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. 

  • Calls
    New fund launched – The Newton Fund

This fund will distribute £375 million evenly over the next five years to projects aimed at development and capacity building projects between the UK and a number of partner countries. The countries involved are China, India, Brazil, South Africa, Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Turkey, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, the Philippines, Egypt and Kazakhstan. Project calls  for each country will be based along themes selected by each country and cover a wide variety of topics, whilst multi-country calls focus on researcher and network development.  For more information, see here:
you are interested in making an application to the Newton Fund, please contact the RSB Office to discuss your potential project. 

  • 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

  • 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.
  • 14 January 2015: HEA, National Teaching Fellowship Scheme Fellowship scheme which recognises and rewards individuals who have had an outstanding impact on student learning and the teaching profession
  • 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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