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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!

Nuffield Foundation Banner

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

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Nuffield Health & Manchester Metropolitan Partnership Funding

Nuffield Health is the UK’s largest healthcare provider and has a formal partnership with Manchester Metropolitan. Following a successful first round of funding the joint Partnership Board now wish to commission a second round of RKE project exploring either:

  • Emotional wellbeing (any aspect).
  • Long-term health conditions (lifestyle).

All projects must meet the aims and objectives of one of Manchester Met’s RKE Centres and Nuffield Health Hallmarks:

  • Higher Quality – All proposals must lead to a higher quality service or procedure than is currently available for any given focus area.
  • Affordable – Any service or procedure developed as a consequence of research must be truly affordable to the end user outside of the research environment i.e. free at the point of delivery or no more than £1 per day.
  • Pioneering – All proposals must push boundaries and challenge the status quo.
  • Unique Position – Proposals must leverage the uniqueness of the partnership and its broader associations to deliver exceptional research.
  • Whole Systems Approach – Nuffield Health takes an holistic approach to healthcare and strongly encourage interdisciplinary proposals that cover multiple systems.

If you are interested in applying please view the attached form. Completed forms must be submitted to by no later than Monday 14th October, 5pm. Projects must not start earlier than 1st April 2020.

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NIHR RfPB Social Care Information Event

NIHR Research for Patient Benefit have launched a Research for Social Care (RfSC) funding call. For more details of the announcement please visit the call page here.

Research Design Services across England are hosting roadshows to provide information and guidance to potential applicants to RfSC. The RDS NW will be hosting one of the events on 8th October 2019 in Manchester (exact details tbc).

If you are interested in registering please visit the RDS NW registration page (here) to sign up. The event is free and refreshments will be provided. More details of the events can be found here.

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Latest Funding Opportunities from NIHR

The following new funding opportunities are now available:


Public Health Research Programme

Research for Patient Benefit Programme

NIHR Senior Investigators

Systematic Reviews Programme