Research Funding Opportunities – School of Social Sciences

This post provides information on the latest funding opportunities for your School.    You will still be able to conduct your own searches via Research Professional and Grantfinder in the usual way or contact the RSB Office and we will assist you. Information on  current  calls with no deadlines is available on the RSBO web pages.  In order to monitor access to the blog  could you please e-mail with ‘accessed SS’ in the subject line.

AHRC Follow-on Funding for Impact and Engagement

The Arts and Humanities Research Council’s follow-on funding scheme has re-opened, with a greater emphasis on impact and a reduced upper limit. After two name-changes, the scheme has re-opened as follow-on funding for impact and engagement, and now offers up to £100,000 for engagement and knowledge exchange projects.

  • 15 February 2013: Independent Social Research Foundation, early career fellowships These support original interdisciplinary research, which is unlikely to be funded by existing funding bodies. Research should take new approaches and suggest new solutions to real world social problems. The award will enable early-career scholars to pursue their research full time for one year. Applicants should normally hold a salaried position at a higher education institution, and be within 10 years of receiving their PhD. Scholars from within Europe are eligible to apply.
    Grants of up to £50,000 are available and may be used to buy out the costs of replacing all teaching and administration in the applicant’s home institution, as well as reasonable support for research expenses on a matched-funding basis
  • 1 March 2013: Experimental Psychology Society, Research Workshops. These support workshops in experimental psychology. The society will give preference to workshops that could not be included in the format of regular EPS meetings and have not previously received an EPS grant, and that are open to all EPS members and postgraduate students of experimental psychology. Workshops within the UK that are easily accessible to EPS members and postgraduates are more likely to be supported than overseas workshops.
    Up to £3,500 per grant is available to contribute towards travel and maintenance of workshop participants, and other basic costs such as printing.
  • 3 March 2013:  Higher Education Academy, Collaborative Grants The Higher Education Academy invites applications for its collaborative grants. Funding is available for collaborations that support the enhancement of learning and teaching. Successful applications will demonstrate scope for long-term impact. The key themes for this round are flexible learning, and assessment and feedback, but funding may also be awarded for innovative pedagogic projects.
    The project lead must be a fellow of the HEA from a UK higher education institution that subscribes to the HEA. The collaboration may be either between institutions or between departments. Projects may last for 18 months, and a maximum of £60,000 per project is available
  • 4 March 2013: Institute of Historical Research, Jacobite Studies Trust Fellowships These non-residential fellowships support historical research into the Stuart dynasty in the British Isles and in exile, from the departure of James II in 1688 to the death of Henry Benedict Stuart in 1807. This may also include work on their friends and supporters, their activities, their influence, their views, ideologies, artefacts and works of art, and the political, diplomatic, military, religious, intellectual and cultural context in which they lived. Fellowships are open to:
    •current doctoral students who have been registered on their programme for at least three years full time or six years part time;
    •holders of the doctorates awarded within two years of the beginning of the session in which the awards are to be held, who are working in the research area of the trust.
    Two six-month fellowships of £7,500 each are available.
  • 7 March 2013:  Leverhulme Trust, Early Career Fellowships  These aim to provide career development opportunities for those who are at a relatively early stage of their academic careers but with a proven record of research in the UK. It is anticipated that a fellowship will lead to a more permanent academic position. Applications are welcomed in any discipline.
    Fellowships can be held at universities or at other institutions of higher education in the UK.
    Applicants must not yet have held a full-time established academic post in a UK university or comparable UK institution. All candidates must be within five years of their doctoral viva or have equivalent research experience by the time they take up the fellowship. They must also either hold a degree from a UK higher education institution at the time of taking up the fellowship or at the time of application hold an academic position in the UK.
    The trust will contribute 50 per cent of each fellow’s total salary costs up to £23,000 per year and the balance is to be paid by the host institution. Fellows may also request annual research expenses of up to £6,000. Fellowships are tenable for three years full time, but requests to hold the award part time over a proportionately longer period will be considered.
  • 8 March 2013: Institute of Historical Research, Scouloudi historical awards –research awards. The purpose of the award is to pay for research and other expenses incurred in the completion of advanced historical work, which the applicant intends to publish subsequently.
    Applicants must be either graduates of a university in the UK with an honours or postgraduate degree in history or a related subject, or British citizens with a similar qualification from a university outside the UK.
    Individual awards may range from £100 to £1,000.
  • 30 March 2013: Richard Benjamin Trust, Grants The aim of the trust is to fund early career postdoctoral study into the fields of occupational, organisational or social psychology, that have not received funding from other grant awarding bodies. There should be a clear benefit to the public, organisations, communities or families from the selected research.
    Research proposals are invited from early career post doctoral researchers with less than seven years post PhD experience. There are ten grants available, worth up to £10,000 each.
  • 4 April 2013: Institute of Historical Research, Economic History Society fellowships Up to five one-year research fellowships in economic and social history are available to candidates who have recently completed a doctoral degree in this field, or who will have submitted their thesis for examination by 1 October in the academic year in which the fellowship is to be held.
    Fellows will not be required to be resident in London but should participate in the activities of the institute. Application is open to candidates with a degree from a UK university. Candidates must be affiliated to a UK university for the period of their fellowship.
    The amount awarded is £13,590 if affiliated to institutions outside London and £15,590 for London-based institutions.
  • 16 April 2013: ESRC, Future of UK and Scotland pre and post referendum investment This supports organisations across the UK in conducting research and knowledge exchange work to forge new perspectives and insights across a broad range of issues and policy areas affected by the Scottish independence debate and the longer-term future of the UK and Scotland. The maximum amount available in the first instance is £2.5 million at 100 per cent of full economic cost for a duration of 24 months.
  • 9 May 2013: Leverhulme Trust, Major research fellowships in the humanities and social sciences These enable well-established and distinguished researchers in the disciplines of the humanities and social sciences to devote themselves to a single research project of outstanding originality and significance.
    Applicants must be employed by a university or other institution of higher education in the UK. They should be able to demonstrate scholarship at the highest level, but need not already be of professorial standing.
    Fellowships are for a period of two to three years and cover salary costs for an individual to undertake the normal duties of the applicant, as well as research expenses worth up to £5,000 per year.
  • 9 May 2013: Leverhulme Trust, Visiting Professorships These enable distinguished academics based overseas to spend between three and 10 months at a UK university, primarily to enhance the skills of academic staff or students at the host institution. Visiting professors may also wish to use the opportunity to further their own academic interests.
    Applications must be made by a member of academic staff, based in a UK university or other higher education institution, who will be responsible for coordinating the visit.
    A maintenance grant up to a level commensurate with the salary of a professor in the relevant field at the receiving institution may be requested. Economy travel costs to and from the UK will also be met. Requests for associated costs, if justified by the programme, may include, for example, travel within the UK, consumables and essential technical assistance.
  • 31 May 2013: Society for Renaissance Studies, Postdoctoral fellowships  These support research into all aspects of Renaissance studies. There are two awards open to all suitable candidates working in the field, one of which supports research in Italian history and culture.
    Applicants must be graduates of British or Irish universities with PhDs awarded within the last five years, and be currently engaged in full-time research or part-time teaching, or hold an independent scholarship. The fellowships are worth £6,000 each for a period of 12 months
  • 1 June 2013: Society for Psychical Research, Research Grants These support research concerning exchanges between minds, or between minds and the environment, which are not dealt with by current, orthodox science. For example, the SPR has recently supported such diverse projects as purchase of equipment for haunting investigations; experiments in dowsing; examination of Ganzfeld experiments; a survey of psychic experiences; work with sitter groups; investigation of mental healing and PK meditation. Grants are worth between £1,000 and £5,000.
  • 1 July 2013: Economic History Society, Bursaries for PhD students  The Economic History Society invites applications for its bursaries for PhD students. These bursaries are for PhD students in United Kingdom colleges and universities undertaking research in economic or social history. Applicants must not be in receipt of a full stipendiary award or a fully funded scholarship. The bursaries are worth £5,000 for one year
  • 3 October 2013: Leverhulme Trust, Research Programme Grants Proposals are invited for programme awards on one of the following two topics:
    •the nature of knots, which includes uncovering the unifying and organising ideas that underpin knottedness in nature, establishing mathematical methods for quantifiying knottedness, measuring experimentally and developing techniques to control knottedness and identifying the scientific and technological consequences and implications of knottedness;
    •innovation for sustainable living, which might involve disruptive science and engineering and their role in new energy, materials and transport, mathematics and statistics, public policy, economics and the complexities of trade-offs, psychology and determining the driers of behaviour change, lessons from history and comparative social analysis.
    Applications are invited from UK universities, other institutions of higher and further education and registered charities. The scheme is also open to institutions of similar status in countries where, in the opinion of the Trust Board, the provision of research funding is seriously limited.
    Grants are worth between £500,000 and £1.75 million each for a period of up to five years for each of the topics.

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