Research Funding Opportunities – School of Social Sciences

rsbo-logoThis post provides information on the latest funding opportunities for your School.    You will still be able to conduct your own searches via and Grantfinder4education 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. 

  • Erasmus+, Calls are now open for the new Erasmus+ programmeIf you are interested in any of the areas please contact for assistance. Further information can be obtained from the Erasmus + website
  • 22 February 2014: Royal Geographical Society, Frederick Soddy Award  The aim is to support postgraduate students carrying out fieldwork or research on the study of the social, economic, and cultural life of a region anywhere in the world. Costs that are covered by the grant include travel, equipment, field assistance and expenses in the field. Up to £6,000 is available.
  • 27 February 2014: AHRC, Science in Culture Innovation Awards. The theme aims to develop a reciprocal relationship between researchers within arts and humanities on one hand, and those with a science background on the other, so to stimulate advances in research on both sides which might otherwise not have occurred.  The emphasis should be on creativity, imagination and innovation in terms of developing relationships and ways of working. This extends to the potential for mutual/bi-directional learning, development of new insight and understanding, transforming concepts, methodologies or approaches in both the arts and humanities and the sciences
    Award max £80,000
  • 6 March 2014: AHRC, Translating Cultures Research Innovation Grants Support for innovative arts and humanities projects designed to examine the cultural and socio-economic significance of translation.
    Award max £200,000
  • 6 March 2014: The Leverhulme Trust, Early Career Fellowship Early Career Fellowships aim to provide career development opportunities for those who are at a relatively early stage of their academic careers, but who have a proven record of research. The expectation is that Fellows should undertake a significant piece of publishable work during their tenure, and that the Fellowships should lead to a more permanent academic position. Applications are welcomed in any discipline. Approximately eighty Fellowships will be available in 2014. Fellowships can be held at universities or at other institutions of higher education in the UK.
    The Trust will contribute 50% of each Fellow’s total salary costs up to a maximum of £23,000 per annum and the balance is to be paid by the host institution. Given the prestige of the awards each Fellow may request annual research expenses of up to £6,000 to further his or her research activities
  • 12 March 2014:  British Academy Research Projects – The British Academy has a strong record in the promotion of collaborative, infrastructural, and often international research. The programme of Academy Research Projects currently gives academic recognition and modest financial support to about 50 projects, and the Academy is now looking to expand this through the adoption of a small number of new projects in the social sciences. This programme does not offer the kind of major funding currently available via the ESRC, and it is expected that any project supported under the scheme will need to be able to demonstrate that it is independently financially viable.
  • 10 March 2014: BA Newton International Fellowship The Newton International Fellowships Scheme is delivered by The British Academy and the Royal Society. The Scheme has been established to select the very best early stage post-doctoral researchers from all over the world and enable them to work at UK research institutions for a period of two years. The Scheme covers researchers in all disciplines covered by the two academies – physical, natural and social sciences, and the humanities.  Application forms available from 15 January 2014.
    Academy Research Projects typically share the characteristic of being infrastructural projects or research facilities, intended to produce fundamental works of scholarship, in most cases for the use of a variety of disciplines, rather than to produce interpretative works or monographs. Another typical feature is the contribution made by the voluntary work of many scholars, whether as organizers or participants. A full list of the current portfolio of ARPs is available at, while successful projects adopted in response to the last Call for Proposals in 2011 are listed at
    Application forms and further details for the 2014 competition are now available in the online e-GAP system at (potential applicants who are not currently registered in the system will need to do this first, by using the ‘register’ option on the log-in page, to obtain access to the system). Please note that the application process involves two stages. In the first instance the Outline Stage form only is available. Only those project directors invited to do so will be able complete the Second Stage Application Form.  Level of award:  up to £5,000pa.
  • 12 March 2014:EU Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Programme This programme is aimed at protecting fundamental rights of citizens and is one of five schemes under the programme for Fundamental Rights and Justice. It offers support to the fight against racism, xenophobia and anti-Semitism, civil society associations, the protection of fundamental rights and the protection of the Rights of the Citizen, through an interfaith and multicultural dialogue. Award min €75,000
  • 13 March 2014: ESRC, DFID-ESRC China and Africa Research Programme Grant funding for UK and international research organisations to investigate the economic development impact of China’s engagement in sub-Saharan Africa, with reference to how lessons from China’s own economic development transformation can benefit other countries, particularly in low-income Africa.
  • 15 April 2014: BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grants Grants are available to support primary research in the humanities and social sciences. Funds are available to facilitate initial project planning and development; to support the direct costs of research; and to enable the advancement of research through workshops or conferences, or visits by or to partner scholars. Applicants may seek support for any combination of eligible activity and cost up to the overall limit of £10,000. The Academy will assess applications equally on their merits, with no preference as to mode of enquiry. Application forms are not currently available on the e-GAP system, but will be released by 4 March 2014.
  • 1 July 2014: Economic History Society, Bursaries for PhD Students These bursaries are for PhD students in UK colleges and universities undertaking research in economic or social history. The bursaries are worth £5,000 for one year.

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