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Cambridge Language Sciences

Interdisciplinary Research Centre
 

Funding opportunities are updated weekly

Please note this list is not exhaustive. Search Research Professional for comprehensive, up-to-date funding information. You can also find links to key funding sources on the right, or scroll to the bottom of the page for these if you are using a mobile device.  

 

 

Additional help with funding bids: 

The Research Operations Office provides help and advice with funding bids, and can support in coordinating large funding applications. Contact them at an early stage if you are planning to apply for external funding.

Large Grant Contributions Fund

The University has set up a fund to provide financial contributions to large, collaborative grant applications, to encourage and support these applications and maximise the University’s outward-facing impact.  The fund will normally be available for applications of £5M+ in STEM disciplines and £2M+ in AHSS disciplines, and may award up to 10% of the total value of the application. All applications must include at least one external partner. Funding will be primarily provided for areas that are not otherwise easy to get funds for, such as widening participation, equality, diversity and inclusion, and developing links/working with less advantaged partners.  The fund is now open and applications are welcome at any time on a rolling basis.  

The financial contribution from this fund will be provided as additional and added value and not as a replacement of other financial or in-kind contributions. Departments, Schools and non-School institutions are encouraged to provide financial and in-kind contributions to the same bid.  

Cambridge in America works with philanthropic donors in the US. Please liaise with them if you are seeking funding in the US. In addition to helping source funding, they offer advice on dealing with the very stringent reporting requirements once funding is in place.

The University of Cambridge Development and Alumni Relations (CUDAR, formerly CUDO) works with philanthropic donors who are interested in funding research at the University. If you feel your project might be suitable you should discuss this with your Head of Department before contacting CUDAR. 

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Research grants

Arts and Humanities Research Council

Early career research grant

This grant aims to support collaborative research projects that require leadership from more than a single scholar. Its aim is to help new researchers at the start of their careers gain experience of managing and leading research projects. The grant funds projects with a full economic cost between £50,000 and £250,000 lasting up to five years.

Global Challenges Research Fund highlight notice – 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. It supports the development of sustained international boundary crossing collaborations with low- and middle-income countries which receive official development assistance or with organisations which play an important role in supporting international development or education and learning in LMICs. Funding is worth up to £60,000, out of which £30,000 is strictly for international activities.

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. Projects costing up to £280,000 will be funded by the AHRC at 80 per cent full economic costing over five years. 

Standard research grant

This grant supports collaborative research projects that require leadership from more than one scholar. You can apply for funding of between £50,000 and £1 million (full economic cost) for projects of up to five years. 

British Academy

Knowledge frontiers – international interdisciplinary research projects

This enables UK-based researchers working with international partner to develop interdisciplinary projects involving both the humanities and the social sciences on the theme of global (dis)order. Awards are worth up to £200,000 over two years. 

Economic and Social Research Council

Equality, diversity and inclusion caucus

This enables an interdisciplinary team to establish and lead an equality, diversity and inclusion caucus. The full economic cost of the project can be up to £4,562,500 lasting up to three years. Closing date: 15 Sep 2022

Endangered Languages Documentation Programme

Major documentation project grants

These support projects in the field of endangered languages. Grants are worth between £10,000 and 300,000 each for a period of six months to three years. Closing date: 15 Oct 2022

Small documentation grants

These grants support a variety of documentation activities for endangered languages. Grants are worth up to €10,000 for projects lasting for up to one year. Closing date: 15 Oct 2022 

Legacy material grants

These support the digitisation and archiving of legacy materials that are a rich resource for the documentation of the world’s linguistic diversity and are in danger of being lost, such as recordings or endangered or moribund languages in analogue format that are not part of an existing repository. Grants are worth up to €10,000 each for projects lasting from six to 12 months. Closing date: 15 Oct 2022 
 

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

Discipline Hopping In Information and Communication Technologies

This enables ICT researchers to spend time in new and different research disciplines or user environments in order to foster new interactions, encourage a multidisciplinary and user-driven focus to research, and develop new skills and collaborations. Each award principally covers 80 per cent of the cost of the PI’s salary as well as travel, subsistence, some technical effort and the costs of an academic in the host location. 

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. Grants have no limit on value or length.

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

22/39 Methodological development in public health

This supports research on methodological development and evaluation across all sectors and disciplines, to support robust research that addresses important public health challenges. Applicants should detail how their proposal responds effectively to the methodological challenges arising in a changing, interdisciplinary research environment. Funding is expected to be worth between £50,000 and £250,000. Closing date: 16 August 2022

NIH: National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders

Notice of special interest – research on the impact of COVID-19 on mission specific sensory and communication disorders

The National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders invites applications for its notice of special interest – research on the impact of COVID-19 on mission specific sensory and communication disorders. This supports research on the impact of SARS-CoV-2 on the sensory and communicative functions, including hearing, balance, taste, smell, voice, speech and language.

Research Grants - Standard route

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

Research Grants - Early-Career Route

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

Science in Culture Large Grants

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. Grants are worth between £1 million and £2m each over a period of three to five years. 

Royal Society, GB

COMING SOON: APEX awards

These enable established, independent researchers with a strong track record in their respective area to pursue genuine interdisciplinary and curiosity-driven research to benefit wider society. The next call is expected to open on 7 September. Maximum award: £110,000. Closing date: 02 Nov 2022 


Fellowships

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

 Early career researchers research, development and engagement fellowships

This fellowship scheme allows early-career researchers to carry out high-quality innovative research that moves significantly beyond doctoral projects, in any area covered by AHRC. Funding is available for projects with full economic costs of between £50,000 and £250,000 lasting between six months and two years.

Mid-career and established researchers research, development and engagement fellowships

This fellowship scheme allows researchers to carry out high-quality research in any area covered by AHRC. Funding is available for projects with full economic costs of between £50,000 and £300,000 lasting between six and 18 months.

COMING SOON: Turing AI World-Leading Researcher Fellowships (rounds 2 & 3)

This is a funding opportunity for researchers with a high international standing who are looking to make an impact in the field of AI in the UK.

Endangered Languages Documentation Programme

Individual postdoctoral fellowship

These support early-career researchers undertaking research on endangered languages. Fellowships are worth up to €250,000 each for one to two years. Closing date: 15 Oct 2022 

Google

PhD fellowship programme – North America and Europe

This programme recognises and supports graduate students in computer science or related disciplines. Fellowships each include tuition and fees cover and a Google research mentor for up to three years. For applicants from the University of Cambridge: to take part in the internal selection process please submit the following to researchstrategy@admin.cam.ac.uk: a completed internal selection form (email researchstrategy@admin.cam.ac.uk to obtain the form); current CV with publications; a letter of recommendation from the Head of the Department that would host the fellow. Internal Deadline: 04 August 2022 

Institut d'études avancées d'Aix-Marseille (IMéRA)

Interdisciplinary explorations programme – ICLB/IMéRA chair

This supports a 10-month residency at the ILCB’s research centre on the Aix-Marseille-Avignon campus for research focusing on the cerebral and cognitive bases of language or communication. Funding includes a grant of €3,000 per month for 10 months. Closing date: 17 Oct 2022

Interdisciplinarity programme call

This supports interdisciplinary research on any subject. Funding is worth up to €3,000 per month for five or 10 months. Closing date: 17 Oct 2022

University of Edinburgh

Digital scholarship visiting research fellowships

These fellowships encourage digitally-focused, interdisciplinary research, international scholarly collaboration and networking activities of visiting research fellows with a specific focus on the digital. A bursary of up to £1,000 is available for two to four months. Closing date: 24 Feb 2023


Studentships

Endangered Languages Documentation Programme

Individual graduate scholarship

This scholarship supports graduate students in undertaking doctoral programmes in the field of endangered languages. The scholarship covers a period of one to three years. Closing date: 15 Oct 2022

Modern Humanities Research Association

Research scholarships in the modern European languages

These support postdoctoral scholars who are revising their thesis for publication. Recipients are expected to produce a manuscript or a minimum of three articles of publishable quality. Applicants must have completed a doctorate in the field of modern European languages, excluding English, within the last three years and have an affiliation to a UK university. They may not hold a full-time academic post. Up to four awards, worth £12,500 each, are available for one year.


Research networks, groups and conferences

Arts and Humanities Research Council

Research Networking

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. 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.

Economic and Social Research Council

Equality, diversity and inclusion caucus

This enables an interdisciplinary team to establish and lead an equality, diversity and inclusion caucus. The full economic cost of the project can be up to £4,562,500 lasting up to three years. Closing date: 08 Sep 2022
 

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

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.There is no limit to the amount of funding that can be applied for, however networks should last for up to three years. 


Awards and Prizes

Association for Computing Machinery, US

Allen Newell award

This recognises an individual for career contributions in computer science, or work that bridges computer science and other disciplines. The award includes a cash prize of USD 10,000 plus travel expenses to the awards banquet. Closing date: 15 Dec 2022

Royal Society

COMING SOON: David Attenborough award and lecture

This award recognises an individual for public engagement with science in any science or technical discipline within the remit of the Royal Society, such as natural sciences, including mathematics, engineering science, agriculture and medical research, the scientific aspects of archaeology, geography, and experimental psychology. The award consists of a silver medal and a cash prize of £2,500. The next call is expected to open in November 2022. Closing date: 25 Feb 2023 (forecast)

COMING SOON: Gabor medal

This prize acknowledges distinction of interdisciplinary work between the life sciences with other disciplines. The award is worth £2,000. The next call is expected to open in November 2022. Closing date: 25 Feb 2023 (forecast)

Wellcome Trust

Innovator Awards

These support researchers who are transforming ideas into healthcare innovations that could have a significant impact on human health. Awards are worth up to £500,000 for up to two years, or up to £750,000 for up to three years for multidisciplinary collaborations. 

What we do

Cambridge Language Sciences is an Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge. Our virtual network connects researchers from five schools across the university as well as other world-leading research institutions. Our aim is to strengthen research collaborations and knowledge transfer across disciplines in order to address large-scale multi-disciplinary research challenges relating to language research.

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