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Philomathia Social Science Research Programme

The School of the Humanities and Social Sciences has recently embarked on an ambitious Philomathia Social Science Research Programme to develop its social science research agenda, with a goal of increasing involvement with public policy makers, and building its capacity in the quantitative research methods that are favoured by those driving evidence-based policy-making. 

For further information about Philomathia Social Science Research Programme please visit the Programme’s website, which includes details of current Philomathia funded projects, Philomathia Forum and Philomathia Symposium. 

Cambridge Humanities Research Grants (CHRG)

Call announced: 09/01/2017 (2 round of 2016-2017)

Deadline for submission:  Thursday, 2nd March 2017

Value of individual awards: £1,000 - £20,000 maximum

Please note, that with effect from Lent Term 2015, the former Newton Trust Small Grants Scheme is being incorporated into the CHRGS with applications invited in a single call through the CHRGS.

Purpose

The objective of the Cambridge Humanities Research Grants Scheme is to enable researchers to conduct small-scale research activities, of the highest quality, that enable them to bid successfully for larger-scale funding, and/or to generate publications, and/or to contribute materially in other ways towards the research objectives of their home institution.

There are two open calls each year, with deadlines in the Michaelmas and Lent Terms.

Part-funding for this Scheme is provided by the Isaac Newton Trust.

There are three tiers of funding available:

  • Tier 1) Newton Trust small grants. Maximum award value is £1,500.
  • Tier 2) Standard grants. Awards range from £1,000 to £20,000.
  • Tier 3) PSL/Exchange Grants (). Match-funding for exchange visits will be provided between £1,000 and £10,000.  

Eligibility

Tier 1) Newton Trust Small Grants and Tier 3) PSL/ Exchange grants

Applications are invited from any researcher active in the arts, humanities and social sciences holding a current contract of employment as an independent researcher – at the point of application - with either the University or the Colleges (i.e. CTO and JRF will be eligible, but not visiting or affiliated researchers). This includes:

  • externally-funded Research Fellows and those working in museums, research centres or other relevant non-School institutions;
  • emeritus staff (with the written support of the Faculty);
  • Senior Research Associates or Research Associates, provided that their current contract will outlast the proposed activity;
  • applicants may not apply for their own salary costs or other direct personal support.

 Tier 2: Standard Grants

Applications are invited from senior independent researchers.

  • Award holders will normally be at the level of University Lecturer or equivalent, or holding a senior Fellowship;
  • Research staff may not normally apply, except with the written support of the Faculty;
  • Emeritus staff are able to apply with the written support of the Faculty.

Postgraduate students are not eligible to apply to any of the tiers. Preference will normally be given to first-time applicants. 

Assessment Criteria

Applications will be assessed above all for research quality, within the specific objectives of each of three Tiers:

Tier 1) Newton Trust Small grants - up to £1,500.

  • Short term support for pilot/experimental research or to expedite an output.
  • Preference for junior-level assistance.
  • DO NOT include costs for conferences or publications.

Tier 2) Standard grants - £1,000-20,000

  • General research grants, to be assessed on academic quality.
  • While conference support is not excluded, it must demonstrably support the specific priorities that are listed below.
  • Preference will be given to applications from or benefitting early career researchers.

Tier 3) PSL/Exchange grants - £1,000-10,000

  • the CHRG supports a range of collaborations and exchange opportunities of varying degrees of length and magnitude.
  • In particular, the University supports mutual exchange with institutions within Paris Sciences et Lettres [PSL]. Funding collaboration with PSL partners is therefore a non-exclusive priority of Tier 3.
  • The CHRG will provide match-funding for exchange visits between Cambridge and other academics or students.
  • Awards will support the direct non-pay costs of organising conferences or seminars – costs for staff time or research assistance will not be considered.

In addition to research quality as the primary criterion for award, awards will be considered against the following specific priorities:

a)   Direct support (including research assistance) of pilot or experimental research, intended to lead to larger-scale activity suitable for external funding;

b)   Direct support for activity towards a publication. This may include supporting the costs of partial remission of Departmental duties if the case is sufficiently strong; please note however that costs directly associated with publication (e.g. permissions, indexing, picture costs) will not be supported;

c)   Support for fieldwork, archival access etc. allied to existing or emerging research priorities in Departments;

d)   Support for early-stage network or concept-development activities, including collaborative work with CRASSH;

e)   Match-funding to support research where sponsors are unable to meet the full costs, e.g. website assistance for dissemination, support for charity research;

f)    Support for research activities for which externally-funded grants are not normally available;

g)   Support for activities specifically designed to enhance impact or outreach, related to eligible underpinning research.

Costing

The CHRG supports direct costs only, including travel, consumables and other non-pay costs. Research assistance will be supported in Tiers 1 and 2 only. Applicants may not apply for their own salary costs, within any of the three Tiers.

Costs for the employment of research assistance should be presented using standard University rates, including the necessary allowance for on-costs.

The Scheme is exempt from indirect costs and does not operate via fEC. An X5 costing is not required, but may be useful in preparing costs.

Submission

Please note that in all cases, applicants should seek approval from the Faculty before making an application. Please contact researchgrants@hist.cam.ac.uk in the first instance.

Application must be made online directly to the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. The link to the application portal is HERE.

For Tier 2: in addition to the online form, a project proposal (max 2 sides of A4) and one independent and external reference will be required.

Neither late applications nor applications made outside of the online system will be considered.

The attached Guidance Notes from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences includes further details. Please read carefully before applying.

Further information

Any queries relating to the scheme or the application process should be referred for the attention of Dr Kristen Klebba, Social Sciences Research Coordinator at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (GrantsAHSS@admin.cam.ac.uk). 

Please contact Julija Varanaviciute, Research Grants Administrator and Ed Mayes, Chief Accounts Clerk, at the Faculty of History, if you require general advice or assistance with costing (researchgrants@hist.cam.ac.uk). 

School Research Support Fund 2016-2019

2nd call has been announced on 8 February 2017 and will be closed on Friday 17 March 2017.

Purpose

The Council of the School of the Humanities and Social Sciences at its meeting on 11 March 2016 agreed to invest £300k in a School Research Support Fund [2016-19].

The overall objective of the Fund is to support the School research strategy (see Appendix A of the attached memo). Its main priority will be to enable development of large-scale multidisciplinary research projects led by Cambridge PIs, and to support associated large grant applications. ‘Large-scale’ is taken to indicate interdisciplinary activities that have the potential to be nationally or internationally-leading, and capable of self-sustained existence through grant income.

The Fund is distinct from other sources of internal funding such as the Cambridge Humanities Research Grants Scheme [CHRG], which is an essential resource for individual PIs in supporting initial exchange activity, proof-of-concept projects and support for dissemination and outreach. The CHRG can also support research assistance throughout the lifetime of a project. It is not expected that PIs will simultaneously hold awards from the CHRG and the School Research Support Fund. 

The Fund is also distinct from the School’s New Initiatives project, currently under review by the Council of the School. The New Initiatives project will not provide direct support for research.

A series of projects were supported in Round 1 of the current phase of the Fund. Proposals are now invited for a second round of funding; approximately £100k is available to support activities meeting the criteria below. 
The Fund will operate in responsive mode; PIs are invited now to formulate proposals for consideration by the School Research Committee in the Easter Term 2017; it is anticipated that a small number of projects will be funded, to commence on or after 10 May 2017.
          

Eligible applicants and activities

The main criterion for funding will be capacity to enable development of large-scale multidisciplinary research networks and projects. These should be at least national and ideally international in scope. Collaborative proposals, with multiple Cambridge partners, are likely to be well-received. Collaborators should be named and their roles clearly explained to demonstrate interdisciplinary reach of the proposal.

Proposals are encouraged in particular around the following strategies:

• Co-ordination costs to support the preparation of large grant applications [e.g. research assistance or other support for formation of specific proposals].

• Supporting interdisciplinary networks in the formation of large grants and centres.

PIs applying as individuals should be able to demonstrate the existence of an active network ready to move to the next level.

Research assistance may be sought, but should be demonstrably a direct need for development of the network overall, and/or the preparation of application(s) for large-grant funding.

Applications should be led by a PI holding UTO status (University Lecturer or above) and should have explicit approval from the relevant Head(s) of Department.

Postdocs are not eligible to apply for their own support via this scheme, but PIs are encouraged to formulate proposals that will have benefits for early career researchers.

Applications for teaching buyout are not excluded, but are unlikely to be highest priority.

Proposals should address the following criteria:

  1. Intellectual purpose and justification
  2. Potential for long-term viability/added value
  3. Alignment with School research strategy
  4. Capacity for leveraging external funding
  5. Potential for impact

There should be a clear strategic plan and research coordination between the different parties involved.

The Fund will support specific direct costs necessary to achieve proposal objectives. Conference costs will not normally be supported. Proposals securing promise of match-funding will be at a distinct advantage. Please consult the following summary of funding schemes which could, potentially, provide either match- or follow-on funding for proposals.

Submission

Proposals are invited using the proforma, to reach the School Office no later than close of business on Friday 17 March 2017. Please send documentation to grantsahss@admin.cam.ac.uk

Further information

The School Research Facilitators are available to assist with preparation of proposals and for advice on the Fund. Please contact Daniel.Wunderlich@admin.cam.ac.uk or Andrea.Salter@admin.cam.ac.uk.

Please contact Julija Varanaviciute, Research Grants Administrator at the Faculty of History, if you require assistance with costing ().

 

ESRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA)

There are four ways to engage with the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account and enhance the impact of Cambridge social science research:

The Impact Fund supports:

  • Activities to broaden engagement with business, third sector and the public. This can cover deepening and strengthening relationships with existing contacts as well as establishing new contacts and networks.
  • Engagement with public, private and third sector organisations through short term academic secondments.
  • Developing and promoting new engagement methods to help promote best practice across social science knowledge areas.

Awards will be made available to fund work which will significantly increase the probability of the ideas and findings generated by the research having an impact on the private, public and third sectors.

The awards are not for the continuation of research. Applications should therefore focus on the development of impact activities and outputs and not on research. Applications which read like research grant proposals re-drafted for IAA purposes are less likely to be successful than projects which clearly comprise development of findings and ideas towards impact. Short projects to define routes to impact, liaising with partners and finding the resources to enhance impact activities will be eligible.

The Impact Fund grants can be used to support staff on the project, consumables, travel etc. Only direct costs are eligible. The funds cannot be used to support students.

Discretionary Funding

This fund is available to fund tactical opportunities in short time scales, which require a quick response, envisioned to influence governmental, national or international debate.

Local Fellowship Scheme

The Local Fellowship Scheme is run on behalf of the ESRC IAA by the Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP).  Fellows from local private, public or third sector organisations will be provided with customised contact programmes to meet key academics and research groups of interest to their field of work. This will allow Fellows to develop contacts and explore collaborative opportunities within the University. The Fellowships could lead to projects funded by the Impact Fund, opportunities for student projects, internships, research collaborations or other knowledge exchange activity.

Workshops

Intensive one-day events for researchers and non-academic researcher users are dual purpose: to enable researchers to develop skills in stakeholder engagement; and to identify opportunities for future collaboration.  Workshops can be held with business, local government and other public or third sector organisations. To date, the ESRC IAA has held workshops with the International Red Cross, UNESCO, World Bank, Save the Children and ARM.

Further information

If you would like further information about any of the above funding opportunities or you have an idea for an activity that enhances impact of social sciences research at the University that doesn’t seem to fit into any of these headings, please contact the ESRC IAA Co-ordinator at researchstrategy@admin.cam.ac.uk

Further information about ESRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) is available HERE.

ESRC (IAA) – Impact Fund

2016-2017 calls:

Deadline for submission:  Monday 6 February 2017, 5 pm.

Value of individual awards: £10,000 - £20,000

Please note that applications must be submitted with the support from the Head of Department, so applications should be completed no later than Thursday 2 February  2017  to receive checks and approval.

The ESRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) aims to enhance the exploitation of the outputs of social science research in the University whether or not funded by the ESRC. 

Funding is available for 15 projects a year ranging in value from £10,000- £20,000.  Projects should be completed within 9 months of the award of the grant, though most projects are shorter. Bids for testing experimental or innovative approaches are welcome. 

The grants will be awarded as a result of two rounds of competitive bids within the University.  The closing dates for applications for 2016-17 are 14th November 2016 and 6th February 2017

The bids will be evaluated by a cross departmental Executive Steering Group comprised of senior social science researchers. Decisions on bids will be made within two weeks of the two respective closing dates. 

Purpose

The aim of the Impact Fund is to support ‘on the ground’ impact/knowledge exchange activities, which enable researchers at all levels to engage with the public, private and third sectors and to establish a sustainable support structure within the University to promote wider and more effective engagement with external organisations that will enhance impact.

Awards will be made available to fund work which will significantly increase the probability of the ideas and findings generated by the research having an impact on the private, public and third sectors.

The awards are not the continuation of research.  Applications should therefore focus on the development of impact activities and outputs and not on research. 

Eligible applicants

Applications are invited from any researcher active in the social sciences (whether or not they are ESRC grant holders) who hold a current contract of employment as an independent researcher – at the point of application – with the University.  This includes: all University Teaching Officers, externally-funded Research Fellows, Senior Research Associates, Research Associates and those working in research centres or other relevant non-School institutions.

Postgraduate students are not eligible to apply.

Funding

The Impact Fund will support:

  1. Activities to broaden the experience of engagement with business, NGOs and the public and third sectors.  This can cover deepening and strengthening relationships with existing contacts as well as establishing new contacts.
  2. Engagement with public, private and third sector organisations through secondments.
  3. Developing and promoting new engagement methods to help promote best practice across social science knowledge areas.
  4. Short projects to define routes to impact, liaising with partners and finding the resources to enhance impact activities will be eligible.  This would include, but is not limited to, holding a workshop to scope interest with a suit of external organisations that would ideally lead to a further impact project.

The award will cover 100% of directly incurred costs but will not cover indirect costs.

Submission of applications

Applications must be made on the ESRC IAA Programme 2016-17 Project Application Form and be submitted to researchstrategy@admin.cam.ac.uk.

The guidance notes for this call may be accessed here.

Further information

If you are interested in finding out more or have a project to request funding for, please contact the ESRC IAA Coordinator at .

Please contact Julija Varanaviciute, Research Grants Administrator at the Faculty of History, if you require general advice or assistance with costing ().

You can also find additional information for your proposal in these resources:

http://www.esrc.ac.uk/research/evaluation-and-impact/what-is-impact/

http://www.esrc.ac.uk/research/evaluation-and-impact/developing-an-impact-strategy/step-by-step-guide/planning-activities/

http://www.esrc.ac.uk/research/evaluation-and-impact/how-to-maximise-impact/

Returning Carers Scheme

The Returning Carers Scheme managed by Human Resources offers funds to assist returning carers in building up their research profiles and other academic activity after a period away from work.

Invitations to submit applications are announced through several rounds per year.

The Round 8 (covering applications for funding from 1 February 2016 to 31 July 2017) was closed on 30 September 2016. A further round (Round 9) will be launched in March 2017 (close date mid-April 2017) covering applications for funding from 1 August 2017 to 31 January 2018. Round 10, covering funding for the period 1 February 2018 – 31 July 2018, will be launched in autumn 2017.

Purpose

The purpose for which funding can be sought is to assist in building up a research profile and other academic activity after a period of long term significant caring responsibility which has affected the applicant’s ability to carry out research.

Awards will be made only where it is clear that there is no other source of funding (e.g. grant funding) for the items requested and they would be of personal benefit to the member of staff.

Eligible applicants and activities

Applications are welcomed from all academics, researchers or employees whose primary role is undertaking research who:

  • Have returned from a break in their career for caring responsibilities in the last 5 years
  • Are currently on a break in their career for caring responsibilities
  • Are due to go on a break in their career for caring responsibilities
  • Have been working part-time or reduced hours because of caring responsibilities

This can include, but is not restricted to:

  • Adoption leave
  • Career breaks for family reasons
  • Maternity leave
  • Paternity leave
  • Parental leave
  • Leave to work part-time or reduced hours for family reasons under the University's flexible working policy
  • Special leave to care for a dependant

The period of continuous/total/reduced hours leave should normally be 3 months or more in order to be eligible for support under this scheme and the panel reviewing the applications will consider each case individually depending on the specific circumstances and needs of the individual.

Application Process

The application should include a completed application form which will cover the following areas:

  • Reason for the career break/period of leave and the date(s) of this leave and return to work/usual hours of work, where relevant
  • The amount requested and what the funds will be used for (funding for more than one activity can be requested by an applicant on the form; also, an applicant can apply in subsequent rounds - see prioritisation arrangements set out below)
  • The case for funding
  • A current Curriculum vitae
  • A statement of support from the Head of Department or nominated deputy, including confirmation that the application is in line with the aims of the Scheme, the items requested are of personal benefit to the member of staff, there is no other source of funding (e.g. grant funding) and, as appropriate, there will be no adverse effect on colleagues, e.g. if the application is for teaching relief.

Applications should be sent to the relevant HR Business Manager (Emma Mason  by the deadline set for the concrete Round. 

The application form and further information can be found here.

Arts and Humanities Pilot Impact Fund (AH-PIF)

A new pilot University’s funding scheme - Arts and Humanities Pilot Impact Fund (AH-PIF) - has been recently launched. 

Due to a lack of AHRC funding for research impact, the AH-PIF aims to enhance the non-academic impact of the outputs of arts and humanities research at the University of Cambridge. 

The AH-PIF covers all arts and humanities research that generally falls within the remit of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

The aim of the Impact Fund is to support ‘on the ground’ impact/knowledge exchange activities, which enable researchers at all levels to engage with the public, private and third sectors and to establish a sustainable support structure within the University to promote wider and more effective engagement with external organisations that will enhance impact.

Applications are invited from any researcher active in the arts and humanities who hold a current contract of employment as a senior independent researcher – at the point of application – with the University.

The closing date for applications is Monday 17th October 2016.

It is expected that approximately 3-5 projects will be funded as part of this pilot.  The pilot has available funds of £21,000. The typical level of award will be therefore in the region of around £5,000.

Please read the guidance notes before applying and use the application form which is to be submitted to csahoffice@admin.cam.ac.uk.

Enquiries regarding this scheme could be sent to SAH&SHSS Research Facilitator

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