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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

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British Academy Small Grants

Scheme Opens:  Wednesday 4th September 19
Scheme Deadline: Wednesday 6th November 19
Scheme Guidance Notes: Small-Research-Grants-Applicant-Scheme-Notes-2019
Website, to be updated in due course: Here

The autumn round of the British Academy Small Grants opens next 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.

RKE will host two drop in sessions to answer any adhoc questions and offer some general advice on making your application competitive. There will be no presentations during these sessions; rather, they are a chance for an informal conversation about the scheme and your project idea and people are free to arrive and leave at any point during the allocated time.

Drop In Sessions:
Wednesday 4th September
GM333 – 10.00 – 11.00am
BR3.03 – 14.30 – 15.30pm

All external grant applications require full economic costing from RKE and Worktribe approval. Please note that your application may also require formal peer reviewing.

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

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Nuffield Foundation Strategic Fund – Seed Corn Now Open!

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Following the previous blog post announcing Nuffield’s new £15 million fund for ambitious social science research projects, seed corn applications are now open.

For applicants who want to do some initial exploration of ideas, Nuffield are providing the opportunity to apply for seed corn funding with their latest update:

“We recognise that applications of the scale and scope we are envisaging for the Strategic Fund will require extensive development. Seed corn funding is intended to help develop Strategic Fund applications and could be used for:

  • Convening an engagement event to support the development of a Strategic Fund proposal
  • Supporting an activity to build a consortium of expert partners to deliver a project of the scale and nature envisioned by the Strategic Fund
  • Reviewing the existing evidence base
  • Secondary analysis of existing data
  • New small-scale or pilot research

We do not expect every Strategic Fund outline application to require seed corn funding, and the award of such funding is not a prerequisite for submitting an outline application to the Strategic Fund.”

Seed corn funding is available on an ongoing basis from today. The sums available will vary depending on the nature of each request, but they anticipate awarding grants of around £5,000.  There is no limit on the number of seed corn applications but please note that there may be an internal process to manage the number of subsequent full stage proposals.

Please contact your Research Development Manager and/or Officer to discuss this opportunity further.

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SAMS/BAM Research and Capacity Building Grant Scheme


The British Academy of Management currently have an open call for the Research and Capacity Building Grant Scheme (link).

Key Information:

The maximum value of award is £150,000.
The duration of project will be between 24 months (minimum) and 36 months (maximum).
Application deadline 30th September 2019 (17:00 BST).

Principal Investigators must be based in a UK HE institution and will normally be located in a School of Management or Business. Co-Investigators may be based in HE institutions outside the UK. The Principal Investigator and all Co-Investigators who are based in Schools of Management or Business must be BAM Members and have active BAM membership for the duration of the project.

Only one application as Principal Investigator is permitted per UK institution in each funding round.

As such, RKE are offering applicants the opportunity to submit an Expression of Interest. EOIs will be reviewed by the Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor of the Faculty of Business and Law, whereby one will be selected for further development and submission.

EOIs should be submitted to by Friday 23rd August 2019.

Expression of Interest Document – EOI_SAMSBAM

Call Guidance Document – SAMS-BAM guide for applicants Version 2 – 07.08.2019

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Nuffield Foundation Strategic Fund

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New £15 million fund for ambitious social science research projects.
Large scale proposals of £1-3M invited.

Themes and questions
The Strategic Fund is additional to our regular research grants in Education, Welfare and Justice. We expect Strategic Fund projects to be of a scale and scope not normally funded through our standard process. In particular, we want Strategic Fund projects to bring a broad, multi-disciplinary approach to addressing the questions and issues they examine. Successful applications will take account, in some regard, of the cross-cutting themes, set out in our Strategy.

• How do digital technologies and digital communications alleviate, exacerbate and shift vulnerability, and affect concepts of trust, evidence, and authority?

• In what ways do factors such as socio-economic status, gender, ethnicity, community, and geography affect the vulnerability of people to different types of risk, and how can this be mitigated?

• What interventions might promote opportunity and reduce adversity through different life stages, and promote social inclusion between and across generations?

• What are the social and economic implications of physical and mental disability and chronic illness?

• How can social policy institutions make better use of research, evidence, and data in order to understand better the needs of those they serve, and improve services and outcomes?

Developing bids: seed corn funding (up to £5,000)
We would like to encourage applicants’ original thinking around ideas and methods, and to enable them to explore these (as well as collaborative, multi-disciplinary approaches) before submitting outline proposals. We recognise this may require an approach and level of preparation beyond that required of an application to our regular research grants.  Accordingly, we are giving applicants the opportunity to apply for seed corn grants to support the development of ideas for Strategic Fund applications and which might be used to convene those from relevant different disciplines to explore them. We do not expect every Strategic Fund outline application to require seed corn funding, and the award of such funding is not a prerequisite for submitting an outline application to the Strategic Fund.

Key Dates
20 Aug 2019: Applications open for seed corn funding

Sept 2019: Full guidance published for applicants to the Strategic Fund

1 Oct 2019: Applications open for submission of outline applications to the Strategic Fund

9 Dec 2019: First round of assessment and shortlisting of applications

July 2020: First round of awards from the Strategic Fund

Please contact if you are interested in this call.

Full guidance notes can be downloaded here.


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AHRC Development Through the Creative Industries in Turkey – Workshop EoI Call

Workshop venue: Istanbul, Turkey

Workshop dates: 16 October 2019 (evening networking event only) and 17 October 2019 (all day plus an evening networking event)

Expressions of interest deadline: 10 September 2019, 16:00


The AHRC have announced a call for UK researchers to attend a workshop in Istanbul on ‘Development through the Creative Industries in Turkey’. Organised in partnership with the Istanbul Development Agency (IDA), with the UK funding coming from the Newton-Katip Celebi Fund, the event will bring together experts from both countries to explore how the Creative Industries play a critical role for growth and prosperity in the Istanbul region.

The event will convene approximately 40 experts from the UK and Istanbul region and draw on a range of disciplinary perspectives including but not limited to design, cultural studies, the creative and performing arts, heritage, history, museum studies and digital humanities. It will seek to facilitate collaboration between academics, businesses, policy professionals, community groups and other organisations, with the aim of promoting a greater understanding of the relationship between cultural and creative organisations as stimulators of economic growth; the factors that lead to high-figure growth in the creative industries; and the social value of the creative and cultural sector.

A key aim of the workshop is to enable researchers and key stakeholders from the UK and Turkey to develop new partnerships with a view to longer-term collaboration. Discussions at the workshop will inform an AHRC call for Research Networking projects, which will launch shortly afterwards.

The AHRC expects to support the attendance of around 15-20 UK-based researchers across a range of arts and humanities disciplines.

An expression of interest should be completed by 10th September 19. The link to the EOI can be found here.

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ARMA 2019

Last month RKE Research Development Officers, Rachel Colley and Becky Hewlett, attended with annual ARMA conference in Belfast. ARMA is the Association of Research Managers and Administrators and the conference is a way of colleagues across the sector, and across the country, to get together and share best practices, build new networks and get informed about the current and future research landscape.

Alongside Alison Lloyd, Research Ethics and Governance Manger, and Justine Daniels, Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange, the team attended a number of sessions and plenaries – and even held some of our own! – over the two days.

As a way of sharing some of the knowledge picked up in those sessions the Research Development Officers have put together a Sway, and a short YouTube video, presenting just some of the team’s experiences.