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British Academy Knowledge Frontiers: International Interdisciplinary Research 2021

Scheme Opens: 10 June 2020
Scheme Deadline: 21 October 2020
Earliest Start Date: 1 March 2021

The British Academy is inviting proposals for projects which focus on the interaction between technology, nature and humanity.

The intersection between technology, nature and humanity is key to many of our most pressing international challenges, from climate change and ecosystem disruption, to migration and sustainable population growth, to the role and understanding of new technologies in society. The British Academy welcomes proposals for projects which bring together new knowledge collaborations to address issues facing individuals, communities and societies, and lessons that can be learnt from such issues that have been faced in the past. Applications may consider how nature and technology are understood across different societies, and how this understanding is embedded in culture, historical practice, and social infrastructures.

The British Academy encourages broad and innovative interpretations of the themes of technology, nature and humanity, and how they relate to international questions and challenges. Applications are encouraged to bring together different communities of expertise, for example academic, professional, business, lay, or community. Projects could bring together different forms of collaboration, between lived experience, modelling, and data science.

The purpose of each project will be to develop new international research ideas. Projects will also need to demonstrate an innovative and interdisciplinary partnership between researchers in the social sciences or the humanities on the one hand, and counterparts in the natural, engineering and/or medical sciences on the other. The Academy is looking to fund applications that break new ground in the collaborations – international and interdisciplinary – they support, and the research they aim to undertake. The Academy particularly encourages applications led by scholars in the humanities.

Eligibility requirements

The lead applicant must be a researcher from the humanities or social sciences, and be based at an eligible UK university or research institute. The lead applicant must be of postdoctoral or above status (or have equivalent research experience).

Projects must involve at least one co-applicant from the natural, engineering and/or medical sciences. Collaboration between researchers in different institutions is encouraged, where appropriate, given the nature and aims of the programme, and applications may include co-applicants and other participants from overseas.

Value and duration

Awards of 24 months in duration and up to £200,000 are available.

Funding can be used to support the time of the Principal Investigator and Co-Applicants; postdoctoral (or equivalent) research assistance; travel, fieldwork and related expenses; and networking costs. Awards are offered on a 100% full economic costing basis.

Projects must begin in March / April 2021.

Please contact your Research Development Manager or Officer, or to discuss this opportunity.

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UKRI COVID-19 Response Call

If you are interested in applying to the UKRI COVID-19 Response Call please be aware that the website, call guidance and application form are regularly updated. Please ensure you are working to the latest version of both the application form and guidance.

The UKRI have now identified research questions that are of particular interest them: COVID-19 research questions. Applications addressing these questions will be particularly welcomed.

  • Project length: Up to 18 months
  • Closing date: none – apply at any time
  • Funding: 80% of the full economic cost (fEC) for Research Council funding. For Innovate UK funding, State Aid rules apply. Please see guidance here.
  • Award range: There is no specific budget for this call. We are interested in funding research of any scale that can demonstrate it will deliver impact in the project length.

UKRI will support excellent proposals up to 18 months duration which meet at least one of the following:

  • new research or innovation with a clear impact pathway that has the potential (within the period of the grant) to deliver a significant contribution to the understanding of, and response to, the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts.
  • supports the manufacture and/or wide scale adoption of an intervention with significant potential
  • gathers critical data and resources quickly for future research use

Proposals are still subject to peer review and will require the usual fEC costings by your Research Office so please contact your Research Development Manager/Officer as normal for support.

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Special Research Grants – COVID-19

The British Academy is inviting humanities and social science researchers to bring their specific insights to bear on the global health pandemic resulting from COVID-19.

Across health, social, economic, cultural and environmental impacts, the COVID-19 pandemic affects individuals, communities, and society in the UK and globally. The economic, social and cultural effects are far reaching.

The deadline for applications is 5pm (UK time) on Wednesday 27 May 2020 and outcomes will be notified by 30 June 2020.

Purpose of the scheme
The insights to be brought to bear by researchers in fields covered by the British Academy are wide-ranging and there is a clear role for both humanities and social sciences research to play to inform and enrich our understanding and response. From literature, drama, history and languages, to political sciences, psychology, economics and sociology it is the humanities and social sciences that make sense of the world around us. The potential for researchers to understand, compare, and inform the impact of COVID-19 that draws on and combines humanities and social science is extensive, and primary and secondary research can explore issues such as the:

  • ethical and behavioural issues raised by the pandemic;
  • implications of migration on disease transmission;
  • feasibility and effectiveness of policy responses aimed at preventing or containing Covid-19, including secondary impacts such as school closures, quarantine etc;
  • past experience of epidemics, pandemics and quarantine;
  • communication of risk to the wider public;
  • behavioural studies understanding how people have been affected, both mentally and physically by living through the pandemic;
  • community responses to crisis;
  • access and equity to essential services, including digital communications and technologies;
  • translation and analysis of information for multilingual populations;
  • role of arts and culture in community building, recovery and resilience;
  • strategies to combat misinformation;
  • impacts on socio-economically disadvantaged groups.

This opportunity is open to all researchers in line with eligibility criteria for the Small Research Grants scheme, namely researchers of postdoctoral or equivalent level, in the fields of humanities and social sciences, 

Level of award
The British Academy will fund projects costing up to £10,000, following a model similar to the Academy’s existing BA / Leverhulme Small Research Grants

Please read the call guidance carefully:

Please contact the research office as soon as possible to register your interest:

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British Academy Small Grants

Scheme Opens:  Wednesday 8th April 20
Scheme Deadline: Wednesday 3rd June 20

Website and Scheme Guidance Notes to be updated with 24 hours: Here

The Spring round of the British Academy Small Grants opens this week for applications of up to £10,000 for a clearly defined research project within the humanities and social sciences.  Researchers must be of post-doctoral standing and 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.

As RKE are unable to host our usual drop in sessions, we have put together an information presentation that outlines the scheme, its aims and what a typical project and budget might look like. Please visit RKE’s Sharepoint to access this presentation:, or download using the link below.

All external grant applications require full economic costing from RKE and Worktribe approval. Please note that your application may also require formal peer reviewing and you should contact RKE to check if any additional processes are in place for your Research Centre of Faculty.

To discuss your research idea, the application process or the internal processes please contact Becky Hewlett in central RKE:

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Pathways to Impact: Research Councils call specific guidance now available

In January, UK Research and Innovation announced changes to requirements on ‘Pathways to Impact’.

Applicants to UK Research and Innovation – including the Research Councils – will no longer be required to provide a ‘Pathways to Impact’ plan or complete an ‘Impact Summary’ within grant applications from 1 March 2020.

The removal of ‘Pathways to Impact’ and the ‘Impact Summary’ sections within Je-S is a large-scale and complex process change. To make this change from 1 March 2020, Je-S will be updating schemes across UKRI throughout the working week 24-29 February.

Je-S will not close to make this change and schemes will appear to update on Je-S once the change is implemented. The complex nature of this process prevents us from publishing a timetable indicating when each scheme will be updated.

The call-specific guidance published by the awarding Research Council will detail how this change is being managed in each case can be located at the following:

A FAQ regarding this change is available here (PDF, 144KB).

The impact agenda is vital – UK Research and Innovation exists to fund the researchers who generate the knowledge that society needs, and the innovators who can turn this knowledge into public benefit.

If you are unsure how these changes affect your application, please contact the Research Office at or you Research Development Manager or Officer as appropriate.

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Where Next? Scoping Future Arts and Humanities Led Research

Closing Date: 02/04/2020

The AHRC is pleased to announce a new call for interdisciplinary scoping studies which will explore and develop ideas for interdisciplinary research areas which could form the basis of future research initiatives.

As a constituent part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) has the opportunity to bid into a number of different central hypothecated funds to support a variety of funding opportunities for its various research communities. The AHRC is seeking to build up a pool of developed ideas which could be used to inform either future bids into these hypothecated funds or taken forward through other mechanisms.

To achieve this, the AHRC is seeking to fund around three in-depth interdisciplinary scoping studies. Proposals must address at least one priority from the AHRC Delivery Plan and be interdisciplinary in nature; the research must also be clearly led from within the arts and humanities. Funding of up to £150,000 (fEC) will be available for each award.

These studies are expected to provide a comprehensive overview of the proposed research area through a range of mechanisms and considerations including, but not limited to: literature reviews; consideration and description of the current research landscape and potential for alignment to this; consideration and description of the timeliness of the research theme; current capability assessments; partnership and networking building activities; consideration of potential mechanisms for delivery and pathways to impact.

By way on demand management, all UK-based research organisations (ROs) that are eligible for Research Council funding will be eligible to lead on a maximum of two proposals to this call. This does not preclude ROs being
included in other proposals which they are not leading (e.g. through inclusion of a Co-Investigator).

Please contact your Research Development Manager, Germaine Loader or Research Development Officer, Becky Hewlett if you are interested in this call.

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ISRF Mid-Career & Political Economy Fellowship Competitions

Launched today the ISRF have opened two fellowship schemes, the Mid-Career Fellowship and the Political Economy Fellowship.


The Independent Social Research Foundation wishes to support independent-minded researchers to explore and present original research ideas which take new approaches, and suggest new solutions, to real world social problems.

The Foundation intends to make a small number of awards to support original interdisciplinary research, across the range of the social sciences, to be held from a start date no later than the end of December 2021. Scholars from within Europe are eligible to apply.

The award is intended to enable a scholar at the mid-career stage to pursue their research full-time, for a period of up to 12 months; applications may be made by those whose sole or principal post is a part-time equivalent. The amount will be offered to buy out the costs of replacing all teaching and associated administration in the applicant’s home institution, and will be considered to a maximum of £70,000 per successful applicant. Within that sum, reasonable support for research expenses may be considered on a matched-funding basis with the host institution.

The applicant should normally hold a salaried position at an institution of higher education and research, and be 10 years or more from the year of their PhD award. However, a shorter time from PhD award may exceptionally be considered, if the candidate has other qualifications to be considered as mid-career.

Launch: 06th January 2020
Deadline: 14th February 2020


The Independent Social Research Foundation wishes to support independent-minded researchers working in Political Economy, which the ISRF here extends to include the social scientific study of economies across the whole range of the social sciences. The work would be conceptually innovative, interdisciplinary, and unlikely to be funded by existing funding bodies.

The Foundation intends to make a small number of awards to support independent-minded researchers working in Political Economy – which the ISRF here extends to include the social scientific study of economies across the whole range of the social sciences – to be held from a start date no later than the end of December 2021. Scholars from within Europe are eligible to apply.

The award is intended intended as providing full relief from all teaching duties and all associated academic administration, for a period of up to 12 months; applications may be made by those whose sole or principal post is a part-time equivalent. The amount will be offered to buy out the costs of replacing all teaching and associated administration in the applicant’s home institution, and will be considered to a maximum of £70,000 per successful applicant. Within that sum, reasonable support for research expenses may be considered on a matched-funding basis with the host institution.

Launch: 06th January 2020
Deadline: 14th February 2020

Please contact the research office at if you have any questions or are interested in this opportunity

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Changes to the ESRC New Investigator Grant

Important Notice

From 1 January 2020 the ESRC will be revising the eligibility criteria for the New Investigator Research Grant to remove the 4-year time bound criteria. This remains a scheme for early career researchers who have yet to make the transition to be an independent researcher. Removing the time bound eligibility criteria reflects our ambition to be as inclusive of the increasing diversity of career paths and trajectories as possible.

New Investigator Research Grant

New Investigator Grants form one element of the ESRC’s support for early career researchers and the scheme is specifically aimed at supporting those looking to make the transition to an independent researcher through managing their first major research project.

The call is open to high-quality candidates from anywhere in the world who have a maximum of four years’ postdoctoral experience and the support of an eligible UK research organisation. Grants ranging from £100,000 to £300,000 full Economic Cost (fEC) can be awarded.

Proposals are welcomed across the full disciplinary range of the social sciences and at the interface with the wider sciences, however the social sciences must represent at least 50 per cent of the research focus and effort.

Call guidance and specifications can be found on the ESRC’s website.

Please contact the Research Office at for further information.

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British Academy Funding Call: Youth Futures Programme 2019

The British Academy is inviting proposals from researchers in the humanities and social sciences wishing to develop interdisciplinary projects with development impact and a focus on youth futures.

This programme aims to examine the contributions of young people to the UN’s 2030 Agenda, bringing a youth lens to the global sustainable development challenges. It focuses, in particular, on the themes of creativity, categories and livelihoods & work. The programme offers researchers the opportunity to contribute to transformative change at a local level through collaborative work that extends beyond the standard research model and fundamentally involves young people.

The Academy encourages applications that will address one or more of the three subthemes below so as to bring a much-needed youth-led perspective on the multiple
sustainable development challenges we face:

  1. Creativity: Understanding youth creativity and flexibility to identify imaginative solutions in developing countries that are effective and foster a sense of ownership by young people. The scope can be wide, but could include attention to how to amplify the voice of young people locally, nationally and globally; how to foster intergenerational and institutional trust; how to develop new approaches to the green and low waste economy at a local level; the pathways that young people take and how policies affect them including the gap between policy, communities of interest, collective action and practice; how young people experience, and have experienced, change; or how to identify imaginative solutions to mitigate climate change.
  2. Categories: The UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development states that people who are vulnerable, such as young people, must be empowered. Youth populations experience a combination of lack of economic opportunities (especially when combined with educational attainment, and concomitant expectations), lack of political voice and a sense of relative deprivation. The Academy would like to support projects that bring young people into the process of determining and setting the categorisations and concepts by which they view themselves and others, and how these foster their motivations, actions and aspirations. For example, this could include reconceptualising terms such as informality, inequality, mobility, resilience, identity, class, vulnerability and precarity from a youth perspective.
  3. Livelihood & Work: The meanings and manifestations of livelihood and work for and by young people in different settings on the ground are critical for our understanding of young people’s ambitions and expectations. The Academy is keen to encourage applications that focus on the practices and narratives of youth livelihoods and work (including unpaid domestic work) and provide a voice for young people to express their own perspectives. The changing attitudes of young people towards livelihood and work, particularly in our

Eligibility Requirements
This call is open to researchers based at eligible UK universities and research institutions. The main applicant must be active in a discipline within the humanities or social sciences, and either be in a permanent position or have a fixed-term contract for the duration of the award. International collaboration, especially with researchers in the Global South, is encouraged.

All projects must be ODA-eligible.

Value and Duration
This programme will fund projects of up to £300,000 each. Projects must begin on 20 March 2020 and must be of 21 months in duration.

Full call details can be found at this link, and the scheme guidance notes here: Youth-Futures-scheme-notes

Please contact the Research Office at to discuss this opportunity further.


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British Academy Call: Education and Learning in Crises

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The British Academy is inviting proposals from researchers in the humanities and social sciences wishing to develop interdisciplinary projects with a focus on the challenges of education and learning in contexts of conflict and protracted crises.

In recent years, there has been a heightened focus on the development challenges faced in contexts of protracted crises, however, there is a lack of evidence on how to effectively translate this renewed policy interest into practice. In the field of education research, this is further compounded by the comparative lack of research capacity on education in crises. This programme aims to address this gap.

Eligibility requirements
Principal Investigators must be based in the UK, however, equitable international collaboration is strongly expected to be detailed in any application. We particularly encourage the involvement of Co-Applicants from the Global South and expect to see applications which demonstrate fully how researchers from the Global South will be involved as equal partners in the research proposed.

The Principal Investigator and any Co-Applicants must be of postdoctoral or above status, or have equivalent research experience, and hold an established role that will last at least the duration of the grant funded by the British Academy.

All projects must be ODA-eligible. Only proposals which aim to support the economic development and welfare of developing countries will be supported under this call.

Value and duration
Projects must be 21 months in duration, with a maximum value of £360,000 (and will be offered on a 100% full economic cost basis). All projects must begin on 20 March 2020.

Application process
Applications must be submitted online using the British Academy’s Flexi-Grant® system.
Application deadline: 4 December 2019 (17.00 UK time)

Please contact the research office if you are interested in this scheme:

Full call guidance here: 
Scheme notes here: Education-and-Learning-in-Crises-Scheme-Notes