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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.
Germaine: G.Loader@mmu.ac.uk
Becky: R.Hewlett@mmu.ac.uk


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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.

ISRF MID-CAREER FELLOWSHIP COMPETITION (MCF5)

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

ISRF POLITICAL ECONOMY FELLOWSHIP COMPETITION (PERF4)

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 researchapplications@mmu.ac.uk 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

https://esrc.ukri.org/funding/funding-opportunities/new-investigator-grants/

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 researchapplications@mmu.ac.uk 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.

Aims
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 researchapplications@mmu.ac.uk 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.

Aims
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: researchapplications@mmu.ac.uk.

Full call guidance here: https://www.thebritishacademy.ac.uk/programmes/education-learning-in-crises 
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: r.hewlett@mmu.ac.uk.


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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.