Research Funding Opportunities – School of Social Sciences
Posted by Research and Strategic Bidding Office
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.
- NEW – as of 3 April 2013 the ESRC Knowledge Exchange Opportunities Scheme has no deadline
- 22 May 2013: ESRC, Centres and large grants competition This supports experienced researchers requiring longer-term or extended support for research groups, inter-institutional research networks, project-linked research programmes, medium-to-large surveys, other infrastructure or methodological developments, or any related larger-scale projects. Applications may be made in any area of social science, including contributions addressing recently identified gaps in the council’s strategic priorities. Alongside the open element of the call, the council encourages applications focusing on the area of civil society.
The principal investigator must be based at an institution eligible for research council funding. Investigators based at a single institution are eligible, as are coordinated collaborations involving a number of organisation setting out multi-stream research programmes.
Up to eight applications will be funded for a duration of five years, with grants ranging from £2 million to a maximum of £10m at 100 per cent full economic cost.
- 31 May 2013: British Council, UGC-UKIERI Thematic Partnerships – These facilitate collaborations between faculties and researchers, and enable registered PhD students and postdoctoral researchers in India and the UK to undertake short-term visits to work on research projects. Funds are available for partnerships of up to two years in duration and provide a maximum of £60,000 equivalent in INR.
- 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
- 31 May 2013: Feminist Review Trust, Research Grants, The trust will award grants to support feminist scholars and activities. Awards may support the following:
•interventionist projects that support feminist values;
•training and development projects;
The trust is unable to support MA, MSc or PhD students, with the exception of scholars from developing economies in exceptional circumstances. The maximum value of awards is £10,000.
- 31 May 2013: Freemasons Grand Charity, Major Grants These support projects in the categories of medical research, vulnerable people and youth opportunities. The scheme is open to registered charities in England and Wales. Grants are worth between £5,000 and £50,000 for a period of up to three years, although grants over £50,000 may be considered.
- 1 June 2013: European Society for Cognitive Psychology, Summer Schools Grants. These partially fund summer schools in a relevant field. The committee aims to organise a biannual school in even-numbered years. Funding is worth up to €20,000.
- 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
- 5 July 2013: World Anti-doping Agency Social Sciences Research Grant Programme The purpose of the programme is to encourage research in the social sciences and to obtain information which will enable the development of more efficient strategies that prevent or stop doping among athletes.
Grants can be awarded to various organisations including universities, colleges, small businesses and not-for-profit organisations.
Collaborative research proposals involving founding from other institutions are welcomed, and proposals that examine cultural differences and/or regional perspectives are particularly appealing.
All proposed research projects must address the annual research priorities which for 2014 are:
- Increasing knowledge of causes of doping behaviour or attitudes about doping and the factors that influence these behaviours or attitudes.
- Developing and evaluating anti-doping intervention.
- Improving social science research on doping prevention (design and validation of measurement tools, testing behavioural models, specific cultural or regional perspectives, cross cultural comparisons).
- Increasing knowledge in the fields of anti-doping management, economics and law.
Grants are available for direct costs only, reflecting the actual needs of the proposal. As a guide, the average budget of previous projects was:
- One-year projects US$20,000
- Two-year projects US$30,000
- Three-year projects US$65,000
Funding can be requested for a period of up to three years.
- 14 August 2013: Marie Curie Individual Fellowships – This covers the Intra-European Fellowships (IEF), International Incoming Fellowships (IIF) and International Outgoing Fellowships (IOF).
- 1 September 2013: Pasold Research Fund, Publication Grants – These subsidise the publication of essential illustrative material in high-quality research, particularly in research monographs, on textile history. Grants are worth up to £1,000
- 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.
- 31 October 2013:Socio-Legal Studies Association, Small Research Grants, The scheme’s aim is to support work for which other funding sources would not be appropriate and to encourage socio-legal research initiatives in a practical way. The overall budget is £10,000 and grants are worth up to £2,000 each.
Applications will be considered only from those who are fully paid-up members (or registered as free student members) of the association, wherever they live
- 23 November 2013:Royal Geographical Society, Hong Kong research grant, This enables a postgraduate student in the UK or China to undertake geographical research in the Greater China region including the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Macau and Hong Kong. The research must be of relevance to the applicant’s studies and must last more than four weeks. Applicants must be postgraduate students registered with a university and should be undertaking a PhD course. Strong preference will be given to those projects working closely with the host community. A single grant of up to £2,500 is available to cover expenses for travel, equipment, data collection and subsistence in the field.
- 23 November 2013: Royal Geographical Society, Peter Fleming Award, This is for a research project that seeks to advance geographical science. Proposals can be made in any field of geography, provided the project can demonstrate genuine advancement of current knowledge. The project may be field, laboratory or desk-based, or any combination of these elements, and can focus on the UK, other parts of Europe, or overseas.
Eligible candidates must hold a doctorate, have a proven research record and either be working within a UK higher education institution or as an independent researcher within the UK. Applicants must be UK nationals. The award has a value of up to £9,000 and is open to both individuals and teams
- 29 November 2013: University of East Anglia, Visiting research fellowships Sainsbury Research Unit for the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas invites applications for its visiting research fellowships. Two fellowships are available to conduct research for publication pertaining to the arts in Africa, Oceania and the Americas. Fellowships have a normal duration of three months. Fellows are expected to give at least two presentations, in the form of lectures or seminars, during the fellowship period.
Scholars in the fields of the humanities, social sciences, anthropology, art history, archaeology, history and related disciplines are eligible to apply. Applicants must hold a PhD, though advanced PhD candidates may occasionally be considered. The fellowship stipend is £396 per week for 12 weeks, plus return travel costs up to a maximum of £750. The fellow must reside in Norwich for the duration of the fellowship except for brief research trips. Award max £5,500
- 15 January 2014: AHRC, Highlight notice for connected communities and design research grants These are offered in the AHRC’s standard and early career grants routes for projects which explore the contributions that design can make to the connected communities programme. As well as meeting the normal requirements for standard and early career research grants, applications must:
•be inter- or cross-disciplinary, combining perspectives, approaches and expertise from design and from arts and humanities subject areas;
•engage with communities through all stages of the research process;
•involve strong collaborative partnerships with organisations outside the higher education institution sector and include a highly developed or innovative approach to creating pathways for impact for the research;
•demonstrate a strong fit to the aims and objectives of the connected communities programme.
Applicants must be eligible for standard AHRC funding. Grants are worth up to £250,000 for early career researchers and up to £1.5 million for the standard research grant route