Research Funding Opportunities – School of the Arts
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 use of the blog could you please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘accessed Art’ in the subject line.
- 7 February 2013: Leverhulme Trust, Emeritus Fellowships These assist senior established researchers to complete a research project and to prepare the results for publication. Applicants must be resident in the UK, and should hold or have held a teaching or research post in a university or comparable institution in the UK at the time of retirement. Applicants should also have retired by the time of taking up the fellowship and no longer have a normal contract of employment. The fellowship is worth up to £22,000 for a period of three to 24 months. Eligible costs include travel and subsistence costs for periods away from home; the employment of a research, clerical or secretarial assistant to support the work of the applicant; photocopies; photographic expenses; and office or laboratory consumables.
- 14 February 2013: AHRC, Collaborative doctoral awards These awards are intended to encourage and develop collaboration between higher education institution departments and non-academic organisations and businesses by providing opportunities for doctoral students to gain experience of work outside an academic environment. Awards are designed to encourage and establish links that are beneficial for both collaborating partners. Research students, jointly supervised by members from each partner organisation, will carry out a project that falls within the AHRC’s subject domain and that will lead to a doctoral qualification by the end of the award. Applications should be made jointly by a department in a recognised UK higher education institution and a non-academic organisation from the private, public or voluntary sector. Non-academic partners must normally be UK-based operations. Applicants may apply for up to four studentships under one application. Full-time awards are tenable for up to three years. Award holders will receive a standard doctoral studentship and an additional annual payment of £550. AHRC recommends that the non-academic partner make an additional maintenance payment to the student in the region of £1,000 per annum.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 30 December 2013: NESTA, Digital R&D fund for the Arts – expressions of interest The National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts, in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Arts Council, invites expressions of interest under its digital R&D fund for the arts. This fund supports research and development projects that use digital technology to enhance audience reach and explore new business models for organisations with arts projects. Projects may incorporate the following key themes:
•user-generated content and social media;
•distribution and exhibition;
•mobile, location and games;
•data and archive;
•education and learning.
Three different groups may submit expressions of interest:
•group A – project collaborations between organisations with an arts project that already have a technology partner and a research partner;
•group B – project collaborations between organisations with an arts project that already have a technology partner but which have not yet identified a research partner;
•group C – researchers and research teams looking to collaborate with an organisation with an arts project working with a technology provider.
Projects may be up to one year in duration. The fund is worth £7 million in total. Individual funding is worth up to £125,000