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.
- 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.
- 15 July 2013: AHRC, Coordinating centres to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. AHRC and Heritage Lottery funding is available for coordinating centres to support community engagement activities to connect academic and public history of the First World War and its legacy.
Coordinating centres are expected to be highly collaborative, drawing together research expertise across research organisations and working in partnership with each other, with HLF, both nationally and locally, and a range of organisations in the cultural and community sectors and beyond.
Funding of up to £2.5 million is available to support five to seven centres, and centres may apply for up to £500,000.
- 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
- 23 September 2013: HEA, Mike Baker doctoral programme Funding is available for doctoral studentships that support the academy’s research strategy of developing pedagogical knowledge and evidence-based practice in higher education. The following conditions apply:
•the proposed topic should be discipline-specific learning and teaching research or interdisciplinary and generic pedagogical research, and should have a clear benefit to either practice or to policy on practice;
•a supportive environment for the student and completion and delivery of research outcomes are a high priority;
•dissemination of research outcomes are fundamental to both the HEA and the wider community and should be identified clearly in any application.
Studentships are intended for students who hold a masters degree and are capable of undertaking high-quality research. Supervisors in UK higher education institutions that subscribe to the HEA are eligible to apply.
Funding will be provided for up to three years of full-time study. Funding covers fees, maintenance and research skills development and is worth £20,172 per year in London, or £18,172 per year outside of London.
- 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
- 30 November 2013: Royal Geographical Society, Neville Shulman challenge award The Royal Geographical Society invites applications for the Neville Shulman challenge award. This aims to further the understanding and exploration of the planet, its cultures, peoples and environments, while promoting personal development through the intellectual or physical challenges involved in the completion of research or an expedition.
Lead applicants must be UK nationals. The project can be desk or field based and can be carried out in the UK or overseas.
The award is worth £10,000.
- 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
- 20 January 2014: HEA, International Scholarships This scheme is aimed at supporting individuals in the higher education sector to undertake specific investigations outside of the UK and deliver specific outcomes for dissemination within the UK sector through various means, as appropriate to enhance student learning experience in the UK. There is a significant need for international policy and practice in higher education learning and teaching to be shared and learnt from within the UK sector, hence scholars should bring back interesting, challenging and innovative learning and teaching practices. The scholarship should align with at least one of the academy’s priority themes of:
•assessment and feedback;
•education for sustainable development;
•retention and success, including widening access, gender and transition issues;
•reward and recognition;
•students as partners.
Individuals in higher education providers that subscribe to the HEA are eligible to apply. Applicants should be at postgraduate level with a minimum of five years’ experience in the UK higher education sector. Scholarships are worth up to £20,000 over three to six months.