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ESRC Workshop in Mcr for early career social scientists interested in UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships (calls in 2020 and 2021)

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ESRC will be holding series of workshops aimed at supporting early career social scientists who have applied, or who are considering applying, to the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships (FLF) funding opportunity.

They will be holding a workshop in Manchester on 30th September 2019 (expected to run 10am-2pm). This will explore how the FLF scheme complements other funding opportunities available from ESRC and enable applicants to understand the characteristics of a good social science application.

They ask that those interested in attending please register for the Manchester workshop using this SurveyMonkey link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/TDTBGXG

Further information about the FLF scheme and dates of other workshops elsewhere in the UK can be found on ESRC webpage here.

PLEASE NOTE THAT NOMINATIONS FOR MANMET’S APPLICANTS FOR THE 2019 ROUND HAVE ALREADY BEEN AGREED.  TWO FURTHER ROUNDS ARE EXPECTED IN 2020 AND 2021.


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Meet the AHRC and hear about their plans in a one day engagement event

AHRC 2From November 2019 to February 2020, the AHRC will be touring the UK with a series of free one day events packed with panel sessions, speakers and networking opportunities. These new events are designed to help researchers, research offices, communications, policy and public engagement professionals get a deeper insight into our newly launched Delivery Plan and meet the team from AHRC. Three of the dates have been announced and you can register for your place today.

The ‘Meet the Arts and Humanities Research Council’ events will run approximately from 10am – 5pm, with an additional evening reception for those who would like to attend. Events will take place at the following locations:

  • Cardiff University – 6 November 2019
  • University of Strathclyde – 10 December 2019
  • The University of Manchester – 9 January 2020

There will also be an event in London in spring 2020. Full details will be released and registration for this event will open shortly.

https://ahrc.ukri.org/newsevents/news/ahrc-launches-new-event-series-for-the-arts-and-humanities-research-community/

 

 


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Pre-Call notification: SOLSTICE Enabling Societal Transformation in the Face of Climate Change

SOLSTICE seeks interdisciplinary contributions from consortia led by Social Sciences and Humanities who will address societal aspects of climate change. Given the pressing nature of global climate change, SOLSTICE aims at producing knowledge that can have an impact on society and policy; impact should not be limited to scientific publications, but should have the potential to trigger change in behavior and attitudes at any level of society.

The call will address three themes:

  • Social justice and participation
  • Sense making, cultural meaning and risk perception
  • Transformative finance and economy

The rationale of this call can be found in the JPI Climate White Paper “Operationalizing knowledge on and for societal transformation in the face of climate change”.

This call also seeks to attract scientists who work in disciplines that are typically not associated with climate change research in order to develop innovative approaches and combinations of disciplines.

Consortia should consist of scientists from at least three participating countries.

The following countries are interested in participating in this call: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Norway, United Kingdom

The list of participating countries is not final and may be subject to change until the official call announcement 5 October 2019. The submission deadline is foreseen for 9 January 2020.  Please note that call announcement and submission deadline dates are not confirmed and may be subject to change

http://www.jpi-climate.eu/news-events/news/10899264/Call-pre-announcement-SOLSTICE-Enabling-Societal-Transformation-in-the-Face-of-Climate-Change

 


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Thinking of a Nuffield Foundation bid? Tips from an a grant winner

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This article is taken from Research Professional’s Research Insight service and Research Fortnight so thanks to them.

Partnerships and impact should be at the base of a Nuffield Foundation bid

Nuffield Foundation Grants for Research, Development and Analysis support projects that improve the design and operation of social policy, especially in education, welfare and justice.

Grants range from £10,000 to £500,000, but most are worth between £50,000 and £300,000. The foundation has said it expects the deadline for outline applications to the next round to be in September.

Here, Gráinne McKeever, a professor of law and social justice at Ulster University, speaks about her 2016 Nuffield grants for studying litigants in person: people who represent themselves in the Northern Ireland court system.

What was the background to your bid? I had just completed a pilot project on the topic funded by the British Academy and Leverhulme Small Research Grants scheme. Around that time, the Department of Justice in Northern Ireland published a major review of access to justice, which highlighted the need for more research on the position of litigants in person. The policy context coincided perfectly with the direction of my research.

What attracted you to Nuffield? It had previously funded tribunal reform research I had done for the Law Centre in Northern Ireland, so I knew it was interested in how the legal system works for ordinary people and how the values of the legal system play out. It was also clear that it would fund research on Northern Ireland as one of the jurisdictions in the UK—you can’t assume this with all funders.

What’s more, the application process is a tailored, staged system. It’s not one of those processes where you leap in, do eight weeks of work on a massive application and then you either get it or not. It’s more manageable.

Was there a fit with Nuffield’s priorities? Yes. The type of research we were proposing had the potential to generate evidence-based reform. We knew Nuffield was not a funder for blue-sky research—it wants to make a difference on the ground.

Did you consider any other funders? Not seriously. The Nuffield Foundation was our first port of call. I’ve done some work for the Legal Education Foundation in the past, who are also good to work with. If we hadn’t been successful with Nuffield, we might have approached them.

Did you work with any partner organisations? It was a joint bid with the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and largely thanks to that, I knew that the stakeholder engagement section was going to be strong. Together with the chief commissioner of the Human Rights Commission I met the lord chief justice, the head of the Department of Justice of Northern Ireland and the head of the Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service, to see if they would facilitate the research if we got the grant. Getting their buy-in at an early stage was essential.

What is the first stage of the application process? Applicants submit a brief outline application, which is an opportunity to refine your thinking to identify a good research idea and start to set out how it might be delivered. Nuffield gave us feedback at that stage saying, “We think you could do more on this and for that reason we think your budget might not be sufficient.”

It’s not my experience that a funder will come back and say you need to ask them for more money, but they were keen to make sure we maximised the project’s potential.

What elements did you bring to the fore in the full application? While some funders may be more interested in developing an in-depth theoretical understanding of an issue, Nuffield is more interested in improving society. So that was an important part of our application. In particular, we were keen to emphasise the value that the Human Rights Commission would bring to the project. They provided a legal advice clinic that as academics we wouldn’t have been able to do in the same way.

Do you have any tips for future applicants? Remember that Nuffield wants to make a difference. Impact planning really is intrinsic to the research that Nuffield has funded for us. We didn’t just do it to get a grant and produce a report. We did it because we could see very clearly that there was a chance to make a difference.

What else is Nuffield looking for? Another important aspect is partnership working. Our project has just been extended through another major grant from Nuffield and we’re now going to be working with the Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service and others to provide support materials for personal litigants in family law cases.

For Nuffield, partnership is not just about working with an organisation to get their ideas. Being able to engage with an organisation on the ground that can sustain and add greater value to the research is something Nuffield has been very keen for us to do.

It’s also important to engage seriously with the feedback. Talk to people who have done other work in your area and get their feedback on your draft application.

https://www.researchprofessional.com/0/rr/news/uk/careers/2019/6/Firm-foundations.html?utm_medium=email&utm_source=rpMailing&utm_campaign=researchFortnightNews_2019-06-26


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EOI to attend Workshop: UK-US Collaboration for Digital Scholarship in Cultural Institutions

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Workshop venue: Washington DC, USA
Workshop dates: 18-19 September 2019, 09:00 to 17:00
Expressions of interest deadline: 12 July 2019, 16:00

AHRC have announced a call for participants to attend a workshop on “UK-US Collaboration for Digital Scholarship in Cultural Institutions.” The workshop will take place in Washington DC, from 18-19 September and bring together leading experts from academia, museums and other cultural institutions from the UK and US in order to explore the role of digital scholarship in defining the future of cultural institutions.

The workshop will launch a new 5-year programme focused on UK-US collaboration for digital scholarship in cultural institutions for which the AHRC has received funding from the UKRI Fund for International Collaboration. It will play a key role in shaping the thematic priorities to be taken forward through the programme and embedded within future funding calls, and in building the transatlantic partnerships that will respond to the opportunities and challenges underpinning the programme.

The workshop will be delivered in partnership with EPSRC (the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) of the UK and the NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities); NSF (National Science Foundation); Smithsonian Institution and Library of Congress in the US.

Expressions of interest to participate in the workshop are invited from UK-based researchers and cultural institution stakeholders who meet AHRC’s standard eligibility requirements. Applicants should be able to demonstrate how their research interests support the vision and themes outlined in the guidance document and be able to articulate this in their expression of interest

The guidance document is available here:

https://ahrc.ukri.org/funding/apply-for-funding/current-opportunities/uk-us-collaboration-for-digital-scholarship-in-cultural-institutions-workshop-call/

 

 

 


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Final ever Wellcome ‘Small Grant in Humanities & Social Science’ closing soon

wellcometrust_logoFor anyone who has been working on a Wellcome Trust Small Grant in Humanities & Social Science please note:

Following a review, Wellcome have decided to close this scheme. The final deadline is 11 July 2019 .

All info: https://wellcome.ac.uk/funding/schemes/small-grants-humanities-and-social-science