Research Funding Opportunities – School of Education
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 Education’ in the subject line.
No deadline: Waterloo Foundation, Dissemination support – These grants support the dissemination of knowledge and best practice to children and their carers, and to related professionals. The foundation is interested in the psychological and behavioural development of children, and particularly in certain neuro-developmental conditions and the factors that influence them. Dissemination can be either by researchers themselves or by support groups, and could take the form of website development, helplines, newsletters or conferences. The foundation does not wish to be the sole funder of any such support. Grants are typically worth up to £10,000.
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
28 February 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: Higher Education Academy, National Teaching Fellowship Scheme – This scheme aims to recognise, reward and celebrate individuals who are judged to make an outstanding impact on the student learning experience. Up to 55 individual awards of £10,000 will be made. The awards must be spent in a three-year period.
15 March 2013: Nuffield Foundation, Grants for Research and Innovation – The Nuffield Foundation is committed to improving education opportunities and outcomes for all. They have supported innovative research and development in education for over 60 years. They consider applications for education and research grants in the following areas: – Foundations for learning – see priorities for funding; – Mathematics education – see priorities for funding; – Science education – see priorities for funding; – Secondary education transitions – see priorities for funding; – Student parents’ and women’s education – see priorities for funding. The foundation will not fund organisations outside the UK or projects that take place outside the UK. Collaboration with partners in European or Commonwealth countries is permitted. Grants normally range from £10,000 to £250,000, although the majority are worth between £50,000 and £150,000.
29 March 2013: British Educational Research Association, Dissertation Award – The award is made to the individual whose dissertation is deemed to have made the most significant contribution to research in education. The dissertation must have been submitted as part of a PhD/DPhil or EdD degree obtained from a British university between 1 January and 31 December of the year preceding the award. The author must be a member of the Association.
15 April 2013: Society for Educational Studies, Small Grant Awards – The Society for Educational Studies invites applications for its small grants. The purpose of these grants is to stimulate research in education, particularly by those who are starting their research careers. Applicants must be affiliated with a British university, college or school, and be or become members of the society. The maximum grant available is normally £10,000 for one year. Up to four grants are available.
19 April 2013: Education Endowment Foundation, Educational Disadvantage Grants – These are for projects which address educational disadvantage. The focus is on innovation and scaling up projects which have a measurable impact on attainment or a directly related outcome. Projects should fit within one of the following four approaches:
•testing and incubating new ideas which have a proof of concept;
•bringing initiatives from other contexts to disadvantaged students and schools;
•scaling up initiatives which have been proven to work on a modest scale;
•developing projects with potential that have not, to date, been delivered or evaluated effectively.
Applicants must be charities, not-for-profit organisations, local authorities, individual schools, clusters of schools, teacher groups, universities, colleges, academy chains, mutuals, co-operatives or a combination of these. As a guide, the smallest grants are worth £50,000 a year.
19 April 2013: Education Endowment Foundation, Digital Technology Grants – These are for projects that use digital technology to improve the attainment of disadvantaged pupils. Initiatives should build on the existing evidence about effective teaching and learning practices, and use digital technology to make these practices more effective or efficient. Proposals should focus on raising that attainment of pupils aged five to 16 in England and be led by not-for-profit organisation. If profit making companies are involved, they should provide substantial subsidies or co-funding.
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. Fellowships are for a period of two to three years and cover replacement salary costs, 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.