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AHRC New Generation Thinkers 2018 – call now open

Katherine Cooper

This pioneering scheme aims to develop a new generation of academics who can bring the best of university research and scholarly ideas to a broad audience through working with the media. It’s a chance for early career researchers to cultivate the skills to communicate their research findings to those outside the academic community.

Each year, up to 60 successful applicants have a chance to develop their media skills, including programme-making ideas with experienced BBC producers at a series of dedicated workshops. Of these up to ten will become BBC Radio 3’s resident New Generation Thinkers and benefit from a unique opportunity to develop their own programmes for the station and a chance to regularly appear on air. There will also be the possibility of working with BBC TV, a number of speak opportunities and the chance to become a regular blogger.

Applicants do not have to be funded by the AHRC to apply; the scheme is open to all early career researchers based in a UK Research Organisation (either Higher Education Institution or Independent Research Organisation [IRO]). We also encourage those people who have previously applied unsuccessfully to the scheme, even if they made it to the workshop. For guidance on eligibility, please see the Research Funding Guide

We welcome applications from researchers working in all areas of the arts and humanities. This year we are again extending the call for researchers who work in areas of social sciences and medical science whose work intersects with the arts and humanities. There are a series of interfaces, and many areas of common ground between.

The aim of the scheme is to provide a development opportunity for early career researchers to cultivate the skills to communicate their research findings to those outside the academic community. The scheme wants to find the new generation of academics who can bring the best of the latest university research and scholarly ideas to a broad audience.

Applications should demonstrate an engaging and stimulating programme but also demonstrate an ability to talk about other subjects areas within the arts and humanities in an accessible and refreshing manner, with awareness of the wider listening audience. AHRC recommend that you listen to the 2017 winners’ programmes on BBC iPlayer Radio and read both the Call Guidance (PDF, 215KB) and Conditions of Entry (PDF, 108KB).

Closing Date: 12/10/2017

Full details are here:  http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/funding/opportunities/current/new-generation-thinkers-2018/

 


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Are you considering the AHRC/EPSRC ‘Next Generation Immersive Experiences’ call? Please let RKE know

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There seems to be quite a bit of interest in the recently announced AHRC/EPSRC Research Partnership Development Call for the next generation of immersive experiences and it was great to see so many people attend the AHRC event in Geoffrey Manton last week.

We’ve been asked a few times about whether there is a limit on the number of bids Manchester Met can submit to this call. The answer is ‘No’ – there is no formal cap. However, we think its sensible to keep an eye on the emerging ideas and get a sense of the number of  potential applications, so, if you are thinking of a bid would you please let RKE know? Its:   researchapplications@mmu.ac.uk

http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/funding/opportunities/current/research-and-partnership-development-call-for-the-next-generation-of-immersive-experiences/

 

 


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Tips for qualitative researchers seeking funding – what NOT to leave out of your grant applications

Some good points on here….

This Sociological Life

It is grant reviewing season and I’ve been reading through some very interesting applications from some accomplished qualitative researchers in the social sciences and media studies. The rationale and background for projects are usually very well described and justified, as are the track records of the applicants.

But I’ve seen some common areas across several of the applications that need more detail. These are:

  1. There is often not enough (or sometimes even any) information about the approach taken to analysing the qualitative data you are collecting. Simply saying you are ‘using NVivo to analyse the data’ and leaving it at that is not enough. NVivo seems to have become a magic word to use to explain and justify qualitative data analysis. But it is just a data management tool. I want to know what you are going to do with it. There are many approaches to analysing qualitative data. Which…

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Are you interested in the British Academy/Leverhulme Small Grant? Drop- in session for any questions on 3rd May

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RKE are holding a drop-in session  on Weds 3rd May, 1-2pm, for anyone considering an application to the British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant scheme – deadline 24th May.

We’ll be in GM224 in Geoffrey Manton for that hour, available to answer any quick questions you might have, share examples of successful applications and demonstrate the egap application system, so please do call in.

These awards are up to £10,000 in value, tenable for up to 24 months, and are intended  to cover the cost of expenses arising from a defined research project in the humanities or social sciences.

(Note: all external grant applications need a full economic costing completing and approved by your Faculty so please do contact your Research Development Manager for assistance).

http://www.britac.ac.uk/ba-leverhulme-small-research-grants

 

 

 

 


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Pre-announcement: ESRC-ICSSR call for collaborative research on urban transformations in India

ESRC    The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) are pleased to pre-announce a joint call for collaborative projects between UK and Indian researchers. Projects will seek to enhance understanding of urban challenges and issues in India and achieve economic and social impact in India.

In order to refine the scope of the call and prioritise limited funding on the most pressing issues, the ESRC, ICSSR and RCUK (Research Councils UK) organised a workshop with academics representing institutions from across the UK and India in March 2016. Participants took part in a range of activities and discussions in order to establish key issues which would benefit from UK/India collaborative research under the Newton Fund.

The call is expected to open shortly, at which point a full specification and further information on the relevant dates will be provided.

Themes that are expected to be encouraged include:

  • urban planning, governance and management
  • formal and informal populations
  • place and space: challenges and solutions
  • health, sanitation and labour issues
  • small towns and dynamics of changes.

The ESRC has allocated up to £1.75 million, with matched resources from ICSSR. It is expected that four to six research projects will be awarded under this call.

Please see our funding opportunities for updates on this call as they become available.

UK awards will be funded through the Newton Fund – a five year programme that aims to strengthen research and innovation partnerships between the UK and emerging knowledge economies.

http://www.esrc.ac.uk/news-events-and-publications/news/news-items/pre-announcement-esrc-icssr-call-for-collaborative-research-on-urban-transformations-in-india/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

 


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ESRC Pre-call announcement for Open Research Area proposals (collaborating with France, Germany, Netherlands, Japan)

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Pre-call announcement

The partners for the Open Research Area in Europe (ORA) are pleased to announce their fifth joint call for proposals, due to open in spring 2017.

Similar to the previous call, four European funding organisations are participating in the fifth ORA call: ANR, France; DFG, Germany; NWO, Netherlands; and ESRC, UK. Proposals will be accepted for research projects in any area of the social sciences involving researchers from any combination of two or more of the participating countries (excluding bilateral applications from French-German teams).

In this call, JSPS, the Japanese core national funding organisation, will again collaborate with ORA as an associate partner. Applicants to the ORA call are encouraged to seek partnerships with Japanese researchers. JSPS will open a specific call for Japanese researchers. Japanese projects associated with the ORA proposals will be encouraged to submit proposals to this call for funding. Further information will be provided with the upcoming call for proposals.

In 2016, the ORA scheme underwent a programme evaluation. According to the results, ORA remains a very popular scheme, and the partners will implement measures to manage demand. The upcoming call, therefore, will introduce a procedural change and follow a two-stage procedure consisting of an outline proposal and a full proposal. Only after positive review of the outline proposal are applicants allowed to submit a full proposal.

The call for proposals will be published by the end of April. DFG will be the lead agency, and full details will be available on the DFG website.

The closing date for outline proposals is 5 July 2017.

Please see: http://www.esrc.ac.uk/funding/funding-opportunities/open-research-area-ora-for-the-social-sciences-2017-call/

And contact your Research Development Manager for help and advice