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 Grantfinder in the usual way or contact the RSB Office and we will assist you.


  • 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
  • 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.
  • AHRC Fellowship Scheme This fellowships scheme has recently been revised to enhance the development of research leadership across the arts and humanities. The scheme now provides opportunities for mid and senior career researchers to carry out focused individual research, alongside collaborative activities, which may potentially have a transformative effect on their areas of expertise.
    Fellowships can be awarded for research in any subject area within the AHRC’s remit and proposals for research may be at different stages of development as long as considerable high quality research outputs are intended to flow directly from the Fellowship. A range of activities, including knowledge exchange, may be included in proposals and the scheme incorporates elements of the former Fellowships in the Creative and Performing Arts and Knowledge Transfer Fellowships schemes.
    Max value £250,000
  • AHRC Research Grants Scheme The scheme is aimed at supporting well-defined research projects, so enabling individual researchers to collaborate with other individuals and organisations by carrying out high quality research in the arts and humanities
    Max value £1,000,000
  • Leverhulme Research Project Grants Offering up to £500,000 over five years for research on a topic of the applicant’s choice. Grants cover salary and research costs directly associated with the project. Submit a first-stage outline application at any time.

Upcoming Deadlines

  • 8 October 2014: British Academy, Postdoctoral Fellowships 2014-15 BA Postdoctoral Fellowships provide the opportunity for early career researchers to strengthen their experience of research and teaching in a UK university environment, with the aim improving their prospects of obtaining permanent lecturing posts by the end of the Fellowship. Suitable subjects for the Fellowship include any field of study within the humanities or social sciences, with the emphasis chiefly on completion of a substantial piece of publishable research.
    Applicants must be within three years of the award of a PhD or equivalent, and be UK or EEA (European Economic Area) nationals, or have completed a PhD, or equivalent, at a UK university.
    Typical awards range between £220,000 and £250,000 and are intended to fund 80% of the Fellow’s salary costs, directly allocated and indirect costs, and 100% of the research expenses claimed. Research expenses are limited to £6,000 over three years.
  • 9 October 2014: Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professorship 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
  • 17 October 2014: RCUK/CONFAP Research Partnership Calls. Research Councils UK (RCUK) and the Brazilian Council of State Funding Agencies (CONFAP) are pleased to invite applications for the Newton Fund RCUK-CONFAP Research Partnerships call.
    The aim of this call is to provide flexible short-term support for small-scale research and networking activities, with the objective of establishing sustainable collaborations between UK and Brazilian researchers, helping to build a community that will be better equipped to develop excellent research outcomes through this and future funding opportunities.
    Applications that address the following areas are particularly welcomed:
       Urban transformations
       Food energy water environment nexus
       Biodiversity and ecosystems resilience
       Economic development and welfare reform
    Applications across all research areas will also be eligible, as long as they make a strong case for UK-Brazil collaboration and meet the eligibility requirements associated with Official Development Assistance
  • 22 October 2014: British Academy, Newton Advanced Fellowships. These fellowships provide promising early to mid-career international researchers with an opportunity to develop their skills and research capabilities through training, collaboration and visits with a partner in the UK.
  • 29 October 2014:EPSRC, Design the Future, Funding available to enable research into how designers use the integration of new engineering and technologies, leading to the development of future products, manufacturing processes, devices, services and industrial and infrastructure systems.
  • 27 November 2014: AHRC Digital Transformations Small Grants Funding call for innovative, ambitious projects which aim to explore the potential for digital environments to facilitate collaborative research and dialogue between practice-based research in the arts, and other forms of research across the arts and humanities.
  • 31 January 2014: Paul Mellon Centre Educational Programme Grants Funding available for the organisation of lectures, conferences, symposia and seminars for scholars, or the general public, in the field of British art and architectural history.
  • 31 January 2014: Paul Mellon Centre, Mid Career Fellowships Funding available for established researchers allowing them to undertake research, publishing or curatorial projects in the field of British art and architectural history.

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