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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.

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Medical Humanities Awards 2020

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The Medical Humanities Awards champion the application of the arts and humanities within interdisciplinary research, and recognise education and social action informed by the arts and humanities, which transform our understanding of health and social care, health, and/or wellbeing in their social, cultural, and political contexts.

The Awards recognise and showcase the very best research, impact, and leadership from this field of study. Funders hope it will encourage further valuable work at the interface between research in the arts and humanities and new insights into health, healthcare, and wellbeing.

Applications and nominations are invited under five categories, with the winner of each category being awarded a £5,000 prize at an award ceremony to be held in July 2020:

  • Best Research
  • Best Doctoral or Early Career Research
  • Best International Research
  • Best Community Led Project
  • Leadership Award

More details on the awards and how to apply can be found in the guidance document available here:


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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.


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


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 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

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 for further information.

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Opportunity announcement – ‘Landscape decisions’ Fellowships


UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) invite proposals to this call on the Strategic Priorities Fund programme on ‘Landscape Decisions: Towards a new framework for using land assets’. This is a four-year multidisciplinary programme jointly delivered by NERC, the Arts & Humanities Research Council, the Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council, the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council and the Economic & Social Research Council on behalf of UKRI.

Fellowship proposals to this call could address a number of challenges. Examples may include, but are not limited to, the following (in no particular order):

  • How to ensure landscape decisions are climate-resilient;
  • How landscape decisions can support the UK’s 2050 net zero emissions target;
  • The role of mathematics, big data and artificial intelligence within landscape decision making;
  • How decisions on multifunctional landscapes can be taken under uncertainty to improve environmental land management;
  • The engagement of diverse social and institutional groups with landscape decision making;
  • The role of individual emotions and values, and/or finance in landscape decision making.
  • How to ensure landscape decisions take account of local/regional place-based factors including those of a socio-political and economic nature.

Three types of Fellowship are available:

  • Research Synthesis Fellowships.
  • Research Translation Fellowships.
  • Community Engagement Research Fellowships.

Funds of up to £1 million are available for this call. Fellowships can be full or part-time and applications are open to people at any career stage.

Deadline: 26 March 2020

Full details and how to apply:

Please get in touch with your relevant Research Development Manager

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Invitation: AHRC visit to ManMet for Global Challenges info session, Jan 2020

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We are pleased to invite ManMet colleagues to a half-day visit by Gary Grubb, Associate Director at the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

Gary’s remit includes interdisciplinary and cross-Council research and his current area of focus is AHRC’s ‘global activities’ including the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) which he will be concentrating on for this visit.

The event is open to all our researchers interested in UKRI’s Global Challenges work but especially those working within the AHRC’s arts and humanities remit.

Date: Friday 10th January 2020

Location:  BR 2.17,  Brooks Building


10 -11am Gary Grubb presentation on ‘AHRC’s global activities’

This will focus on AHRC’s interests and opportunities in GCRF and particularly their take on the role of arts and humanities research within the GCRF programme. Gary will also range into broader UKRI GCRF / ODA activities and talk about research policy issues in this space that cut across Councils / UKRI.

11 – 11:15 Break

11:15 – 12:15 ManMet Showcase.

4 x 15 mins presentations from our academics sharing their GCRF related research

12:15 – 1pm Q&A

A panel consisting of Gary Grubb, Professor Kate Pahl and other ManMet staff with GCRF experience (e.g. reviewers and panel members and reviewers) will discuss audience questions.

This is a two-way dialogue and an opportunity for participants give feedback and share ideas with Gary to take back to the AHRC/UKRI.

Topics could include:

– Practical issues such as equitable partnerships and ethics

– Areas of future focus

– How arts and humanities research fits within interdisciplinary work in this area

– Colleagues experiences of being involved in GCRF research



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Governance after Brexit – ESRC call for Outline proposals

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The ESRC invites outline proposals for the second phase of its Governance after Brexit programme.

Brexit affects society, politics and the economy across the UK. The UK-EU exit negotiations have challenged the UK state, devolved political systems, local government, business organisations and trade unions, civil society organisations and the wider public. The primary aim of this call is to encourage proposals which adopt a long-term perspective and/or involve fundamental research into issues of governance, and the questions, problems and opportunities which lie behind and beyond the negotiations. Proposals to this call should address the priority areas outlined in the Call Specification either individually or in combination.

Proposals should address the call’s key research challenges and opportunities in an innovative and ambitious manner. This may include conceptual and theoretical innovation as well as the development of novel research methods and approaches. Potential innovation is an assessment criteria for this call and proposals which demonstrate a clear capacity for innovation are preferred over proposals which might seek to redeploy existing work in a Brexit context.

Awards made under this phase of the programme will be expected to work closely with ESRC’s UK in a Changing Europe initiative (UKICE) to maximise the opportunities to disseminate this distinctive long-term research perspective on Brexit. Outline proposals to this call should therefore articulate clear plans for engaging with UKICE as part of their impact strategy.

Assessment process and Anonymous Case for Support

Please note that shortlisting at the Outline Stage for this call will be based entirely on the Case for Support document attached to outline proposals. This will be conducted on a double-blind basis where the identity of each party (applicants and panel members) are concealed from the other party. As a result the Case for Support for outline proposals must be sufficiently anonymised in order to avoid directly or indirectly revealing the identity of the project team to assessors. Names of individual researchers or specific research organisations should therefore not be included. References to previous work should also be conveyed in terms which do not risk identifying the applicants to assessors. Where this attachment is deemed insufficiently anonymous proposals may be considered ineligible for processing.

Shortlisted applications will subsequently be invited to submit full proposals for further assessment.


ESRC will host an online Q&A session with Professor Dan Wincott, Cardiff University (Director of Governance after Brexit). This webinar will provide prospective applicants with an opportunity to ask questions about the scope and priority areas of the call. The date/time of the webinar will be announced on this page in due course alongside information on how to join the meeting online.

How to apply

All proposals must be submitted through UKRI’s Joint Electronic Submission system (Je-S) ( Detailed information about how to apply is provided in the Je-S guidance below.

Outline proposals should be between £300,000 and £750,000 at 100 per cent Full Economic Cost (fEC) and should start from 1 November 2020 for a maximum period of 36 months. The ESRC will meet 80 per cent of the full economic costs of proposals that are funded under this call. All outline proposals for this programme must be received by 16:00 on 16 January 2020.

Commissioning timetable

  • Closing date for outline proposals – 16:00 on 16 January 2020
  • Shortlisting Panel meeting – February 2020
  • Full proposals invited – early March 2020
  • Closing date for full proposals – mid April 2020
  • Assessment period – May-June 2020
  • Commissioning Panel meeting – July 2020
  • Final decisions – August 2020
  • Grants to start – 1 November 2020

Please contact your Research Development Manager if interested.

All info and Guidance is here: