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Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

The AHRC funds high-quality research and postgraduate training in a huge range of subjects from history to English literature to design and dance. AHRC is the smallest of the UK’s seven research councils.

The AHRC offers several modes of research funding for postdoctoral academics. Many of schemes operate as ‘open calls’, i.e. there are no formal deadlines for applications to be submitted. The majority of decisions are announced within 30 weeks of submission.

Alongside the ‘open calls’ for funding, the AHRC publishes ‘highlight notices’ which are applied for a set period of time (e.g. 12 months) and are intended to stimulate proposals under specified themes or initiatives in order to rapidly advance thinking in these areas.

The AHRC have indicated four themes to focus funding on emerging areas of interest to arts and humanities researchers. These research themes are:

  • Digital Transformations in the Arts and Humanities
  • Care for the Future: Thinking Forward through the Past
  • Translating Cultures
  • Science in Culture

Research proposals should not be shoe-horned into one of these categories as the AHRC will continue to fund all Arts and Humanities research but proposals which fall into one of these categories may be find greater support.

For full details of all schemes offered, please visit the funding pages of the AHRC website.

The AHRC publishes a comprehensive Funding guide which includes details of AHRC rules and policies, the standard rules covering all funding schemes and information on schemes for which non-standard rules apply. The guide is a valuable resource and should be consulted by prospective researchers. 

All applications to different schemes must be submitted via the cross-council Joint Electronic Submission - (JE-S) System

Research Grants – Standard Route

Open - No deadlines

The Research Grants Schemes are intended to support well-defined research projects enabling individual researchers to collaborate with, and bring benefits to, other individuals and organisations through the conduct of research. This scheme is not intended to support individual scholarship.

Please note that as a minimum, from 1 April 2012, all applications under the grants scheme will be required to include a principal investigator and at least one co-investigator jointly involved in the development of the research proposal, its leadership and management and leading to significant jointly authored research outputs.

The standard route provides grants for projects with a full economic cost (fEC) between £50,000 and £1,000,000 for a varying duration up to a limit of 60 months.

Please see below, a previously successful application:

Death in Africa - Professor Megan Vaughan (Raven Log-in required)

Research Grants – Early Career Route

Open - No deadlines

The aim of this route is the same as the standard; however, principal investigators must meet the additional eligibility criteria as outlined in the Funding Guide.

The early career route provides grants for projects with a full economic cost (fEC) between £50,000 and £250,000 for a varying duration up to a limit of 60 months.

Leadership Fellows Scheme - Standard

Open - No deadlines

The AHRC’s Leadership Fellows scheme provides time for research leaders, or potential future research leaders, to undertake focused individual research alongside collaborative activities which have the potential to generate a transformative impact on their subject area and beyond. In addition to demonstrating support for high quality, world leading research and associated outputs, proposals must include collaborative activities to support the development of the Fellow’s capacity for research leadership in the arts and humanities.

Leadership Fellows awards are supported as a partnership with Research Organisations. Applicants should discuss any potential application with their Research Organisation at an early stage, as strong evidence of institutional support for the proposed Fellow’s career and leadership development is required as part of the application process.

Applications to the scheme will be welcomed for research in any subject area within the AHRC’s remit. Proposals may be for research at a range of stages of development, provided that substantial high quality research outputs are planned to emerge directly from the Fellowship. A range of activities, including knowledge exchange, can be included in proposals and the scheme incorporates elements of the former Fellowships in the Creative and Performing Arts and Knowledge Transfer Fellowships schemes.

The scheme provides opportunities for mid and senior career researchers who meet the eligibility criteria outlined in the Funding Guide.

The Leadership Fellows scheme provides funding for a period of between 6 and 18 months. Proposals with a full economic cost of between £50,000 and £250,000 may be submitted.

Further details about changes to the scheme’s aims, eligibility requirements and assessment criteria are detailed in the Leadership Fellows Funding Guide.

Leadership Fellows Scheme - Early Career Route

Open - No deadlines

This is a separate route to support applications from early career researchers.

This route supports applications from early career researchers with outstanding future leadership potential who meet the eligibility criteria outlined in the Leadership Fellows Funding Guide.

The early career route of the Leadership Fellows scheme provides funding for periods of between 6 and 24 months. Proposals with a full economic cost of between £50,000 and £250,000 may be submitted.

Research Networking Scheme

Open - No deadlines

The Research Networking Scheme is intended to support forums for the discussion and exchange of ideas on a specified thematic area, issue or problem. The intention is to facilitate interactions between researchers and stakeholders through, for example, a short-term series of workshops, seminars, networking activities or other events. The aim of these activities is to stimulate new debate across boundaries, for example, disciplinary, conceptual, theoretical, methodological, and/or international.

Proposals for full economic costs up to £30,000 for a period of up to two years may be submitted. An additional threshold of up to £15,000 full economic cost may be sought to cover the costs of any international participants or activities in addition to the £30,000 fEC scheme limit.

Proposals will need to be submitted by an eligible Research Organisation but must involve collaboration with at least one other organisation, as well as having significant relevance to beneficiaries in the UK.

Please see below, a previously successful application:

CLASMA - Dr Magnus Ryan (Raven log-in required)

Follow-on Funding for Impact and Engagement Scheme

Open - No deadlines

The AHRC Follow-on Funding for Impact and Engagement Scheme (FoF) provides funds to support innovative and creative engagements with new audiences and user communities which stimulate pathways to impact.

Funds will be awarded for knowledge exchange, public engagement, active dissemination and commercialisation activities that arise unforeseeably during the lifespan of or following an AHRC-funded project.

The scheme aims to encourage and facilitate a range of interactions and creative engagements between arts and humanities research and a variety of user communities including business and commercial, third sector and heritage sector, public policy, voluntary and community groups and the general public.

The scheme will offer awards of up to £100,000 (fEC) for a maximum of 12 months. Smaller awards of up to £30,000 (fEC) are encouraged for shorter or higher risk activities, for example testing the feasibility of an idea, exploring new partnerships for knowledge exchange, testing the market or investigating a new business model. Decision making times are reduced for these smaller awards.

For further information on scheme criteria, eligibility, assessment procedures and supportable activities please see the new scheme guidance available in the Funding Guide.

 

British Academy

BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grants

Timetable for Autumn 2017

Scheme opens: 6th September 2017

Internal deadline (for Research Office checks):  27th October 2017

Funder deadline for applicants and referees: 1st November 2017 (17:00 UK time)

Results notified: end of March 2018

Timetable for Spring 2018

Scheme opens: 11th April 2018

Internal deadline (for Research Office checks):  3rd June 2018

Funder deadline for applicants and referees: 6th June 2018 (17:00 UK time)

Results notified: end of August 2018

Purpose

Grants are intended to support primary research in humanities and social sciences, whether it is conducted by an individual or a collaborative group. 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. Applications for collaborative or individual projects are equally welcome under this scheme. Applications from international groups of scholars are welcome, provided there is a UK-based scholar as lead applicant.

Grants are not intended to support interchange between UK and overseas scholars where there is no planned programme of activity to meet a clearly specified research objective (dissemination of results of research conducted under the aegis of the project for which funding is sought is a permitted purpose, but applications purely to organise an international conference, whether held in the UK or overseas will not be considered); nor are grants intended solely to support attendance at open conferences organised by a third party or international organisation. (In other words, this scheme does not cover applications that might previously have been made to the British Academy's Conference Support Grant or Overseas Conference Grant schemes, unless there is a direct connection to the dissemination of results of research funded under this proposal.)

Funding

The maximum grant is £10,000 over two years. The starting date of grants in the Autumn round will be not earlier than 1st April 2018 and no later than 31st August 2018. The starting date of grants in the Spring round will be not earlier than 1st September 2018 and not later than 31st March 2019.

Eligible costs include direct costs of research, such as project planning and development costs, travel and maintenance for UK scholars to disseminate results of research at conference held within and without the UK, research assistance, consumables, specialist software and workshops or conferences which advance the proposed research.

Eligibility

Awards are open to postdoctoral scholars or those of equivalent standing, who are ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom. Postgraduate students are not eligible to apply. Applications require the approval of the applicant's employing institution. Awards will not be made retrospectively (i.e. the project must not begin before an award is announced).

Applications may be submitted by independent scholars (who should choose 'independent scholar' as the relevant choice from the list of organisations in the application form). Co-applicants may be included (no more than two) on applications.

Submission and further information

Applications must be submitted via the Flexi-Grant system, the Academy's new (as of 2017) electronic grant application system. From 2017, referees must submit their references in support of an application before the application may be submitted by the lead applicant.

Full details of the scheme are available on the British Academy website HERE.

The guide for applicants is available HERE.

Please contact the Faculty for assistance with compiling a budget.

BA/Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowships

The BA/Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowships are intended to enable established scholars, needing relief from teaching and administration, to have the time to bring to completion a significant piece of research, through sustained period of leave for one year. 

Timetable for 2016/2017:

Scheme Opens - 12 October 2016

Deadline for Applicants - 16 November 2016

Deadline for Institutional Approval - 17 November 2016

Deadline for Referees - 24 November 2016

Final Award Announcement expected - 31 March 2017

Earliest Award Start Date - 1 September 2017

Latest Award Start Date - 1 January 2018

Purpose

The purpose of these awards, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, and administered by the British Academy, is to provide a period of research leave for one year for established scholars during which they will be able to concentrate on bringing a major piece of research towards completion while their normal teaching and administrative duties are covered by a full-time replacement. The Fellowships are tenable for one year beginning in the autumn of 2017.

Eligibility

The Academy takes no account of an  applicant's age or current status (e.g. Professor, Lecturer) in determining  eligibility for these awards. Rather, in all cases, award-holders are expected  to be able to disseminate the results of their research not only through  publications, but also through feeding into their future academic career after the  end of the awards. Any field of study in the humanities and social sciences is  suitable for support.

Funding

The only permitted cost that can be applied for is the directly incurred salary (including NI and superannuation) of the replacement lecturer.

If you wish to submit an application please inform the following contacts:

, Research Grants Administrator and/or , Director of Research (Projects and Impact). 

Further details of the scheme are available on the British Academy’s website. The scheme notes are available here.

Wolfson Research Professorships

Awards designed to give an opportunity for extended research leave to a small number of the most outstanding established scholars to enable them to concentrate on a significant research programme, while freed from normal teaching and administrative commitments.

Timetable for 2016-17

Scheme Opens - 28th September 2016

Deadline for Applicants - 23rd November 2016

Deadline for Institutional Approval - 24th November 2016

Deadline for Referees - 1st December 2016 

Final Award Announcement expected - 31st March 2017

Earliest Award Start Date - 1st September 2017

Latest Award Start Date - 1st January 2018

Eligibility

The Academy takes no account of an applicant's age or current status (e.g. Professor, Lecturer) in determining eligibility for these awards. Rather, in all cases, award-holders are expected to be established scholars with a significant track record of publication. Any field of study in the humanities and social sciences is suitable for support.

Award Value

The awards are of a fixed value of £150,000 (£50,000 pa for three years). Funding is expected to be used primarily to meet the costs of replacement teaching, with any balance available to the award-holder as research expenses. These awards are not covered under the Full Economic Costing (FEC) regime.

Wolfson Research Professorships are held for a period of three years.

More information could be found here.

International Partnership and Mobility grants

The 2016 round is now closed.

Application deadline: 10 February 2016

Organisation Approval deadline: 11 February 2016

Referee/HoD deadline: 18 February 2016

Decisions made: June 2016

Purpose

The International Partnership and Mobility Scheme 2016 aims to support the development of partnerships between the UK and other areas of the world where research excellence would be strengthened by new, innovative initiatives and links.

Awards cover any branch of the humanities or social sciences and are intended to focus on collaborative research on a specific theme of mutual interest, rather than purely on establishing networks. 

The Scheme intends to strengthen research capacity/capability, with all partners gaining from the collaboration, and to initiate the development of long-term, links between the UK and overseas scholars whilst also encouraging an intra-regional exchange of expertise and knowledge sharing.

In this round (2016)  the Scheme is open to three-year and one-year awards for research partnerships between scholars in the UK and scholars in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, Eurasia, South Asia, East and South-East Asia.

One-year awards may be viewed as pump priming grants suited to initiate new collaborative partnerships. Three-year awards will develop research further, and involve a more extensive programme of collaboration and exchange. 

Partnerships might include a range of related activities, and mobility (in the form of visits in both directions, exchanges, etc.) should form an integral part of proposals. Workshops and seminars should form an integral part of the programme. The main purpose of the funding is to cover travel and maintenance costs, although costs related to other eligible activities will be considered. Partnerships including a training element and involving scholars in the early stages in their career will be looked on favourably. 

UK-Taiwan One-Year Partnerships: Under the umbrella of the International Partnership and Mobility Scheme, one-year partnerships between UK scholars and scholars in Taiwan will be co-funded by the British Academy and the Taiwan Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST).

UK-SASS One-Year Partnerships: Under the umbrella of the International Partnership and Mobility Scheme, one-year partnerships between UK scholars and scholars in any of the research institutes at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (SASS) will be co-funded by the British Academy and SASS. 

Eligibility

Applicants must be of postdoctoral or equivalent status. Research must be in the field of the humanities or social sciences.

Both a principal applicant and co-applicant are required for this scheme. The principal applicant must be ‘ordinarily resident’ in the United Kingdom, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands and must be able to demonstrate that they will be based at their present employing research-active institution in the UK for the duration of the award.

The co-applicant must be an academic based in a research-active institution in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, Eurasia, South Asia, East or South-East Asia and must also be able to demonstrate that they will be based at their present employing institution for the duration of the award.

Funding

Grants are offered up to a maximum of £10,000 per year for a period of one year or up to a maximum of £30,000 for three years. Please note that two-year grants are not available. In 2016 the British Academy expects to make approximately 20 three-year awards and approximately 10 one-year awards.

Successful awards must start on or after 1 September 2016 and no later than 31 March 2017.

Submission of applications and further information

Applications must be submitted via e-GAP2, the Academy's electronic grant application system. 

Details of the scheme are available in the Scheme Notes and on the website of the British Academy.

Cultural Protection Fund

Purpose

The Cultural Protection Fund (CPF) holds £30 million of funding from the Department of Culture, Media and Sports that is administered by the British Council and has been earmarked as development funding with a focus on protecting cultural heritage in developing countries. The fund will run from 2016 until 2020.

The CPF has three intended outcomes:

  • Training and capacity building;
  • Education and advocacy;
  • Contributing to the economic and social benefit of the DAC-listed countries (see below).

The CPF focuses especially on MENA countries: Afghanistan, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, Yemen. Diaspora populations in neighbouring countries of this group can also benefit and therefore fall under the potential beneficiaries.

The principles under which projects are supposed to operate in these countries are complementarity with existing initiatives and structures; evidence-based need for the project; technical relevance to local partners; efficiency and value for money.

While research excellence is of course welcome the fund is more about supporting work that is already ongoing in these countries or addressing an immediate need.

UK applicant organisations are required to have a local partner organisation. This contributes to making the project more locally sustainable.

Activities to be carried out under the fund have been described by the British Council as:

  • Researching, documenting, conserving and/or restoring against permanent loss;
  • Training and capacity building local staff, local institutions and or volunteers; contributing to a more diverse heritage workforce;
  • Identifying and valuing cultural heritage, e.g. exhibition to better explain and contribute to understanding, learning, volunteering; reaching as wide a range of people as possible.

Types of grants

The applications have an obligatory Expression of Interest phase followed by an invitation to submit a full application.

There are two types of grants available under the CPF:

1)      Small grants for less than £100,000 and running for up to two years. Applications are received quarterly in March, June, September and December.

2)      Large grants are between £100,000 and £3million. They can run until end of January 2020 but with a budget of not more than £500,000 per year. Current deadlines for large grants are 28 October 2016 (Expressions of Interest) with full application deadline on 19 December 2016.

Funding

The distribution of research funding means that most large calls will be launched in 2016/17 and 2017/18 while calls for small grants are foreseen to run over the whole period of the fund.

The funds cover direct research expenses only. Limited University staff time is allowable, e.g. for PI (up to 30% of staff budget). Postdocs can be funded although the emphasis should be on benefits to local populations in the recipient countries, i.e. outside of the UK. Matched funding is not required but considered as positive to show value for money and is therefore likely to impact on the chances of receiving the award. Matched funding needs to be secured before the project start date in order to be counted. The British Council recommends that 3 percent of the budget is spent on monitoring of progress and project evaluation.

Data should be handled under the creative commons licence and therefore open access. For bought equipment it is best to stay with the local partner organisation which contributes to capacity building. 

If you are considering this funding possibility please contact in advance , School of HSS Research Facilitator or , Research Grants Administrator. 

Please read the scheme guidance for small and large grants in all detail. More information could be found on the British Council's webpage. 

EC Horizon 2020

Europe funds a range of grants including the large collaborative grants aiming to link different countries and institutions in the EU. The scope is wide and split between three key priorities: Excellent Science, Industrial Leadership and Societal Challenges (also Euroatom, but that is linked to Nuclear Research). There is a wealth of information available on the Research Operations Office website and at the EC website

Useful and concrete information about Horizon 2020 opportunities for scholars in arts, humanities and social sciences is provided in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Research website of the University. 

If you are considering applying for any EC scheme it is essential you inform the Faculty  in the accounts office and advice with  (School of HSS Research Facilitator) to discuss the academic content of a proposal. Research Grants Administrator will assist with preparing a grant budget and in dealing with queries over the application form and procedure. Please contact them at least 2 months before the deadline as these applications cannot be done at the last minute.

Excellent Science

This pillar of Horizon 2020 includes the European Research Council (ERC) and Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions of potential interest to scholars in arts, humanities and social sciences. It is anticipated that most applications from Faculty of History will fall under this pillar, however details of all schemes are available on the EC website (please see above link).

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships

Sponsor deadline for submission: 14 September 2017

Internal deadline (for university approval and checking, and by when partner organisation ‘letters of commitment’ (Global Fellowships only) should be received):  7 September 2017

Purpose

The goal of Individual Fellowships is to enhance the creative and innovative potential of experienced researchers wishing to diversify their individual competence in terms of skill acquisition at multi- or interdisciplinary level through advanced training, international and intersectoral mobility.

Individual Fellowships provide opportunities to acquire and transfer new knowledge and to work on research in a European context (EU Member States and Associated Countries) or outside Europe. The scheme particularly supports the return and reintegration of researchers from outside Europe who have previously worked here. It also develops or helps to restart the careers of individual researchers that show great potential, considering their experience.

Fellowships take form of European Fellowships or Global Fellowships. Please read the Guide for Applicants (link below) for complete rules on eligibility.

European Fellowships (up to 24 months) are held in EU Member States or Associated Countries and are open to researchers of any age either coming to Europe from any country in the world or moving within Europe. The researcher must comply with the rules of mobility in the country where the European Fellowship is held.

Return and reintegration of researchers into a longer term research position in Europe, including in their country of origin, is supported via a separate multi-disciplinary reintegration panel of the European Fellowships. For the reintegration panel, there shall be mobility into Europe.

Support to individuals to resume research in Europe after a career break, e.g. after parental leave, is ensured via a separate multi-disciplinary career restart panel of the European Fellowships. To qualify for the career restart panel, researchers must not have been active in research for at least 12 months immediately prior to the deadline for submission.

Researchers seeking to work on research and innovation projects in an organisation from the non-academic sector will be supported via a separate multi-disciplinary society and enterprise panel of the European Fellowships. The objective of this panel is to facilitate career moves between the academic and non-academic sectors and to open attractive career opportunities for researchers outside academia.

Global Fellowships (up to 36 months) are based on a secondment to a third country and a mandatory 12 month return period to a European host. The researcher must comply with the rules of mobility in the country where the Global Fellowship secondment takes place, not for the country of the return phase.

Researchers receiving an Individual Fellowship may opt to include a secondment phase in Europe, notably in the non-academic sector, within the overall duration of their fellowship. For a fellowship of 18 months or less, the secondment phase may last up to three months. For a fellowship of more than 18 months, the secondment phase may last up to six months. The secondment phase can be a single period or be divided into shorter mobility periods. The secondment should significantly add to the impact of the fellowship.

Duration

The duration for European Fellowships is between 12 and 24 months. For the Global Fellowships there is an initial outgoing phase between 12 and 24 months, and an additional mandatory 12 months return phase, so the total duration of a Global Fellowship is between 24 and 36 months.

Funding

The financial support for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships takes the form of a grant covering 100% of the action’s eligible costs. The European Union contribution covers:                                              

  • Living allowance, Mobility and Family allowances for the researcher (EUR 4,650, EUR 600, EUR 500 respectively per month of the fellowship). Living allowance is the EU contribution to gross salary costs. Applicants may not be eligible for Family Allowance; see the guide for applicants for eligibility requirements.
  • Research, Training and Networking costs (retained by the host institution)
  • Management and Indirect costs (retained by the host institution) 

Full details of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships and application requirements are available in the Guide for Applicants.

The Participant Portal User Manual provides information on how to submit an application through the EC Participant Portal. Further helpful documents and application tips will be made available to those who wish to apply.

General information on the call is available on the EC Participant Portal

If you wish to apply, please inform the following University contacts:

, School of Humanities and Social Sciences (covering Faculty of History)

Dr Andrea Salter (Research Facilitator, School of the Humanities and Social Sciences). Andrea can offer support with the academic contact of proposals.

The University Research Operations Office also provides details on university procedure when applying for EC funding, available here

European Research Council (ERC)

The ERC awards flexible, long-term funding for a period of up to five years for the Starting, Consolidator and Advanced Grants. 

The fundamental activity of the ERC is to provide attractive, long-term funding to support excellent investigators and their research teams to pursue groundbreaking, high-gain/ high-risk research.

Research funded by the ERC is expected to lead to advances at the frontiers of knowledge and to set a clear and inspirational target for frontier research across Europe. Scientific excellence is the sole criterion on the basis of which ERC frontier research grants are awarded. 

ERC grants are open to researchers of any nationality who may reside in any country in the world at the time of the application.

European Research Council (ERC) Starting Investigator Grants

The 2016 call was opened on 26 July 2016 and closed on 18 October 2016. 

Purpose

ERC Starting Grants are designed to support excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they are starting their own independent research team or programme. Applicant Principal Investigators must demonstrate the ground-breaking nature, ambition and feasibility of their scientific proposal. 

Eligibility

The Principal Investigator shall have been awarded their first PhD at least 2 and up to 7 years prior to 1 January 2017. 

A competitive Starting Grant candidate must have already shown the potential for research independence and evidence of maturity. For example, it is expected that applicants will have produced at least one important publication without the participation of their PhD supervisor. Principal Investigators should also be able to demonstrate a promising track record of early achievements appropriate to their research field and career stage, including significant publications (as main author) in major international peer-reviewed multidisciplinary scientific journals, or in the leading international peer-reviewed journals of their respective field.

They may also demonstrate a record of invited presentations in well-established international conferences, granted patents, awards, prizes etc.

Principal Investigators funded through the ERC Starting Grants shall spend a minimum of 50% of their total working time in an EU Member State or Associated Country and a minimum of 50% of their total working time on the ERC project.

Funding

Starting Grants may be awarded up to a maximum of EUR 1 500 000 for a period of 5 years (the maximum award is reduced pro rata temporis for projects of a shorter duration). However, up to an additional EUR 500 000 can be requested in the proposal to cover (a) eligible "start-up" costs for Principal Investigators moving to the EU or an Associated Country from elsewhere as a consequence of receiving the ERC grant and/or (b) the purchase of major equipment and/or (c) access to large facilities.

The Union financial contribution will take the form of the reimbursement of up to 100% of the total eligible and approved direct costs and of flat-rate financing of indirect costs on the basis of 25% of the total eligible direct costs (excluding the direct costs for subcontracting and the costs of resources made available by third parties which are not used on the premises of the host institution).

Further information

Applications must be submitted to the ERC via the EC Participant Portal, for which applicants must be registered before applying. Details of all required documents are available in the guide for applicants. Applications must include a letter of commitment from the host institution which will not be provided until all other parts of the application are finalised and submitted. Therefore applications should be finalised well in advance of the stated sponsor deadline.

Useful documents include: ERC Work Programme 2017; also an Information for Applicants to the Starting and Consolidator Grant 2017 Calls.

Potential applicants should contact  (School of HSS Research Facilitator) to discuss the academic content of a proposal.

The Faculty can assist with preparing a grant budget and in dealing with queries over the application form and procedure.

European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grants

The call was opened on 20 October 2016 and will be closed on 9 February 2017

Purpose

ERC Consolidator Grants are designed to support excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they may still be consolidating their own independent research team or programme. Applicant Principal Investigators must demonstrate the ground-breaking nature, ambition and feasibility of their scientific proposal.

Eligibility

The Principal Investigator shall have been awarded their first PhD over 7 and up to 12 years prior to 1 January 2017.

A competitive Consolidator Grant Principal Investigator must have already shown research independence and evidence of maturity, for example by having produced several important publications without the participation of their PhD supervisor.

Applicant Principal Investigators should also be able to demonstrate a promising track record of early achievements appropriate to their research field and career stage, including significant publications (as main author) in major international peer-reviewed multidisciplinary scientific journals, or in the leading international peer-reviewed journals of their respective field.

They may also demonstrate a record of invited presentations in well-established international conferences, granted patents, awards, prizes etc.

Principal Investigators funded through the ERC Consolidator Grants shall spend a minimum of 50% of their total working time in an EU Member State or Associated Country and a minimum of 40% of their total working time on the ERC project.

Funding

Consolidator Grants may be awarded up to a maximum of EUR 2 000 000 for a period of 5 years (the maximum award is reduced pro rata temporis for projects of a shorter duration). However, up to an additional EUR 750 000 can be requested in the proposal to cover (a) eligible "start-up" costs for Principal Investigators moving to the EU or an Associated Country from elsewhere as a consequence of receiving the ERC grant and/or (b) the purchase of major equipment and/or (c) access to large facilities.

The Union financial contribution will take the form of the reimbursement of up to 100% of the total eligible and approved direct costs and of flat-rate financing of indirect costs on the basis of 25% of the total eligible direct costs (excluding the direct costs for subcontracting and the costs of resources made available by third parties which are not used on the premises of the host institution).

Further information

Applications must be submitted to the ERC via the EC Participant Portal, for which applicants must be registered before applying. Details of all required documents are available in the guide for applicants. Applications must include a letter of commitment from the host institution which will not be provided until all other parts of the application are finalised and submitted. Therefore applications should be finalised well in advance of the stated sponsor deadline.

Useful documents include: the ERC Work Programme 2017; also an Information for Applicants to the Starting and Consolidator Grant 2017 Calls.

Potential applicants should contact  (School of HSS Research Facilitator) to discuss the academic content of a proposal.

The Faculty can assist with preparing a grant budget and in dealing with queries over the application form and procedure.

European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grants

The call of 2017 will be opened on 16 May 2017 with the deadline of 31 August 2017.

Internal deadline (for department approval and checking by ROO): TBC

Deadline for School £1 million+checklist: TBC

Purpose

Advanced Grants are designed to support excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they are already established research leaders with a recognised track record of research achievements. Applicant Principal Investigators must demonstrate the ground breaking nature, ambition and feasibility of their scientific proposal.

Eligibility

ERC Advanced Grant Principal Investigators are expected to be active researchers and to have a track record of significant research achievements in the last 10 years which must be presented in the application.

There is little prospect of an application succeeding in the absence of such a record, which identifies investigators as exceptional leaders in terms of originality and significance of their research contributions.

Thus, in most fields, Principal Investigators of Advanced Grant proposals will be expected to demonstrate a record of achievements appropriate to the field and at least matching one or more of the following benchmarks:

 10 publications as senior author (or in those fields where alphabetic order of authorship is the norm, joint author) in major international peer-reviewed multidisciplinary scientific journals, and/or in the leading international peer-reviewed journals and peer-reviewed conferences proceedings of their respective field;

 3 major research monographs, of which at least one is translated into another language. This benchmark is relevant to research fields where publication of monographs is the norm (e.g. humanities and social sciences).

Other alternative benchmarks that may be considered (individually or in combination) as indicative of an exceptional record and recognition in the last 10 years:

 5 granted patents;

 10 invited presentations in well established internationally organised conferences and advanced schools;

 3 research expeditions led by the applicant Principal Investigator;

 3 well-established international conferences or congresses where the applicant was involved in their organisation as a member of the steering and/or organising committee;

 International recognition through scientific or artistic prizes/awards or membership in well-regarded Academies or artefact with documented use (for example, architectural or engineering design, methods or tools);

 Major contributions to launching the careers of outstanding researchers;

 Recognised leadership in industrial innovation.

Principal Investigators funded through the ERC Advanced Grants shall spend a minimum of 50% of their total working time in an EU Member State or Associated Country and a minimum of 30% of their total working time on the ERC project.

Funding

Advanced Grants may be awarded up to a maximum of EUR 2 500 000 for a period of 5 years (the maximum award is reduced pro rata temporis for projects of a shorter duration). However, up to an additional EUR 1 000 000 can be requested in the proposal to cover (a) eligible "start-up" costs for Principal Investigators moving to the EU or an Associated Country from elsewhere as a consequence of receiving the ERC grant, and/or (b) the purchase of major equipment and/or (c) access to large facilities.

The Union financial contribution will take the form of the reimbursement of up to 100% of the total eligible and approved direct costs and of flat-rate financing of indirect costs on the basis of 25% of the total eligible direct costs (excluding the direct costs for subcontracting and the costs of resources made available by third parties which are not used on the premises of the host institution).

Further information

The ERC Work Programme 2016 and ERC Work Programme 2017.

The Guide for Applicants is available here.

Full Call information is available on the Participant Portal, including submission guidance.

Potential applicants should contact (School of HSS Research Facilitator) to discuss the academic content of a proposal.

The Faculty can assist with preparing a grant budget and in dealing with queries over the application form and procedure.

 

European Research Council (ERC) Synergy Grants

Funder submission deadline: 14th November 2017, 4pm (UK time)

Internal (for university approval and checking by the Research Operations Office and for receipt of ‘supporting statement from the corresponding host institution’): 7th November 2017.

Purpose

ERC Synergy Grants are intended to enable minimum two to maximum four Principal Investigators and their teams to bring together complementary skills, knowledge, and resources in new ways, in order to jointly address ambitious research problems.

The aim is to promote substantial advances at the frontiers of knowledge, to cross-fertilize scientific fields, and to encourage new productive lines of enquiry and new methods and techniques, including unconventional approaches and investigations at the interface between established disciplines. This should enable transformative research not only at the forefront of European science but also to become a benchmark on a global scale.

Applicants Principal Investigators must demonstrate the synergies, complementarities and added value that could lead to breakthroughs that would not be possible by the individual Principal Investigators working alone. 'Synergy' must not be perceived as similar to mere cooperation or networking, but rather as a unique combination of knowledge and skills in tackling those research problems that require precisely this novel and unique combination.

One of the PIs will be designated “corresponding PI” and will be the administrative contact for the “corresponding host institution”, other PIs and their institutions.

Funding

The maximum level of support is €10,000,000 for a period of up to 6 years (pro-rated for project of shorter duration). In addition, €4,000,000 may be requested to cover the “start-up” costs for PIs moving to an EC or Associated Country, purchase of major equipment and access to large facilities. Budgets should be realistic and not inflated artificially to reach the maximum sum available. PIs will have the freedom to re-budget during the course of the project.

Eligibility

Applications may be made in any field of research. Investigators may be of any age and nationality and from any country however investigators must be employed by the host institution (within an EU member state or associated country) for the duration of the project. There is no specific eligibility criteria regarding the academic training for PIs.

Investigators must spend at least 50% of their working time in and EU member state and at least 30% of their working time on the project.

Applications are expected from a group of innovative and active Principal Investigators with competitive track records as appropriate to their career stage and each must present as part of the proposal an early achievement track-record or a 10-year track-record whichever is most appropriate for their career stage.

PIs need not be employed by the proposed host institution(s) at the time of application but must be employed by the host institution(s) for the duration of the project.

The composition of research teams is flexible and may involve members from other research organisations in the UK or another EU member state or Associated Country. Teams may include senior researchers, postdocs, graduate students, PhD researchers and administrative assistants.

Further information

Full details of the ERC Synergy scheme and application requirements are available in the Guide for Applicants. This is a draft version released by the EC. The final version will be available for download in early August 2017.

The Participant Portal User Manual provides information on how to submit an application through the EC Participant Portal.

General information on the call is available on the EC Participant Portal.

If you wish to apply, please inform the following University contacts:

, School of Humanities and Social Sciences (covering Faculty of History)

(Research Facilitator, School of the Humanities and Social Sciences). Andrea can offer support with the academic contact of proposals.

The University Research Operations Office also provides details on university procedure when applying for EC funding, available here.

ESRC

The Economic and Social Research Council funds research and training in the Economic and Social Sciences.

Full detail of the ESRC and their available funding can be found on the ESRC website.

The ESRC Research Grants (open call) invites proposals from eligible individuals and research teams for standard research projects, large-scale surveys and other infrastructure projects and for methodological developments. The call offers researchers considerable flexibility to focus on any subject area or topic providing that it falls within ESRC’s remit. Proposals can draw from the wider sciences, but the social sciences must represent more than 50 per cent of the research focus and effort.

Grants run for 3-5 years and funds range from £350,000 to £1,000,000. 

Transformative Research Call 2017/18

NB: only 2 submissions are permitted from the University, therefore the Research Strategy Office will conduct an internal competition to decide the two applications permitted to proceed to full application stage. The information below relates to this internal competition.

Internal Selection deadline: 8th September 2017.

Funder deadline: 31st October 2017, 4pm (UK time)

Purpose

The aim of this call is to provide a stimulus for genuinely transformative research ideas (regarded as those which involve, for example, pioneering theoretical and methodological innovation) at the frontiers of the social sciences, enabling research which challenges current thinking to be supported and developed. The expectation is that the transformative research call will encourage novel developments of social science enquiry, and support research activity that entails an element of risk.

Interdisciplinary proposals are welcome on the proviso that these must be at least 50% social science in disciplinary focus.

Project must start no later than 30th September 2018.

Funding

Successful applicants will receive a grant of up to £250,000 (at 100% full economic cost) for projects of up to 24 months in duration (ESRC will meet 80% of the full economic costs). In addition to the estimated time of the PI and Co-I(s), budgets may include research assistance, technical/clerical support, travel, fieldwork and necessary data collection, indirect and estates costs, and other items normally allowed under ESRC schemes.

Studentships are not permitted.

Eligibility

Only two applications may be submitted by each research organisation.

PI’s must be employed by the University. The project must be led by one PI. Co-Is are welcomed on proposals. Applicants are also invited to consider linkages with relevant policymakers and practitioners if appropriate to their proposed research activity.

The PI must be available to attend the “pitch to peers” workshop in mid-April 2018 (date to be determined). This cannot be delegated to another member of the project team.

Further information

Full details of the Transformative Call scheme and application requirements are available in the ESRC Call Specification. An FAQ document is also available, here.

The Transformative Call Je-S guidance for applicants provides information on how to submit an application through Je-S. NB: This will only be necessary should an application succeed in the internal selection process.

General information on the call is available on the ESRC website.

Internal Selection Process: how to apply

To take part in the internal section process, please submit the following to researchstrategy@admin.cam.ac.uk by the deadline:

  • Internal application form, available here.
  • Demographic Data Form, available here.
  • Letter of support from the Head of Department (Dr Lawrence Klein).

If you wish to apply, please inform the following University contacts:

, School of Humanities and Social Sciences (covering Faculty of History)

(Chief Accounts Clerk, Faculty of History)

HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area) - "Uses of the Past"

HERA Call “Uses of the Past” 2nd Phase CLOSED.

Further information on HERA "Uses of the Past" is available on the Hera website

Background to HERA

HERA, established in 2004, is a partnership of national humanities funding agencies across Europe which is committed to enabling European researchers across countries and disciplines to address large scale societal, cultural, historical and philosophical issues in ways not normally possible within national programmes or at the level of individual researchers. The “Uses of the Past” Joint Research Programme (JRP) will run from 2016 to 2019. Please note that HERA Call "Uses of the past" is already closed.

“Uses of the Past”

The theme “Uses of the Past” seeks to understand pressing societal questions of identity, political legitimacy, creativity and cultural dynamics across Europe through the attainment of new, complex understandings of how individuals and societies use and reflect upon the past (e.g. cultural ideas, construction, transfer and dissemination of  tradition and practices among people and regions). It is intended that awareness of the past and its influence for current decision making and cultural practices may aid the formulation of policies to encourage societal resilience, creative thinking, responsible citizenship and intelligent responsiveness to new challenges.

This joint programme will shed new light on how (and by whom) European, non-European and Global pasts are actively used and to what ends, taking into account explicit connections with past and present debates and transformations within Europe.  Applications should address the following focus points:

  • Changing uses of (different) pasts?
  • Uses of the Past for identity construction and institutional embedding of norms and values.
  • Uses of the past in media, culture and public space.
  • Uses of the past: transnational/international/national and regional dimensions, including globalisation.
  • Uses of the past: impact on solving current problems, decision making and future policies.

Knowledge exchange and transfer activities are considered crucial to any HERA project. In addition to academic networking and dissemination to the public, projects should develop links with non-academic ‘stakeholders’ (e.g. through collaborations with cultural/heritage sectors, broadcasters, museums, business, industry, the public sector, etc.) 

Leverhulme Trust

The Leverhulme Trust funds original work of a high academic standard. They aim to fund some schemes which would not usually be funded by the Research Councils.

Full details of their schemes and application procedures can be found on the website.

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. You can submit a first-stage outline application at any time.

The aim of these awards is to provide financial support for innovative and original research projects of high quality and potential, the choice of theme and the design of the research lying entirely with the applicant (the Principal Investigator). The grants provide support for the salaries of research staff engaged on the project, plus associated costs directly related to the research proposed, and the award is paid directly to the institution at which the applicant is employed.

Proposals must reflect the personal vision of the applicant and demonstrate compelling competence in the research design. The Trust favours applications that surmount traditional disciplinary academic boundaries and involve a willingness to take appropriate degrees of risk in setting research objectives.

Research Project Grants may be held for up to five years. The maximum grant value is £500,000. The funds requested should be appropriate for the grant duration and the resources required to realise the project’s objectives.

More information could be found here. 

Professor Morrill's successful outline application: A New Edition of Cromwell - outline

Professor Morrill's successful full stage application: A New Edition of Cromwell - full stage

Research Fellowships

Offering up to £50,000 over three to twenty-four months for experienced researchers to conduct a programme of research in any discipline. 

Research Fellowships are open to experienced researchers, particularly those who are or have been prevented by routine duties from completing a programme of original research. Awards are not limited to those holding appointments in higher education.

Fellowships are tenable for between 3 and 24 months.

The 2017 round had been closed on 10 November 2016.

More information could be found here. 

International Academic Fellowship

Enabling established researchers based at a UK higher education institution to spend a period of time in overseas research centres, to develop new knowledge, skills and ideas. Up to £40,000 is available for a period of three to twelve months. 

International Academic Fellowships provide established researchers with a concentrated period based in one or more research centres outside the UK. The intention of the scheme is to provide opportunities to develop new knowledge, skills and ideas, and may for example be used for the following:

  • observing and learning ground-breaking techniques or practices
  • developing new lines of research through overseas collaboration
  • making "discipline-hopping excursions" into new areas of research
  • developing innovations in teaching
  • exchanging ideas

If you wish to dedicate a period abroad entirely to a research project you should apply to the Trust’s Research Fellowships scheme.

The maximum value of a Fellowship is £40,000. Eligible costs include: reasonable replacement cover whilst the Fellow is overseas; travel to and within the overseas country or countries; a maintenance grant to meet the increased expense of living overseas; and essential research costs.

Fellowships are tenable for between 3 and 12 months.

The 2017 round had been closed on 10 November 2016.

More information could be found here. 

Major Research Fellowships

Providing replacement teaching costs over two or three years, to allow academics in the humanities and social sciences to focus on a specific piece of original research. 

These awards enable well-established and distinguished researchers in the humanities and social sciences to devote themselves to a single research project of outstanding originality and significance, capable of completion within two or three years. Candidates should state explicitly what the proposed outcomes of the award will be. Fellowships are particularly aimed at those who are or have been prevented by routine duties from completing a programme of original research.

The Fellowships fund the salary costs (normally starting at the most junior point of the lecturer scale at the institution concerned) of an individual to undertake the normal duties of the applicant for the duration of the Fellowship.

A Major Research Fellow may also request research expenses up to an annual maximum of £6,000. If such funds are required they must be requested as part of the application procedure.

Applications must be submitted online by the closing date of 4pm on 11 May 2017

More information could be found here.

Wellcome Trust

Funding schemes of the Wellcome Trust support individuals, teams, resources, seed ideas, places and major initiatives in these areas:

  • biomedical science
  • population health
  • product development and applied research
  • humanities and social science
  • public engagement and creative industries.

Collaborative Awards

A two-stage application process operates for collaborative awards, for which there are two annual application rounds in July and January. Timetable for 2017 January round:

Preliminary applications deadline: 16 January 2017 5:00 pm

Full applications deadline: 20 March 2017 5:00 pm

Shortlisting: May 2017

Interviews: July 2017

Please note that full applications must be approved by the Faculty and Research Operation Office prior to submission. Applications therefore must be completed and submitted for internal checks/approvals 5 days before  the official deadline. 

Purpose

Collaborative Awards promote the development of new ideas and bring disciplines together to speed the pace of discovery. This scheme funds teams who are tackling major health-related questions in the humanities and social sciences that require a collaborative approach.

Funding

A Collaborative Award is normally in the range of £1 million to £1.5 million, for up to five years. You should ask for a level and duration of funding that's justifiable for your career stage, research experience and the proposed research programme. Support includes:

  • research expenses, including research assistance or PhDs
  • research or teaching buy-out leave
  • conference and meeting costs

You can also apply for public engagement funds to involve the public in your research and inspire learning.

Eligibility

You can apply for a Collaborative Award if you have a team of two to six principal applicants. Each applicant should have a good track record in their area of research, relative to their career stage.  The Wellcome Trust is looking for teams with a track record of working together to tackle research questions that can only be approached collaboratively. Teams can come from the same discipline or from a combination of disciplines. They can be from the same university department or a number of organisations (anywhere in the world).

The Trust encourages applications that combine humanities and social science research with biomedical science research and/or product development and applied research.  Important factors when evaluating your application are: the environment in which you do your research; the support your host organisation provides.

Further information

Potential applicants should contact (School of HSS research facilitator) to discuss their possibilities to apply to this sponsor and inform about their plans to apply. 

Information is available on the Wellcome Trust website. 

Investigator Awards in Humanities and Social Science

These awards offer flexible funding support to researchers in established posts at all career stages working on important questions of relevance to health.

Eligibility

You can apply for an Investigator Award if you're a researcher at any stage of your career, for example a newly appointed lecturer, a mid-career researcher, or a senior or emeritus professor. You must hold an established post.

If you're at an early stage in your career, you should be able to show that you can innovate and drive advances in your field of study and demonstrate considerable potential. Your research, funding and training track records should be good relative to your career stage.

If you’re a mid-career or senior researcher, you should have achieved more in terms of:

  • the originality and impact of your research
  • your track record in gaining research grant support
  • your success in training and mentoring others.

Senior researchers should be internationally recognised as leaders in their fields. 

You should have a permanent, open-ended or long-term rolling contract, salaried by your host organisation in the UK, Republic of Ireland or a low- or middle-income country or a written guarantee of an established academic post at a host organisation, which you will take up by the start of the award.

The Wellcome Trust welcomes joint applications where a project will benefit from the complementary expertise of two researchers. 

You must provide a statement of commitment with your application. 

Funding

The level of funding that is provided for an Investigator Award is flexible and can be anything from under £300,000 to around £1 million.

Awards can last for up to five years.

You should ask for a level and duration of funding that's justifiable for your career stage, research experience and your proposed research programme.

You can hold an Investigator Award on a part-time basis.

The award covers the costs of carrying out the programme, such as:

  • research expenses
  • research or teaching buy-out leave
  • conference and meeting costs

You can also apply for public engagement funds to involve the public in your research and inspire learning.

Further Information

More information about this particular scheme could be found on the webpage of the Wellcome Trust. 

Seed Awards in Humanities and Social Science

Seed Awards help researchers develop compelling and innovative ideas that may go on to form part of larger grant applications.

The current funding round for 2017 is on the theme of sexuality and health. Deadline - 16 March 2017. More information about this scheme could be found on the webpage of the Wellcome Trust. 

Research Fellowships in Humanities and Social Science

This scheme supports humanities researchers and social scientists who want to explore areas of health but do not hold established academic posts.

Deadlines for January 2017 round: 18 January (for preliminary applications) and 22 March (for full applications). More information about this scheme could be found on the webpage of the Wellcome Trust.

Global Challenges Research Fund

As part of the 2015 spending review, the UK government has provided £1.5 billion of Official development Assistance for research – the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). The current financial allocation will run until 2020/21 and is gradually rolled out with particular increase from 2017/18. First substantial funding calls are already released now with substantial opportunities for researchers in the arts, humanities and social sciences (AHSS) and more becoming available with relatively short deadlines from AHRC and ESRC. 

Detailed information about GCRF and calls could be found on the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Research webpage.