AHRC Follow-on funding for impact and engagement scheme

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

•science in culture;

•translating cultures;

•digital transformations in the arts and humanities;

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

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

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

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

Deadline: None

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

AHRC Science in culture large grants

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

Researchers based at UK universities or research institutions may apply.

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

Deadline: None

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

AHRC Translating cultures large grants

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

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

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

Researchers based at UK universities or research institutions may apply.

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

Deadline: None

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

 

ESRC

Standard Grants

Grants range from £200,000 to £2M at 100% full economic costs (fEC) for up to five years. Up to 30% of funding can be used toward international collaborators. Applications may be submitted at any time. The majority of decisions are announced within 26 weeks of submission.  

Eligibility: Applications can be for ‘blue sky’, strategic or applied research, and the ESRC is keen to encourage fresh ideas from new researchers. At the time of application, applicant PIs must either have a contract of employment with their research organisation in place for the duration of the award, or an assurance from the submitting institution that, if the proposal is successful, a contract of employment will be given that covers the period of the award plus an additional 3-6 months. This scheme lends itself for un-established researchers particularly to apply as co-investigator.

Deadline: None

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/

 

Wellcome Trust

Investigator awards in humanities and social science

The Wellcome Trust invites applications for its investigator awards in humanities and social science. These support researchers in established posts at all career stages working on important questions of relevance to health.

Applicants must be based in the UK, Republic of Ireland or a low or middle-income country and should have an established academic post at a HEI or research institution. Candidates should have a statement of commitment from a senior member of the institution and a relevant research project.

Awards range from under £300,000 to £1 million each over a maximum period of five years. Funding may cover research expenses, research or teaching buy-out leave and conference and meeting costs.

For University of Cambridge applicants this call requires a statement of commitment signed by the Head of School in which the applicant is based. If an application is supported by 2 departments from separate Schools the letter can be signed jointly by the heads of both Schools.

Deadline: 9 January 2018

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

Collaborative awards in humanities and social science

The Wellcome Trust invites applications for its collaborative awards in humanities and social science. These support teams who are tackling major health-related questions in the humanities and social sciences that require a collaborative approach. They are intended to promote the development of new ideas and bring disciplines together to speed the pace of discovery.

Teams from the UK, Republic of Ireland or low- and middle-income countries should normally consist of two to six principal applicants, each of whom has a strong track record in their area of research relative to career stage. Interdisciplinary research collaborations which combine the humanities and social sciences with biomedical science or product development are encouraged. Collaborations may be international and may exist across a university or spanning a number of institutions.

Awards are normally worth between £1 million and £1.5m each over a maximum period of five years. Funding may cover research expenses, including research assistance or PhDs, research or teaching buy-out leave and conference and meeting costs.

Deadline: 9 January 2018

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

Small grants in humanities and social science

The Wellcome Trust invites applications for its small grants in humanities and social science. This supports programmes of activities that enable researchers to establish and develop networks, explore new areas of research and increase the impact of their work. Support can include research expenses for small-scale projects, personal support or salary expenses or conference and meeting costs.

Social science researchers may apply, through a university or other research organisation based in the UK, Republic of Ireland or a low- or middle-income country.

Grants are usually worth up to £30,000 and researchers from low- and middle- income countries working in high-income countries can request up to £20 per day for extra costs.

Deadline: None

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

 

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.

Favoured proposals will:  

  • 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.

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

 

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

 

Fellowships

Royal Society/Leverhulme Trust

Senior Research Fellowships

The Royal Society and the Leverhulme Trust invite applications for their senior research fellowships. These enable researchers to focus on full-time research by relieving them of all their teaching and administrative duties. Candidates may be working in all areas of the life and physical sciences, including engineering, but excluding clinical medicine.

Applicants must have a PhD or equivalent and hold a permanent post at a UK university or eligible non-profit institution. They must be at a stage in their career where they have an independent research team and would particularly benefit from a period of full-time research. Mid-career candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

Fellowships include salary costs and research expenses of up to £2,500 to cover the cost of consumables, equipment and travel. Fellowships are tenable for a period between one academic term and one year. A total of seven fellowships are provided each year.

Deadline: 21 February 2018

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

 

 

Royal Academy of Engineering

Industrial Fellowships

The Royal Academy of Engineering invites applications for its industrial fellowships. These enable early- and mid-career engineering academics to conduct a collaborative research project in an industrial environment. The fellowships aim to facilitate knowledge transfer between industry and academia enabling applicants to gain first hand experience of working in an industrial environment and knowledge of current industry practices, thereby permitting academics to improve the quality and industrial relevance of their teaching.

The scheme is open to engineers from all disciplines who hold a permanent academic post at a UK university, and who are early- to mid-career academics at a lecturer level or equivalent. They must currently be teaching engineering at undergraduate or postgraduate level, and applicants must have at least two years’ teaching experience at a UK university. The industry host must have a significant presence in the UK. Professorial candidates are not eligible to apply.

Fellowships are worth up to £30,000 each and are tenable for up to six months full-time or 12 months part-time. Funding covers salary costs.

Deadline: 5 February 2018

For more information see: https://www.raeng.org.uk/grants-and-prizes/support-for-research/industrial-fellowships

 

Society in Science, CH

Branco Weiss fellowship

Society in Science invites applications for the Branco Weiss fellowship. This supports young researchers conducting new and innovative research focusing on social, cultural, political or economic issues.

The fellowship consists of a two-year pioneer phase and a subsequent three-year exploitation phase, with a review after the second year.

Applicants must have completed their PhD by the application deadline and have a strong record of achievement in their chosen field. Applicant must have been born after 1 January 1984.

Up to ten fellowships, worth CHF 100,000 per year each, are available for a period of five years. The programme aims to award up to 10 fellowships each year. Funding may cover salary, equipment, travel costs, consumables, personnel and more.

Deadline: 15 January 2018

For more information see: https://brancoweissfellowship.org/

 

UKRI

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/

 

ESRC

Leadership Fellowships

The Economic and Social Research Council invites applications for its leadership fellowship. This offers a senior academic an opportunity to develop an ambitious vision and strategy for building leadership capability within the social sciences. The fellow is expected to:

•provide intellectual leadership and vision for ESRC’s work in leadership capability;

•lead engagement with research organisations and other organisations concerned with improving leadership capability in higher education, seeking out opportunities to work in partnership, including engagement with administration staff where appropriate;

•build on initial work undertaken by the ESRC by developing a clear conceptualisation of what leadership means, working with the academic community and other key stakeholders to test and refine it;

•review existing support frameworks, identifying gaps in provision and examples of best practice, both nationally and internationally, and from within and beyond academia;

•develop an ambitious evidence-based strategy for how the ESRC can build leadership capability within the social sciences that will also offer significant value across the remit of the other research councils and Innovate UK.

Applicants must be based at a UK HEI, research council institute or independent research organisation.

Funding is worth up to £100,000 at 80 per cent full economic costing to cover part-time work carried by the fellow and associated costs over one year.

Deadline: 3 January 2018

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

Postdoctoral Fellowships 

The Economic and Social Research Council invites applications for its postdoctoral fellowships. This enables those in the immediately postdoctoral stage of their careers, to consolidate their PhD through developing publications, their networks, and their research and professional skills. The scheme is delivered through the councils’ national network of doctoral training partnerships and centres for doctoral training, which consists of the following:

•Cambridge social science doctoral training partnership;

•Grand Union doctoral training partnership;

•the London interdisciplinary social science doctoral Training partnership;

•London School of Economics doctoral training partnership;

•Midlands Graduate School doctoral training partnership;

•Northern Ireland and North East doctoral training partnership;

•North West social science doctoral training partnership;

•The South Coast doctoral training partnership;

•The South East Network for social sciences doctoral training partnership;

•South West doctoral training partnership;

•University College London, Bloomsbury and East London doctoral training partnership;

•Wales doctoral training partnership;

•White Rose social sciences doctoral training partnership;

•Social-Biological Centre for doctoral training;

•Data Analytics and Society Centre for doctoral training.

Applicants who have completed their PhD at a research organisation that is part of a doctoral training partnerships or centres for doctoral training and who are within 12 months of completing their PhD, may apply. The applicant must either have been awarded a PhD or have submitted their thesis and passed their viva voce with minor corrections, with the expectation that the PhD will be awarded by the fellowship start date.

Deadline: 16.00 on 23 March 2018

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

 

Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project

Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project invites applications for its individual postdoctoral fellowships. These support postdoctoral researchers undertaking research in the field of endangered languages. The objectives of the fellowship are 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.

Principle investigators of any nationality at an early stage of their academic career, may apply for individual or team projects. They must be within five years of obtaining their PhD degree, have qualifications in linguistics and experience in linguistic fieldwork. Recipients must hold their fellowship at an institution other than the institution where their PhD was awarded. For team-based research, the primary grantee is the PI.

The fellowship is worth up to £150,000 and for a duration of up to two years, covering the salary costs, technical staff, consultants, equipment, travel and subsistence.

Deadline: 15 January 2018

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

 

Leverhulme Trust

Visiting Professorships

The Leverhulme Trust invites applications for its visiting professorships. These enable UK institutions to host distinguished researchers from overseas, primarily to enhance the skills of academic staff or students at the host institution. Visiting professors may also wish to use the opportunity to further their own academic interests and visit more than one UK institution.

Any field of research is eligible, excluding studies of disease, illness and disabilities in humans and animals, and research that is intended to inform clinical practice or the development of medical applications. Applications must be made by a member of academic staff, based in a UK university or other HEI, who will be responsible for co-ordinating the visit. Priority is given to new or recent collaborative ventures.

Funding is worth between £10,000 and £150,000 and covers maintenance, travel expenses and research costs of visits that last between three and 12 months. Travel within the UK, laboratory consumables and essential technical assistance may also be covered.

Deadline: 10 May 2018

For more information see: https://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/funding/grant-schemes/visiting-professorships/application-procedure

COMING SOON: 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

Early-career fellowships

The Leverhulme Trust invites applications for its early-career fellowships. These enable early-career researchers to undertake a significant piece of publishable work and to advance to a more permanent academic position. The research may be in any subject area, with the exception of studies of disease, illness and disabilities in humans and animals, and research that is intended to inform clinical practice and the development of medical applications.

Fellowships may be held at universities or at other HEI in the UK. Applicants must not yet have held a full-time established academic post at a UK university or comparable UK institutions. Candidates must be within four years of their doctoral thesis submission or have equivalent research experience by the time they take up the fellowship. They must also either hold a degree from a UK HEI at the time of taking up the fellowship or at the time of application hold an academic position, such as a fixed-term lectureship or fellowship, in the UK.

Approximately 100 fellowships are available. Each fellowship provides up to £25,000 per year to cover 50 per cent of the fellow’s total salary costs, up to £6,000 a year towards research expenses, up to £150 a day for UK and overseas subsistence and funding for capital items up to £1,000 per item. Fellowships are tenable for three years full time, but the trust may consider part time requests. The host institution must contribute remaining 50 per cent of salary costs for the fellow.

Deadline: 1 March 2018

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

 

Research fellowships in humanities and social science

Wellcome Trust

The Wellcome Trust invites applications for its research fellowships in humanities and social science. These support postdoctoral researchers in health-related humanities and social sciences to carry out an extended period of independent research.

Applicants should be postdoctoral researchers who are not in a tenured or long-term established post and are based at an eligible institution in the UK, Republic of Ireland or a low- or middle-income country. Candidates must have a sponsor from an eligible host organisation that will administer the fellowship for the full duration of the award.

Fellowships are usually worth up to £275,000 each for up to three years and provide a basic salary, research expenses and personal removal expenses.

Deadline: 11 January 2018 (recurring)

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

 

Senior fellowships in hearing research

Medical Research Council

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

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

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

Deadline: 16 January 2018

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

 

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

 

Research networks, groups and conferences

 

Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research and other funders

Lorentz Center workshops

The Lorentz Center, supported by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), Leiden University and other funders, invites proposals for the Lorentz Center workshops fund. This enables researchers or research groups to organise workshops at the Lorentz Center in order to stimulate groundbreaking innovative research, and to focus on new collaborations and interactions between scientists from different countries and fields.

Academic researchers in any country and from any scientific or scholarly discipline may apply. Workshop proposals are evaluated primarily for their scientific merit. Initiatives to bring new groups together are encouraged.

A budget of €700,000 per year is contributed by NWO. Workshops typically last five days and have up to 25 or 55 participants.

Deadline: 30 January 2018

For more information see: https://www.nwo.nl/en/funding/our-funding-instruments/enw/lorentz-center/lorentz-center.html

 

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

COMING SOON: Scientific meetings

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

The Royal Society invites proposals for its scientific meetings. This offers the opportunity to organise a discussion meeting or Theo Murphy meeting which is a international, two day conference in any field. Meetings are organised by leaders in the field, using their expertise to ensure key topics are covered. The focus on discussion throughout the meeting should allow everyone, at any stage of their scientific career, to get involved in the conversation.

Proposals are invited from UK based researchers in any field.

Funding includes full administrative support, a contribution towards speaker, organiser and chair travel expenses and accommodation, logistical support, materials for the meeting, venue, facilities and catering.

Deadline: 02 April 2018 (forecast)

For more information see https://royalsociety.org/science-events-and-lectures/scientific-meetings/?utm_source=social_media&utm_medium=hootsuite&utm_campaign=standard

  

Small grants

Wellcome Trust

The Wellcome Trust invites applications for its small grants. These support small scale humanities and social science research projects, scoping exercises or meetings in any area of human or animal health, and projects related to research resources.

Applicants must be based in, or intend to travel to, the UK, Ireland or a low- and middle-income country.

Grants are normally worth up to £5,000. Applications for international meetings or to attract international speakers may receive up to £10,000. Funding covers research expenses, transport, accommodation, subsistence and photocopying costs.

Deadline: None

For more information see: http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/Funding/Humanities-and-social-science/Funding-schemes/Small-grants/index.htm

 

Awards and Prizes

 

Modern Humanities Research Association

COMING SOON: Research Associateships

*** This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to open in November 2017 and close on 28 February 2018. The following information is subject to change. ***

The Modern Humanities Research Association invites applications for its research associateships. These support the completion of research projects through the provision of part-time research assistance. An award is made solely for the employment of a researcher, normally postdoctoral. Another important aim is to provide an interim academic position to younger scholars who have not yet obtained a permanent academic post. The appointment should therefore not exclude teaching in the host institution or other approved work.

Awards are not made to individuals, but to established projects such as dictionaries, textual editions, bibliographies or other major scholarly enterprises in the field of medieval and modern European languages and literature.

Applicants should be directors of established research projects in the modern humanities and should normally hold a permanent academic position at a university in the British Isles.

Up to three awards of £23,000 each are available for one year.

Deadline: 28 February 2018

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

Leverhulme Trust

**COMING SOON: Philip Leverhulme prizes

*** This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to open on 3 January 2018. The following information is subject to change. ***

The Leverhulme Trust invites nominations for the Philip Leverhulme prizes. These recognise researchers whose work has attracted international recognition and whose future career is promising. The subject areas for this call include:

For the 2018 competition the selected subject areas are:

  • Classics
  • Earth Sciences
  • Physics
  • Politics and International Relations
  • Psychology
  • Visual and Performing Arts

The disciplines selected are intentionally broad, and nominations will be considered irrespective of a nominee’s departmental affiliation.

Nominees must hold a post in a UK institution of higher education or research, and should normally have been awarded their doctoral degree no more than 10 years prior to the closing date for applications. Nominations should be made by the nominee’s head of department or equivalent.

Up to 30 awards are available, each worth £100,000 over a period of two to three years. Funding may be used for any purpose that advances the recipient’s research, with the exception of enhancing the recipient’s salary.

Deadline: 17 May 2018 (Forecast)

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

 

Cognitive Science Society, US

Glushko dissertation prizes

The Cognitive Science Society and the Glushko-Samuelson Foundation invite nominations for the Glushko dissertation prizes. These support the prominence of cognitive science and encourage students to engage in interdisciplinary efforts to understand minds and intelligence systems. The prizes recognise young researchers conducting ground-breaking research in cognitive science, and aid efforts to bridge between the areas of cognitive science.

Applicants must have received their PhD no more than two years before the deadline. Any student who has conducted dissertation research related to cognitive science, regardless of nationality, may apply.

Up to five prizes worth USD 10,000 each are available.

Deadline 15 January 2018

For more information see http://www.cognitivesciencesociety.org/glushko-dissertation-prize/