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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:

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


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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.

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:

Full call guidance here: 
Scheme notes here: Education-and-Learning-in-Crises-Scheme-Notes

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Women in Innovation: Building Success – North West

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Free Networking event
24th September 2019, 9am – 5.30pm
11 Portland Street, Manchester
Take the opportunity to network with like-minded women, learn from experts and hear from successful female business owners at this exciting event.

As part of Innovate UK’s second Women in Innovation programme, KTN will be hosting the fifth Building Success event on the 24th of September 2019 in Manchester.

Register now for the opportunity to network with like-minded women, learn from experts and hear from successful female business owners at this free to attend event.

The day will include:

  • Panel sessions from female founders and investors
  • An introduction to the KTN Innovation Canvas
  • Upcoming opportunities from Innovate UK
  • Masterclass sessions exploring grant writing, market validation and investor readiness.

You will also have the chance to learn about, and interact with, national and regional support organisations that can help take your business to the next level.

We’d encourage female founders and women working within innovation from all industries to attend.

Register your place here:

Grant Writing Masterclass
When applying for a grant it often requires a significant investment of time to put forward a compelling case. Yet grants can be a real enabler in realising your innovative ideas and supporting business growth. So, what are the key elements that make a successful grant application? How can you make your application stand out from the crowd and deliver a competitive business case? Find out during this session.

Innovation Canvas
There are many problems that need to be solved on the way to a successful commercial innovation. We need a framework that poses the questions that a company must address to manage a process that is often tortuous and unpredictable. Borrowing from the model of the Business Model Canvas, KTN has developed an ‘Innovation Canvas’, which is divided into conversation blocks focused on the major issues that must be addressed in the innovation process. Join this workshop to apply your innovation and see which areas you need to focus on.

Market Validation
Be equipped with tools and techniques to really gain understanding of your target market. Learn how to build this understanding into your proposed concept. This workshop helps develop a fundamental skill that ensures your concept is aligned with a true market need or challenge. The result? Product development has a clear route to market and the value you offer will be communicated to your customer with conviction.

Investor Readiness – what is an investor looking for?
Are you looking to secure investment to grow your business? In this workshop learn about what an investor looks for, how to find committed and interested investors and how to present your business through a memorable pitch.


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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:

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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.



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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.

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SAMS/BAM Research and Capacity Building Grant Scheme


The British Academy of Management currently have an open call for the Research and Capacity Building Grant Scheme (link).

Key Information:

The maximum value of award is £150,000.
The duration of project will be between 24 months (minimum) and 36 months (maximum).
Application deadline 30th September 2019 (17:00 BST).

Principal Investigators must be based in a UK HE institution and will normally be located in a School of Management or Business. Co-Investigators may be based in HE institutions outside the UK. The Principal Investigator and all Co-Investigators who are based in Schools of Management or Business must be BAM Members and have active BAM membership for the duration of the project.

Only one application as Principal Investigator is permitted per UK institution in each funding round.

As such, RKE are offering applicants the opportunity to submit an Expression of Interest. EOIs will be reviewed by the Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor of the Faculty of Business and Law, whereby one will be selected for further development and submission.

EOIs should be submitted to by Friday 23rd August 2019.

Expression of Interest Document – EOI_SAMSBAM

Call Guidance Document – SAMS-BAM guide for applicants Version 2 – 07.08.2019