Research Funding Opportunities – School of Social Sciences

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 access to the blog  could you please e-mail with ‘accessed SS’ in the subject line.

AHRC Follow-on Funding for Impact and Engagement

The Arts and Humanities Research Council’s follow-on funding scheme has re-opened, with a greater emphasis on impact and a reduced upper limit. After two name-changes, the scheme has re-opened as follow-on funding for impact and engagement, and now offers up to £100,000 for engagement and knowledge exchange projects.

  • 14 August 2013:  Marie Curie Individual FellowshipsThis covers the Intra-European Fellowships (IEF), International Incoming Fellowships (IIF) and International Outgoing Fellowships (IOF).
  • 31 August 2013: British Psychological Society BPS POST postgraduate award This enables a postgraduate student in psychology to undertake a fellowship in the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology and assist in providing objective briefing material for MPs and peers on a psychological topic.
    Eligible candidates include all postgraduate students registered for a higher degree by research by PhD or MPhil, in their second or third year of study at the time of application.
  • 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
  • 10 September 2013: ESRC/DFID joint fund for poverty  alleviation research– Phase 3  The scheme supports research that aims to provide a more robust conceptual and empirical basis for development, and enhances the quality and impact of social science research on poverty reduction. All research funded must demonstrate effective demand from, and practical relevance to, decision-makers, practitioners and communities. The call focuses on the following areas:
    •disability, inequality and poverty – one research programme up to £2 million;
    •poverty in urban spaces – one research programme up to £2m;
    •urbanisation and risk in Africa – one research programme up to £3.3m.
    Successful grants will drive forward innovations in theory, methods or application; form a hub of research excellence in the area of study; and make a significant contribution to scientific, economic or social impact. Interdisciplinary research is welcomed, although applications must be at least 50 per cent social science in disciplinary focus. The programmes may be structured in a variety of ways, with opportunities for more transformative individual work streams led by partner researchers, both from north and south.
    Projects with developing country leads and developing country partners are strongly encouraged. The scheme allows academics from developing and developed countries to work together in any configuration of their choosing, and principal investigators can be based anywhere in the world. The scheme welcomes inter-institutional applications and also strongly encourages partnerships with non-HEI organisations and the inclusion of business, civil-society or public-sector co-investigators.
    Proposals must support the development of researchers, particularly those based in developing country institutions and early-career researchers. Strategic capacity-strengthening plans for developing country partners with the aim of establishing a critical mass of research and research institutional support should be outlined. The funders are keen to encourage southern-led research and the devolvement of research responsibility. Successful proposals will demonstrate understanding of the local research context and ensure the research does not undermine local research capacity.
    The call is open to researchers based in UK or non-UK recognised higher education institutions, research organisations or organisations with a credible research capacity.
    All applications may be up to three years in length.
  • 19 September 2013: AHRC, Collaborative skills development grant, organisation-led strand  These support research organisations in developing innovative skills development packages that will meet capacity and training issues in strategic areas of the arts and humanities. The organisation-led strand enables research organisations to offer training and skills development activities to groups of students and early-career researchers in several institutions, involving a variety of different partners. Proposals may draw on any subject area in the AHRC’s remit and must fit at least one of the following strategic areas:
    •partnership working, including public engagement;
    •entrepreneurship and the creative economy;
    •research skills enrichment.
    Proposals may be submitted by any UK research organisation, including independent research organisations, and must involve collaboration between at least two research organisations, or between research organisations and a non-academic organisation.
    Funding of up to £60,000 for up to 18 months is available.
  • 19 September 2013: AHRC, Collaborative skills development grant, student-led route These enable doctoral students to establish and run smaller-scale collaborative activities in the arts and humanities. Activities may draw on any subject area in the AHRC’s remit and must fit at least one of the following strategic areas:
    •partnership working, including public engagement;
    •entrepreneurship and the creative economy;
    •research skills enrichment.
    Proposals may be submitted by any arts and humanities doctoral student at any UK higher education institution, and must involve collaboration between at least two research organisations, or between research organisations and a non-academic organisation. The activities proposed must be for the benefit of a cohort of other doctoral students or early-career researchers.
    Funding of up to £3,000 for up to one year is available.
  • 19 september 2013: AHRC, Collaborative skills development, early career researcher-led route These enable early-career researchers to establish and run collaborative training and researcher development activities in the arts and humanities. Activities may draw on any subject area in the AHRC’s remit and must fit at least one of the following strategic areas:
    •partnership working, including public engagement;
    •entrepreneurship and the creative economy;
    •research skills enrichment.
    Proposals may be submitted by any arts and humanities early-career researcher within eight years of the award of their PhD or within six years of their first academic appointment. Proposals must involve collaboration between at least two research organisations, or between research organisations and a non-academic organisation. The activities proposed must be for the benefit of a cohort of other early-career researchers or doctoral students.
    Funding of up to £5,000 for up to one year is available.
  • 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.
  • 1 October 2013: National Humanities Center, Fellowships The National Humanities Center offers 40 residential fellowships for advanced study in the humanities for the period September 2014 through May 2015.
    Find out more about the Fellowships on the National Humanities Center website.
  • 3 October 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.
    A highlight notice for design research is in place under this scheme, under which applicants may submit up to three applications.
    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 two 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 year.
  • 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;
    •flexible learning;
    •online learning;
    •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.

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