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The AHSS research and impact support team sends out a frequent Bulletin with news of the latest funding opportunities and training events.

You can find the most recent bulletins below.

 

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AHSS Bulletin 6 February 2019

AHSS Research and Impact Facilitation Bulletin
6 February 2019

 

Please circulate to Researchers in your Faculties/Departments.

Contents:

FUNDING
1. UKRI GCRF Collective Programme funding calls - NEW

2. Arts and Humanities Impact Fund: Open Call – NEW

3. Health Systems Research Initiative

4. Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminars

5. CONFAP/Newton fellowships

 

TRAINING AND EVENTS

6. Impact Workshops – registration now open – NEW

7. GCRF funding information session – NEW

8. Collaborating with University of Cambridge Museums to Enhance Research Impact - NEW

 

SECONDMENT OPPORTUNITY

9. ESRC Secondments to the Industrial Strategy Council - NEW

 

 

1. UKRI GCRF Collective Programme funding calls

 

ESRC and AHRC have announced several upcoming GCRF funding calls. The research supported through these calls will contribute to the UK’s ODA commitment to LMICs. If you are interested in applying for GCRF funding, please come to the GCRF funding information session. See information in Point 7, below.

 

The currently open calls are:

 

  • Development-based approaches to protracted displacement (£1 million and £3 million for 36 months, closing date 8 May).
  • Equitable resilience (up to £1 million for 36 months, Expression of Interest deadline: 7 March)
  • Gender and intersectionality as a driver of sustainable development (network plus grant, up to £4.75 million over 48 months, Expression of Interest deadline 11 March, full proposal 11 April)
  • Education as a driver of sustainable development (network plus grant, £4.75 million over 36 months, Expression of Interest deadline 11 March, full proposal 11 April )
  • Early Childhood Education (£ 2 million, up to 48 months, deadline: 1 May)
  • Health in Context (£1 million - £2million, up to 36 months, deadline for outline applications: 2 April, full applications: 12 September)

 

The upcoming calls are:

  • Sustainable energy and international development: beyond technology (call for proposals expected in April 2019)
  • (Re)thinking the off-grid city: Human-infrastructure interactions (no launch date announced)
  • Preventing Conflict, Building Sustainable and Inclusive Peace (network plus grant, town hall meetings in February and March)
  • Protection in Contexts of Conflict and Displacement (network plus grant, town hall meetings in February and March)
  • Education in Conflict and Crisis Research (network plus grant, town hall meetings in February and March)
  • Cultures, Behaviours and Histories of Agriculture, Food, and Nutrition (call for proposals expected in February 2019)

 

If you are interested in applying to any of these schemes, consider starting to plan your research project now. Do check the UKRI GCRF Collective Programme website for further details and information about upcoming town hall meetings.

 

If you have any questions, contact Dr Anna Cieslik (amc238@cam.ac.uk)

 

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2. Arts and Humanities Impact Fund: Open Call

 

Arts and Humanities Impact Fund awards will be made available to fund work which will significantly increase the probability of the ideas and findings generated by the research having an impact on the private, public and third sectors.

 

Completed applications (including digital approval from the relevant Head of Faculty/Department) should be submitted using the digital application form by 5pm on Friday 22 March 2019. Applications are invited from any researcher active within arts and humanities who holds a current contract of employment as a senior independent researcher – at the point of application – with the University.

 

Please see the following page for further information about the fund, eligibility criteria and the application process: https://www.ahssresearch.group.cam.ac.uk/AH-Impact-Fund/Intro

 

Researchers considering making applications should contact the Impact Facilitator, Julianne Pigott, in the first instance for a conversation about their proposal.

 

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3. Health Systems Research Initiative

 

The Department for International Development, the Economic and Social Research Council, the Medical Research Council and Wellcome jointly fund the Health Systems Research Initiative.

Social Science research is eligible under this scheme, which addresses key questions on strengthening health systems in developing countries. Large, stand-alone research project grants (approximately £400,000-£800,000) and smaller, exploratory foundation grants (£200,000) are available. Projects with PIs from LMICs are strongly encouraged and all proposals must include Co-Investigators (Co-Is) from the LMIC in which the research is taking place.

For more details, including examples of questions and previously funded projects see funder’s website.

The deadline for outline applications is 14 Feb 2019 16:00 GMT.

 

If you have any questions, contact Dr Anna Cieslik (amc238@cam.ac.uk)

 

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4. Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminars

 

The University has been invited to put forward an application to the Mellon Foundation’s Sawyer Seminar programme. Sawyer Seminars are, in effect, temporary research centres, lasting for one year. The aim of the Seminars is to bring together faculty, foreign visitors, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students from a variety of fields mainly, but not exclusively, in the arts, humanities, and interpretive social sciences, for intensive study of subjects chosen by the participants. Funding of up to $225,000 per project is available. More information is available on the Mellon Foundation’s Sawyer Seminars web pages.

 

An internal selection procedure is in operation for this call. Researchers are invited to submit a short application using the attached document by emailing it to matt.hann@admin.cam.ac.uk no later than 4pm on Friday 22nd February. The proposal selected to be put forward to the Mellon Foundation will then need to be completed to meet the Foundation’s deadline of 29th March (and the ROO deadline of 5 working days before this – 22nd March).

 

If you have any questions, please contact matt.hann@admin.cam.ac.uk 

 

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5. CONFAP-Newton Fellowships

 

Brazilian State Funding Agencies are launching a call for proposals offering support to researchers based in UK Universities and Research Institutions, who are willing to work in research institutions in Brazil, in collaboration with local colleagues. These activities are under the auspice of the Newton Fund, an initiative that aims to develop the long-term sustainable growth and welfare of partner countries and is part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance commitment. Three modes of funding are available:

 

a) Fellowships

b) Research Mobility Grants

c)  Young Investigator Grants

 

For details about eligibility and levels of funding see the funder’s website. The application deadline is 29 March 2019 and 12.00 midday Brasilia time.

 

If you have any questions, contact Dr Matt Hann (matt.hann@admin.cam.ac.uk)

 

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6. Impact Workshops – *Registration Open*

 

Researchers are invited to participate in one or more of a series of short lunchtime workshops designed to address the greatest challenges in research impact – identifying audiences for your work, planning events that work and evaluating the outcomes of your efforts.

 

Planning for Impact: Stakeholders & Beneficiaries

Seminar Room G, Second Floor, 17 Mill Lane

Wednesday 13 February 2019, 12.30-1.30pm 

 

Planning for Impact: Designing Events 

 

Seminar Room G,  Second Floor, 17 Mill Lane

Wednesday 20 February 2019, 12.30-1.30pm

 

Planning for Impact: Measurement & Evaluation

 

Seminar Room G, Second Floor, 17 Mill Lane

Wednesday 27 February 2019, 12.30-1.30pm 

 

 

For full details of this term’s training provision and to register for one or all of the lunchtime sessions: https://www.ahssresearch.group.cam.ac.uk/impact/ImpactTraining

 

For further information or to discuss a bespoke training session for your Faculty/Department, please contact the Impact Facilitator, Julianne Pigott

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7. GCRF funding information session

 

Several funding calls are currently open for GCRF-related research. This funding stream supports activities that address the challenges defined for developing countries in the

Global Goals for Sustainable Development (the SDGs). The research must have a direct impact on a country (or countries) on the DAC list of Official Development Assistance recipients. If you would like to learn more about GCRF, ODA compliance and upcoming funding opportunities please come to the information session on:

 

Wednesday 27 February, 2 pm to 3.30 pm in Lecture Room 5, Mill Lane Lecture Theatres (1st floor).

 

If you would like to attend, please register on the AHSS research website.

 

If you have any questions, contact Dr Anna Cieslik (amc238@cam.ac.uk)

 

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8. Collaborating with the University of Cambridge Museums to Enhance Research Impact

 

The University of Cambridge Museums consortium is running a workshop aimed at researchers across the University of Cambridge who have early-stage ideas that might link to collections and/or expertise held within the University of Cambridge Museums (UCM) consortium (Fitzwilliam Museum, Kettle’s Yard, Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology, Museum of Zoology, Museum of Classical Archaeology, Whipple Museum of the History of Science, Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, the Polar Museum and Cambridge University Botanic Garden).

 

We’re interested in reaching researchers who have not previously engaged with the UCM or other national or international museums, archives or libraries, as well as knowledge transfer/research facilitators and Directors of Research who support researchers. This workshop will particularly focus on how to collaborate with museums and collections to increase the opportunities for research to have demonstrable benefits for non-academic audiences.

 

The aim of the workshop is to provide an overview of the breadth of activity ongoing at the museums, including evaluation, the wide range of audiences with which we regularly engage, as well as the research that is undertaken by museum staff. Research includes that which is focused around collections, as well as practice-based research and outputs focused on audiences and engagement. Museums and collections are open to members of the public in ways that departments and colleges are not. They can allow researchers to reach a range of diverse audiences, including those that may be harder to engage with.

 

Workshop structure: There will be presentations and case studies from museum staff followed by a short Q&A session. There will then be surgeries for researchers who have ideas for collaborations or would like to discuss their research interests with museum staff to understand what might be possible.

 

If successful, we envisage running this workshop on an annual basis.

 

Sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/collaborating-with-the-university-of-cambridge-museums-to-enhance-the-impact-of-research-tickets-55025380394

 

Any questions, please get in touch with Jo Vine jrv31@cam.ac.uk

 

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9. ESRC Secondments to Industrial Strategy Council

 

The ESRC has announced funding to support four prestigious 6-month secondment opportunities delivering the work programme of the Industrial Strategy Council. The Council members, under the Chairmanship of Andy Haldane, Chief Economist at the Bank of England, are world leading academics, business people and leaders in civic society and bring a wealth of expertise and experience to the work of the Council. The secondments are available to candidates who:

  1. Have a background in economics, statistical analysis or social research. The roles will require a significant amount of analytical and evaluative capability;

 

  1. Are comfortable delivering at pace and under senior scrutiny;

 

  1. Are self-starting and interested in evaluating the way policy delivers on Government’s aims and commitments;

 

  1. Have experience of national or local policy making – whether developing, advising or reviewing;

 

  1. Would benefit from the opportunity of working in Whitehall with exposure to Government structures and senior decision makers.

 

Expressions of interest should be submitted to the University’s ESRC IAA team at iaa@admin.cam.ac.uk before 12 February

 

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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).

 

 

 

With best wishes,

 

Dr Matt Hann
School Research Facilitator (EU and International)

 

School of the Humanities and Social Sciences

School of Arts and Humanities

17 Mill Lane | Cambridge | CB2 1RX

+44 (0)1223 331803

matt.hann@admin.cam.ac.uk

www.ahssresearch.group.cam.ac.uk

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 Julianne Pigott
Arts and Humanities Impact Facilitator

 

School of the Humanities and Social Sciences

School of Arts and Humanities

17 Mill Lane | Cambridge | CB2 1RX

+44 0)1223 764079
julianne.pigott@admin.cam.ac.uk

www.ahssresearch.group.cam.ac.uk

 

AHSS Bulletin 5 March 2019

AHSS Research and Impact Facilitation Bulletin
5 March 2019

 

Please circulate to researchers in your Faculties/Departments.

Contents:

FUNDING
1. Gerda Henkel Foundation Funding Programmes – NEW

2. Nahrein Network research grant awards - NEW

3. Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowships - NEW

4. Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professorships - NEW

5. Understanding Wellbeing: ESRC SDI funding - NEW

6. British Academy Newton International Fellowships - NEW

7. Open Research Area (ORA) for the Social Sciences pre-call - NEW

8. Arts and Humanities Impact Fund: Call Closing 22 March

9. UKRI GCRF Collective Programme funding calls

10. CONFAP-Newton Fellowships

11. CHRG Scheme – closing soon

 

TRAINING AND EVENTS

12. PI Impact Workshop – Wednesday 20 March - NEW

13. Cambridge Enterprise: CONSULTANCY 101, Tuesday 26 March

14. CUSPE-Cambridge County Council 2019 Policy Challenge

 

 

 

1. Gerda Henkel Foundation Funding Programmes – Democracy and Lost Cities

 

The Gerda Henkel Foundation has announced calls for two of its funding programmes: Democracy and Lost Cities

 

Lost Cities is designed to be interdisciplinary and facilitate projects featuring varied dimensions to the examination of abandoned cities; the programme aims to ‘describe the tangible cultures of interpretation, knowledge and perception within … different contexts.’ There is further detail on the Foundation’s web page (https://www.gerda-henkel-stiftung.de/lostcities).

 

Democracy as Utopia, Experience and Threat has a focus on the history of confrontation concerning the basic principles of social order and on the clash between demands for justice and the preservation of the status quo. Projects investigating democracy as utopia, investigating the experience of democracy or the threats deployed by ruling elites are welcomed.

 

For both programmes, projects from groups of researchers (i.e. two or more) are invited, who must already hold doctorates. Funding can be used to cover ‘research scholarships’ or PhD scholarships. For each group of researchers, a maximum of three scholarships can be applied for, together with funds for travel and materials. Other researchers, not funded by the Foundation, may be involved in the project. Projects may last up to 36 months (project stipends can be extended by up to 12 months if the holder becomes a parent during the period covered by the stipend).

 

There is no fixed maximum value for this funding, but the Foundation does specify the rates it will pay for scholarships (https://www.gerda-henkel-stiftung.de/payment?page_id=98118).

 

The deadline for both programmes is 19th June.

 

For more information or to discuss making an application, contact Dr Matt Hann (matt.hann@admin.cam.ac.uk)

 

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2. Nahrein Network research grant awards

 

The AHRC and the Nahrein Network, supported by UNESCO Iraq, invite proposals for their research grant awards. These support collaborative, interdisciplinary research on themes that encourage the sustainable development of history, humanities and heritage in Iraq, Lebanon and Turkey. Two types of funding are offered:

 

  • Small grants of up to £30,000 (FEC) for projects led by Iraqi researchers, or collaborations between Iraqi and UK researchers.
  • Large grants of up to £100,000 (FEC) for collaborations between Iraqi, Lebanese or Turkish and UK researchers.

 

Projects may last up to 18 months. Applications for small grants must be led by an Iraqi, Lebanese or Turkish researcher and do not need UK collaborators. Applications for large grants must be made jointly by researchers in the UK and Iraq who each fulfil these eligibility criteria. Large grants may also involve researchers from other countries. The application deadline is 15th May. You can find more information on the program website. For support with your application contact Dr Anna Cieslik (amc238@cam.ac.uk)

 

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3. Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowships

 

The Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowshps 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 funders deadline is 2nd May 2019.  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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4. Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professorships

 

These awards allow UK institutions to invite an eminent researcher from overseas to enhance the skills and knowledge of the academic staff and/or students. A Visiting Professorship may last for between 3 and 12 months, and tenures of 6 months or more can be spread over 2 or more visits. Applications are invited for a minimum of £10,000 and a maximum of £150,000. The deadline for applications is 9th May 2019.  More information can be found on the funder’s website.

 

If you have any questions, please contact Dr Anna Cieslik (amc238@cam.ac.uk

 

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5. Understanding Wellbeing: ESRC SDI funding

 

With support from the What Works Centre for Wellbeing (WWCW) the ESRC is seeking to fund a small number of projects via a highlight notice to ESRC’s Secondary Data Analysis Initiative (SDAI) open call, with a focus on ‘Understanding Wellbeing’ using secondary data. They are interested in the analysis of secondary data that could lead to further insights surrounding the wellbeing of individuals, communities and the general public in the UK, including the factors that may contribute to wellbeing either positively or negatively. Projects should use existing data resources. Applicants must contact the Centre before submitting an application. The Centre will ascertain whether the proposed project fits within the premise of the highlight notice. Funding is for up to 24 months with a maximum funding contribution per project of £300,000 (100% full Economic Cost (fEC). The deadline for the receipt of proposals under the highlight is 31 March 2019 for the July panel and 31 July 2019 for the November panel. For more guidance on this call see the funder’s website or contact Dr Anna Cieslik (amc238@cam.ac.uk)

 

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6. British Academy Newton International Fellowships

 

The Newton International Fellowships enable researchers to work for two years at a UK institution with the aim of fostering long-term international collaborations. The applicants should have a PhD before the start date of the Fellowship and have no more than seven years of postdoctoral experience. Funding consists of £24,000 per annum for subsistence costs, and up to £8,000 per annum research expenses, as well as a one-off payment of up to £3,000 for relocation expenses. Awards include a contribution to the overheads incurred, at a rate of 50% of the total award to the visiting researcher. Additional Fellowships will be supported through the Newton Fund, specifically for applicants from Newton Fund partner countries (for applications in the humanities and social sciences these include Brazil, Mexico, South Africa and Turkey), subject to available funding. The BA deadline is 27th March 2019. More information can be found on the funder’s website.  Contact Dr Anna Cieslik (amc238@cam.ac.uk) if you have any questions about this program.

 

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7. Open Research Area (ORA) for the Social Sciences

 

The ESRC – together with the Agence nationale de la Recherche (ANR) in France, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) in Germany, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) – has published a pre-call announcement for the 2019 Open Research Area (ORA) for the Social Sciences call. Proposals will be accepted for research projects in any area of the social sciences and must involve researchers from any combination of three or more participating countries. The proposed research should be integrated across the participating countries, and expected to make an original and significant contribution to scientific knowledge. This year’s call will follow a two-stage procedure in assessment, but both the outline and the full proposal are to be submitted at the same time

 

Full details will be made available in April, with the closing date expected to fall in July. Applications for this year’s ORA call are to be made via Je-S.

 

For more information or to discuss making an application, contact Dr Matt Hann (matt.hann@admin.cam.ac.uk)

 

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8. Arts and Humanities Impact Fund: Call Closing 22 March

 

Arts and Humanities Impact Fund awards will be made available to fund work which will significantly increase the probability of the ideas and findings generated by the research having an impact on the private, public and third sectors.

 

Completed applications (including digital approval from the relevant Head of Faculty/Department) should be submitted using the digital application form by 5pm on Friday 22 March 2019. Applications are invited from any researcher active within arts and humanities who holds a current contract of employment as a senior independent researcher – at the point of application – with the University.

 

Please see the following page for further information about the fund, eligibility criteria and the application process: https://www.ahssresearch.group.cam.ac.uk/AH-Impact-Fund/Intro

 

Researchers considering making applications should contact the Impact Facilitator, Julianne Pigott, in the first instance for a conversation about their proposal. The final drop-in Impact Clinic of Lent term takes place at the Arc Café on Thursday 14th March.

 

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9. UKRI GCRF Collective Programme funding calls

 

ESRC and AHRC have announced several upcoming GCRF funding calls. The research supported through these calls will contribute to the UK’s ODA commitment to LMICs.

 

The currently open calls are:

  • Development-based approaches to protracted displacement (£1 million and £3 million for 36 months, closing date 8 May).
  • Equitable resilience (up to £1 million for 36 months, Expression of Interest deadline: 7 March)
  • Gender and intersectionality as a driver of sustainable development (network plus grant, up to £4.75 million over 48 months, Expression of Interest deadline 11 March, full proposal 11 April)
  • Education as a driver of sustainable development (network plus grant, £4.75 million over 36 months, Expression of Interest deadline 11 March, full proposal 11 April )
  • Early Childhood Education (£ 2 million, up to 48 months, deadline: 1 May)
  • Health in Context (£1 million - £2million, up to 36 months, deadline for outline applications: 2 April, full applications: 12 September)

 

The upcoming calls are:

  • Sustainable energy and international development: beyond technology (call for proposals expected in April 2019)
  • (Re)thinking the off-grid city: Human-infrastructure interactions (no launch date announced)
  • Preventing Conflict, Building Sustainable and Inclusive Peace (network plus grant, town hall meetings in February and March)
  • Protection in Contexts of Conflict and Displacement (network plus grant, town hall meetings in February and March)
  • Education in Conflict and Crisis Research (network plus grant, town hall meetings in February and March)
  • Cultures, Behaviours and Histories of Agriculture, Food, and Nutrition (call for proposals expected in February 2019)

 

If you are interested in applying to any of these schemes, consider starting to plan your research project now. Do check the UKRI GCRF Collective Programme website for further details and information about upcoming town hall meetings.

 

If you have any questions, contact Dr Anna Cieslik (amc238@cam.ac.uk)

 

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10. CONFAP-Newton Fellowships

 

Brazilian State Funding Agencies are launching a call for proposals offering support to researchers based in UK Universities and Research Institutions, who are willing to work in research institutions in Brazil, in collaboration with local colleagues. These activities are under the auspice of the Newton Fund, an initiative that aims to develop the long-term sustainable growth and welfare of partner countries and is part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance commitment. Three modes of funding are available:

 

a) Fellowships

b) Research Mobility Grants

c)  Young Investigator Grants

 

For details about eligibility and levels of funding see the funder’s website. The application deadline is 29 March 2019 and 12.00 midday Brasilia time.

 

If you have any questions, contact Dr Matt Hann (matt.hann@admin.cam.ac.uk)

 

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11. Cambridge Humanities Research Grants Scheme 2018-19 (Round 2) – closing soon

 

The Lent round of the CHRG scheme is currently open; the deadline for applications is midnight on Monday 11 March 2019. The scheme notes can be found here and Tier 3 now welcomes applications for collaborations with any institution outside the UK that can provide matched funding.

 

The application system is online only, via the portal at: https://webservices.admin.cam.ac.uk/ncbk/gabb/fp.cgi  

 

For more information on the CHRG, visit: https://www.ahssresearch.group.cam.ac.uk/CHRG  

 

Any queries regarding the CHRG can be directed to GrantsAHSS@admin.cam.ac.uk

 

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12. PI Impact Workshop, Wednesday 20 March

 

This session will provide current and prospective Principal Investigators with an overview of best practices and recent developments in the impact landscape. The primary focus will be on the pre-award space and how to prepare the impact components of AHRC and ESRC funding applications but the Impact Facilitator will also provide guidance on how to design engaging impact activities and strategies for implementing and evaluating those plans, once funding has been secured. There will also be an opportunity to review and discuss documents created as part of recently funded impact projects.

 

Full details and registration here

 

For further information or to discuss a bespoke training session for your Faculty/Department, please contact the Impact Facilitator, Julianne Pigott

 

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13. Cambridge Enterprise: CONSULTANCY 101, Tuesday 26 March

 

Are you considering becoming a consultant? Perhaps you are already consulting, but want to find out how to work more effectively, get the best price for your skills, or discover how to simplify your administrative work? Want to hear from University researchers who are already undertaking consultancy work?

 

Cambridge Enterprise is delighted to offer this half-day training course to academics and researchers employed by the University. We will share expertise on best practice, insurance and liability, and tips on making your life easier. We’ll also troubleshoot some of the key issues faced by consultants.

 

This is an ideal opportunity to develop your skills. The workshop will offer a refresher for those already acting as consultants, and an introduction for those considering consultancy in the near future.

 

The workshop includes:

 

  • the benefits of undertaking consultancy work
  • how to pursue consultancy work effectively in support of your research
  • key issues surrounding confidentiality, intellectual property and liability
  • a panel of consultants from the University sharing their experience, followed by a Q&A session
  • networking lunch with Cambridge Enterprise trainers and panel speakers
  • how Cambridge Enterprise can help you undertake consultancy more effectively

 

Register your interest:
https://www.enterprise.cam.ac.uk/our-services/academics-researchers-and-students/be-a-consultant/consultancy-101/

 

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14. CUSPE-Cambridge County Council 2019 Policy Challenge

 

The Policy Challenges programme, a collaboration between the Cambridge University Science and Policy Exchange (CUSPE) and the Cambridgeshire County Council, offers an exciting opportunity for early-career researchers to develop knowledge and experience in policymaking while working in small teams on key policy issues identified by elected county councillors.

 

During the past two rounds of the programme, the evidence and recommendations brought forward by researchers have been warmly received by senior management and elected representatives within the Council in addressing key policy issues in the county. For researchers, the Policy Challenges are an opportunity to apply analytical and other transferable skills to a practical policy setting, while gaining a better understanding of the policy environment and contributing to the local community. From March until September 2019, teams of 3 to 4 researchers will work directly with the Council to address a particular question. The 2019 Policy Challenges are open to ECRs from all disciplines, including PhD researchers and postdocs; applications to participate must be submitted before Friday 15 March.

 

Register for the initial information/discussion event, which takes place on Thursday 07 March at 7pm in the Pavilion Room, Hughes Hall here.

 

Apply to participate in the scheme here.

 

Further details and contact information available on the CUSPE website

 

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AHSS Bulletin 26 March 2019

AHSS Research and Impact Facilitation Bulletin
26 March 2019

 

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

 

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

 

Contents:

FUNDING
1. New AHSS Research Website

2. AHRC Being Human, Festival Funding: Call Closing 8 April 2019 – NEW

3. Wellcome Trust awards paused - NEW

4. BA Small Grants - NEW

5. Gerda Henkel Foundation Funding Programmes

6. Nahrein Network research grant awards

7. Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowships

8. Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professorships

9. Open Research Area (ORA) for the Social Sciences pre-call

10. UKRI GCRF Collective Programme funding calls

 

TRAINING AND EVENTS

11. ERC Advanced Grants information event – expressions of interest

 

 

 

1. New AHSS Research website

 

The new AHSS Research website is now live!

 

The URL remains the same – www.ahssresearch.group.cam.ac.uk – but you will now find updated content, improved navigation and a cleaner, easier to use design.

 

More content and new events will be appearing over the coming days and weeks. If you think there’s something that should be added, please do get in touch with either Matt Hann (matt.hann@admin.cam.ac.uk) or Anna Cieslik (anna.cieslik@admin.cam.ac.uk).

 

 

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2. AHRC Being Human, Festival Funding: Call Closing 8 April 2019

 

Led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the British Academy, Being Human is the UK’s only national festival of the humanities.

 

In November each year the festival brings together universities, museums, galleries, archives, independent research organisations, community and commercial partners to make research in the humanities accessible to non-specialist audiences and demonstrate its relevance to our everyday lives. The 2019 festival will take place 14-23 November on the theme ‘Discoveries & Secrets’.

 

Opportunities to run events are for researchers at any career stage or with/without any experience of delivering public engagement events.

 

The festival makes funding available to researchers to support activities: £1,500 to deliver a single event/activity and £2,000 to £4,000 to coordinate activities as a festival hub. The funding application deadline is 5pm on 08 April but activity proposals will be accepted until 03 June 2019.

 

See here for full information on the funding pathways, including application materials.

 

Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Arts and Humanities Impact Facilitator, Julianne Pigott (julianne.pigott@admin.cam.ac.uk) for advice on designing impactful public engagement activities before submitting applications.

 

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3. Wellcome Trust Awards paused

 

The Wellcome Trust will pause the HSS Investigator and Collaborative Awards schemes for one year from mid-2020. This means that there are two rounds left to apply for these schemes: July 2019 and January 2020. The Trust is shifting focus to two new schemes that will be launched in July 2019: the “International Exchange Awards” (for groups of researchers based in at least two countries) and the “Research Development Awards” (infrastructure funding).  More details will follow soon. Check the Wellcome Trust’s website for more information.

 

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4. BA Small Grants

 

The British Academy Small Research Grants scheme is now open. This funding is available to facilitate initial project planning and development; to support the direct costs of research; and to enable the advancement of research through workshops or conferences, or visits by or to partner scholars. The project must have an identifiable research outcome. The maximum funding amount is £10,000 for up to 24 months, for direct expenses only. More information can be found on the BA website.

 

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5. Gerda Henkel Foundation Funding Programmes – Democracy and Lost Cities

 

The Gerda Henkel Foundation has announced calls for two of its funding programmes: Democracy and Lost Cities

 

Lost Cities is designed to be interdisciplinary and facilitate projects featuring varied dimensions to the examination of abandoned cities; the programme aims to ‘describe the tangible cultures of interpretation, knowledge and perception within … different contexts.’ There is further detail on the Foundation’s web page (https://www.gerda-henkel-stiftung.de/lostcities).

 

Democracy as Utopia, Experience and Threat has a focus on the history of confrontation concerning the basic principles of social order and on the clash between demands for justice and the preservation of the status quo. Projects investigating democracy as utopia, investigating the experience of democracy or the threats deployed by ruling elites are welcomed.

 

For both programmes, projects from groups of researchers (i.e. two or more) are invited, who must already hold doctorates. Funding can be used to cover ‘research scholarships’ or PhD scholarships. For each group of researchers, a maximum of three scholarships can be applied for, together with funds for travel and materials. Other researchers, not funded by the Foundation, may be involved in the project. Projects may last up to 36 months (project stipends can be extended by up to 12 months if the holder becomes a parent during the period covered by the stipend).

 

There is no fixed maximum value for this funding, but the Foundation does specify the rates it will pay for scholarships (https://www.gerda-henkel-stiftung.de/payment?page_id=98118).

 

The deadline for both programmes is 19th June.

 

For more information or to discuss making an application, contact Dr Matt Hann (matt.hann@admin.cam.ac.uk)

 

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6. Nahrein Network research grant awards

 

The AHRC and the Nahrein Network, supported by UNESCO Iraq, invite proposals for their research grant awards. These support collaborative, interdisciplinary research on themes that encourage the sustainable development of history, humanities and heritage in Iraq, Lebanon and Turkey. Two types of funding are offered:

 

  • Small grants of up to £30,000 (FEC) for projects led by Iraqi researchers, or collaborations between Iraqi and UK researchers.
  • Large grants of up to £100,000 (FEC) for collaborations between Iraqi, Lebanese or Turkish and UK researchers.

 

Projects may last up to 18 months. Applications for small grants must be led by an Iraqi, Lebanese or Turkish researcher and do not need UK collaborators. Applications for large grants must be made jointly by researchers in the UK and Iraq who each fulfil these eligibility criteria. Large grants may also involve researchers from other countries. The application deadline is 15th May. You can find more information on the program website. For support with your application contact Dr Anna Cieslik (amc238@cam.ac.uk)

 

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7. Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowships

 

The Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowshps 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 funders deadline is 2nd May 2019.  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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8. Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professorships

 

These awards allow UK institutions to invite an eminent researcher from overseas to enhance the skills and knowledge of the academic staff and/or students. A Visiting Professorship may last for between 3 and 12 months, and tenures of 6 months or more can be spread over 2 or more visits. Applications are invited for a minimum of £10,000 and a maximum of £150,000. The deadline for applications is 9th May 2019.  More information can be found on the funder’s website.

 

If you have any questions, please contact Dr Anna Cieslik (amc238@cam.ac.uk

 

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9. Open Research Area (ORA) for the Social Sciences

 

The ESRC – together with the Agence nationale de la Recherche (ANR) in France, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) in Germany, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) – has published a pre-call announcement for the 2019 Open Research Area (ORA) for the Social Sciences call. Proposals will be accepted for research projects in any area of the social sciences and must involve researchers from any combination of three or more participating countries. The proposed research should be integrated across the participating countries, and expected to make an original and significant contribution to scientific knowledge. This year’s call will follow a two-stage procedure in assessment, but both the outline and the full proposal are to be submitted at the same time

 

Full details will be made available in April, with the closing date expected to fall in July. Applications for this year’s ORA call are to be made via Je-S.

 

For more information or to discuss making an application, contact Dr Matt Hann (matt.hann@admin.cam.ac.uk)

 

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10. UKRI GCRF Collective Programme funding calls

 

ESRC and AHRC have announced several upcoming GCRF funding calls. The research supported through these calls will contribute to the UK’s ODA commitment to LMICs.

 

The currently open calls are:

  • Development-based approaches to protracted displacement (£1 million and £3 million for 36 months, closing date 8 May).
  • Equitable resilience (up to £1 million for 36 months, Expression of Interest deadline: 7 March)
  • Gender and intersectionality as a driver of sustainable development (network plus grant, up to £4.75 million over 48 months, Expression of Interest deadline 11 March, full proposal 11 April)
  • Education as a driver of sustainable development (network plus grant, £4.75 million over 36 months, Expression of Interest deadline 11 March, full proposal 11 April )
  • Early Childhood Education (£ 2 million, up to 48 months, deadline: 1 May)
  • Health in Context (£1 million - £2million, up to 36 months, deadline for outline applications: 2 April, full applications: 12 September)

 

The upcoming calls are:

  • Sustainable energy and international development: beyond technology (call for proposals expected in April 2019)
  • (Re)thinking the off-grid city: Human-infrastructure interactions (no launch date announced)
  • Preventing Conflict, Building Sustainable and Inclusive Peace (network plus grant, town hall meetings in February and March)
  • Protection in Contexts of Conflict and Displacement (network plus grant, town hall meetings in February and March)
  • Education in Conflict and Crisis Research (network plus grant, town hall meetings in February and March)
  • Cultures, Behaviours and Histories of Agriculture, Food, and Nutrition (call for proposals expected in February 2019)

 

If you are interested in applying to any of these schemes, consider starting to plan your research project now. Do check the UKRI GCRF Collective Programme website for further details and information about upcoming town hall meetings.

 

If you have any questions, contact Dr Anna Cieslik (amc238@cam.ac.uk)

 

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11. ERC Advanced Grant information session – call for expressions of interest

 

ERC Advanced Grants provide up to €2.5 million of funding over five years for researchers with significant track records of research to undertake a ground-breaking, high-risk project in any discipline.

 

Although the political process around Brexit has yet to be fully resolved, it is possible that researchers at Cambridge may be able to apply for ERC Advanced Grants this summer (the deadline is 29 August).

 

If there is sufficient interest in the ERC Advanced Grants scheme, then an information session will take place, probably in late May. If you would be interested in finding out more about ERC Advanced Grants, please complete the (very short!) online form or email Matt Hann (matt.hann@admin.cam.ac.uk). 

 

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