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.
- NEW – as of 3 April 2013 the ESRC Knowledge Exchange Opportunities Scheme has no deadline
- 21 May 2013: Henry Moore Foundation, Conference, lectures and publication grants These support conferences, lectures and publications in sculpture, including projects and exhibitions that expand the definition of sculpture, such as film, photography and performance. Projects based in the UK may include the work of artists from any country, but overseas projects must contain a British component. Up to £5,000 is available.
- 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: Society for Renaissance Studies, Study fellowships These support travel or, in exceptional circumstances, other research expenses for projects undertaken in connection with doctoral theses in the field of Renaissance studies.
Applications are open to anyone registered for a postgraduate research degree in Britain or Ireland. Priority will be given to candidates at an advanced stage of their research. Although the maximum amount awarded for a single fellowship is £1,500, the society welcomes applications for projects requiring smaller or larger sums.
- 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: 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: AHRC, Visiting fellowships The AHRC’s Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice invites applications for its visiting fellowships. Fellowships enable musicologists, musicians and those working in cognate fields in the UK and overseas to spend up to three months undertaking collaborative research at one of the centre’s partner institutions. Partner institutions are the University of Cambridge, King’s College London, the University of Oxford and Royal Holloway and the University of London. Fellows will have the opportunity to gain exposure to the centre’s research activities, to share their work with centre staff and students and to contribute to the activities supported by the centre’s performance studies network. Research must address one or more of the following topics:
•how musical performance is creative, and what knowledge is creatively embodied in musical performance;
•how music in performance – and the very act of performance – takes shape over time;
•how understanding musical performance as a creative practice varies across different global contexts, idioms and performance conditions.
All applicants should have completed a doctorate prior to application or have equivalent professorial experience. Eligible maintenance expenses incurred during the period of the fellowship will be reimbursed, up to a maximum of £1,500 per month. Relevant travel costs to or within the UK may also be reimbursed.
- 28 June 2013: Welcome Trust, Arts awards – small to medium sized projects These support imaginative and experimental arts projects that investigate biomedical science. The scheme aims to:
•stimulate interest and debate about biomedical science through the arts;
•examine the social, cultural and ethical impact of biomedical science;
•support formal and informal learning;
•encourage new ways of thinking;
•encourage interdisciplinary practice and collaborative partnerships in arts, science or education practice.
Projects must involve the creation of new artistic work and have biomedical scientific input into the process, either through a scientist taking on an advisory role or through direct collaboration. The scheme is open to a wide range of people including artists, scientists, curators, filmmakers, writers, producers, directors, academics, science communicators, teachers, arts workers and education officers. Applicants must be based in the UK or Republic of Ireland and the activity must take place in the UK or RoI. Eligible candidates are usually affiliated to organisations, but may apply as individuals.
Up to £30,000 is available for projects lasting a maximum of three years to support the development of new project ideas, deliver small-scale productions or workshops, investigate methods of engagement through the arts or develop collaborative relationships between artists and scientists.
- 1 August 2013: Textile Society, Professional Development Grants – The Textile Society invites applications for its professional development award. This is awarded to members who are professionally practising in their chosen textile field, be it craft, design, curatorial, scientific or any other related textile field. The award is worth £1,000.
- 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
- 15 September 2013; Paul Mellon Centre, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Research support Grant The grant supports scholars and researchers in the field of 20th century British painting. The grant is worth £2,000 and may be used to assist with travel, subsistence and other research costs.
- 15 September 2013: Paul Mellon Centre, Curatorial research Grants These are made to help institutions undertake research for a particular exhibition or installation in the field of British art or to undertake a specific cataloguing project. In some instances, a grant may be made to an institution to provide staff in lieu of a curator who wishes to take leave from other curatorial duties to undertake research for an exhibition or cataloguing project. Awards will not exceed £20,000 per year for up to three years.
- 1 October 2013: Pasold Research Fund, Research Project Grants These fund high-quality research relating to all branches of textile history, and the history of dress and fashion. Research projects should have a lasting outcome in the form of a publication, exhibition or similar. The following activities are eligible under this scheme:
•medium-sized research projects;
•preliminary work in preparation of a more substantial grant application;
•small themed workshops.
Grants are worth between £751 and £2,500 to cover expenses such as travel, subsistence, photocopying, microfilming and similar.
- 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
- 1 December 2013: Association of Art Historians, Initiatives fund Funding is available for activities, events or research projects that promote and develop teaching, learning and widening participation in art history. Eligible activities may take the form of, but are not restricted to, conferences, workshops, discussion fora and online publication.
Current individual and institutional members of the association may apply.
Funding is worth up to £500.
- 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
- 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.
- 24 January 2014: Textile Society, Student Bursary This programme aims to support postgraduate students in the field of textile studies. Award topics include art and design, critical writing and promotion technology. Bursaries are intended to be used primarily for apprenticeships, master’s final-year projects or dissertations. All students currently undertaking any UK educational textile, fashion or related course are eligible.
Two bursaries are available, worth £500 and £1,000.