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Transformative Research call 2017-18 – Internal Expression of Interest

 

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ESRC have announced the fourth round of the ESRC Transformative Research Call.  Due to the highly ambitious nature of this call they are only allowing us to submit two applications.

We are therefore running an internal MMU Expression of Interest call. EOIs should be completed on the form available here: eoi-transformative and submitted to Gareth Cantello in RKE, g.cantello@mmu.ac.uk by Friday 25th August 2017

EOIs will then be reviewed by an expert panel including relevant Faculty Heads of RKE and applicants will be informed of the outcome on 8th September 2017.

Call info

The aim of this call is to provide a stimulus for genuinely transformative research ideas at the frontiers of the social sciences, enabling research which challenges current thinking to be supported and developed.

Call details

This call specifically encourages applicants to design a research question(s) that is both highly ambitious and creative. Applicants should also consider the potential scientific impact of their research proposal and the potential economic and societal impact. More information can be found on the ESRC Impact Toolkit at: www.esrc.ac.uk/research/impact-toolkit/

Funding and duration

Grants supported under this call will be funded for up to 24 months in duration and must start no later than 30 September 2018. The value of the award shall not exceed £250,000 (at 100% fEC). The ESRC expect to fund 10-12 transformative grants in this call.  The deadline for submission of the selected applications is 31st October 2017.

Transformative research

For the purpose of this call, the ESRC broadly defines transformative research as involving pioneering theoretical and methodological innovation, engaging unusual disciplinary and/or interdisciplinary perspectives, challenging conventional academic thinking and/or involving the novel application of theory and methods in new contexts.. The expectation is that the transformative research call will provide a major stimulus to novel developments of social science enquiry which will lead to having transformative impact on society. The ESRC recognises that research will attract an element of risk, which they expect will be conducive to high reward.

Some of the possible characteristics of transformative research include:

  • results that will radically change accepted thinking in the social sciences or that could lead to a paradigm shift in its field
  • research that is ethically sound, but which is likely to involve an unusually high degree of risk for the researcher and/ or participants, with the expectation of it producing high rewards
  • research that engages unusual disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives and/or methodologies
  • research that challenges widespread methodological and theoretical assumptions of typical social scientific enquiry
  • research that is carried out with the expectation that it will produce a broad base of knowledge and new thinking/insights which will lead to having transformative impact on society.

ESRC priority areas

The transformative idea also needs to address one (or more) of the ESRCs five priority areas as identified in its Delivery Plan 2016-2020 (http://www.esrc.ac.uk/files/news-events-and-publications/publications/corporate-publications/delivery-plan/esrc-delivery-plan-2016-2020/)

These are:

  • Productivity
  • Understanding the Macro-Economy
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Housing
  • Ways of Being in a Digital Age

Whilst proposals may include a range of disciplinary approaches, proposals must be at least 50 per cent social science in disciplinary focus. This includes the focus of the research, the principal investigator, and other personnel involved.

Full details are here:  http://www.esrc.ac.uk/funding/funding-opportunities/transformative-research-call-2017-18/

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Research Funding Opportunities Newsletter

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THE Research and Knowledge Exchange Office is flagging opportunities for research funding via monthly newsletters.

Every school/department has its own tailored bulletin and the latest edition has just been published. Each edition contains the details of the current external funding opportunities available in your subject area, complete with closing date and award amounts. 

Your newsletter was emailed direct from alerts@researchprofessional.com so look out for this in your Inbox. 

Interested in a Call?

If you see a funding opportunity that you would like to apply for please contact the member of the RKE team that covers your area.

– European Research Funding
Dr Margaret Eastcott x2973 m.eastcott@mmu.ac.uk

– Computing, Engineering, Business and Law
Gareth Cantello x3818 g.cantello@mmu.ac.uk

– Health and Education
Ms Kelly Lavender-Smith x2927 k.lavender-smith@mmu.ac.uk

– Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Germaine Loader x2960 g.loader@mmu.ac.uk

– Computing, Engineering and Environment
Justin Smith x2926 justin.smith@mmu.ac.uk

The Research Development Managers will support you through the grant application process by facilitating and providing professional advice to identify suitable funding streams, the application process, costings and authorisation procedures.

Accessing the Research Professional Site

The University has a campus wide account so you can access the Research Professional site from any networked PC on campus.

Creating an Account

For a more detailed list of funding opportunities, why not create your own customised searches and receive weekly email alerts tailored to your specific subject area. 

All academic staff are registered on the Research Professional site and your default username is your MMU email address. If you do not know your password, you can request a new one via the Log In page. Once logged in you can edit your details and change your username and password.

For more information about how to get started visit the Quick Start Guide on the Research Professional site or watch an online demo.

Expression of Interest

When logged into your Research Professional account, the system allows you to register your interest to apply for funding opportunities.  If you see a funding call you are thinking of applying for, simply open the call and select the ‘Express Interest’ tab on the right hand side of the call page and a member of the RKE team will get in contact to see if you need any assistance with the application process.


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Research Funding Opportunities Newsletter

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THE Research and Knowledge Exchange Office is flagging opportunities for research funding via monthly newsletters.

Every school/department has its own tailored bulletin and the latest edition has just been published. Each edition contains the details of the current external funding opportunities available in your subject area, complete with closing date and award amounts. 

Your newsletter was emailed direct from alerts@researchprofessional.com so look out for this in your Inbox. 

Interested in a Call?

If you see a funding opportunity that you would like to apply for please contact the member of the RKE team that covers your area.

– European Research Funding
Dr Margaret Eastcott x2973 m.eastcott@mmu.ac.uk

– Computing, Engineering, Business and Law
Gareth Cantello x3818 g.cantello@mmu.ac.uk

– Health and Education
Ms Kelly Lavender-Smith x2927 k.lavender-smith@mmu.ac.uk

– Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Germaine Loader x2960 g.loader@mmu.ac.uk

– Computing, Engineering and Environment
Justin Smith x2926 justin.smith@mmu.ac.uk

The Research Development Managers will support you through the grant application process by facilitating and providing professional advice to identify suitable funding streams, the application process, costings and authorisation procedures.

Accessing the Research Professional Site

The University has a campus wide account so you can access the Research Professional site from any networked PC on campus.

Creating an Account

For a more detailed list of funding opportunities, why not create your own customised searches and receive weekly email alerts tailored to your specific subject area. 

All academic staff are registered on the Research Professional site and your default username is your MMU email address. If you do not know your password, you can request a new one via the Log In page. Once logged in you can edit your details and change your username and password.

For more information about how to get started visit the Quick Start Guide on the Research Professional site or watch an online demo.

Expression of Interest

When logged into your Research Professional account, the system allows you to register your interest to apply for funding opportunities.  If you see a funding call you are thinking of applying for, simply open the call and select the ‘Express Interest’ tab on the right hand side of the call page and a member of the RKE team will get in contact to see if you need any assistance with the application process.


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ESRC Transformative Research funding call – Internal Expression of Interest

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ESRC have announced the next funding call for Transformative Research in Social Sciences.  Due to the highly ambitious nature of this call they are only allowing us to submit two applications.

We are therefore running an internal MMU Expression of Interest call. EOIs should be completed on the form available here:  EOI Transformative 2015  and submitted to Gareth Cantello in RKE, g.cantello@mmu.ac.uk by Friday 19th December 2014.

EOIs will then be reviewed by a panel drawn from Associate Deans of Research, RKE representatives and colleagues who are part of the ESRC Peer Review College. The deadline for the full proposal to the ESRC is 19th February 2015.

Transformative research

For the purpose of this call, the ESRC broadly defines transformative research as involving pioneering theoretical and methodological innovation, the novel application of theory and methods in new contexts, and/or research based on the engagement of unusual disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives. The expectation is that the transformative research call will provide a major stimulus to novel developments of social science enquiry and support research activity that attracts an element of risk.

Some of the possible characteristics of transformative research include:

  • Results that will radically change accepted thinking in the social sciences
  • Research that may be high risk but with the possibility of high reward
  • Research that is carried out with the expectation that it will produce a broad base of knowledge and new thinking/insights.

This call therefore specifically encourages applicants to design a research question that is both highly ambitious and creative. Applicants should also consider the potential scientific impact of their research proposal and the potential economic and societal impact. More information can be found on the ESRC Impact Toolkit at: http://www.esrc.ac.uk/funding-and-guidance/tools-and-resources/impact-toolkit/index.aspx.

ESRC priority areas

The transformative idea also needs to address one (or more) of the ESRC’s three priority areas as identified in its Delivery Plan 2011-15. (http://www.esrc.ac.uk/publications/delivery-plan/index.aspx) These are:

  • Economic performance and sustainable growth
  • Influencing behaviour and informing interventions
  • A vibrant and fair society.

Whilst proposals may include a range of disciplinary approaches, proposals must be at least 50 per cent social science in disciplinary focus. This includes the focus of the research, the principal investigator, and other personnel involved.

Funding and duration

All grants supported under this call will be funded for up to 18 months in duration and must start on 1 January 2016. Proposals will be funded up to £250,000 (at 100 per cent fEC).

 

 

 


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Research Funding Opportunities Newsletter

Research Professional

THE Research and Knowledge Exchange Office is flagging opportunities for research funding via monthly newsletters.

Every school/department has its own tailored bulletin and the latest edition has just been published. Each edition contains the details of the current external funding opportunities available in your subject area, complete with closing date and award amounts. 

Your newsletter was emailed direct from alerts@researchprofessional.com so look out for this in your Inbox. 

Interested in a Call?

If you see a funding opportunity that you would like to apply for please contact the member of the RKE team that covers your area.

– European Research Funding
Dr Margaret Eastcott x2973 m.eastcott@mmu.ac.uk

– Computing, Engineering, Business and Law
Gareth Cantello x3818 g.cantello@mmu.ac.uk

– Health and Education
Ms Kelly Lavender-Smith x2927 k.lavender-smith@mmu.ac.uk

– Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Germaine Loader x2960 g.loader@mmu.ac.uk

– Computing, Engineering and Environment
Justin Smith x2926 justin.smith@mmu.ac.uk

The Research Development Managers will support you through the grant application process by facilitating and providing professional advice to identify suitable funding streams, the application process, costings and authorisation procedures.

Accessing the Research Professional Site

The University has a campus wide account so you can access the Research Professional site from any networked PC on campus.

Creating an Account

For a more detailed list of funding opportunities, why not create your own customised searches and receive weekly email alerts tailored to your specific subject area. 

All academic staff are registered on the Research Professional site and your default username is your MMU email address. If you do not know your password, you can request a new one via the Log In page. Once logged in you can edit your details and change your username and password.

For more information about how to get started visit the Quick Start Guide on the Research Professional site or watch an online demo.

Expression of Interest

When logged into your Research Professional account, the system allows you to register your interest to apply for funding opportunities.  If you see a funding call you are thinking of applying for, simply open the call and select the ‘Express Interest’ tab on the right hand side of the call page and a member of the RKE team will get in contact to see if you need any assistance with the application process.


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Research Funding Opportunities Newsletter

Research Professional

THE Research and Knowledge Exchange Office is flagging opportunities for research funding via monthly newsletters.

Every school/department has its own tailored bulletin and the latest edition has just been published. Each edition contains the details of the current external funding opportunities available in your subject area, complete with closing date and award amounts. 

Your newsletter was emailed direct from alerts@researchprofessional.com so look out for this in your Inbox. 

Interested in a Call?

If you see a funding opportunity that you would like to apply for please contact the member of the RKE team that covers your area.

– European Research Funding
Dr Margaret Eastcott x2973 m.eastcott@mmu.ac.uk

– Computing, Engineering, Business and Law
Gareth Cantello x3818 g.cantello@mmu.ac.uk

– Health and Education
Ms Kelly Lavender-Smith x2927 k.lavender-smith@mmu.ac.uk

– Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Germaine Loader x2960 g.loader@mmu.ac.uk

– Computing, Engineering and Environment
Justin Smith x2926 justin.smith@mmu.ac.uk

The Research Development Managers will support you through the grant application process by facilitating and providing professional advice to identify suitable funding streams, the application process, costings and authorisation procedures.

Accessing the Research Professional Site

The University has a campus wide account so you can access the Research Professional site from any networked PC on campus.

Creating an Account

For a more detailed list of funding opportunities, why not create your own customised searches and receive weekly email alerts tailored to your specific subject area. 

All academic staff are registered on the Research Professional site and your default username is your MMU email address. If you do not know your password, you can request a new one via the Log In page. Once logged in you can edit your details and change your username and password.

For more information about how to get started visit the Quick Start Guide on the Research Professional site or watch an online demo.

Expression of Interest

When logged into your Research Professional account, the system allows you to register your interest to apply for funding opportunities.  If you see a funding call you are thinking of applying for, simply open the call and select the ‘Express Interest’ tab on the right hand side of the call page and a member of the RKE team will get in contact to see if you need any assistance with the application process.


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Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowships

The RAEng Research Fellowships are designed to promote excellence in engineering. They provide support for high-quality engineers and encourage them to develop successful academic research careers.

Applications are welcomed from outstanding early career researchers who are about to finish their PhD or have been awarded their PhD in the last three years. The scheme provides funding for five years to encourage the best researchers to remain in the academic engineering sector. In addition to the direct financial support, the scheme offers:

  • freedom to concentrate on basic research in any field of engineering
  • time to establish a track record in the field
  • the services of a mentor (a Fellow of the Academy) to offer advice and to facilitate the formation of industrial links
  • restrictions of your teaching and administrative duties, so enabling you to dedicate your time to research

The University can only submit 2 applications to this call, so if you are interested in applying please email Gareth Cantello g.cantello@mmu.ac.uk by 9th September 2014.

For more information about the fellowship and eligibility criteria please visit: http://www.raeng.org.uk/grants-and-prizes/support-for-research/research-fellowships/raeng-research-fellowship