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The AHSS Research and Impact Facilitation Bulletin provides updates on the latest funding opportunities and training events available to researchers interested in applying for a research grant.  The Bulletin is sent out to researchers via Chairs of Faculties, Departmental Administrators, and RGAs.  

The most recent bulletins can be found below and you can sign up here to receive the Bulletin directly.

 

 

AHSS Bulletin 29 October 2021

AHSS Research and Impact Facilitation Bulletin

October 2021

 

If you want to discuss funding opportunities or you are working on an application for research funding and would like feedback on a draft, please do contact the School’s Research Facilitators – Anna Cieslik (UK Funding) and Elizabeth Penner (EU/International Funding).  For Impact related queries please contact Benedict Kent (Impact Facilitator, SAH).

 

You can find more information on the AHSS Research Website, search our External Funding Deadline Calendar and look at Previous Bulletins.  We are also now on Twitter! Follow us for updates on funding calls and information sessions.

 

 

UK Research Council Funding

 

EU Funding

 

Charity Funding

 

Impact Related Funding and Events

 

Internal Funding

 

Linked education and assessment systems data research fellowship

Summary: Apply for funding to research ways education and assessment systems data could influence policy. Proposals must drive insights from dataset(s) that showcase potential for policy impact and public benefit; develop a resource for future users; cultivate opportunities between academia, government and third sector and the public. Fellowships can last up to 12 months.

Award: up to £130,000 – funded at 80% fEC

Deadline: 1 December 2021

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

Advancing adolescent mental health and wellbeing research

Summary: Apply for funding to help improve research in the field of adolescence, mental health and the developing mind. Proposals should fall within the remit of the MRC, AHRC and/or ESRC. Applications from eligible researchers at all stages of career are encouraged. Applications from arts and humanities researchers are particularly welcome. Project duration is expected to be between 12 and 36 months with a start date of 1 November 2022.

Award: between £125,000 and £1,250,000 – funded at 80% fEC

Deadline: 1 December 2021(Mandatory intention to submit); 20 January 2022 (Full proposal)

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

Building a network to promote academic engagement with catapults

Summary: Apply for Network Plus funding of an initial four-year duration. The network will stimulate and encourage two-way engagement between academic and catapult centres focused on three thematic areas: net zero, healthcare and wellbeing, resilience. The Network Plus investment will support collaborative working across career stages, pilot new and risky ideas and approaches to support knowledge exchange, and shape understanding of best practice in research and innovation in the thematic areas.

Award: up to £500,000 to fund network – funded at 80% fEC; £1.85 million for RiR awards – funded at 100% fEC.

Deadline: 14 December 2021

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

Innovate UK smart grants: October 2021

Summary: Apply for game-changing and commercially viable research and development (R&D) innovation that can significantly impact the UK economy. All proposals must be business focused. Applications can come from any area of technology and be applied to any part of the economy, such as, but not exclusively: the arts, design and media, creative industries, science or engineering.

Award: between £100,000 – £500,000 for single or collaborative projects 6 and 18 months in duration; between £100,000 and £2 million for collaborative projects 19 to 36 months in duration.

Deadline: 5 January 2022

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

Pre-announcement: Healthy Ageing Catalyst Awards 2022

Summary: Apply for funding and support to turn research into produces and services for healthy ageing. You project must: 1) develop innovative, high risk and high reward ideas to help people remain active, productive, independent and socially connected across generations for as long as possible; 2) narrow the gap between the experiences of the richest and the poorest.

Award: £62,500 – funded at 80% fEC

Deadline: TBA late February 2022

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

Pre-announcement: explore people’s relationships with digital technologies

Summary: Apply for funding to develop a network to research peoples relationships with technology. The network is expected to: generate insights on the relationships between people and technologies by carrying out and funding research, build interdisciplinary capability, and bring people together across disciplines.

Award: £4,000,000 – funded at 80% fEC

Deadline: TBA late February 2022

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

Horizon Europe Main Work Programme

The Commission has adopted the main work programme of Horizon Europe for the period 2021-2022, which outlines the objectives and specific topic areas that will receive a total of €14.7 billion in funding. These investments will help accelerate the green and digital transitions and will contribute to sustainable recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and to EU resilience against future crises. They will support European researchers through fellowships, training and exchanges, build more connected and efficient European innovation ecosystems and create world-class research infrastructures. Moreover, they will encourage participation across Europe and from around the world, while at the same time strengthening the European Research Area. The first round of calls have now been published on the Horizon Europe Portal. UKRO have some very useful Factsheets that outline the thematic clusters that make up the three pillars of research support offered.

The attached

offers further details on calls relevant to SAHSS.  This list is not exhaustive so please refer to the portal for full details.

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Elizabeth Penner

ERC Starting Grant

Summary: The ERC Starting Grant is designed for researchers of any nationality with 2-7 years of experience since completion of PhD. The programme is designed to support PIs who have already shown the potential for research independence and evidence of maturity, for example by having produced at least one important publication as main author or without the participation of their PhD supervisor. The Starting Grant will support the PI in starting their own independent research team or programme. PIs must demonstrate the ground-breaking nature, ambition and feasibility of their research proposal.

Award: up to € 1.5 million for a period of 5 years. An additional € 1 million can be requested to cover start-up costs for researchers moving from a third country to the EU or an associated country and/or the purchase of major equipment and/or access to large facilities.

Deadline: 13 January 2022

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Elizabeth Penner

ERC Consolidator Grant

Summary: The ERC Consolidator Grant is for researchers of any nationality with 7-12 years of experience since completion of their PhD. This programme is for PIs who will consolidate their own independent research team or programme. PIs must demonstrate the ground-breaking nature, ambition and feasibility of their research proposal.

Award: up to € 2 million for a period of 5 years. An additional € 1 million can be requested to cover start-up costs, the purchase of major equipment and/or access to large facilities.

Deadline: 17 March 2022

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Elizabeth Penner

ERC Advanced Grant

Summary: The ERC Advanced Grant is for established research leaders with a recognised track record of research achievements in the last 10 years. PIs should be exceptional leaders in terms of originality and significance of their research contributions.

Award: € 2.5 million for a period of 5 years. An additional € 1 million can be requested to cover start-up costs, the purchase of major equipment and/or access to large facilities.

Deadline: 28 April 2022

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Elizabeth Penner

BA/Wolfson Fellowships

Summary: The BA/Wolfson Fellowship provides funding for buy-out that will the applicant from administrative and teaching duties to pursue research. Applicants should be within seven years of their PhD, though the BA welcomes applications from researchers who have taken leave since the completion of their PhD for maternity/paternity/adoption leave, for caring responsibilities or for periods of illness.

Award: £90,000 for time buy out and up to £40,000 for research and travel expenses and dissemination of findings

Deadline: 24 November 2021

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

BA Innovation Fellowship Scheme – Route A: Researcher-led

Summary: The Innovation Fellowship scheme is a dual-route scheme designed to enable researchers in the humanities and social sciences to partner with organisations and business in the creative and cultural, public, private and policy sectors to address challenges that require innovative approaches and solutions.

Award: up to £120,000 funded at 100% fEC for a period between 6-12 months. PI must commit between 0.4 and 0.8 FTE to the Fellowship.

Deadline: 8 December 2021

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

 

BA/Wolfson Research Professorships

Summary: The purpose of this award is to give an opportunity for extended research leave to enable scholars to concentrate on a significant research programme, which freed from normal teaching and administrative commitments. Funding is expected to be used primarily to meet the costs of teaching replacement, with a limited sum available for research expenses. Candidates need not already hold the title of ‘Professor’ before applying, but those who do not should bear in  mind that there is no commitment placed on the employing institution to regrade their post on the return to ordinary duties.

Award: £204,000, plus £15,000 for travel and research expenses. Fellowships are 36 months in duration.

Deadline: 8 December 2021

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

Wellcome Early-Career Awards

Summary: This scheme provides funding for early-career researchers from any discipline who are ready to develop their research identity. The researcher will deliver shifts in understanding that could improve human life, health and wellbeing. By the end of the aware, they will be ready to lead their own independent research programme. Project duration is usually 5 years, but may be less for some disciplines and longer if held on a part-time basis.

Award: £400,000

Deadline: 15 February 2022

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

Wellcome Discovery Awards

This scheme provides funding for established researchers and teams from any discipline who want to pursue bold and creative research ideas to deliver significant shifts in understanding that could improve human life, health and wellbeing. Project duration is usually 8 years but may be less for some disciplines and longer if held on a part-time basis.

Award: You should ask for the resources you need for your research programme – see the 'What we offer' section on this page. You will need to justify this in your application.

Deadline: 24 March 2022

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

India and UK creative industries and cultural heritage engagement: India 75 Follow-on Funding for Impact and Engagement

Summary: Past and existing AHRC award holders can apply for funding to support activities relevant to the 75th anniversary of independence in India. Funding will support impact and engagement activities that follow-up AHRC research that would contribute to marking this anniversary; enhance India-UK collaborative partnerships and research impact activity; contribute to reflection and understanding  of India’s history, heritage, culture, creativity and global connections; consider, imaging and support civic discourse about futures for India. Award duration is up to nine months.

Award: £50,000 funded at 80% fEC and 100% fEC for some international costs

Deadline: 9 November 2021

Facilitation contact: Dr Benedict Kent  

Arts and Humanities Impact Fund 2021

Summary: The fund supports activities to broaden research engagement with business, NGOs, the public and third sectors; collaboration with public, private and third sector organisations; development and promotion of new engagement methods; short projects to define routes to impact; innovative and unusual projects.

Award: up to £10,000

Deadline: 10 November 2021

Facilitation contact: Dr Benedict Kent  

Capabilities in Academic Policy Engagement (CAPE) Collaboration Fund: Connecting Policymakers and Academics

Summary: Apply for funding for collaborative and co-productive research and activity with policy professionals. Creative and innovative approaches to co-production and co-creation with policy stakeholders are encouraged. Approaches could include pump priming, co-developing research, analysis or briefing work, and co-convening meetings or workshops with stakeholders. Funding can be used to buy-out academic or policy time, training, research support and expert services. Proposals must be developed with the named policy partner(s) and can include co-investigators from other universities. 

Award: up to £25,000 – funded at 100% fEC

Deadline: 5 December 2021 (then rolling quarterly)

Research Facilitation Contact: Nicola Buckley or CAPE

 

If you want to discuss funding opportunities or you are working on an application for research funding and would like feedback on a draft, please do contact the School’s Research Facilitators – Anna Cieslik (UK Funding) and Elizabeth Penner (EU/International Funding).  For Impact related queries please contact Benedict Kent (Impact Facilitator, SAH).

 

You can find more information on the AHSS Research Website, search our External Funding Deadline Calendar and look at Previous Bulletins.  We are also now on Twitter! Follow us for updates on funding calls and information sessions.

AHSS Bulletin 30 September 2021

AHSS Research and Impact Facilitation Bulletin

September 2021

 

If you want to discuss funding opportunities or you are working on an application for research funding and would like feedback on a draft, please do contact the School’s Research Facilitators – Anna Cieslik (UK Funding) and Elizabeth Penner (EU/International Funding).  For Impact related queries please contact Benedict Kent (Impact Facilitator, SAH).

 

You can find more information on the AHSS Research Website, search our External Funding Deadline Calendar and look at Previous Bulletins.  We are also now on Twitter! Follow us for updates on funding calls and information sessions.

 

UK Research Council Funding

 

EU Funding

 

Charity Funding

 

Impact Related Funding and Events

 

Internal Funding

 

 

Develop international networks to research peace and trust

Summary: Apply for funding to develop international research networks to address challenges around peace and trust. Research networking activities must address challenges highlighted by the 2021 UN ‘International Year of Peace and Trust’, be within AHRC’s remit, and involve collaboration with international partners.

Award: up to £60,000, funded at 80% and some international costs funded at 100%

Deadline: 19 October 2021

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Elizabeth Penner

UK and South Korea social science, arts and humanities connections

Summary: Apply for funding to develop long-term relationships between researchers based in the UK and South Korea. Your project must involve collaborative activities that: are within the areas of social science, arts or humanities; engage a network of researchers in both countries; include early career researchers. You must be a researcher at a UK research organisation eligible for UKRI funding at postdoctoral level or higher.

Award: £50,000 – funded at 100% fEC

Deadline: 26 October 2021

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Elizabeth Penner

Examining UK-China creative industries research and innovation

Summary: Apply for funding to analyse creative industries research and innovation collaboration between the UK and China.  You must collaborate with at least one research organisation in China and engage with industry in the UK and China. Your research will: inform UKRI’s future investments in working with China; support the research and innovation community in future UK-China collaborations.

Award: £100,000 – funded at 80% fEC

Deadline: 26 October 2021

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Elizabeth Penner

India and UK creative industries and cultural heritage engagement: Creative Industries Scoping Study

Summary: Funding will support scoping activities that provide an overview and mapping of the creative economy in India and the research and innovation that supports it. Areas where there may be the greatest potential to grow or develop India-UK research and innovation collaboration will be identified, as well as areas needing further scoping or research. Projects must start between 1 and 14 February 2022 and have a duration of up to six months.

Award: up to £100,000 fEC, funded at 80%

Deadline: 9 November 2021

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

India and UK creative industries and cultural heritage engagement: Cultural Heritage Scoping Report

Summary: Funding will support a scoping report to gather evidence and provide analysis on AHRC’s portfolio of India-UK cultural heritage research; provide case studies and analysis; identify thematic synergies and gaps in the research portfolio; identify opportunities for new partnerships. Projects must start between 1 and 14 February 2022 and have a duration of up to six months.

Award: up to £100,000 fEC, funded at 80%

Deadline: 9 November 2021

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

 

Improve the sustainability of urban systems and infrastructure

Summary: This Networking Plus grant will enable researchers to build and develop new multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary research communities centred around net zero plus (climate and environmental change). Projects will strengthen engagement between researchers; policy makers; local, regional and national leadership teams; relevant research, science and technology and business groups. National priorities include: wellbeing, social inclusivity, community engagement, inequalities, resilience, impacts on communities, nature and security. Projects must start in March 2022 and last 24 months.

Award: £1,000,000 fEC funded at 80%

Deadline: 9 November 2021

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

Research the social sciences in the Open Research Area (ORA): round 7 

Summary: Apply for funding for international research in the social sciences. Your project must be a collaboration and must include researchers based in at least three of these countries: UK, France, Germany and Canada. You can also choose to involve a Japanese partner. Your research must be original and make a significant contribution to scientific knowledge. This funding opportunity is part of the Open Research Area (ORA) for the Social Sciences scheme.

Award: Each funding organisation partner has its own funding limits. The UK part of the project can cost between £200,000 to £600,000 – funded at 80% fEC

Deadline: 17 November 2021

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Elizabeth Penner

 

Linked education and assessment systems data research fellowship

Summary: Apply for funding to research ways education and assessment systems data could influence policy. Proposals must drive insights from dataset(s) that showcase potential for policy impact and public benefit; develop a resource for future users; cultivate opportunities between academia, government and third sector and the public. Fellowships can last up to 12 months.

Award: up to £130,000 – funded at 80% fEC

Deadline: 1 December 2021

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

Horizon Europe Main Work Programme

The Commission has adopted the main work programme of Horizon Europe for the period 2021-2022, which outlines the objectives and specific topic areas that will receive a total of €14.7 billion in funding. These investments will help accelerate the green and digital transitions and will contribute to sustainable recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and to EU resilience against future crises. They will support European researchers through fellowships, training and exchanges, build more connected and efficient European innovation ecosystems and create world-class research infrastructures. Moreover, they will encourage participation across Europe and from around the world, while at the same time strengthening the European Research Area. The first round of calls have now been published on the Horizon Europe Portal. UKRO have some very useful Factsheets that outline the thematic clusters that make up the three pillars of research support offered.

The attached PDF offers further details on calls relevant to SAHSS.  This list is not exhaustive so please refer to the portal for full details.

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Elizabeth Penner

ERC Synergy Grant

Summary: The ERC Synergy Grant is designed for a group of two to four Principal Investigators (PIs) to jointly tackle ambitious research problems that could not be addressed by the individual PI and their teams working alone. Projects should enable substantial advances in knowledge through cross-disciplinary exchange, new methods and techniques and new lines of inquiry, for example. PIs can be from the same institution or different institutions, and must present an early achievement track-record or a ten-year track record.

Award: € 10 million for a period of 6 years. An additional € 4 million can be requested to cover start-up costs, the purchase of major equipment and/or access to large facilities.

Deadline: 10 November 2021

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Elizabeth Penner

 

BA Horizon Europe Pump Priming Collaboration between UK and EU Partners

Summary: Applicants must identify a call in Pillar 2 that they will specifically target to apply to on the back of this pump priming funding. Within Pillar 2 the calls that this pump priming funding can be used to target must be calls that open between 1 September 2021 and 7 September 2022. Such calls may target any type of action. The award will support collaboration preparation activities to enable multinational consortium building, as well as staff tiem for developing the project ideas and gaining a better understanding of the market opportunities. Co-Is from EU/Associated countries are encouraged. Projects must conclude by 17 March 2022.

Award: £5,000

Deadline: 13 October 2021 (first wave of applications); 27 October (second wave of applications); 10 November on wards (every two weeks onwards).

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Elizabeth Penner

Wellcome Early-Career Awards

Summary: This scheme provides funding for early-career researchers from any discipline who are ready to develop their research identity. Through innovative projects, they will deliver shifts in understanding that could improve human life, health and wellbeing. By the end of the award, they will be ready to lead their own independent research programme. Project duration is usually 5 years, but may be less for some disciplines, and longer if held on a part-time basis.

Award: Salary and up to £400,000 for research expenses

Deadline: 26 October 2021            

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

 

APEX Awards 2022

Summary: The APEX award is intended to allow for the release/partial release from teaching duties to pursuit interdisciplinary and curiosity-driven research that promotes collaboration across the boundary between social sciences and the humanities, and science and engineering. Successful applicants will be expected to work in collaboration with relevant researchers from other disciplines. Applications must be within the remit of more than one of the Academies: The British Academy, The Royal Academy of Engineering and The Royal Society.

Award: £100,000 for 24 months

Deadline: 28 October 2021

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

 

BA/Leverhulme Small Grants

Summary: Applications for collaborative or individual research projects are equally welcome under this scheme. Funds are intended for initial project planning and development; to support the direct costs of research and to enable the advancement of research through workshops or visits by or to partner scholars.

Award: up to £10,000 for up to two years

Deadline: 10 November 2021

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

 

Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowships

Summary: Research Fellowships are open to experienced researchers, particularly those who are or have been prevented by routine duties from completing a programme of original research. Fellowships are tenable for between 3 and 24 months.  Fellows are required to commit a minimum of 75% of their time to the Fellowship research project during their award period.

Award: £60,000

Deadline:  11 November 2021

Funder’s website:  Leverhulme Trust

Research Support Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

 

Leverhulme Trust International Fellowships

Summary: The International Fellowship supports the development of research, skills and ideas in over or more research centres outside the UK. It funds teaching replacement costs, travel to and within the oversea country and subsistence. Fellowship duration is between 3 and 24 months.

Award: £50,000 max. value

Deadline: 11 November 2021

Research Support Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

 

Wellcome Discovery Awards

This scheme provides funding for established researchers and teams from any discipline who want to pursue bold and creative research ideas to deliver significant shifts in understanding that could improve human life, health and wellbeing. Project duration is usually 8 years, but may be less for some disciplines and longer if held on a part-time basis.

Award: You should ask for the resources you need for your research programme – see the 'What we offer' section on this page. You will need to justify this in your application.

Deadline: 11 November 2021

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

Wellcome Career Development Awards

This scheme provides funding for mid-career researchers from any discipline who have the potential to be international research leaders. They will develop their research capabilities, drive innovative programmes of work and deliver significant shifts in understanding that could improve human life, health and wellbeing. Project duration is usually 8 years, but may be less for some disciplines and longer if held on a part-time basis.

Award: You should ask for your salary (if required) and the resources you need for your research programme – see the 'What we offer' section on this page. You will need to justify this in your application.

Deadline: 16 November 2021

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

 

BA/Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowships

Summary: The purpose of this fellowship is to provide a period of research leave for one year for established scholars, which will allow the fellow to concentrate on bringing a major piece of research towards completion.

Award: cost of a teaching replacement for 12 months

Deadline: 18 November 2021

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

 

BA/Wolfson Fellowships

Summary: The BA/Wolfson Fellowship provides funding for buy-out that will the applicant from administrative and teaching duties to pursue research. Applicants should be within seven years of their PhD, though the BA welcomes applications from researchers who have taken leave since the completion of their PhD for maternity/paternity/adoption leave, for caring responsibilities or for periods of illness.

Award: £90,000 for time buy out and up to £40,000 for research and travel expenses and dissemination of findings

Deadline: 24 November 2021

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

 

Collaborative knowledge exchange projects on the theme of place

Apply to lead a one-year knowledge exchange project. Your project will bring arts and humanities research to local and regional decision makers and would be expected to improve access to arts and humanities research expertise with a view to informing and supporting the development of plans for local regeneration. Projects must: collaborate with others and engage with a broad range of local stakeholders. The AHRC is offering a JiscMail mailing list to help applicants look for organisations to collaborate with. Since this is a knowledge exchange call, projects must build on existing research. This opportunity will not fund new research.

Award: £125,000 – funded at 80% fEC

Deadline: 5th October, 4pm

Facilitation contact: Dr Benedict Kent  

 

Social Science Impact Fund

Summary: The Social Science Fund aims to support the use of research and expertise through the development of relationships with non-academic stakeholders, beneficiaries, and partners. It is aimed at researchers with UTO status working on subjects within the social sciences and based in any academic department at the University of Cambridge.

Deadline: 5 October 2021

Facilitation contact: Dr Tina Basi

 

P2i Opportunities 

Two Postdocs 2 Innovators (p2i) opportunities for postdocs from all disciplines who are open to learning to think and act entrepreneurially in academia, industry or to start ventures.

p2i: In Action (online)

A 2.5 day event (22-24 Nov 2021) – working in teams, networking, learning how to develop ideas to tackle some of the world’s challenges. Explore how your ideas, skills and perspectives could change millions of lives. This event provides a valuable opportunity for researchers with an idea or early-stage start-up, as well as for researchers looking to explore innovation and entrepreneurship. This programme is exclusively open to Early career researchers (postdocs) and early career employees from or funded by p2i partner organisations. Places are sponsored by the p2i Network and available through application only. Limited places. More info and apply here bit.ly/p2iEvent

 

p2i: Empowering researchers to innovate (online)

Develop your entrepreneurial mindset and enterprise skills: seizing opportunities and seeing them through. An online course for postdoctoral researchers who want to learn to innovate. A great starting point for those who want to turn research into a venture as well as those who want to apply the mindset and skills in academic and industry careers. Researchers with entrepreneurial skills are highly valued. View course content bit.ly/p2iOnlineCoursePDF and apply bit.ly/p2iOnlineCourse

Application deadline 15th October 2021 

Access to the course opens 25th October 2021 

Arts and Humanities Impact Fund 2021

Summary: The fund supports activities to broaden research engagement with business, NGOs, the public and third sectors; collaboration with public, private and third sector organisations; development and promotion of new engagement methods; short projects to define routes to impact; innovative and unusual projects.

Award: up to £10,000

Deadline: 10 November 2021

Facilitation contact: Dr Benedict Kent  

India and UK creative industries and cultural heritage engagement: India 75 Follow-on Funding for Impact and Engagement

Summary: Past and existing AHRC award holders can apply for funding to support activities relevant to the 75th anniversary of independence in India. Funding will support impact and engagement activities that follow-up AHRC research that would contribute to marking this anniversary; enhance India-UK collaborative partnerships and research impact activity; contribute to reflection and understanding  of India’s history, heritage, culture, creativity and global connections; consider, imaging and support civic discourse about futures for India. Award duration is up to nine months.

Award: £50,000 funded at 80% fEC and 100% fEC for some international costs

Deadline: 9 November 2021

Facilitation contact: Dr Benedict Kent  

Humanities Innovation Week: 28 Sept – 5 Oct 2021

From Idea to Innovation: Humanities Impact at Scale

Have you got an innovative idea with its roots in arts and humanities expertise or research? Perhaps you’re hoping to develop a service, product, tool, social enterprise, business, consultancy, or creative innovation? If so, Cambridge Enterprise, in association with the School of Arts and Humanities, is pleased to announce the 2021 Humanities Innovation Week challenge! Bring your innovative ideas for a streamlined week-long challenge, including training and mentoring. There is a £5000 prize fund to help get the most exciting ideas off the ground.  To find out more information please visit the Humanities Innovation Week webpage.

 

Isaac Newton Trust / Wellcome Trust ISSF / University of Cambridge Joint Research Grants Scheme

Summary: This scheme is aimed at newly independent principal investigators. The primary aim of the scheme is to provide support for newly appointed individuals to allow them to develop projects which will lead to a full application for external funding (e.g. project grant from a Research Council or equivalent).

Award: £85,000 for up to two years. *Your department is expected to provide 25% of the project cost (of a total project cost of up to £85k)

Deadline: 1 November 2021

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

 

If you want to discuss funding opportunities or you are working on an application for research funding and would like feedback on a draft, please do contact the School’s Research Facilitators – Anna Cieslik (UK Funding) and Elizabeth Penner (EU/International Funding).  For Impact related queries please contact Benedict Kent (Impact Facilitator, SAH).

 

You can find more information on the AHSS Research Website, search our External Funding Deadline Calendar and look at Previous Bulletins.  We are also now on Twitter! Follow us for updates on funding calls and information sessions.

AHSS Bulletin 31 August 2021

AHSS Research and Impact Facilitation Bulletin

August 2021

 

If you want to discuss funding opportunities or you are working on an application for research funding and would like feedback on a draft, please do contact the School’s Research Facilitators – Anna Cieslik (UK Funding) and Elizabeth Penner (EU/International Funding).  For Impact related queries please contact Benedict Kent (Impact Facilitator, SAH).

 

You can find more information on the AHSS Research Website, search our External Funding Deadline Calendar and look at Previous Bulletins.  We are also now on Twitter! Follow us for updates on funding calls and information sessions.

 

UK Research Council Funding

 

EU Funding

 

Charity Funding

 

Impact Related Funding and Events

 

Internal Funding

 

 

ESRC Investigate changes in working lives and power in the workplace

Summary: The ESRC is looking to fund a programme series of innovative and novel research projects across two overarching themes: “managing working transitions” and “power and voice in a changing world of work”. Proposals should seek to make a significant scientific contribution with a view to addressing key policy and practice challenges. The successful projects will be expected to work collaboratively and coordinate with one another to ensure the collective impact of this programme of investments. 

Award: Between £535,000 - £720,000 – funded at 80% fEC. 

Deadline: 30 September 2021 

Funder’s websiteESRC

Research Support Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

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Ethics in artificial intelligence research and development

Summary: AHRC is looking to fund ‘pump-priming’ research projects that will investigate how ethical approaches can be embedded within the early stages of the AI research and development pipeline. Award holders will be required to submit a written scoping study report to the AHRC and present this to AHRC’s senior leadership to explain the outputs, outcomes and impacts of the work that provides advice and guidance on how AHRC could work this research into meaningful future funding opportunities. The projects must be collaborative. and include at least one of these: business, third sector organisation or a government body.

Award: £81,250 – funded at 80% fEC

Deadline: 21 September 2021

Funder’s website:  AHRC

Research Support Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

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Hidden histories of environmental science

Summary: Funding is available through AHRC and NERC to research how UK environmental science can learn from the past. The project team must include at least one eligible arts and humanities researcher and at least one eligible environmental science researcher. The project must work with at least one community group or non-academic organisation. Projects can last up to 15 months and must start by 4 January 2022. 

Award: £125,000 – funded at 80% fEC

Deadline: 5 October 2021

Funder’s websiteAHRC

Research Support Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

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Engage the public with the BBC’s past and future: Fellowships

Summary: Apply for funding to develop ways to engage the public in the context of the BBC’s centenary. You can be a researcher from any area of AHRC’s remit. The AHRC will fund two fellows. You must focus on one of these topics: the history of the BBC or the future of broadcast media. As these fellowships are impact and engagement focused, funding for substantial new research is not permissible. The duration of the fellowship must be 12 months.

Award: £150,000 – funded at 80% fEC

Deadline: 22 September 2021

Funder’s website:  AHRC

Research Support Contact: Dr Benedict Kent

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UK and South Korea social science, arts and humanities connections

Apply for funding to develop long-term relationships between researchers based in the UK and South Korea. Your project must involve collaborative activities that: are within the areas of social science, arts or humanities; engage a network of researchers in both countries; include early career researchers. You must be a researcher at a UK research organisation eligible for UKRI funding at postdoctoral level or higher.

Award: £50,000 – funded at 100% fEC

Deadline: 26 October 2021

Funder’s Webpage: AHRC

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Elizabeth Penner

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Examining UK-China creative industries research and innovation

Apply for funding to analyse creative industries research and innovation collaboration between the UK and China.  You must collaborate with at least one research organisation in China and engage with industry in the UK and China. Your research will: inform UKRI’s future investments in working with China; support the research and innovation community in future UK-China collaborations.

Award: £100,000 – funded at 80% fEC

Deadline: 26 October 2021

Funder’s Webpage: AHRC/EPSRC/Innovate UK

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Elizabeth Penner

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Research to improve UK economic productivity 

Summary: Apply to research ways to transform UK productivity. To apply, you must be from a UK-based research organisation eligible for ESRC funding. Projects should be multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary or both, providing clear evidence of an ability to generate impact and address currently under-researched themes. Areas that the ESRC’s expert advisory group identified as particularly under-researched in relation to improving UK productivity are: diversity; net zero and the green economy; financial markets. This list is not exhaustive and applications are welcome in other areas that have the potential to improve UK productivity. The ESRC would welcome proposals that explore productivity through different and new lenses not covered by existing research projects.

Award: Between £1 million and £2 million – funded at 80% fEC 

Deadline: 7 October 2021

Funder’s Webpage: ESRC/SPF

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

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Research the social sciences in the Open Research Area (ORA): round 7 

Summary: Apply for funding for international research in the social sciences. Your project must be a collaboration and must include researchers based in at least three of these countries: UK, France, Germany and Canada. You can also choose to involve a Japanese partner. Your research must be original and make a significant contribution to scientific knowledge. This funding opportunity is part of the Open Research Area (ORA) for the Social Sciences scheme.

Award: Each funding organisation partner has its own funding limits. The UK part of the project can cost between £200,000 to £600,000 – funded at 80% fEC

Deadline: 17 November 2021

Funder’s Webpage: ESRC/DFG/ANR/SSHRC

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Elizabeth Penner

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ADR England Research-Ready Data and Access Funding Opportunity (with ESRC)

Summary: Apply for funding to improve access to, and use of, administrative data for research. You must have experience working with data and have relationships with data owners. Your project must focus on creating new links between administrative datasets, or making administrative data easier to access. Expressions of interest are invited from teams led by either UK academia or national government.

Award:  The total fund is £6 million between 2022 and 2026.  There are no upper or lower limits to individual awards. ADR UK will fund 100% of the full economic cost of the project, or 80% if the funding is paid to the academic partner.

Deadline: Expressions of interest will be accepted periodically. The next deadline for an EoI is 17 September 2021

Funder’s Website: ESRC

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

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Work with French researchers on interdisciplinary AHRC projects

Summary: Apply for funding for collaborative research projects with French researchers.  You must be a UK resident and based at a UK institution eligible to receive funding from UKRI. Your project must focus on one or more of the following themes: the environmental arts and humanities; controversial and contested pasts and heritages; futures and futurology.  Projects must start on 1 February 2022. They must last between 18 and 30 months.

Award:  Up to £125,000 – funded at 80% fEC. Laboratoire d’Excellence: Pasts in the Present (LABEX PasP Cluster of excellence) will provide up to €60,000 for French costs.

Deadline: 05 October 2021

Funder’s Website: AHRC

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Elizabeth Penner

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Horizon Europe Main Work Programme

The Commission has adopted the main work programme of Horizon Europe for the period 2021-2022, which outlines the objectives and specific topic areas that will receive a total of €14.7 billion in funding. These investments will help accelerate the green and digital transitions and will contribute to sustainable recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and to EU resilience against future crises. They will support European researchers through fellowships, training and exchanges, build more connected and efficient European innovation ecosystems and create world-class research infrastructures. Moreover, they will encourage participation across Europe and from around the world, while at the same time strengthening the European Research Area. The first round of calls have now been published on the Horizon Europe Portal. UKRO have some very useful Factsheets that outline the thematic clusters that make up the three pillars of research support offered.

The attached PDF offers further details on calls relevant to SAHSS.  This list is not exhaustive so please refer to the portal for full details. 

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Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Elizabeth Penner

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MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships

Summary: The 2021 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships (formerly called the Individual Fellowships) are open to all researchers, regardless of discipline; there are no restrictions in terms of years since PhD. MSCA Fellowships are open to researchers regardless of whether their current position is permanent.  At the call deadline, supported researchers must have a maximum of 8 years full-time equivalent experience in research, measured from the date that the researcher was in a possession of a doctoral degree. Years of experience outside research and career breaks (e.g. due to parental leave), will not be taken into account. The key requirement is mobility: applicant researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the beneficiary (for European Postdoctoral Fellowships), or the host organisation for the outgoing phase (for Global Postdoctoral Fellowships) for more than 12 months in the 36 months immediately before the call deadline. 

Deadline: 12 October 2021  

Funder’s WebsiteMSCA

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Elizabeth Penner

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ERC Proof of Concept Grants

Summary: The ERC Proof of Concept funding is made available only to those who already have an ERC award to establish proof of concept of an idea that was generated in the course of their ERC-funded projects. The activities to be funded shall draw substantially on this scientifically excellent ERC-funded research. However, the additional funding is not aimed at extending the original research or predominantly concerned with overcoming obstacles to practical application. The funding will cover activities at the very early stage of turning research outputs into a commercial or socially valuable proposition, i.e. the initial steps of pre-competitive development.

Award: lump sum of € 150 000 for a period of 18 months

Deadline: 14 October 2021  

Funder’s WebsiteERC

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Elizabeth Penner

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Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowships

Summary: Research Fellowships are open to experienced researchers, particularly those who are or have been prevented by routine duties from completing a programme of original research. Fellowships are tenable for between 3 and 24 months.  Fellows are required to commit a minimum of 75% of their time to the Fellowship research project during their award period.

Award: £60,000

Deadline:  11 November 2021

Funder’s website:  Leverhulme Trust

Research Support Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

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Wellcome Early-Career Awards

This scheme provides funding for early-career researchers from any discipline who are ready to develop their research identity. Through innovative projects, they will deliver shifts in understanding that could improve human life, health and wellbeing. By the end of the award, they will be ready to lead their own independent research programme. Project duration is usually 5 years, but may be less for some disciplines, and longer if held on a part-time basis.

Award: Salary and up to £400,000 for research expenses

Deadline: 26 October 2021            

Funder’s WebsiteWellcome Trust

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

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Wellcome Career Development Awards

This scheme provides funding for mid-career researchers from any discipline who have the potential to be international research leaders. They will develop their research capabilities, drive innovative programmes of work and deliver significant shifts in understanding that could improve human life, health and wellbeing. Project duration is usually 8 years, but may be less for some disciplines and longer if held on a part-time basis.

Award: You should ask for your salary (if required) and the resources you need for your research programme – see the 'What we offer' section on this page. You will need to justify this in your application.

Deadline: 16 November 2021

Funder’s WebsiteWellcome Trust

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

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Wellcome Discovery Awards

This scheme provides funding for established researchers and teams from any discipline who want to pursue bold and creative research ideas to deliver significant shifts in understanding that could improve human life, health and wellbeing. Project duration is usually 8 years, but may be less for some disciplines and longer if held on a part-time basis.

Award: You should ask for the resources you need for your research programme – see the 'What we offer' section on this page. You will need to justify this in your application.

Deadline: 11 November 2021

Funder’s WebsiteWellcome Trust

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

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BA Knowledge Frontiers: International Interdisciplinary Research 2022

Summary: The British Academy is inviting proposals for projects which focus on the question, "what is a good city?’". Applications are encouraged to bring together different communities of expertise, for example academic, professional, business, lay, or community. Projects could bring together different forms of collaboration, between lived experience, modelling and data science. The purpose of each project will be to develop new international research ideas. Projects will also need to demonstrate an innovative and interdisciplinary partnership between researchers in the social sciences or the humanities on the one hand, and counterparts in the natural, engineering and / or medical sciences on the other.

Award: £200,000 for 24 months

Deadline: 29 Sep 2021

Funder’s Website: British Academy

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

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BA Mid-Career Fellowships

Summary: The aim of the scheme is to allow successful applicants to obtain time freed from normal teaching and administrative commitments. The time bought by the scheme should be devoted to the completion of a major piece of research, and the Academy will also look for evidence of a clear commitment to a strategy of public engagement with and communication of the results of the research during the period of the Fellowship. These awards are intended primarily to provide opportunities for scholars who have already published works of intellectual distinction or have established a significant track record as an excellent communicator and ‘champion’ in their field, and who are normally within no more than 15 years from the award of their doctorate.

Award: Salary contribution at an upper limit of £80,000, total value of the award up to £160,000 for six to twelve months. 

Deadline: 15 September 2021 

Funder’s Website:  British Academy

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

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Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professorships

Summary: The aim of the scheme is to for UK institutions to invite an eminent researcher from overseas to enhance the skills and knowledge of the academic staff and/or students. Applications must be made by a member of academic staff, based in a UK university or other higher education institution. Collaborative research alone will not be a sufficient justification for a grant. The emphasis should be on the diffusion of skills and expertise. Priority will be given to new or recent collaborative ventures.

Award: £10,000 - £150,000 for three to twelve months

Deadline: 7 October 2021 

Funder’s Website: Leverhulme Trust

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

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BA COVID-19 Recovery: Building future pandemic preparedness and understanding citizen engagement in the G7

Summary: This programme provides UK and G7-based researchers at any career stage, and active in any discipline within the humanities and social sciences, to submit proposals focused on vaccine engagement, including examples of community confidence and hesitancy in Japan, Canada, Italy, Germany and France. The aim of this call is to facilitate global and interconnected learning about the contexts, causes and factors leading to vaccine engagement. Projects can and should build on existing or ongoing research. Awards of five months in duration are available. Projects must begin on 27 October 2021.

Award: £100,000 at 80% fEC

Deadline: 6 October 2021 

Funder’s website:  British Academy

Research Support Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

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Just transitions within sectors and industries (British Academy)

Summary: This call supports in-depth studies focused on just transitions in sectors and industries globally. The focus is on key economic emitters or areas of society that will help reduce or eliminate greenhouse gas emissions. Projects should build on existing or ongoing research, but should ultimately allow the establishment of an evidence base. The lead applicant must be a researcher from the humanities or social sciences and be based at an eligible UK university or research institute. Projects can involve up to three co-applicants and must include at least one named co-applicant who will be actively assisting in the direction and management of parts of the project. Collaboration between researchers in different institutions is encouraged where appropriate, and co-applicants are expected to be based both in the UK and internationally.

Award: Up to £100,000 over five months

Deadline: 15 September 2021 

Funder’s Website:  British Academy

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

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Collaborative knowledge exchange projects on the theme of place

Apply to lead a one-year knowledge exchange project. Your project will bring arts and humanities research to local and regional decision makers and would be expected to improve access to arts and humanities research expertise with a view to informing and supporting the development of plans for local regeneration. Projects must: collaborate with others and engage with a broad range of local stakeholders. The AHRC is offering a JiscMail mailing list to help applicants look for organisations to collaborate with. Since this is a knowledge exchange call, projects must build on existing research. This opportunity will not fund new research.

Funders: AHRC

Award: £125,000 – funded at 80% fEC

Closing date: 5th October, 4pm

Facilitation contact: Dr Benedict Kent 

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Develop programme ideas with the BBC: New Generation Thinkers

This scheme invites PhD students and early career researchers in arts and humanities to apply to develop and record programmes for the BBC based on one area of their research in 2022. You must be a current PhD student who has made considerable progress on your research, within eight years of the award of your PhD, excluding any period of career break or within six years of your first academic appointment, excluding any period of career break. Please note, applications are through the newly piloted UKRI Funding Service, not the Je-S system, but applicants should submit their applications according the Research Operations Office’s small application deadline.

Deadline: 23 September 2021 at 4pm

Funder’s WebpageAHRC

Facilitation ContactDr Benedict Kent

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P2i Opportunities

Two Postdocs 2 Innovators (p2i) opportunities for postdocs from all disciplines who are open to learning to think and act entrepreneurially in academia, industry or to start ventures.

p2i: In Action (online)

A 2.5 day event (22-24 Nov 2021) – working in teams, networking, learning how to develop ideas to tackle some of the world’s challenges. Explore how your ideas, skills and perspectives could change millions of lives. This event provides a valuable opportunity for researchers with an idea or early-stage start-up, as well as for researchers looking to explore innovation and entrepreneurship. This programme is exclusively open to Early career researchers (postdocs) and early career employees from or funded by p2i partner organisations. Places are sponsored by the p2i Network and available through application only. Limited places. More info and apply here bit.ly/p2iEvent

 

p2i: Empowering researchers to innovate (online)

Develop your entrepreneurial mindset and enterprise skills: seizing opportunities and seeing them through. An online course for postdoctoral researchers who want to learn to innovate. A great starting point for those who want to turn research into a venture as well as those who want to apply the mindset and skills in academic and industry careers. Researchers with entrepreneurial skills are highly valued. View course content bit.ly/p2iOnlineCoursePDF and apply bit.ly/p2iOnlineCourse

 Application deadline 15th October 2021 

Access to the course opens 25th October 2021 

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Humanities Innovation Week: 28 Sept –  5 Oct 2021

From Idea to Innovation: Humanities Impact at Scale

Have you got an innovative idea with its roots in arts and humanities expertise or research? Perhaps you’re hoping to develop a service, product, tool, social enterprise, business, consultancy, or creative innovation? If so, Cambridge Enterprise, in association with the School of Arts and Humanities, is pleased to announce the 2021 Humanities Innovation Week challenge! Bring your innovative ideas for a streamlined week-long challenge, including training and mentoring. There is a £5000 prize fund to help get the most exciting ideas off the ground.  To find out more information please visit the Humanities Innovation Week webpage.

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If you want to discuss funding opportunities or you are working on an application for research funding and would like feedback on a draft, please do contact the School’s Research Facilitators – Anna Cieslik (UK Funding) and Elizabeth Penner (EU/International Funding).  For Impact related queries please contact Benedict Kent (Impact Facilitator, SAH).

 

You can find more information on the AHSS Research Website, search our External Funding Deadline Calendar and look at Previous Bulletins.  We are also now on Twitter! Follow us for updates on funding calls and information sessions.

AHSS Bulletin 27 July 2021

AHSS Research and Impact Facilitation Bulletin

July 2021

 

If you want to discuss funding opportunities or you are working on an application for research funding and would like feedback on a draft, please do contact the School’s Research Facilitators – Anna Cieslik (UK Funding) and Elizabeth Penner (EU/International Funding).

 

You can find more information on the AHSS Research Website, search our External Funding Deadline Calendar and look at Previous Bulletins.  We are also now on Twitter! Follow us for updates on funding calls and information sessions.

 

UK Research Council Funding

 

EU Funding

 

Charity Funding

 

  Internal Funding

 

 

 

Interdisciplinary environmental social science leadership team

Summary: Apply for funding to establish a team of social scientists and interdisciplinary experts. Your team will provide leadership for climate and environmental social science research. To lead the team you must be based at a UK organisation eligible for UKRI funding. This grant must:

  • champion, coordinate and facilitate collaboration within and beyond the social sciences
  • scope future ESRC and UKRI funding opportunities
  • engage with stakeholders including policy, business, and civil society
  • contribute to the evidence base needed for the UK to achieve net zero carbon emissions.

Award: The full economic cost of your activities can be up to £6.25 million, funded at 80%. 

Deadline: 07 September 2021 

Funder’s Website: ESRC

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

 

 

 

Investigate changes in working lives and power in the workplace 

Summary: The ESRC is looking to fund a programme series of innovative and novel research projects across two overarching themes: “managing working transitions” and “power and voice in a changing world of work”. Proposals should seek to make a significant scientific contribution with a view to addressing key policy and practice challenges. The successful projects will be expected to work collaboratively and coordinate with one another to ensure the collective impact of this programme of investments. 

Award: The ESRC will fund projects between £535,000 - £720,000 at fEC. 

Deadline: 30 September 2021

Funder’s websiteESRC

Research Support Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

 

 

 

ESRC policy fellowships 2021

Summary: Apply for funding to spend a year collaborating with a UK or devolved government host organisation. You will co-design research with the government host organisation to inform policy on a priority policy area and help improve the exchange of knowledge between policy and academic institutions. You must be a social science-focused researcher based at an eligible UKRI research organisation and have a PhD or equivalent experience.

Award: The ESRC will fund 80% of the full economic cost of the fellowship. This fellowship is available on either a full-time or part-time basis. Funding lasts up to 18 months to cover:

  • inception phase for project set up: three months
  • placement with department: 12 months
  • impact phase: up to three months.

Deadline: 14 September 2021

Funder’s websiteESRC

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

 

 

 

Scale up health inequality prevention and intervention strategies

Summary: Apply for funding to carry out a pilot study for the Mobilising Cultural and Natural Assets to Combat Health Inequalities programme. The study should focus on how to scale up small, local approaches for addressing health inequalities. Your project must relate to health outcomes, involve a range of arts and humanities disciplines, engage with other academic disciplines and include collaborations with partners from outside academia.  Please note that this call is linked to a call for a Fellow to Coordinate a programme of health inequalities research.

Award: £180,000 funded at 80% of the full Economic Cost over three years. 

Deadline: Call opens: 16 August 2021; Closing: 23 September 2021

Funder’s Webpage: AHRC

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

 

 

 

Research to improve UK economic productivity

Summary: Apply to research ways to transform UK productivity. To apply, you must be from a UK-based research organisation eligible for ESRC funding. Your project must be multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary or both. Funding will last three years, starting in April 2022. This funding opportunity guidance gives all the information available so far. We will publish the full details by the opening date.

Award: Your project’s total economic cost can be between £1 million and £2 million. They will fund 80% of the full economic cost. 

Deadline: 7 October 2021

Funder’s Webpage: ESRC/SPF

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

 

 

Pre-announcement: research the social sciences in the Open Research Area (ORA): round 7

Summary: Apply for funding for international research in the social sciences. Your project must be a collaboration and must include researchers based in at least three of these countries: UK, France, Germany and Canada. You can also choose to involve a Japanese partner. Your research must be original and make a significant contribution to scientific knowledge. This funding opportunity is part of the Open Research Area (ORA) for the Social Sciences scheme.

Award: TBC

Deadline: Opens July 2021, closing date November 2021

Funder’s Webpage: ESRC/DFG/ANR/SSHRC

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Elizabeth Penner

 

AHRC Scoping culture and heritage capital research

Summary: Apply for funding to identify future questions for culture and heritage research. The findings of your study will inform the approach of the government’s Culture and Heritage Capital Programme. Your project team must include expertise from different disciplines, including: arts and humanities, heritage science and at least one economist with published research.

Award:  £150,000 at 80% of the full economic cost, for six months, starting in September.

Deadline: 10 August 2021

Funder’s Website: AHRC

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

 

 

 

AHRC Scoping law and social justice research priorities

Summary: Apply for funding to identify potential research priorities in law and social justice. Your report will inform the future AHRC approach to the law and legal studies disciplines. You must be eligible for AHRC funding and your project must focus on: governance; citizenship and representation; transitional justice; cultures of exclusion.

Award:  £100,000 at 100% of the full economic cost (excluding estate or indirect costs), for eight months, starting in November 2021.

Deadline: 26 August 2021

Funder’s Website: AHRC

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

 

ADR England Research-Ready Data and Access Funding Opportunity (with ESRC)

Summary: Apply for funding to improve access to, and use of, administrative data for research. You must have experience working with data and have relationships with data owners. Your project must focus on creating new links between administrative datasets, or making administrative data easier to access. Expressions of interest are invited from teams led by either UK academia or national government.

Award:  The total fund is £6 million between 2022 and 2026.  There are no upper or lower limits to individual awards.

Deadline: Expressions of interest will be accepted periodically. The next deadline for an EoI is 17 September 2021

Funder’s Website: ESRC

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

 

 

Work with French researchers on interdisciplinary AHRC projects

Summary: Apply for funding for collaborative research projects with French researchers.  You must be a UK resident and based at a UK institution eligible to receive funding from UKRI. Your project must focus on one or more of the following themes: the environmental arts and humanities; controversial and contested pasts and heritages; futures and futurology.  Projects must start on 1 February 2022. They must last between 18 and 30 months.

Award:  Up to £125,000 at 80% full economic cost. Laboratoire d’Excellence: Pasts in the Present (LABEX PasP Cluster of excellence) will provide up to €60,000 for French costs.

Deadline: 05 October 2021

Funder’s Website: AHRC

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Elizabeth Penner

 

Horizon Europe Main Work Programme

The Commission has adopted the main work programme of Horizon Europe for the period 2021-2022, which outlines the objectives and specific topic areas that will receive a total of €14.7 billion in funding. These investments will help accelerate the green and digital transitions and will contribute to sustainable recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and to EU resilience against future crises. They will support European researchers through fellowships, training and exchanges, build more connected and efficient European innovation ecosystems and create world-class research infrastructures. Moreover, they will encourage participation across Europe and from around the world, while at the same time strengthening the European Research Area. The first round of calls have now been published on the Horizon Europe Portal. UKRO have some very useful Factsheets that outline the thematic clusters that make up the three pillars of research support offered.

The attached PDF offers further details on calls relevant to SAHSS. 


Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Elizabeth Penner

 

 

Horizon-INFRA-2021-SERV-01: research Infrastructure services to support health research, accelerate the green and digital transformation, and advance frontier knowledge

Summary: This aims to provide efficient and customised research infrastructure services to drive and enable the transition toward a sustainable Europe and a prosperous economy. Proposals must take the form of research and innovation actions. Research and innovation actions require participation by at least three legal entities; each established in a different EU member state or Horizon Europe associated country. Participants from selected LMICs are automatically eligible for funding. Participants from other countries may participate at their own cost.

Funding is available under the following topics:

• research infrastructures services to support research addressing cancer

• research Infrastructures services for a sustainable and resilient agriculture and agro-ecological transitions

• research infrastructures services for responding to climate-related risks on the environment

• research infrastructures services enabling the development of materials for a circular economy

• research infrastructures services for sustainable and inclusive global value chain and Europe recovery from socio-economic crises

• enabling research infrastructure services for better use of imaging data to address challenges in thematic research areas

• research infrastructures services advancing frontier knowledge

Funder’s website: European Commission: Funding & tender opportunities

Award: up to €15 million for each grant

Deadline: 23 Sep 2021

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Elizabeth Penner

 

Horizon-WIDERA-2021-ERA-01 – European Research Area

Summary: This supports projects that set out a credible pathway to reforming and enhancing the EU research and innovation system. Funding is available under a range of topics and include:

  • support for policy makers, programme level collaboration between national research and innovation programmes
  • towards a Europe-wide training and networking scheme for research managers
  • implementation of a new macro-economic modelling concept
  • research and innovation intensive intellectual property management, scenarios for the future
  • capacity-building for institutional open access publishing across Europe
  • societal trust in science, research and innovation
  • a capacity-building and brokering network to make citizen science an integral part of the European Research Area
  • developing a science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics roadmap for science education in Horizon Europe
  • centre of excellence on inclusive gender equality in research and innovation
  • the challenges of research ethics and integrity in response to crisis, the coronavirus pandemic and beyond
  • ensuring reliability and trust in quality of research ethics expertise in the context of new and emerging technologies

Funder’s website: European Commission: Funding & tender opportunities

Award: up to €5 million for each grant

Deadline: 23 Sep 2021

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Elizabeth Penner

 

 

MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships

Summary: The 2021 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships (formerly called the Individual Fellowships) are open to all researchers, regardless of discipline; there are no restrictions in terms of years since PhD. MSCA Fellowships are open to researchers regardless of whether their current position is permanent.  At the call deadline, supported researchers must have a maximum of 8 years full-time equivalent experience in research, measured from the date that the researcher was in a possession of a doctoral degree. Years of experience outside research and career breaks (e.g. due to parental leave), will not be taken into account.

 

The key requirement is mobility: applicant researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the beneficiary (for European Postdoctoral Fellowships), or the host organisation for the outgoing phase (for Global Postdoctoral Fellowships) for more than 12 months in the 36 months immediately before the call deadline. 

Deadline: 12 October 2021  

Funder’s WebsiteMSCA

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Elizabeth Penner

 

ERC Proof of Concept Grants

Summary: The ERC Proof of Concept funding is made available only to those who already have an ERC award to establish proof of concept of an idea that was generated in the course of their ERC-funded projects. The activities to be funded shall draw substantially on this scientifically excellent ERC-funded research. However, the additional funding is not aimed at extending the original research or predominantly concerned with overcoming obstacles to practical application.

The funding will cover activities at the very early stage of turning research outputs into a commercial or socially valuable proposition, i.e. the initial steps of pre-competitive development.

Award: lump sum of € 150 000 for a period of 18 months

Deadline: 14 October 2021  

Funder’s WebsiteERC

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Elizabeth Penner

 

 

Wellcome Trust Discovery Research Schemes

 

Wellcome Early-Career Awards

This scheme provides funding for early-career researchers from any discipline who are ready to develop their research identity. Through innovative projects, they will deliver shifts in understanding that could improve human life, health and wellbeing. By the end of the award, they will be ready to lead their own independent research programme. Project duration is usually 5 years, but may be less for some disciplines, and longer if held on a part-time basis

Award: Salary and up to £400,000 for research expenses

Deadline: 26 October 2021           

Funder’s WebsiteWellcome Trust

 

Wellcome Career Development Awards

This scheme provides funding for mid-career researchers from any discipline who have the potential to be international research leaders. They will develop their research capabilities, drive innovative programmes of work and deliver significant shifts in understanding that could improve human life, health and wellbeing. Project duration is usually 8 years, but may be less for some disciplines and longer if held on a part-time basis.

Award: You should ask for your salary (if required) and the resources you need for your research programme – see the 'What we offer' section on this page. You will need to justify this in your application.

Deadline: 16 November 2021

Funder’s WebsiteWellcome Trust

 

Wellcome Discovery Awards

This scheme provides funding for established researchers and teams from any discipline who want to pursue bold and creative research ideas to deliver significant shifts in understanding that could improve human life, health and wellbeing. Project duration is usually 8 years, but may be less for some disciplines and longer if held on a part-time basis.

Award: You should ask for the resources you need for your research programme – see the 'What we offer' section on this page. You will need to justify this in your application.

Deadline: 11 November 2021

Funder’s WebsiteWellcome Trust

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

 

 

BA Knowledge Frontiers: International Interdisciplinary Research 2022

Summary: The British Academy is inviting proposals for projects which focus on the question, "what is a good city?’". Applications are encouraged to bring together different communities of expertise, for example academic, professional, business, lay, or community. Projects could bring together different forms of collaboration, between lived experience, modelling and data science. The purpose of each project will be to develop new international research ideas. Projects will also need to demonstrate an innovative and interdisciplinary partnership between researchers in the social sciences or the humanities on the one hand, and counterparts in the natural, engineering and / or medical sciences on the other.

Award: £200,000 for 24 months

Deadline: 29 Sep 2021

Funder’s Website: British Academy

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

 

 

BA Mid-Career Fellowships

Summary: The aim of the scheme is to allow successful applicants to obtain time freed from normal teaching and administrative commitments. The time bought by the scheme should be devoted to the completion of a major piece of research, and the Academy will also look for evidence of a clear commitment to a strategy of public engagement with and communication of the results of the research during the period of the Fellowship. These awards are intended primarily to provide opportunities for scholars who have already published works of intellectual distinction or have established a significant track record as an excellent communicator and ‘champion’ in their field, and who are normally within no more than 15 years from the award of their doctorate.

Award: Salary contribution at an upper limit of £80,000, total value of the award up to £160,000 for six to twelve months.

Deadline: 15 September 2021

Funder’s Website:  British Academy

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

 

Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professorships

Summary: The aim of the scheme is to for UK institutions to invite an eminent researcher from overseas to enhance the skills and knowledge of the academic staff and/or students. Applications must be made by a member of academic staff, based in a UK university or other higher education institution. Collaborative research alone will not be a sufficient justification for a grant. The emphasis should be on the diffusion of skills and expertise. Priority will be given to new or recent collaborative ventures.

Award: £10,000 - £150,000 for three to twelve months

Deadline: 7 October 2021

Funder’s Website: Leverhulme Trust

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

 

Nuffield Foundation Research, Development and Analysis Fund

Summary: These grants fund rigorous and impartial research, development, and analysis projects in the focus areas of Education, Welfare and Justice. Indirect costs for and estates costs for permanent staff and PIs in HEIs are ineligible. Applicants must have formal employment or other affiliation with the institution hosting the grant. Proposals are assessed on relevance to the Nuffield Foundation’s mission, scientific rigour,  engagement with policy and/or practice, impact and resources.

Award: £10,000 - £500,000, for projects between 6 months and 3 years.

Deadline: Outline applications 13 September 2021, successful applicants are invited to submit full applications by 14 January 2022

Funder’s WebsiteNuffield Foundation

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

 

Research & Collections Programme, Project and Visiting Scholar Proposals

Summary: The Research & Collections Programme (RCP) invites researchers from the University’s collecting institutions as well as faculties and departments to submit proposals for seed funding to support collections-focused research projects. Project proposals should demonstrate how this research will contribute to and be supported by one of the RCP’s four Research Growth Networks (RGN): Digital, Environment, Materiality, and Ownership. All project proposals must draw upon two or more Cambridge collections and include collaboration with researchers based in a Cambridge Faculty or Department. Preference will be given to projects that foster inter- and trans-disciplinary collaboration. The scheme particularly welcomes proposals that involve an international partner, or that are accompanied by an RCP Visiting Scholar application (for information on the Visiting Scholars Fund, see the RCP website). To be eligible, applicants must hold a current contract of employment with Cambridge University or a Cambridge College (but not visiting or affiliated researchers).

Award: £10,000

Deadline: 15 August 2021

Funder’s Website: Research & Collections Programme

Research Facilitation ContactDr Kristi Bain

 

 

 

If you want to discuss funding opportunities or you are working on an application for research funding and would like feedback on a draft, please do contact the School’s Research Facilitators – Anna Cieslik (UK Funding) and Elizabeth Penner (EU/International Funding).

 

You can find more information on the AHSS Research Website, search our External Funding Deadline Calendar and look at Previous Bulletins.  We are also now on Twitter! Follow us for updates on funding calls and information sessions.

AHSS Bulletin 21 June 2021

 

AHSS Research and Impact Facilitation Bulletin

21 June 2021

 

If you want to discuss funding opportunities or you’re working on an application for research funding and would like feedback on a draft, please do contact the School’s Research Facilitators – Anna Cieslik (UK Funding) and Elizabeth Penner (EU/International Funding).

 

You can find more information, previous bulletins, and our new External Funding Deadline Calendar on the AHSS Research Website.  We are also now on Twitter!

 

 

UK Research Council Funding

 

EU Funding

 

Charity Funding

 

Impact related Funding

 

Interdisciplinary environmental social science leadership team

Summary: Apply for funding to establish a team of social scientists and interdisciplinary experts. Your team will provide leadership for climate and environmental social science research. To lead the team you must be based at a UK organisation eligible for UKRI funding. This grant must:

  • champion, coordinate and facilitate collaboration within and beyond the social sciences
  • scope future ESRC and UKRI funding opportunities
  • engage with stakeholders including policy, business, and civil society
  • contribute to the evidence base needed for the UK to achieve net zero carbon emissions.

Award: The full economic cost of your activities can be up to £6.25 million, funded at 80%. 

Deadline: 07 September 2021 

Funder’s Website: ESRC

Research Support Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

 

Investigate changes in working lives and power in the workplace 

Summary: The ESRC is looking to fund a programme series of innovative and novel research projects across two overarching themes: “managing working transitions” and “power and voice in a changing world of work”. Proposals should seek to make a significant scientific contribution with a view to addressing key policy and practice challenges. The successful projects will be expected to work collaboratively and coordinate with one another to ensure the collective impact of this programme of investments. 

Award: The ESRC will fund projects between £535,000 - £720,000 at fEC. 

Deadline: 30 September 2021

Funder’s websiteESRC

Research Support Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

 

Pre-announcement: ESRC policy fellowships 2021

Summary: Apply for funding to spend a year collaborating with a UK or devolved government host organisation. You will co-design research with the government host organisation to inform policy on a priority policy area and help improve the exchange of knowledge between policy and academic institutions. You must be a social science-focused researcher based at an eligible UKRI research organisation and have a PhD or equivalent experience.

Award: We will fund 80% of the full economic cost of the fellowship. This fellowship is available on either a full-time or part-time basis. Funding lasts up to 18 months to cover:

  • inception phase for project set up: three months
  • placement with department: 12 months
  • impact phase: up to three months.

Deadline: Opens July 2021 with a deadline of Mid-September 2021

Funder’s websiteESRC

Research Support Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

 

Understanding environmental change in Inuit Nunangat

Summary: Apply for funding for a joint UK and Canadian research programme investigating changes to the terrestrial, coastal and near-shore marine environments in Inuit Nunangat. Proposals must consider one of the following themes: Arctic ecosystems and their impact on northern communities or mitigations and adaptations for resilience. You must be from an eligible UK research organisation and eligible for UKRI funding. Your project must include an Inuk, Inuit organisation or community representative involved as either principal or co-investigator.

Award: Up to £681,250 at full Economic Cost, which will be funded at 80%.

Deadline: Letter of intent: 4 August 2021; Full proposal: 10 November 2021

Funder’s websiteESRC/NERC/EPSRC/AHRC and Fonds de Recherche du Québec 

Research Support Contact: Dr Elizabeth Penner

 

Mapping complexity of pain with the Advanced Pain Discovery Platform

Summary: Apply for funding to investigate underlying mechanisms of pain across a range of conditions. You must be based at a UK research organisation eligible for MRC funding. You must explain how you plan to involve people with lived experience of chronic pain. Your project will become part of the Advanced Pain Discovery Platform (APDP). The data must be made available to the APDP pain research data hub.

Award: Up to £1million funded at 67% of the full Economic Cost over three years. 

Deadline: Intention to submit: 15 July 2021; Full application 15 September 2021

Funder’s Webpage: MRC/BBSRC/ESRC

Research Support Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

 

Pre-announcement: research UK economic productivity

Summary: Apply to research ways to transform UK productivity. To apply, you must be from a UK-based research organisation eligible for ESRC funding. Your project must be multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary or both. Funding will last three years, starting in April 2022. This funding opportunity guidance gives all the information available so far. We will publish the full details by the opening date.

Award: Your project’s total economic cost can be between £1 million and £2 million. We will fund 80% of the full economic cost. 

Deadline: Opens July 2021, closing date October 2021

Funder’s Webpage: ESRC/SPF

Research Support Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

 

Pre-announcement: research the social sciences in the Open Research Area (ORA): round 7

Summary: Apply for funding for international research in the social sciences. Your project must be a collaboration and must include researchers based in at least three of these countries: UK, France, Germany and Canada. You can also choose to involve a Japanese partner. Your research must be original and make a significant contribution to scientific knowledge. This funding opportunity is part of the Open Research Area (ORA) for the Social Sciences scheme.

Award: TBC

Deadline: Opens July 2021, closing date November 2021

Funder’s Webpage: ESRC/DFG/ANR/SSHRC

Research Support Contact: Dr Elizabeth Penner

 

Using data to improve public health: COVID-19 secondment

Summary: Apply for funding to work for a year with experts in the analysis and interpretation of national anonymised linked electronic health records and multiple population longitudinal studies. You can apply if you have an analytical background. We will fund early to mid-career researchers and professionals from eligible organisations. You will work with a team on one of these coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic-related public health themes: long COVID, mental health, health and society, healthcare disruption and vaccination. We will fund eight to ten secondments. 

Award: We will fund your secondment at 80% of the full economic cost over the duration of one year, starting on 1 October 2021.

Deadline: 06 July 2021

Funder’s Website: ESRC/MRC

Research Support Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

 

ERC Advanced Grants

Summary: Support for excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they are already established research leaders with a recognised track record of research achievements. Principal Investigators must demonstrate the ground-breaking nature, ambition and feasibility of their scientific proposal. ERC Advanced Grants are open across all disciplines. 

Award: Funding of up to €2.5 million per project for projects of up to five years.

Deadline: 31 August 2021 

Funder’s Website: ERC

Research Support Contact: Dr Elizabeth Penner

 

MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships

Summary: The 2021 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships (formerly called the Individual Fellowships) are open to all researchers, regardless of discipline; there are no restrictions in terms of years since PhD. MSCA Fellowships are open to researchers regardless of whether their current position is permanent.  At the call deadline, supported researchers must have a maximum of 8 years full-time equivalent experience in research, measured from the date that the researcher was in a possession of a doctoral degree. Years of experience outside research and career breaks (e.g. due to parental leave), will not be taken into account.

 

The key requirement is mobility: applicant researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the beneficiary (for European Postdoctoral Fellowships), or the host organisation for the outgoing phase (for Global Postdoctoral Fellowships) for more than 12 months in the 36 months immediately before the call deadline. 

Deadline: 12 October 2021  

Funder’s WebsiteMSCA

Research Support Contact: Dr Elizabeth Penner

 

ERC Proof of Concept Grants

Summary: The ERC Proof of Concept funding is made available only to those who already have an ERC award to establish proof of concept of an idea that was generated in the course of their ERC-funded projects. The activities to be funded shall draw substantially on this scientifically excellent ERC-funded research. However, the additional funding is not aimed at extending the original research or predominantly concerned with overcoming obstacles to practical application.

The funding will cover activities at the very early stage of turning research outputs into a commercial or socially valuable proposition, i.e. the initial steps of pre-competitive development.

Award: lump sum of € 150 000 for a period of 18 months

Deadline: 14 October 2021  

Funder’s WebsiteERC

Research Support Contact: Dr Elizabeth Penner

 

Horizon Europe Main Work Programme

The Commission has adopted the main work programme of Horizon Europe for the period 2021-2022, which outlines the objectives and specific topic areas that will receive a total of €14.7 billion in funding. These investments will help accelerate the green and digital transitions and will contribute to sustainable recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and to EU resilience against future crises. They will support European researchers through fellowships, training and exchanges, build more connected and efficient European innovation ecosystems and create world-class research infrastructures. Moreover, they will encourage participation across Europe and from around the world, while at the same time strengthening the European Research Area. The first round of calls have now been published on the Horizon Europe Portal. UKRO have some very useful Factsheets

 

Further details will be circulated separately.  

Research Support Contact: Dr Elizabeth Penner

 

Wellcome Trust: New Discovery Research Funding Schemes

Wellcome Early-Career Awards

This scheme provides funding for early-career researchers from any discipline who are ready to develop their research identity. Through innovative projects, they will deliver shifts in understanding that could improve human life, health and wellbeing. By the end of the award, they will be ready to lead their own independent research programme. Project duration is usually 5 years, but may be less for some disciplines, and longer if held on a part-time basis

Award: Salary and up to £400,000 for research expenses

Deadline: 26 October 2021

 

Wellcome Career Development Awards

This scheme provides funding for mid-career researchers from any discipline who have the potential to be international research leaders. They will develop their research capabilities, drive innovative programmes of work and deliver significant shifts in understanding that could improve human life, health and wellbeing. Project duration is usually 8 years, but may be less for some disciplines and longer if held on a part-time basis.

Award: You should ask for your salary (if required) and the resources you need for your research programme – see the 'What we offer' section on this page. You will need to justify this in your application.

Deadline: 16 November 2021

 

Wellcome Discovery Awards

This scheme provides funding for established researchers and teams from any discipline who want to pursue bold and creative research ideas to deliver significant shifts in understanding that could improve human life, health and wellbeing. Project duration is usually 8 years, but may be less for some disciplines and longer if held on a part-time basis.

Award: You should ask for the resources you need for your research programme – see the 'What we offer' section on this page. You will need to justify this in your application.

Deadline: 11 November 2021

Funder’s WebsiteWellcome

Research Support Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

 

AHRC Follow-on fund: creative economy for sustainable development

Summary: Apply for funding to enhance the international impact of research related to the creative economy and global sustainable development. This opportunity is a highlight notice within the ‘AHRC follow-on funding for impact and engagement’ scheme for 2021. Your proposed impact activities must:

  • follow-on from current or previous research projects funded by AHRC
  • address challenges highlighted by the UN ‘International Year of the Creative Economy for Sustainable Development’
  • be within the AHRC remit
  • involve collaboration with international partners.

Award: 80% of the full economic cost (FEC) for UK researchers and  100% FEC for some international costs.

Deadline: 12 August 2021

Funder’s Website: AHRC

 

Embedded research on UK climate resilience

Summary: Researchers are encouraged to apply for funding to do an ‘embedded researcher’ project. This is a research placement at a non-academic organisation. They would be supporting the sharing of knowledge between academics, decision-makers and practitioners. The researcher will continue to be employed by their academic research institution, but will spend a significant period of time embedded in the host organisation to conduct the research. The approach should be agreed by the researcher and host in advance and be appropriate to the project opportunity. Funding will be awarded as a research grant to the researchers employing university/institution and profiled across 12 months. The application should be written in conjunction with the host organisation, addressing an agreed approach for how the researcher will undertake the project and related activities. 

Deadline: 22 July 2021 at 4pm

Funder’s Website:  UKRI

 

 

 

If you want to discuss funding opportunities or you’re working on an application for research funding and would like feedback on a draft, please do contact the School’s Research Facilitators – Anna Cieslik (UK Funding) and Elizabeth Penner (EU/International Funding).

 

You can find more information, previous bulletins, and our new External Funding Deadline Calendar on the AHSS Research Website.  We are also now on Twitter!

 

 

AHSS Bulletin 14 May 2021

AHSS Research and Impact Facilitation Bulletin 
14 May 2021

 

Please circulate to researchers in your Faculties/Departments. You can find more information and previous bulletins on the AHSS Research Website.

 

If you’re working on an application for research funding and would like feedback on a draft, please do contact the School’s Research Facilitators – Anna Cieslik(anna.cieslik@admin.cam.ac.uk) and Elizabeth Penner (elizabeth.penner@admin.cam.ac.uk)

Contents:

 

European Funding Update

 

On 27 April 2021, the European Parliament voted to approve the Horizon Europe Programme(2020-2027) and this has now been passed into law.  As an Associated Country, the UK can participate in the majority of the funding offered through the programme, including European Research Council Grants (ERC)  and the Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions (MSCA).  

 

If you are thinking of applying to the forthcoming ERC Advanced Grant and the MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships (previously called Individual Fellowships) please get in contact with your Research Facilitator, Dr Elizabeth Penner (eap49@cam.ac.uk) and your Research Grants Administrator as soon as possible.  We are here to answer any questions you may have and to provide support in your application development.  

 

THEMATIC CALLS

 

  1. Pre-announcement: investigate changes in working lives and power in the workplace
  2. Addressing Covid19 with Japanese Researchers
  3. The Digit Innovation Fund
  4. BA/Nuffield Foundation Collaboration on Understanding Communities 2021
  5. UK-US digital scholarship in cultural institutions: level one
  6. UK-US digital scholarship in cultural institutions: level two
  7. Recovery, renewal and resilience in a post-pandemic world

 

RECURRENT CALLS

 

  1. Newton International Fellowships
  2. British Academy Small Research Grants
  3. ERC Advanced Grants
  4. MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships

  

IMPACT

 

  1. AHRC Engaging young people in climate research
  2. Embedded research on UK climate resilience
  3. Energy Transitions Small Grants scheme
  4. Vice-Chancellor’s Research Impact and Engagement Awards

 

 

 

 

1.    Pre-announcement: investigate changes in working lives and power in the workplace 

The ESRC is looking to fund a programme series of innovative and novel research projects across two overarching themes: “managing working transitions” and “power and voice in a changing world of work”. Proposals should seek to make a significant scientific contribution with a view to addressing key policy and practice challenges. The successful projects will be expected to work collaboratively and coordinate with one another to ensure the collective impact of this programme of investments. The ESRC will fund projects between £535,000 - £720,000 at fEC. This call will open in June with a deadline on 30th  September 2021. For more information see the funder’s website.  For support with your application, contact Dr Anna Cieslik (amc238@cam.ac.uk). 

 

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2.    Addressing COVID-19 challenges with Japanese researchers

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) in conjunction with the ESRC and AHRC are calling for proposals that address the challenges and opportunities associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants must be a UK researcher working in collaboration with Japanese researchers. The UK part of the project can be between £350,000 to £425,000 fEC, with UKRI funding 80%.  The Japanese part of the project will be funded up ¥30 million to by JSPS.  Funding is for three years. We will fund between eight and 10 projects.  The deadline is on 14th July 2021and more information can be found on the funder’s website.  For support with your application, contact Dr Elizabeth Penner (eap49@cam.ac.uk)

 

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3.    The Digit Innovation Fund

 

The Digital Futures at Work Research Centre invites applications for innovative research projects that advance our understanding of how digital technologies are transforming work. In this funding round they are particularly open to project ideas that complement the research theme on employers’ and employees’ experiences of digital work across sectors. The four sectors they are currently focused on are: Creative Industries, Retail and Consumer Services, Business Services and Public Services. Funding is available for projects that cost between £10,000 to £50,000 fEC and are no longer than one year in length. The application deadline is 9th June 2021, 5pm BST. For more information see the funder’s website

 

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4.    BA Nuffield Foundation Collaboration on Understanding Communities 2021

 

The British Academy and the Nuffield Foundation invite applications from early and mid-career researchers to participate in a research and policy innovation workshop and develop innovative and interdisciplinary research proposals that enhance people’s lives in the context of their communities. The applicants must have no more than 15 years’ experience working in an academic institution. They must attend as an individual, being prepared to form new research groups with other workshop participants, unconstrained by existing obligations to any research group or institution. The workshop will take place at a series of virtual sessions from 13 to 24 September 2021, with a final virtual session on 13 October 2021. Funding decisions will not be made at the workshop. Proposals will be submitted within six weeks of the final event. Not all proposals will be funded. Grant requests are expected to range in value from £20,000 up to £200,000 and to last up to 24 months. Around five will be funded. The deadline to apply for the workshop is 4th June 2021 at 5pm.  More information can be found on the call website

 

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5.    UK-US digital scholarship in cultural institutions: level one

 

Apply for funding to advance digital scholarship in cultural institutions such as museums, libraries, galleries and archives.

You must focus on:

  • organising, creating and interrogating all collection types
  • evolving institutions to face the 21st century
  • fostering digitally enabled equitable participation.

Your project team must be a US-UK collaboration and last up to 24 months.  You can apply for up to £60,000. AHRC will fund 80% of the full economic cost of the UK side. The US project team members can apply to NEH for up to $50,000 to cover US costs.

The deadline for applications is the 08th July 2021.  Further details are available here. For support with your application, contact Dr Elizabeth Penner (eap49@cam.ac.uk)

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6.    UK-US digital scholarship in cultural institutions: level two

 

Apply for up to £250,000 to advance digital scholarship in cultural institutions.

 

Project teams must include UK and US research organisations and cultural institutions, and must focus on one of the following:

  • organising, creating and interrogating all collection types
  • evolving institutions for the 21st century
  • fostering digitally enabled equitable participation.

Projects can last up to 36 months.

 

The deadline for applications is the 08th July 2021.  Further details are available here. For support with your application, contact Dr Elizabeth Penner (eap49@cam.ac.uk)

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7.    Recovery, renewal and resilience in a post-pandemic world

 

Funding available to investigate how COVID-19 will affect society in the medium and long term.  Proposals must address key gaps in our understanding to help reduce the pandemic’s effect on society and support recovery and renewal.  ESRC and AHRC are providing this opportunity as part of the Trans-Atlantic Platform (T-AP). Your partners must be from other countries taking part in this funding opportunity and applications must include a transnational partnership of at least three members. Projects can be between 2 and 3 years long and must start in March 2022.  As a UK partner, the full economic cost of your part of the project can be up to £310,000, of which UKRI will fund 80%.  Intention to Submit has 12 June 2021 deadline.  Further information on this scheme can be found here.  For support with your application, contact Dr Elizabeth Penner (eap49@cam.ac.uk)

 

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8.    Newton International Fellowships

The Newton International Fellowships enable researchers to work for 2 years at a UK institution with the aim of fostering long-term international collaborations. The scheme aims to attract the most promising early career postdoctoral researchers from overseas in the fields of natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities.  Applicants must have completed their PhDs by the start of the Fellowship and have no more than 7 years of active full-time postdoctoral experience at the point of application.  Funding consists of £24,000 per annum for subsistence costs, and up to £8,000 per annum research expenses, plus a one-off relocation allowance of up to £3,500. 

 

The deadline for applying is the 16th June 2021.  For more information see the British Academy’s website.  For support with your application, contact Dr Elizabeth Penner (eap49@cam.ac.uk)

 

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9.    BA Small Research Grants

 

The BA /Leverhulme Small Research Grants call is now open. These grants are available to support primary research in the humanities and social sciences. These awards, up to £10,000 in value and tenable for up to 24 months, are provided to cover the cost of the expenses arising from a defined research project. Funding provided through the Small Research Grants scheme cannot be used to cover the cost of replacement teaching or payment in lieu of salary. Applications require the approval of the applicant's employing institution, but are not limited to those of any particular status (e.g. Lecturer, Professor etc).  The funder’s application deadline is 2nd June 2021. For more information see the BA website. For support with your application contact Dr Anna Cieslik (amc238@cam.ac.uk). 

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10.           ERC Advanced Grants

 

Support for excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they are already established research leaders with a recognised track record of research achievements. Principal Investigators must demonstrate the ground-breaking nature, ambition and feasibility of their scientific proposal. ERC Advanced Grants are open across all disciplines. Funding of up to €2.5 million per project for projects of up to five years is available.  The call will open on the 20th May 2021, with a deadline of the 31st August 2021. These dates are subject to change pending the ratification of the Horizon Europe Programme.

 

Further details are available here. For support with your application, contact Dr Elizabeth Penner (eap49@cam.ac.uk)

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11.           MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships

 

The 2021 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships (formerly called the Individual Fellowships) is scheduled to open on the 18th May 2021, with a deadline of 15 September 2021.  These dates are subject to change pending the ratification of the Horizon Europe Programme. MSCA Fellowships are open to all researchers, regardless of discipline; there are no restrictions in terms of years since PhD. MSCA Fellowships are open to researchers regardless of whether their current position is permanent.  At the call deadline, supported researchers must have a maximum of 8 years full-time equivalent experience in research, measured from the date that the researcher was in a possession of a doctoral degree. Years of experience outside research and career breaks (e.g. due to parental leave), will not be taken into account.

The key requirement is mobility: applicant researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the beneficiary (for European Postdoctoral Fellowships), or the host organisation for the outgoing phase (for Global Postdoctoral Fellowships) for more than 12 months in the 36 months immediately before the call deadline. 

Further details are available here. For support with your application, contact Dr Elizabeth Penner (eap49@cam.ac.uk)

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12.           AHRC Engaging young people in climate research 

 

The UKRI are looking for innovative and ambitious proposals for an activity that will engage young people, aged 14 to 18 years old, in climate-related research and the research process. Diverse public engagement methods that will inspire, excite and engage young people on a broad and deep level are encouraged. They particularly encourage applications that propose collaborating with or engaging young people from hard-to-reach communities. Applicants are encouraged to think widely about how they might engage with the theme of ‘Mobilising young people to climate action’. The activity should take place between September and December 2021. The grant will cover the costs of the activity, but not staff salaries or overhead costs. Up to £10,000 are available for the project costs. The funder’s deadline is 10th June 2021. For more information see the funder’s website

 

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13.           Embedded research on UK climate resilience

 

Researchers are encouraged to apply for funding to do an ‘embedded researcher’ project. This is a research placement at a non-academic organisation. They would be supporting the sharing of knowledge between academics, decision-makers and practitioners. The researcher will continue to be employed by their academic research institution, but will spend a significant period of time embedded in the host organisation to conduct the research. The approach should be agreed by the researcher and host in advance and be appropriate to the project opportunity. Funding will be awarded as a research grant to the researchers employing university/institution and profiled across 12 months. The application should be written in conjunction with the host organisation, addressing an agreed approach for how the researcher will undertake the project and related activities. The funder’s deadline is 22 July 2021 at 4pm. For more information see the call website

 

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14.   Energy Transitions Small Grants scheme

 

Energy Transitions@Cambridge invite researchers to apply for the Energy Transitions Small Grants scheme. This £10k fund supports new small collaborative multi-disciplinary projects each of value up to £2k between 2 or more researchers working in different departments or schools on the theme of energy transitions to achieve net zero carbon in the UK by 2050. Examples of activities that the fund might support include: a visit to a data archive relevant to a contemporary energy policy study, an overseas field trip to a developing country to conduct interviews with energy stakeholders, a presentation at an interdisciplinary conference, outreach event etc. They especially seek to develop partnerships that involve the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities partnering with other disciplines. For questions about this call or application form energy@admin.cam.ac.uk. The application deadline is 1st  June 2021.

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15.   Vice-Chancellor’s Research Impact and Engagement Awards 

 Vice-Chancellor’s Research Impact and Engagement Awards  are now open for applications to celebrate excellence in research impact and public engagement with research.  The Awards will recognise outstanding achievement, innovation and creativity in devising and implementing ambitious engagement and impact plans which have the potential to create significant economic, social and cultural impact from and engagement with and for research. 

The awards include the following categories:

·Early career researcher

·Established academic

·Professional services

·Collaboration awards

For further guidance and information about the award categories, please do refer to the guidance document. Deadline for all applications and nominations is 15 June 2021. Please contact Dr Selen Etingu-Breslaw with any queries or for advice on your application: selen.etingubreslaw@admin.cam.ac.uk

 

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Please forward this information to researchers within your Faculty or Department.

 

Please do contact us if you have any questions (details below).

 

If you would like to receive the AHSS Research and Impact Bulletin directly, you can subscribe via our website

 

Dr Anna Cieslik
School Research Facilitator (UK)

 

School of the Humanities and Social Sciences

School of Arts and Humanities

17 Mill Lane | Cambridge | CB2 1RX

+44 (0)1223 761365

anna.cieslik@admin.cam.ac.uk

www.ahssresearch.group.cam.ac.uk

Dr Elizabeth Penner
School Research Facilitator (International)

 

School of the Humanities and Social Sciences

School of Arts and Humanities

17 Mill Lane | Cambridge | CB2 1RX

+44 (0)1223 331803

elizabeth.penner@admin.cam.ac.uk

www.ahssresearch.group.cam.ac.uk

 

 

AHSS Bulletin 02 April 2021

AHSS Research and Impact Facilitation Bulletin 
2 April 2021

 

Please circulate to researchers in your Faculties/Departments. You can find more information and previous bulletins on the AHSS Research Website.

 

If you’re working on an application for research funding and would like feedback on a draft, please do contact the School’s Research Facilitators – Anna Cieslik(anna.cieslik@admin.cam.ac.uk) and Elizabeth Penner (elizabeth.penner@admin.cam.ac.uk)

Contents:

THEMATIC CALLS

 

  1. UKRI Trustworthy Autonomous Systems programme: responsibility
  2. Pre-call announcement: inclusive ageing: new
  3. Citizen science for food standards challenges
  4. Transformations: Social and Cultural Dynamics in the Digital Age
  5. T-AP Recovery, renewal and resilience in a post-pandemic world
  6. Pre-call announcement: ESRC-ADR UK No.10 data science fellowships 2021
  7. Pre- call announcement: UK-US digital scholarship in cultural institutions: level one
  8. Pre-announcement: UK-US digital scholarship in cultural institutions: level two
  9. CREST commissioning call: understanding of contemporary security threats

 

RECURRENT CALLS

 

  1. Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship
  2. British Academy Small Research Grants
  3. ERC Advanced Grants
  4. MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships

  

IMPACT

 

  1. Arts and Humanities Impact Fund
  2. Social Science Impact Fund

 

OFFICE NOTE

 

The School Research Facilitators are working under increased pressure as a result of the pandemic and the school closures. Our priority has always been working with University Teaching Officers. Please do not send us funding enquiries from PhD students and postdoctoral research associates, unless a dedicated Faculty/Department member is willing to work with them towards a grant application. For general questions about postdoctoral funding please direct applicants to the postdoc funding booklet

 

1.    UKRI Trustworthy autonomous systems programme: responsibility

This call aims to support creative, multi- and inter-disciplinary research which focuses on the questions of how autonomous systems can be responsibly designed and developed to ensure that they are ethical, legally operational and accountable. It seeks to support research which focuses on new design methodologies, models and techniques that facilitate this identification of responsibilities. The proposed project should integrate researchers from different disciplines, particularly from social sciences, arts and humanities. The awards will range between £400,000 - £700,000, funded at 80% fEC. Funding is available for up to four grants. Successful projects must begin on 1 January 2022 and last 30 months. The funder’s application deadline is 13th May 2021. More information can be found on the call page. For support with your application, contact Dr Anna Cieslik (amc238@cam.ac.uk). 

 

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2.    UKRI pre-call announcement: inclusive ageing

The UKRI have made a pre-call announcement of research grants on inclusive aging. They invite collaborative proposals on social and economic inequalities that affect people in later life. The projects should take a life course approach to explore ways to improve inclusivity. They should build interdisciplinary partnerships with a range of stakeholders and develop research capacity. The call is expected to open in  early April 2021 and will close in June 2021. The project’s full economic cost can be up to £2.5 million (funded at 80% fEC) with the duration of 36-60 months.  More information can be found on the call page. For support with your application, contact Dr Anna Cieslik (amc238@cam.ac.uk). 

 

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3.    UKRI -FSA Citizen science for food standards challenges

The UKRI and the FSA (Food Standards Agency) are inviting applications for pilot projects that tackle food standards challenges through citizen science methods. The citizen science elements of the project should be integral to the overall research design and have a clear benefit for the members of the public involved. Projects that involve citizens in the research design process are encouraged. Applications should be related to one or more of the FSAs areas of research interest themes. Please note that the BBSRC eligibility criteria apply to this call. The grants are up to £40 000 (at 80% fEC) and will cover the PI and CoI time and associated research costs. Projects must last between six and nine months. The funder’s deadline to apply is 4th May 2021. More information can be found on the call page. For support with your application, contact Dr Anna Cieslik (amc238@cam.ac.uk). 

 

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4.    Transformations Social and Cultural Dynamics in the Digital Age

 

CHANSE, Collaboration of Humanities and Social Sciences in Europe, is a joint initiative of 27 research funding organisations from 24 countries. It has announced a call for new and innovative research into the workings, meaning and consequences of transformations and innovations in the present digital age, viewed through the lens of the social and cultural dynamics. Whilst the call text does not preclude comparison with or investigation into other regions, every proposal must demonstrate a strong European dimension, i.e. investigating the changes taking place/affecting Europe as a whole, or at the level of a European country, city, community, etc. The project team must be composed of at least four Principal Investigators, i.e. partners, from four or more different countries participating in the call. CHANSE will fund projects of up to 1 500 000 EUR, for the duration of 24-36 months. UK components can be up to 750 000 EUR (funded at 80% full economic cost). The funder’s deadline for outline proposals is 7th May 2021. For more details on the scheme and a list of countries participating in the call see the call website. For support with your application, contact Dr Elizabeth Penner (Elizabeth.penner@admin.cam.ac.uk). 

 

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5.    T-AP Recovery, renewal and resilience in a post-pandemic world

 

Apply for funding to investigate how COVID-19 will affect society in the medium and long term.  Your proposal must address key gaps in our understanding to help:

  • reduce the pandemic’s effect on society
  • support recovery and renewal.

ESRC is providing this opportunity as part of the Trans-Atlantic Platform (T-AP). Your partners must be from other countries taking part in this funding opportunity and you must apply as part of a transnational partnership of at least three members.  Projects can be between two and three years long and the UK part of the proposal must be within ESRC’s or AHRC’s remit. ESRC will fund UK partners at 80% of the full economic cost.  

The call will open in April with an intention to submit deadline of 14 June 2021.  Further details can be found on the UKRI website. For support with your application, contact Dr Elizabeth Penner (eap49@cam.ac.uk

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6.    Pre-announcement: ESRC-ADR UK No.10 data science fellowships 2021

 

A call for the ESRC-ADR data science fellowships will be opening in early April. The fellows will be expected to co-design research and produce analysis using new and existing linked administrative datasets to inform policy in priority policy areas. The fellowships will last up to 18 months and will be available on a full time or part time basis. Full details of eligibility and requirements will be published when the opportunity opens. The call deadline is expected to fall in early June. For more information see the call website

 

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7.    Pre-announcement: UK-US digital scholarship in cultural institutions: level one

 

Apply for funding to advance digital scholarship in cultural institutions such as museums, libraries, galleries and archives.

You must focus on:

  • organising, creating and interrogating all collection types
  • evolving institutions to face the 21st century
  • fostering digitally enabled equitable participation.

Your project team must be a US-UK collaboration and last up to 24 months.  You can apply for up to £60,000. AHRC will fund 80% of the full economic cost of the UK side. The US project team members can apply to NEH for up to $50,000 to cover US costs.

The call opens on the 15th April 2021 and closes on the 08th July 2021.  Further details are available here. For support with your application, contact Dr Elizabeth Penner (eap49@cam.ac.uk)

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8.    Pre-announcement: UK-US digital scholarship in cultural institutions: level two

 

Apply for up to £250,000 to advance digital scholarship in cultural institutions.

 

Project teams must include UK and US research organisations and cultural institutions, and must focus on one of the following:

  • organising, creating and interrogating all collection types
  • evolving institutions for the 21st century
  • fostering digitally enabled equitable participation.

Projects can last up to 36 months.

 

The call opens on the 15th April 2021 and closes on the 08th July 2021.  Further details are available here. For support with your application, contact Dr Elizabeth Penner (eap49@cam.ac.uk)

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9.    CREST commissioning call: understanding of contemporary security threats

 

CREST is seeking to identify and fund innovative and forward-looking economic, behavioural and social science research and research syntheses that will contribute to our understanding of contemporary security threats. Applicants should propose a programme of work that addresses one of the twenty topics specified by the funder. Examples of topics include: 

 

  • Identifying Social Media Influencers and their Impact
  • Evidence Base of Data-driven Personalised Advertising
  • Culture and Effective Messaging Overseas
  • Predicting Narcissism and Risk Appetite from Language Data
  • The Effects of Communication Medium on Working Relationships

For a complete list of topic see the funder’s website. An indicative budget for short projects/research synthesis : is £62,500 (covered at 80% fEC).  An indicative budget for long projects/original research  is £125,000 (covered at 80% fEC). Projects are due to commence after October 2021.  All projects should be complete by December 2022. The funder’s deadline is 5th May 2021. More information can be found on the call page. For support with your application, contact Dr Anna Cieslik (amc238@cam.ac.uk). 

 

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10.           Leverhulme Major Research Fellowships

 

The Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowships call is now open. These Fellowships are appropriate for well-established, distinguished researchers in the humanities and social sciences who wish to complete a piece of original research. The Fellowships fund the salary costs (normally starting at the most junior point of the lecturer scale at the institution concerned) of an individual to undertake the normal duties of the applicant for the duration of the Fellowship. The duration of a Fellowship is for two or three years. The funder’s deadline is 14th May 2021.  More information can be found on the funder’s website. For support with the application contact Dr Anna Cieslik (amc238@cam.ac.uk).

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11.           BA Small Research Grants

 

The BA /Leverhulme Small Research Grants call  will open  on 7th April. These grants are available to support primary research in the humanities and social sciences. These awards, up to £10,000 in value and tenable for up to 24 months, are provided to cover the cost of the expenses arising from a defined research project. Funding provided through the Small Research Grants scheme cannot be used to cover the cost of replacement teaching or payment in lieu of salary. Applications require the approval of the applicant's employing institution, but are not limited to those of any particular status (e.g. Lecturer, Professor etc).  The funder’s application deadline is 2nd June 2021. For more information see the BA website. For support with your application contact Dr Anna Cieslik (amc238@cam.ac.uk). 

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12.           ERC Advanced Grants

 

Support for excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they are already established research leaders with a recognised track record of research achievements. Principal Investigators must demonstrate the ground-breaking nature, ambition and feasibility of their scientific proposal. ERC Advanced Grants are open across all disciplines. Funding of up to €2.5 million per project for projects of up to five years is available.  The call will open on the 20th May 2021, with a deadline of the 31st August 2021. These dates are subject to change pending the ratification of the Horizon Europe Programme.

 

Further details are available here. For support with your application, contact Dr Elizabeth Penner (eap49@cam.ac.uk)

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13.           MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships

 

The 2021 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships (Formerly called the Individual Fellowships) is scheduled to open on the 18th May 2021, with a deadline of 15 September 2021.  These dates are subject to change pending the ratification of the Horizon Europe Programme. MSCA Fellowships are open to all researchers, regardless of discipline; there are no restrictions in terms of years since PhD. MSCA Fellowships are open to researchers regardless of whether their current position is permanent.  At the call deadline, supported researchers must have a maximum of 8 years full-time equivalent experience in research, measured from the date that the researcher was in a possession of a doctoral degree. Years of experience outside research and career breaks (e.g. due to parental leave), will not be taken into account.

The key requirement is mobility: applicant researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the beneficiary (for European Postdoctoral Fellowships), or the host organisation for the outgoing phase (for Global Postdoctoral Fellowships) for more than 12 months in the 36 months immediately before the call deadline. 

Further details are available here. For support with your application, contact Dr Elizabeth Penner (eap49@cam.ac.uk)

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14.           Arts and Humanities Impact Fund

The Arts and Humanities Impact Fund invites applications for funding of up to £10,000 for impact projects in arts and humanities disciplines, as broadly defined within the remit of the AHRC. Applications are invited from any researcher who holds a current contract of employment as a senior independent researcher – at the point of application – with the University. Relevant non-school institutional staff (such as from Museums or Libraries) on academic-related contracts are also eligible to apply. For additional details on other staff who may be eligible, on timelines and assessment criteria, please see the Scheme Guidance Notes. For more information about the Arts and Humanities Fund and about the rolling Flexi Scheme, please visit the scheme webpage.  Applicants are strongly advised to speak to Benedict Kent, A&H Impact Facilitator in good time prior to applying (AHImpact@admin.cam.ac.uk), who can offer one-to-one advice on planned impact activities and feedback on draft applications.  The deadline to apply is 19th April 2021.

 

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15.           Social Science Impact Fund

 

The Social Science Impact Fund (SSIF) aims to support the use of research and expertise through the development of relationships with non-academic stakeholders, beneficiaries, and partners. It is aimed at researchers with UTO status working on subjects within the social sciences and based in any academic department at the University of Cambridge.  Applications are due on 30th  April 2021 and all potential applicants are invited to download the working template and work with the Social Science Impact Facilitator in developing a draft that meets the criteria. For more information see the scheme websiteor contact Dr Tina Basi (jktb2@cam.ac.uk). 

 

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Please forward this information to researchers within your Faculty or Department.

 

Please do contact us if you have any questions (details below).

 

If you would like to receive the AHSS Research and Impact Bulletin directly, you can subscribe via our website

 

Dr Anna Cieslik
School Research Facilitator (UK)

 

School of the Humanities and Social Sciences

School of Arts and Humanities

17 Mill Lane | Cambridge | CB2 1RX

+44 (0)1223 761365

anna.cieslik@admin.cam.ac.uk

www.ahssresearch.group.cam.ac.uk

Dr Elizabeth Penner
School Research Facilitator (International)

 

School of the Humanities and Social Sciences

School of Arts and Humanities

17 Mill Lane | Cambridge | CB2 1RX

+44 (0)1223 331803

elizabeth.penner@admin.cam.ac.uk

www.ahssresearch.group.cam.ac.uk

 

 

AHSS Bulletin 18 February 2021

AHSS Research and Impact Facilitation Bulletin 
18 February 2021

 

Please circulate to researchers in your Faculties/Departments. You can find more information and previous bulletins on the AHSS Research Website.

 

If you’re working on an application for research funding and would like feedback on a draft, please do contact the School’s Research Facilitators – Anna Cieslik(anna.cieslik@admin.cam.ac.uk) and Elizabeth Penner (elizabeth.penner@admin.cam.ac.uk)

Contents:

THEMATIC CALLS

 

  1. UKRI Trustworthy Autonomous Systems programme: responsibility
  2. Linked justice and education data research fellowships
  3. UK-Ireland collaboration in digital humanities (AHRC)
  4. Transformations: Social and Cultural Dynamics in the Digital Age

 

RECURRENT CALLS

 

  1. Nuffield Foundation Research, Development and Analysis Fund
  2. EU FUNDING UPDATE

  

IMPACT

 

  1. Arts and Humanities Impact Fund

 

OFFICE NOTE

 

The School Research Facilitators are working under increased pressure as a result of the pandemic and the school closures. Our priority has always been working with University Teaching Officers. Please do not send us funding enquiries from PhD students and postdoctoral research associates, unless a dedicated Faculty/Department member is willing to work with them towards a grant application. For general questions about postdoctoral funding please direct applicants to the postdoc funding booklet

 

1.    UKRI Trustworthy Autonomous Systems programme: responsibility

This call aims to support creative, multi- and inter-disciplinary research which focuses on the questions of how autonomous systems can be responsibly designed and developed to ensure that they are ethical, legally operational and accountable. It seeks to support research which focuses on new design methodologies, models and techniques that facilitate this identification of responsibilities. The proposed project should integrate researchers from different disciplines, particularly from social sciences, arts and humanities. The awards will range between £400,000 - £700,000, funded at 80% fEC. Funding is available for up to four grants. Successful projects must begin on 1 January 2022 and last 30 months. The funder’s application deadline is 13th May 2021. More information can be found on the call page. For support with your application, contact Dr Anna Cieslik (amc238@cam.ac.uk). 

 

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2.    Linked justice and education data research fellowships

The aim of these Fellowships is to conduct research and analysis through Administrative Data Research (ADR) UK. The projects are expected to show how Ministry of Justice (MoJ) justice data and Department for Education (DfE) educational data could have an impact on policy. The research should include: data discovery and cleaning, policy and public engagement and output production. Projects should last 12 months, with the latest start date of 15th  November  2021. The recommended minimum time commitment is 60%. The UKRI will fund up to £130,000 (at 80%fEC). Applications from both, senior and early career researchers are welcome- the early career researchers need to include a mentor on the application. The funder’s application deadline is 30th  March 2021. More information can be found on the call website. For support with your application, contact Dr Anna Cieslik (amc238@cam.ac.uk). 

 

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3.    UK-Ireland collaboration in digital humanities (AHRC)

UK and Ireland-based researchers are invited to collaborate on projects aimed at the following themes: 

  • digital humanities, emerging technologies and research practices
  • digital humanities and social innovation
  • digital humanities and cultural heritage
  • digital humanities and the creative industries.

Projects are expected to be multidisciplinary, genuinely inclusive and collaborative and involve a balance of research organisations and stakeholders in both countries. AHRC expects to provide up to £400,000, paid at 80% fEC for the UK costs of each funded research project. The IRC will provide up to €270,000 (paid at 100%).  Each award must start by 1 August 2021 and should have a duration of up to 36 months. The funder’s deadline for applications is 18th March 2021. See the call website for more information. For support with your application, contact Dr Anna Cieslik (amc238@cam.ac.uk).

 

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4.    Transformations Social and Cultural Dynamics in the Digital Age

 

 CHANSE, Collaboration of Humanities and Social Sciences in Europe, is a joint initiative of 27 research funding organisations from 24 countries. It has announced a call for new and innovative research into the workings, meaning and consequences of transformations and innovations in the present digital age, viewed through the lens of the social and cultural dynamics. Whilst the call text does not preclude comparison with or investigation into other regions, every proposal must demonstrate a strong European dimension, i.e. investigating the changes taking place/affecting Europe as a whole, or at the level of a European country, city, community, etc. The project team must be composed of at least four Principal Investigators, i.e. partners, from four or more different countries participating in the call. CHANSE will fund projects of up to 1 500 000 EUR, for the duration of 24-36 months. The funder’s deadline for outline proposals is 7th May 2021. For more details on the scheme and a list of countries participating in the call see the call website. For support with your application, contact Dr Elizabeth Penner (Elizabeth.penner@admin.cam.ac.uk). 

 

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5.    Nuffield Foundation Research, Development and Analysis Fund 

 

These grants fund rigorous and impartial research, development, and analysis projects in the focus areas of Education, Welfare and Justice. The grant requests should usually be between £10,000 and £500,000, for projects between 6 months and 3 years. Indirect costs for and estates costs for permanent staff and PIs in HEIs are ineligible. Applicants must have formal employment or other affiliation with the institution hosting the grant. The deadline for outline applications is 15th March 2021. For more information see the Foundation’s website. For support with the application contact Dr Anna Cieslik (amc238@cam.ac.uk).

 

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6.    EU Funding update

 

Under the terms of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA), the UK will participate in the Horizon Europe Programme as an Associated Country. This means that UK organisations will be able to participate in nearly all parts of Horizon Europe, including the European Research Council and Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions.

 

ERC Tentative Deadline Dates (subject to the adoption of Horizon Europe and the ERC Work Programme 2021). While these dates are still awaiting confirmation, we will be working towards the following deadlines.  

 

Starting Grants | ERC-2021-StG
Open: tbc
Deadline: 24-03-2021 (tbc)

 

Consolidator Grants | ERC-2021-CoG
Open: tbc
Deadline: 20-04-2021 (tbc)

Advanced Grants | ERC-2021-AdG
Open: tbc
Deadline: 31-08-2021 (tbc)

 

UKRO are holding several webinars on applying for ERC grants and the content of these sessions will be made available on their portal. 

The British Academy is also running an ERC Starting Grant webinar on 25 February 2021.  Register here.

For support with your applications or to discuss EU funding opportunities, please contact Dr Elizabeth Penner (eap49@cam.ac.uk)

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7.    Arts and Humanities Impact Fund

The Arts and Humanities Impact Fund invites applications for funding of up to £10,000 for impact projects in arts and humanities disciplines, as broadly defined within the remit of the AHRC. Applications are invited from any researcher who holds a current contract of employment as a senior independent researcher – at the point of application – with the University. Relevant non-school institutional staff (such as from Museums or Libraries) on academic-related contracts are also eligible to apply. For additional details on other staff who may be eligible, on timelines and assessment criteria, please see the Scheme Guidance Notes. For more information about the Arts and Humanities Fund and about the rolling Flexi Scheme, please visit the scheme webpage.  Applicants are strongly advised to speak to Benedict Kent, A&H Impact Facilitator in good time prior to applying (AHImpact@admin.cam.ac.uk), who can offer one-to-one advice on planned impact activities and feedback on draft applications.  The deadline to apply is 19th April 2021.

 

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Please forward this information to researchers within your Faculty or Department.

 

Please do contact me if you have any questions (details below).

 

If you would like to receive the AHSS Research and Impact Bulletin directly, you can subscribe via our website.

AHSS Bulletin 23 November 2020

AHSS Research and Impact Facilitation Bulletin
23 November 2020

 

Please circulate to researchers in your Faculties/Departments. You can find more information and previous bulletins on the AHSS Research Website.

 

If you’re working on an application for research funding and would like feedback on a draft, please do contact the School’s Research Facilitator – Anna Cieslik (anna.cieslik@admin.cam.ac.uk)

Contents:

THEMATIC CALLS

 

  1. BA Education Research in Conflict and Crisis – Bilateral Research Chairs   
  2. ESRC-Taiwan networking grant
  3. AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Urgency Grants pilot

 

RECURRENT CALLS

 

  1. UK-German collaborative research projects in the humanities: NEW
  2. Leverhulme Trust Research Centres: NEW
  3. British Academy Conferences: NEW
  4. Wellcome Trust Research Fellowships in Humanities and Social Science
  5. Leverhulme Trust Emeritus Fellowships

 

IMPACT/EVENTS

  1. Engaging the public with Census 2021
  2. UKRI Healthy Aging Catalyst Awards

 

  1. BA Education Research in Conflict and Crisis – Bilateral Research Chairs

The British Academy is inviting proposals to support bilateral partnership research chairs delivering a programme on education research in conflict and crisis. The application must be submitted by a named applicant in partnership with two named institutions, at least one of which must be from institutions in the Middle East, Eastern Africa, Western Africa, Myanmar and Bangladesh. Institutions applying to host a research chair can be included in up to three applications. Thus, this call is subject to the University’s restricted calls policy. See the email circulated by the Research Strategy Office on 20.10.2020. The internal application deadline is 26 November. The established researcher will develop the research strength of their institutions and their impact as well as strong and tangible partnerships between research institutions. Awards of up to £555,000 over three years are available. Funding includes salary costs, funding for the programme of research, other researchers, masters and doctoral students, and support for the institutions to administer and support the chair. Awards are expected to run for three years starting from September 2021. The funder’s deadline for submissions is Wednesday 20th January 2021 by 17h00. See the BA website for more information. For support with your application, contact Dr Anna Cieslik (amc238@cam.ac.uk)

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  1. ESRC – Taiwan Networking Grant

This call seeks to improve the connectivity between UK and Taiwan social science research communities, by providing funding to groups of researchers to foster new connections and develop common research agendas. Proposals should contain a UK component, to be funded by ESRC, and a Taiwan component, to be funded by MOST. The maximum proposal length is 18 months. The total UK component of a proposal may be a maximum of £31,000 (at 80% FEC). The Taiwan component of the proposal has an equivalent limit of NT$1,240,000 (funded at 100%). The funder’s deadline for submission is 16h00 on the 7th January 2021.  See the scheme website for more information. For support with your application, contact Dr Anna Cieslik (amc238@cam.ac.uk).

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  1. AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Urgency Grants pilot

The primary focus of this scheme is to provide an accelerated route for funding projects where there is a demonstrably time-limited window of opportunity to conduct research or deliver project impact/outputs. Proposals which primarily seek to address and mitigate the health, social, economic, cultural and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak will not be accepted for consideration under this pilot call. Proposals are expected to meet a development need or challenge in low- or middle-income countries (LMICs)to address the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Applications for up to £150,000  (at fEC) for a period of up to 18 months may be submitted at any time during the period of the pilot scheme. The pilot Scheme will close to new expressions of interest at 16h00 on 31 January 2021. For more information, see the call website. For support with your application, contact Dr Anna Cieslik (amc238@cam.ac.uk)

 

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  1. UK-German collaborative research projects in the humanities

 

The German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) have launched a call for collaborative research proposals, bringing together arts and humanities researchers in the UK and Germany to conduct joint projects. Up to £350,000 is available for projects of up to three years. Research projects can address any area of arts and humanities, including law and linguistics. Applicants should demonstrate the added value which cross-national collaboration will make to advancing research. The funder’s deadline is 24 February 2021 23:00 UK time.  See the UKRI website for more information. For support with your application, contact Dr Anna Cieslik (amc238@cam.ac.uk)

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  1. Leverhulme Research Centres

This call is expected to open in January 2021. The University is only permitted to submit one bid, thus an internal selection procedure is expected to be advertised soon.

Research Centres do not only conduct research of outstanding originality but also aspire to achieve a significant step-change in scholarship. The Trust’s aim is to encourage new approaches that may establish or reshape a field of study and so transform our understanding of a significant contemporary topic. Applicants are therefore invited to be bold in compiling their bids. Up to £1 million per annum is available for between 5 and 10 years, with an appropriate mid-grant review. At least 75% of the resources requested must be used to provide funding for research staff (research assistants, postgraduate students, replacement teaching costs). See the Leverhulme Trust website for more information. For support with your application, contact Dr Anna Cieslik (amc238@cam.ac.uk).

 

 

  1. British Academy Conferences

 

The British Academy Conferences scheme presents an opportunity for UK-based scholars to run a landmark event as part of the Academy’s events programme.  Awards are for conferences to be held in 2022. Up to £20,000 per conference is available. For conferences on health and wellbeing under the British Academy / Wellcome Trust scheme, the upper limit of awards is £30,000. The funder’s deadline is 27 Jan 2021 - 17:00. See the BA website for more information. For support with your application, contact Dr Anna Cieslik (amc238@cam.ac.uk).

 

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  1. Wellcome Trust Research Fellowships in Humanities and Social Science

 

This scheme supports postdoctoral researchers in health-related humanities and social sciences who do not hold established academic posts. The Wellcome Trust preliminary application deadline is 17h00 on 5th January 2021. The total award is up to £275,000 and duration of funding is available for up to three years. See the funder’s website for more information. For support with your application, contact Dr Anna Cieslik (amc238@cam.ac.uk).

 

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  1. Leverhulme Trust Emeritus Fellowships

 

The Emeritus Fellowship is available for senior researchers who have retired or partially retired from an academic post to complete a research project and prepare the results for publication. The fellowship award is up to £24,000 to cover research expenses. Personal maintenance allowance or remuneration for the applicant is not an eligible expense.   The duration of the fellowship is between 3 and 24 months.  The funder’s deadline is 4 February 2021, 4pm. See the website for more information.

 

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  1. Engaging the public with Census 2021

 

These awards are for public engagement activity linked to Census 2021.  Applicants are encouraged to think creatively about the project and to embrace diverse public engagement methods. The activity must take place in early 2021 (between February and April). The AHRC and the ESRC will award grants of up to £10,000. The funder’s deadline for submitting an application is 16h00 on 15th December 2020. See the website for more information. For support with your application, contact Dr Benedict Kent (ahimpact@admin.cam.ac.uk).

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  1. UKRI Healthy Aging Catalyst Awards

 

In partnership with Zinc, the UKRI is offering grants of £50,000 (£62,500 100% fEC) and innovation support to turn ambitious ideas into workable products and services. The scheme is part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) Healthy Ageing Challenge and is open to researchers working at any career level in fields that can be applied to healthy ageing. Zinc is particularly keen to hear from early career researchers, those from an arts, humanities and social science background, and have them be the PI on the applications. The funder is looking for applicants who are passionate about applying their research to healthy ageing and committed to maximising the impact of their work, whether through policy change, the market, or a social movement. Zinc are offering a co-creation application process where they will get to know the individual, the problem they are trying to solve and help them prepare the best possible proposal through a series of workshops and interviews from January through May. Expressions of interest will need to be submitted in February and final applications in May 2021. The programme of support starts in September 2021 and last 9 months. The duration of the grant is 12 months. See the website for more information. For support with your application, contact Dr Benedict Kent (ahimpact@admin.cam.ac.uk).

 

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Dr Anna Cieslik
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School of Arts and Humanities

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