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. I
- 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: 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.
- 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.
- 10 October 2013: Leverhulme Trust, Visiting Professorships – The objective of these awards is to enable distinguished academics based overseas to spend between three and twelve months inclusive at a UK university, primarily in order to enhance the skills of academic staff or the student body within the host institution. It is recognised that Visiting Professors may also wish to use the opportunity to further their own academic interests. The over-riding criteria for selection are first the academic standing and achievements of the visitor in terms of research and teaching, and secondly the ability of the receiving institution to benefit from the imported skills and expertise. Priority will be given to new or recent collaborative ventures.
- 31 October 2013: AHRC Design in Innovation, Research Development funding This call is aimed at enabling groups of researchers, including academics, design practitioners, businesses and any other relevant non-academic organisations or individuals, to hold exploratory workshops, networking and collaborative activities, or conduct original research reviews, scoping studies or capacity building activities focusing on design in innovation.
The call supports research development activities at an earlier stage than is usually the case under other AHRC schemes. Proposals may allow room for research agendas to be more speculative, evolving and developing as the research progresses and the outcomes may be more uncertain at the outset. The council is not looking for fully formed research projects, but for innovative and creative proposals that seek to address new areas where the spheres of design and innovation bisect to give additionality.
The following areas were identified as being in particular need of academic investigation:
•the role of design in service innovation;
•the role of design in the innovation ecosystem;
•providing evidence of the impact of design.
Applications are invited from researchers from any discipline or subject area across the arts and humanities. Cross-disciplinary proposals and collaboration with design practitioners and businesses or other relevant non-academic collaborators are strongly welcomed.
Funding of up to £50,000 is available on full economic costs basis with the AHRC meeting 80 per cent. Awards should last for a maximum of six months and should be completed by the end of October 2014.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Please contact a member of the RSB team for more information on upcoming deadlines. This may not be an exhaustive list of deadlines and could be subject to change, so please continue to contact us for information and support relating specifically to your research and knowledge transfer priorities