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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.  

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AHSS Bulletin 1 May 2022

AHSS Research and Impact Facilitation Bulletin

May 2022

 

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 Lucy Sheerman (Impact Facilitator).

 

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

 

Training

 

Workshops & Events

 

 

Research cultural heritage, society and ethics with European partners

Summary: This funding opportunity is for transnational research teams who wish to explore cultural heritage and how it relates to ethics. There are two complementary themes.

Cultural heritage and economic development

Researchers could explore:

  • how cultural heritage can contribute to the development of sustainable experience-based economies without being put at risk
  • how the non-utilitarian value of cultural heritage can be promoted in the context of its growing commercialisation.

Cultural heritage and sustainable strategies

Researchers could explore the relationship between cultural heritage, democratic values and politics from a historical perspective. They should emphasise:

  • the construction of conflicting narratives resulting from the use and misuse of cultural heritage
  • the contribution of cultural heritage to sustainable and ethical behaviours and policies.

See the ANR website for further details. Projects must last between 24 and 36 months.

 

This funding opportunity is being run by the Agence Nationale de la Recherche. Other partners include: Agencia Estatal de Investigación (AEI), Spain; Belgian Science Policy Office (BELSPO), Belgium; Dutch Research Council (NWO), the Netherlands; Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI), Romania; Lietuvos mokslo taryba (Research Council of Lithuania, LMT), Lithuania; Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MŠMT), Czech Republic; Research Council of Norway (RCN), Norway.

Award: Up to €250,000, funded by AHRC at 80% fEC.

Deadline: 23 May 2022

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Elizabeth Penner

 

MyWorld collaborative research and development (Innovate UK)

Summary: MyWorld provides opportunities to create, deliver and understand experiences in creative sectors and is fuelled by research excellence industrial success, and a history of collaboration between technologists and creative artists, industry and academia in the West of England. The aim of this competition is to support business focused research and innovation in the creative industries. The project must focus on screen based and immersive technologies within the creative sector industries.

Award: Between £100,000 and £200,000

Deadline: 1 June 2022

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

 

Knowledge transfer partnerships: 2022 to 2023, round two (Innovate UK)

Summary: This programme allows UK businesses of not for profit organisations to partner with an academic researchers. The partnership brings new skills and academic research into the business partner to deliver a specific, strategic innovation project. It can be any kind of project that tackles one or more challenges faced by the business partner, and must show:

  • how it helps the business with a real need
  • how it fits the strategic aims of the business partner
  • a genuine market opportunity and a viable route to market
  • how the knowledge gained will be embedded within the business partner
  • what makes your project innovation

 

Award: No more than £75,000 per annum. A proportion of the knowledge based partner costs will be funded by Innovate UK. The remainder of the project costs are paid by the business partner.

Deadline: 15 June 2022

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

Improve equality, diversity and inclusion in UK modern slavery research (AHRC, ESRC)

Summary: The aim of this call is to understand and assess the diversity of those funding, designing, undertaking and participating in UK publicly funded modern slavery research. Projects should: generate new data and insights on EDI within publicly funded modern slavery research in the UK and identify significant EDI challenges and opportunities; identify examples of best practice; develop detailed, comprehensive and implementable recommendations and relevant resources.

Award: £80,000 funded at 100% fEC.

Deadline: 16 June 2022

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

 

Turing AI World-Leading Researcher Fellowships

Summary: This is a funding opportunity for researchers who are looking to make an impact in the field of AI in the UK. One of the objects of the Fellowship is to enable mixed positions and flexible movement across sectors. Fellows must be employed by the eligible host organisation for the time committed to the fellowship.

Award: Between £3,000,000 - £5,000,000 funded at 80% fEC for project lasting up to five years

Deadline: 14 July 2022 (Outline Proposal)

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

 

Embedded digital skills in arts and humanities research (AHRC)

Summary: Apply for funding to design and pilot digital skills training programmes for the use of digital tools and methods in arts and humanities research. You must address a known digital skills gap (or gaps) within the arts and humanities research community. This includes but is not restricted to: data wrangling; software carpentry; text and data mining; data visualisation; managing digital and digitalised assets; digital data analysis.

Award: Up to £480,000 funded at 80% fEC

Deadline: 28 July 2022

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

 

Pre-announcement: collaborate with German partners on arts and humanities research

Summary: Projects must focus on substantive research and feature an integrated work programme. Funding will be open to applications addressing any research topic where there is significant potential to advance knowledge through collaborative research.

Award: Up to £350,000 from the AHRC funded at 80% fEC; DFG does not specify a maximum limit for the German-base collaborator(s).

Deadline: 15 February 2023

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

 

Horizon Europe Update: UK Eligibility

UK government guarantee for UK participation in Horizon Europe:

As of 15 March 2022, the guarantee for UK beneficiaries in Horizon Europe has been extended to cover a second wave of eligible successful applicants. The extension now covers "all eligible, current applications to calls where researchers expect to sign grant agreements this year" but are unable to do so due to the ongoing delays to formalising UK association. The enhanced scheme will cover all UK participation in successful Horizon Europe projects that are expected to sign their grant agreement before the end of December 2022. In practice, this covers all calls for proposals with a submission date before the end of April 2022.

 

The UK government guarantee process comes into play only when proposals are at the grant agreement preparation stage. For consortium projects, the UK participant then changes from being a grant beneficiary to an associate partner and relies upon the UK government guarantee to provide their funding for the project.

 

Future applications: If applying for funding from the EU, applications made through Cambridge must still apply as if the UK is already an Associated Country.  This is because:

 

  • The EC states in the General Annexes (page 7) “…third countries negotiating association to Horizon Europe will be treated as entities established in an Associated Country…” 
  • Applicants will not be eligible for the UK government funding if they are unable demonstrate that the sole reason they need funding is because the UK’s association has not been completed by the time the grant agreement needs to be signed – see page 4 in the Guidance.

 

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 Proof of Concept Grant

Summary: The ERC Proof of Concept funding is for researchers who already have an ERC award to establish an idea that was generated in the course of their ERC-funded projects. These grants aim at facilitation exploration of the commercial and social innovation potential of ERC funded research, and funds actions not proposed in the original research grant to verify the innovation potential of ideas arising from ERC-funded research.

Award: lump sum of 150,000 for a period of 12–18 months.

Deadline: September 2022

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Elizabeth Penner

British Academy Small Grants

Summary: Funds are 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. Funds are provided to cover the cost of the expenses arising from a defined research project. Project duration is up to 24 months.

Award: Up to £10,000.

Deadline: 1 June 2022

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. 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.

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

Deadline: 21 June 2022

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

ISRF Mid-Career Fellowship Competition

Summary: These awards are intended as providing full relief from all teaching duties and all associated academic administration for a period of (up to) one year. Candidates should be 10 years or more from the year of their PhD award.

Award: Maximum of £75,000. Within that sum, reasonable support for research expenses may be considered on a match-funding basis with the host institution.

Deadline: 1 July 2022

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

ISRF Political Economy Research Fellowship

Summary: This fund supports independent-minded researchers working in Political Economy, which the ISRF here extends to include the social scientific study of economics across the whole range of the social sciences. These awards are intended as providing full relief from all teaching duties and all associated academic administration for a period of (up to) one year.

Award: Maximum of £75,000. Within that sum, reasonable support for research expenses may be considered on a match-funding basis with the host institution.

Deadline: 1 July 2022

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

British Academy Global Convening Programmes

Summary: The Academy is aiming to support international programmes that convene researchers internationally together over three years to develop sustained engagement across disciplines and borders. Applications must be related to the themes below of Just Transitions, What is a good city?, Global (Dis)Order. These are to provide a framing for the call. Each Expression of Interest must include a core team of 6-8 researchers based in the UK and internationally. This core team must include two programme leads. One of these must be based in the UK. In the wider team, there must be at least four participants not based in the UK. This core team must include researchers from multiple disciplines. This must include researchers in both the humanities and social sciences. This is a 3-year programme.

Award: £500,000 per annum. A contribution of £10,000 will be provided by the lead(s) host institution.

Deadline: 6 July 2022, Expression of Interest deadline.

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

 

Wellcome Trust Discovery Awards

Summary: 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. The award usually lasts for 8 years, but may be less for some disciplines, such as humanities and social science.

Award: You should ask for a level and duration of funding that’s appropriate for your proposed research. You will need to justify these costs in your grant application.

Deadline: 26 July 2022

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

British Academy, Knowledge Frontiers: International Interdisciplinary Research 2023 ‘Global (Dis)Order’

Summary: This fund will support projects that develop new international research in the humanities and social sciences, to further understanding of global order and disorder. Awards made through the programme will: bring a deeper, more nuanced and historically aware thinking to the topic; identify contributions that could be made to international and national knowledge exchange, practice and policy development in this area; develop way of communicating and collaborating in cross-disciplinary and multilingual working in partnerships with colleagues internationally. A Co-Applicant based overseas is required and that amongst the PI and Co-Applicant(s) there is a range of disciplines from humanities and the social sciences.

Award: £200,000 for projects 24 months in duration.

Deadline: 19 October 2022

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Elizabeth Penner

Public Engagement Training Sessions

The University of Cambridge Public Engagement Team provides a portfolio of transferable skill trainings and support for PGR students, researchers and professional staff.

 

The ‘Engaged Researcher’ training covers all areas of public engagement with research by combining expert led practical workshops and taught sessions. The sessions will give you the support needed to organise, develop, deliver, communicate, publish and evaluate your Public Engagement activities, through creative tools from stand-up comedy, digital engagement to grant writing – find the trainings that match your needs and career profile and combine them into your personal training suite.

 

Upcoming sessions:

  • Introduction to Public Engagement, 11 May
  • Creative Evaluation Techniques, 18 May
  • Zine Making for Public Engagement, 26 May

 

Contact for training related queries: Dr Selen Etingu-Breslaw

Unlocking the Benefits of Urban Green and Blue Spaces - Scoping workshops

The Natural Environment Research Council, UK Research and Innovation (NERC-UKRI), leading on behalf of the collaborating parts of UKRI and in partnership with the Belmont Forum, invites UK applications to attend a scoping workshop(s) to bring together members of the international research and innovation communities to explore and identify research priorities within the topic of 'Unlocking the Benefits of Urban Green and Blue Spaces' in advance of a potential Collaborative Research Action (CRA).

Urban environments face different challenges in different areas across the Global North and Global South, as well as through their differing stages of urban development. Through scoping workshops, we aim to identify the research priorities needed to understand how green and blue spaces in these different urban areas function in relation to resilience and adaptation to change, and delivery of ecosystems services. In turn, we expect that decision-makers can use this new understanding, as well as existing knowledge, to determine how to sustainably manage these spaces in an equitable way to maximise the environmental, social, cultural and health benefits they provide in order to meet the challenge of making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

Applying to attend

We are holding 3 workshops across the week of 9–16 June 2022, one in each time zone of British Summer Time (UK, Europe, Africa); China Standard Time (China, Australia, South-East Asia, Japan, Taiwan); and Eastern Time (USA, Canada, South America). To allow for maximum inclusion and participation, the scoping workshops will be held virtually, and we are now inviting applications to attend this event by using the online registration form: NERC - Online registration

Workshops:

 

Full information can be found here: https://reg.nerc.ac.uk/green-blue-spaces/

If you have any questions or queries, please contact Daniel Knight in NERC bluegreenspaces@nerc.ukri.org

 

Wellcome Trust Town Hall

We would like to provide the below resources for those who were not able to attend the 29 April 2022 session, or who would like to revisit portions of the event: 

 

  • A link to the recording of the Town Hall (please use your Raven log-in details if you are asked to sign in)
  • A summary of the Q&A portion of the event (attached as pdf)
  • Wellcome’s presentation (attached as pdf)

 

 

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 Lucy Sheerman (Impact Facilitator).

 

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 1 April 2022

AHSS Research and Impact Facilitation Bulletin 

April 2022 

  

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 Lucy Sheerman (Impact Facilitator). 

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 

  • Turing AI World-Leading Researcher Fellowships (restricted call, 9 May 2022; funder deadline,14 July 2022) 

  • Analyse the probation and criminal justice system linked dataset (12 May 2022) 

  • Research cultural heritage, society and ethics with European partners (23 May 2022) 

EU Funding 

  • Horizon Europe Update: UK Eligibility  

  • Horizon Europe Main Work Programme (multiple deadlines) 

  • ERC Proof of Concept (19 May 2022; 29 September 2022) 

Charity Funding 

  • Pre-announcement: British Academy Researchers at Risk Fellowships (call opens 11 April 2022, deadline TBA) 

  • Leverhulme Visiting Professorships (5 May 2022) 

  • Leverhulme Major Research Fellowships (13 May 2022) 

  • British Academy Small Grant (1 June 2022) 

  • Wellcome Trust Early Career Award (21 June 2022) 

  • Wellcome Trust Discovery Awards (26 July 2022) 

Internal Funding 

  • ESRC Social Science Impact Fund (3 May 2022) 

  • CRASSH Network Funding (5 May 2022) 

Training 

  • Public Engagement Training Sessions (various dates) 

 

 

Turing AI World-Leading Researcher Fellowships 

Summary: This is a funding opportunity for researchers who are looking to make an impact in the field of AI in the UK. One of the objects of the Fellowship is to enable mixed positions and flexible movement across sectors. Fellows must be employed by the eligible host organisation for the time committed to the fellowship.  

Award: Between £3,000,000 - £5,000,000 funded at 80% fEC for project lasting up to five years 

Deadline: 9 May 2022 (Restricted call); 14 July 2022 (Funder deadline for Outline Proposal) 

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik 

 

Analyse the probation and criminal justice system linked datasets 

Summary: This scheme is looking for fellowship proposals that meet the following three objectives: 

  • useful research: proposals that will act as ‘pathfinders’ for conducting research and deriving insights from the dataset, and which showcase the potential for policy impact and public benefit 

  • useful data: proposals that will develop the data as a useful research resource for future users 

  • useful engagement: proposals that will foster opportunities between academia, government, the third sector and the public to allow fresh thinking to flourish and maintain public acceptance of the use of data for research purposes. 

The Ministry of Justice, which is the data owner, has summarised its research interests in relation to this funding opportunity. However, you may also choose to answer other questions. Topics include: 1) Protect the public from harm 2) Custody and custodial arrangements 3) Reduce rates of reoffending and improve life chances 

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

Deadline: 12 May 2022 

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik 

 

Research cultural heritage, society and ethics with European partners 

Summary: This funding opportunity is for transnational research teams who wish to explore cultural heritage and how it relates to ethics. There are two complementary themes. 

Cultural heritage and economic development 

Researchers could explore: 

  • how cultural heritage can contribute to the development of sustainable experience-based economies without being put at risk 

  • how the non-utilitarian value of cultural heritage can be promoted in the context of its growing commercialisation. 

Cultural heritage and sustainable strategies 

Researchers could explore the relationship between cultural heritage, democratic values and politics from a historical perspective. They should emphasise: 

  • the construction of conflicting narratives resulting from the use and misuse of cultural heritage 

  • the contribution of cultural heritage to sustainable and ethical behaviours and policies. 

See the ANR website for further details. Projects must last between 24 and 36 months. 

This funding opportunity is being run by the Agence Nationale de la Recherche. Other partners include: Agencia Estatal de Investigación (AEI), Spain; Belgian Science Policy Office (BELSPO), Belgium; Dutch Research Council (NWO), the Netherlands; Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI), Romania; Lietuvos mokslo taryba (Research Council of Lithuania, LMT), Lithuania; Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MŠMT), Czech Republic; Research Council of Norway (RCN), Norway.  

Award: Up to €250,000, funded by AHRC at 80% fEC.  

Deadline: 23 May 2022 

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Elizabeth Penner 

 

​Horizon Europe Update: UK Eligibility 

UK government guarantee for UK participation in Horizon Europe: 

As of 15 March 2022, the guarantee for UK beneficiaries in Horizon Europe has been extended to cover a second wave of eligible successful applicants. The extension now covers "all eligible, current applications to calls where researchers expect to sign grant agreements this year" but are unable to do so due to the ongoing delays to formalising UK association. The enhanced scheme will cover all UK participation in successful Horizon Europe projects that are expected to sign their grant agreement before the end of December 2022. In practice, this covers all calls for proposals with a submission date before the end of April 2022. 

The UK government guarantee process comes into play only when proposals are at the grant agreement preparation stage. For consortium projects, the UK participant then changes from being a grant beneficiary to an associate partner and relies upon the UK government guarantee to provide their funding for the project. 

Future applications: If applying for funding from the EU, applications made through Cambridge must still apply as if the UK is already an Associated Country.  This is because: 

  • The EC states in the General Annexes (page 7) “…third countries negotiating association to Horizon Europe will be treated as entities established in an Associated Country…”   

  • Applicants will not be eligible for the UK government funding if they are unable demonstrate that the sole reason they need funding is because the UK’s association has not been completed by the time the grant agreement needs to be signed – see page 4 in the Guidance

 

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 PDF below 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 Proof of Concept Grant 

Summary: The ERC Proof of Concept funding is for researchers who already have an ERC award to establish an idea that was generated in the course of their ERC-funded projects. These grants aim at facilitation exploration of the commercial and social innovation potential of ERC funded research, and funds actions not proposed in the original research grant to verify the innovation potential of ideas arising from ERC-funded research. 

Award: lump sum of € 150,000 for a period of 12–18 months. 

Deadline: 19 May 2022; 29 September 2022 

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Elizabeth Penner 

 

Pre-announcement: British Academy Researchers at Risk Fellowship 

Summary: The first priority of the Programme will be as a response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which has exposed Ukrainian-based researchers to direct threat. The BA will open the scheme more widely when possible. For the purposes of this Programme, a ‘researcher’ is considered to mean a person who has been engaged in teaching or research at a university, research institute or equivalent institution. The UK host institution will lead on completing the application. Whether a risk exists will be assessed on the information provided with the application. For the purposes of this Programme, an individual is defined as being at risk if they are subject to discrimination, persecution, suffering or violence on account of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion. Fellowship duration is up to 24 months. 

Award: £37,000 per year (£74,000 over two years) 

Deadline: Call opens 11 April 2022. Funder deadline TBA. 

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik 

 

Leverhulme Visiting Professorships 

Summary: This programme enables distinguished academics based in overseas universities to spend an extended period at a UK higher education institution. Visits should be between 3–12 months and can be spread over a number of visits over a period of up to two years. 

Award: between £10,000 and £150,000 

Deadline: 5 May 2022 

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik 

 

Leverhulme Major Research Fellowships 

Summary: For well-established, distinguished researchers to complete a piece of original research. Fellowships are particularly aimed at those who are or have been prevented by routine duties from completing a programme of original research. 

Award: Fellowships fund the salary costs of an individual to undertake the normal duties of the applicant for the duration of the Fellowship. Fellows may also request research expenses of up to an annual maximum of £6,000. 

Deadline: 13 May 2022 

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik 

 

British Academy Small Grants 

Summary: Funds are 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. Funds are provided to cover the cost of the expenses arising from a defined research project. Project duration is up to 24 months. 

Award: Up to £10,000. 

Deadline: 1 June 2022 

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. 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. 

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

Deadline: 21 June 2022 

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik 

 

Wellcome Trust Discovery Awards 

Summary: 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. The award usually lasts for 8 years, but may be less for some disciplines, such as humanities and social science. 

Award: You should ask for a level and duration of funding that’s appropriate for your proposed research. You will need to justify these costs in your grant application. 

Deadline: 26 July 2022 

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik 

 

ESRC Social Science Impact Fund 

Summary: 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 

Award: Up to £20,000. 

Deadline: 3 May 2022 

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Tina Basi 

 

CRASSH Research Network Funding 

Summary: This programme supports groups of Cambridge graduate students, CTOs/UTOs and postdoctoral researchers working together with a common interdisciplinary research interest. Support to run your network is available for the academic year (October to June). Networks must come from more than one faculty or department and must have an interdisciplinary question at their core. 

Award: Up to £1,500 per academic year. 

Deadline: 5 May 2022 

Research Facilitation Contact: networks@crassh.cam.ac.uk  

 

Public Engagement Training Sessions 

The University of Cambridge Public Engagement Team provides a portfolio of transferable skill trainings and support for PGR students, researchers and professional staff. 

The ‘Engaged Researcher’ training covers all areas of public engagement with research by combining expert led practical workshops and taught sessions. The sessions will give you the support needed to organise, develop, deliver, communicate, publish and evaluate your Public Engagement activities, through creative tools from stand-up comedy, digital engagement to grant writing – find the trainings that match your needs and career profile and combine them into your personal training suite. 

Upcoming sessions:  

  • Working with Museums, 22 April 

  • Object-based Public Engagement, 22 April 

  • How to Podcast Your Research, 4, 10 and 12 May 

Contact for training related queries: Dr Selen Etingu-Breslaw 

 

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 Lucy Sheerman (Impact Facilitator). 

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 2 March 2022

AHSS Research and Impact Facilitation Bulletin

March 2022

 

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 Dr Ben Earley (Impact Facilitator).

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

 

Training

ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowships

Summary: The Fellowship is intended to provide support to those who are within 12 months of completing their PhD, to support them in consolidating their PhD, and preparing them for the next stage of their research careers. The grants provide funding for up to one year full-time, or up to two years part-time. Proposals can be from a single discipline or a combination of disciplines, but social sciences must make up at least 50% of the fellowship activities.

Award: Fellows salary costs and up to a maximum of £10k for all other costs

Deadline: 23 March 2022

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

 

Knowledge transfer partnerships: 2022 to 2023, round one

Summary: The Knowledge Transfer Programme programme allows a UK registered business or not-for-profit organisation to partner with a knowledge base partner (either a UK higher education (HE) or further education (FE) institution, research and technology organisation (RTO) or Catapult). The KTP partnership brings new skills and the latest academic thinking into the business partner to deliver a specific, strategic innovation project.

Award: No more than £75,000 per year. A proportion of the knowledge base partner’s costs will be funded by Innovate UK. The remainder of the project costs are paid by the business partner.

Deadline: 6 April 2022

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

 

ESRC - Teaching, learning and uses of technology in UK schools: education research programme 2022

Summary: This opportunity aims to fund research projects that will collectively build new interdisciplinary research capacity in education, around two interrelated priority themes: 1) teaching and learning, focusing on the role of teachers, their training, supply and retention 2) the uses of technology in teaching and learning. The project must address one or other of these themes and building partnerships with stakeholders to bridge boundaries between research, policy and practice. Successful projects must start on 1 December 2022.

Award: £400,000 to £850,000

Deadline: 26 April 2022

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

 

Pre-announcement: Turing AI World-Leading Researcher Fellowships

Summary: This is a funding opportunity for researchers who are looking to make an impact in the field of AI in the UK. One of the objects of the Fellowship is to enable mixed positions and flexible movement across sectors. Fellows must be employed by the eligible host organisation for the time committed to the fellowship.

Award: amount TBA

Deadline: TBA Summer 2022

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

 

 

Horizon Europe Update: UK Eligibility

​UKRI has published guidance on eligibility and scope of the UK funding guaranteed for successful applicants for Horizon Europe grant awards if delays to the UK associating to the programme impact access to EU funding. This follows the UK Government’s announcement of this new scheme which will be delivered by UK Research Innovation and will cover the first wave of calls. The guidance document states that ‘the guarantee is a short-term measure intended to address the delays in the formalisation of the UK’s association to Horizon Europe’.

 

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. The website ‘Opportunities for Researchers from the SSH in Horizon Europe’ is a resource that outlines topics with SSH relevance.

 

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

 

 

ERC Proof of Concept Grant

Summary: The ERC Proof of Concept funding is for researchers who already have an ERC award to establish an idea that was generated in the course of their ERC-funded projects. These grants aim at facilitation exploration of the commercial and social innovation potential of ERC funded research, and funds actions not proposed in the original research grant to verify the innovation potential of ideas arising from ERC-funded research.

Award: lump sum of 150,000 for a period of 12–18 months.

Deadline: 19 May 2022; 29 September 2022

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Elizabeth Penner

 

Leverhulme Research Leadership Awards

Summary: The aim of this scheme is to support scholars who have successfully launched a university career but who need to build a research team of sufficient scale to tackle a distinctive research problem. Applicants will have had at least 2 years full-time or equivalent experience in a research and/or teaching post; be at an early stage of their academic career; have a contract with a UK university that extends beyond the end of the grant award. Each grant runs over a period of 4 to 5 years. The University can only submit one application, so this will be handled according to the University’s Restricted Calls policy. Interested applicants should return to researchstrategy@admin.cam.ac.uk:

    • an internal selection form (request from researchstrategy@admin.cam.ac.uk)
    • current CV including publications (max. 2 sides of A4)
    • a support letter from the Head of Department confirming their support and stating why they should be recommended for funding.

Award: £1 million, for staff salaries and associated costs

Deadline: 21st March 2022restricted call; 10 June 2022 funder deadline

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

 

Leverhulme Visiting Professorship

Summary: This programme enables distinguished academics based in overseas universities to spend an extended period at a UK higher education institution. Visits should be between 3–12 months and can be spread over a number of visits over a period of up to two years.

Award: between £10,000 and £150,000

Deadline: 5 May 2022

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

Leverhulme Major Research Fellowships

Summary: For well-established, distinguished researchers to complete a piece of original research. Fellowships are particularly aimed at those who are or have been prevented by routine duties from completing a programme of original research.

Award: Fellowships fund the salary costs of an individual to undertake the normal duties of the applicant for the duration of the Fellowship. Fellows may also request research expenses of up to an annual maximum of £6,000.

Deadline: 13 May 2022

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

 

Leverhulme International Professorships

Summary: Applications are encouraged from universities seeking to recruit excellent research leaders of any nationality, currently working outside the UK, in order to fill strategically important positions in this country. Universities are expected to be actively engaged in the recruitment process at the time of the grant application. Where an employment contract has already been signed, the candidate cannot be considered in this competition. This scheme will be subject to a restricted call. The University is limited to one bid only. If the pool of candidates is from a single School, the Head of that School will be asked to select the applicant. If candidates are from more than one School, nominations would be assessed by the non-conflicted Heads of School. To nominate an eligible candidate, please contact the Research Strategy office for a nomination form (researchstrategy@admin.cam.ac.uk).

Award: Up to £5 million for staff salaries and associated costs for a period of 5 years

Deadline: 31 March 2022 restricted call; 27 May 2022 funder deadline

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

 

Advanced Partnership Building Pilot, Lent Term call

Summary: This call funds and promotes strategic partnerships with non-HEI-organisations across the arts and humanities. The pilot supports partnership building with specific organisations such as (but not limited to) museums, theatres, social enterprises, NGOs, and government departments under the AHIF framework. The advanced partnership pilot aims to allow researchers to create new partnerships with external entities more generally, collaboratively shape research agendas, contribute to future research funding applications (including match-funding for studentships in the DTPs), and further facilitate impact generating activities.  

Award: Up to £12,000. Funds are available for a range of activities including teaching replacement costs, costs for incoming fellowships from the partner organisation, postdoctoral or administrative support, travel and subsistence expenses, and workshops.

Deadline: 4 April 2022

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Ben Earley

 

Arts and Humanities Impact Fund, Lent Term call

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: Between £5,000 and £10,000 for projects completed within 12 months.

Deadline: 4 April 2022

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Ben Earley

 

Cambridge Humanities Research Grants

Summary: The scheme is designed to enable researchers to conduct small-scale research activities, of the highest quality, that will enable them to be successfully for larger-scale funding from external sponsors, and/or to generate publications, and/or to contribute materially in other ways towards the research objectives of their home institution.

Award: The award is made up of three tiers: Tier 1 up to £1.5k; Tier 2 up to £20k; Tier 3, up to £10k.

Deadline: 4 April 2022

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

 

CRASSH Research Network Funding

Summary: This programme supports groups of Cambridge graduate students, CTOs/UTOs and postdoctoral researchers working together with a common interdisciplinary research interest. Support to run your network is available for the academic year (October to June). Networks must come from more than one faculty or department and must have an interdisciplinary question at their core.

Award: Up to £1,500 per academic year.

Deadline: 5 May 2022

Research Facilitation Contact: networks@crassh.cam.ac.uk

 

Public Engagement Training Sessions

 

The University of Cambridge Public Engagement Team provides a portfolio of transferable skill trainings and support for PGR students, researchers and professional staff.

The ‘Engaged Researcher’ training covers all areas of public engagement with research by combining expert led practical workshops and taught sessions. The sessions will give you the support needed to organise, develop, deliver, communicate, publish and evaluate your Public Engagement activities, through creative tools from stand-up comedy, digital engagement to grant writing – find the trainings that match your needs and career profile and combine them into your personal training suite.

Upcoming sessions:

  • Branding Yourself Professionally, 17 March
  • Media Engagement Advanced (Radio & TV Interviews), 23 March

Contact for training related queries: Dr Selen Etingu-Breslaw

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 Dr Ben Earley (Impact Facilitator). 

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 2 February 2022

AHSS Research and Impact Facilitation Bulletin

February 2022

 

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

 

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

Digital Society Network Plus: explore people’s relationships with digital technologies

Summary: Apply for funding to develop a network to research people’s 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: 1 March 2022

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

 

ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowships

Summary: The Fellowship is intended to provide support to those who are within 12 months of completing their PhD, to support them in consolidating their PhD, and preparing them for the next stage of their research careers. The grants provide funding for up to one year full-time, or up to two years part-time. Proposals can be from a single discipline or a combination of disciplines, but social sciences must make up at least 50% of the fellowship activities.

Award: Fellows salary costs and up to a maximum of £10k for all other costs

Deadline: 23 March 2022

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

 

Pre-announcement: Turing AI World-Leading Researcher Fellowships

Summary: This is a funding opportunity for researchers who are looking to make an impact in the field of AI in the UK. One of the objects of the Fellowship is to enable mixed positions and flexible movement across sectors. Fellows must be employed by the eligible host organisation for the time committed to the fellowship.

Award: amount TBA

Deadline: TBA Summer 2022

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

 

Horizon Europe Update: UK Eligibility

​UKRI has published guidance on eligibility and scope of the UK funding guaranteed for successful applicants for Horizon Europe grant awards if delays to the UK associating to the programme impact access to EU funding. This follows the UK Government’s announcement of this new scheme which will be delivered by UK Research Innovation and will cover the first wave of calls. The guidance document states that ‘the guarantee is a short-term measure intended to address the delays in the formalisation of the UK’s association to Horizon Europe’.

 

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 below offers further details on calls relevant to SAHSS.  This list is not exhaustive so please refer to the ERC Portal for full details. The following link ‘Opportunities for Researchers from the SSH in Horizon Europe’ is a resource that outlines topics with SSH relevance.


 

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Elizabeth Penner

 

ERC Proof of Concept Grant

Summary: The ERC Proof of Concept funding is for researchers who already have an ERC award to establish an idea that was generated in the course of their ERC-funded projects. These grants aim at facilitation exploration of the commercial and social innovation potential of ERC funded research, and funds actions not proposed in the original research grant to verify the innovation potential of ideas arising from ERC-funded research.

Award: lump sum of 150,000 for a period of 12–18 months.

Deadline: 19 May 2022; 29 September 2022

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Elizabeth Penner

 

 

Independent Scholar Research Fellowship

Summary: The award is intended to enable the buy-out from current occupation on an independent scholar to pursue his/her research full-or part-time (or for cost-of-living support if not seeking buy-out from existing employment) for a period of up to 12 months. The award period must begin no later than the end of December 2023.

Award: £28,750

Deadline: 4 March 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

Nuffield Foundation Research, Development and Analysis Fund

Summary: This scheme accepts strategic projects that take an interdisciplinary approach to addressing themes in Education, Welfare and Justice and developments that will shape the UK public policy and agenda and wide society of the next decade and beyond. Most project funded are between £50-£350k and are between six month and three years in duration.

Award: Between £750,000 and £3 million

Deadline: 14 March 2022 Outline Application Stage; TBA July 2022 Full Application Stage

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

 

Newton International Fellowships

Summary: The Newton International Fellowships enable researchers to work of two 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.

Award: £30,000 per annum, and up to £8,000 per annum for research expenses, as well as a one-off payment of £3,500 for relocation expenses.

Deadline: 16 March 2022

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Elizabeth Penner

 

 

Wellcome Discovery Awards

Summary: 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

 

Wellcome Career Development Awards

Summary: 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. Funding duration is usually 8 years.

Award: Grant covers salary, staff and research costs. Please see the ‘What we offer’ section of the website.

Deadline: 29 March 2022

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

 

Leverhulme Visiting Professorship

Summary: This programme enables distinguished academics based in overseas universities to spend an extended period at a UK higher education institution. Visits should be between 3–12 months and can be spread over a number of visits over a period of up to two years.

Award: between £10,000 and £150,000

Deadline: 5 May 2022

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

 

Philip Leverhulme Prizes

Summary: For researchers at an early stage of their careers whose work has had international impact and whose future research career is exceptionally promising. The award may be used for any purpose related to the advancement of the prize winner’s research. Subject areas for 2022 are: Archaeology; Chemistry; Economics; Engineering; Geography; Languages and Literatures. The University has issued a restricted call for this scheme. Each department is asked to register and rank up to 3 nominations per prize subject. Each nomination will need to include a brief summary of the reasons for nomination (max. 250 words). Please submit your Department/Faculty’s internal nominations at this link: Philips Leverhulme Prizes 2022 Internal Nomination form, by 9 March 2022. 

Award: £100,000 available over 2 to 3 years.

Deadline: 9 March 2022 restricted call; 17 May 2022 funder deadline

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

 

Leverhulme International Professorships

Summary: Applications are encouraged from universities seeking to recruit excellent research leaders of any nationality, currently working outside the UK, in order to fill strategically important positions in this country. It is expected that the university will offer a permanent appointment to the Professorial candidate and, where possible, to staff appointed on the grants, and will offer an ongoing package of support after the end of the grant. This scheme will be subject to a restricted call managed by Schools, as Universities are expected to be actively engaged in the recruitment process at the time of the grant application.

Award: Up to £5 million for staff salaries and associated costs for a period of 5 years

Deadline: TBA restricted call; 27 May 2022 funder deadline

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

 

Leverhulme Research Leadership Awards

Summary: The aim of this scheme is to support scholars who have successfully launched a university career but who need to build a research team of sufficient scale to tackle a distinctive research problem. Applicants will have had at least 2 years full-time or equivalent experience in a research and/or teaching post; be at an early stage of their academic career; have a contract with a UK university that extends beyond the end of the grant award. Each grant runs over a period of 4 to 5 years. This call will be subject to an internal restricted call issued by the Research Strategy Office.

Award: £1 million, for staff salaries and associated costs

Deadline: TBA restricted call; 10 June 2022 funder deadline

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). 

 

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 12 January 2022

AHSS Research and Impact Facilitation Bulletin

January 2022

 

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

 

Training

 

Research solutions for UK treescape expansion and resilience

Summary: This scheme funds interdisciplinary projects that investigate the adaptability and resilience of different types and configurations of treescapes and explore the social and cultural values that people attach to trees and woodland. The scheme encourages projects that take a solutions-focused approach to addressing the ‘real world’ evidence needs of policymakers, stakeholders and practitioners associated with treescape expansion. Projects must include disciplines from at least two of the three funding research councils (AHRC, ESRC, NERC).

Award: up to £625,000, funded at 80% fEC, for projects up to two years in duration. Start date must be 1 August 2022.

Deadline: 14 January 2022 (intention to submit); 22 March 2022 (full application)

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

 

Collaborate with German partners on arts and humanities research

Summary: The aim of this funding opportunity is to support academic research by UK-German teams, whose primary aim is to make fundamental advances in human knowledge, and to deepen and strengthen cooperation between UK and German researchers in the humanities, and to foster the growth of a transitional UK-German research culture. Projects must focus on substantive research and feature and integrated work programme.

Award: up to £350,000, funded at 80% fEC, for projects up to three years in duration. DFG does not specify a maximum limit of funding that can be requested.

Deadline: 22 February 2022

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Elizabeth Penner

 

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

 

Digital Society Network Plus: explore people’s relationships with digital technologies

Summary: Apply for funding to develop a network to research people’s 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: 1 March 2022

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

 

Horizon Europe Update: UK Eligibility

​UKRI has published guidance on eligibility and scope of the UK funding guaranteed for successful applicants for Horizon Europe grant awards if delays to the UK associating to the programme impact access to EU funding. This follows the UK Government’s announcement of this new scheme which will be delivered by UK Research Innovation and will cover the first wave of calls. The guidance document states that ‘the guarantee is a short-term measure intended to address the delays in the formalisation of the UK’s association to Horizon Europe’.

 

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. Please also see the link: ‘Opportunities for Researchers from the SSH in Horizon Europe’, a resource that outlines topics with SSH relevance.


 

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Elizabeth Penner

 

ERC Proof of Concept Grant

Summary: The ERC Proof of Concept funding is for researchers who already have an ERC award to establish an idea that was generated in the course of their ERC-funded projects. These grants aim at facilitation exploration of the commercial and social innovation potential of ERC funded research, and funds actions not proposed in the original research grant to verify the innovation potential of ideas arising from ERC-funded research.

Award: lump sum of 150,000 for a period of 12–18 months.

Deadline: 15 February 2022; 19 May 2022; 29 September 2022

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Elizabeth Penner

 

Independent Scholar Research Fellowship

Summary: The award is intended to enable the buy-out from current occupation on an independent scholar to pursue his/her research full-or part-time (or for cost-of-living support if not seeking buy-out from existing employment) for a period of up to 12 months. The award period must begin no later than the end of December 2023.

Award: £28,750

Deadline: 4 March 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

 

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

Summary: 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

 

British Academy Global Professorships

Summary: This programme provides mid-career to senior scholars with the opportunity to work in the UK for four years. Applications must be for new, coherent and cutting-edge projects. The Professorship is expected to add significant value to the UK host institution and vice versa, and thus the project must be significant, leading to novel and innovative collaborations.

Award: up to £900,000

Deadline:  The internal selection deadline for the School of the Humanities and Social Sciences and for the School of Arts and Humanities is 21st January. Details have been circulated to the Heads of Department/Chairs of Faculty and Department/Faculty Administrators. For deadlines in other Schools please speak to your Head of Department. Funder deadline is 27 April 2022.

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

 

Leverhulme Visiting Professorship

Summary: This programme enables distinguished academics based in overseas universities to spend an extended period at a UK higher education institution. Visits should be between 3–12 months and can be spread over a number of visits over a period of up to two years.

Award: between £10,000 and £150,000

Deadline: 5 May 2022

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

 

Philip Leverhulme Prizes

Summary: For researchers at an early stage of their careers whose work has had international impact and whose future research career is exceptionally promising. The award may be used for any purpose related to the advancement of the prize winner’s research. Subject areas for 2022 are: Archaeology; Chemistry; Economics; Engineering; Geography; Languages and Literatures. The University can only submit three nominations per category, so an internal selection is expected to the announced shortly.

Award: £100,000 available over 2 to 3 years.

Deadline: 17 May 2022

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

 

Leverhulme Research Leadership Awards

Summary: The aim of this scheme is to support scholars who have successfully launched a university career but who need to build a research team of sufficient scale to tackle a distinctive research problem. Applicants will have had at least 2 years full-time or equivalent experience in a research and/or teaching post; be at an early stage of their academic career; have a contract with a UK university that extends beyond the end of the grant award. Each grant runs over a period of 4 to 5 years. This call will be subject to an internal restricted call issued by the Research Strategy Office.

Award: £1 million, for staff salaries and associated costs

Deadline: TBA restricted call; 10 June 2022 funder deadline

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

 

PGCert in Research and Innovation Leadership

Registration is now open for a PGCert Course in Research and Innovation Leadership at the Institute for Continuing Education. This course is suitable for postdoctoral researchers of all disciplines who want to develop their understanding of the broader research landscape and expand leadership capabilities within their current role. It can be taken as a standalone Postgraduate Certificate or may be funded via your organisation’s apprenticeship levy as an Apprenticeship, enabling access to this comprehensive professional development programme at no financial cost to the participant. Interested researchers and employers may visit the websites for the Postgraduate Certificate or Apprenticeship options for further information and to apply. A virtual open day will be held on Wednesday 26th January from 2pm to answer questions and provide more information. Book here to register. If you have questions, email:  researchleadership@ice.cam.ac.uk or contact Dr Anna Cieslik (amc238@cam.ac.uk).

 

 

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 session

AHSS Bulletin 30 November 2021

AHSS Research and Impact Facilitation Bulletin

November 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

 

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

 

Inform policies for culture, heritage and the creative industries

Summary: An opportunity for early career researchers (within eight years of PhD viva) who have expertise in one of the following areas: international cultural heritage protection and soft power policy; digital and international audiences; implementing the culture and heritage capital approach; media and creative industries environmental sustainability. Applicants must be within six years of their first academic appointment.

Award: between £100,000 – £135,000, funded at 80% fEC, for a 13.5-month fellowship that will begin 1 June 2022.

Deadline: 6 January 2022

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

 

Research solutions for UK treescape expansion and resilience

Summary: This scheme funds interdisciplinary projects that investigate the adaptability and resilience of different types and configurations of treescapes and explore the social and cultural values that people attach to trees and woodland. The scheme encourages projects that take a solutions-focused approach to addressing the ‘real world’ evidence needs of policymakers, stakeholders and practitioners associated with treescape expansion. Projects must include disciplines from at least two of the three funding research councils (AHRC, ESRC, NERC).

Award: up to £625,000, funded at 80% fEC, for projects up to two years in duration. Start date must be 1 August 2022.

Deadline: 14 January 2022 (intention to submit); 22 March 2022 (full application)

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

 

Collaborate with German partners on arts and humanities research

Summary: The aim of this funding opportunity is to support academic research by UK-German teams, whose primary aim is to make fundamental advances in human knowledge, and to deepen and strengthen cooperation between UK and German researchers in the humanities, and to foster the growth of a transitional UK-German research culture. Projects must focus on substantive research and feature and integrated work programme.

Award: up to £350,000, funded at 80% fEC, for projects up to three years in duration. DFG does not specify a maximum limit of funding that can be requested.

Deadline: 22 February 2022

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Elizabeth Penner

 

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 PDF below 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

 

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

Summary: 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

 

British Academy Global Professorships

Summary: This programme provides mid-career to senior scholars with the opportunity to work in the UK for four years. Applications must be for new, coherent and cutting-edge projects. The Professorship is expected to add significant value to the UK host institution and vice versa, and thus the project must be significant, leading to novel and innovative collaborations.

Award: up to £900,000

Deadline:  The internal selection deadline for the School of the Humanities and Social Sciences and for the School of Arts and Humanities is 21st January. More details will be circulated shortly to the Heads of Department/Charis of Faculty and Department/Faculty Administrators. For deadlines in other Schools please speak to your Head of Department.  Funder deadline is 27 April 2022.

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

 

Leverhulme Visiting Professorship

Summary: This programme enables distinguished academics based in overseas universities to spend an extended period at a UK higher education institution. Visits should be between 3–12 months and can be spread over a number of visits over a period of up to two years.

Award: between £10,000 and £150,000

Deadline: 5 May 2022

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). 

 

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 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!