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Global Challenges – British Academy

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The British Academy have announced details of a call focusing on Cities & Infrastructures, funded through the Global Challenges Research Fund, with a deadline of 14 June 2017. This call is subject to Official Development Assistance eligibility criteria (Ed – see the end of the post for more details)

The call will support interdisciplinary projects which address the challenge of creating and maintaining sustainable and resilient cities in developing countries. The call has four sub-themes (taken from British Academy website):

“a) Planning: In the context of the large, dispersed and unplanned cities of the global south, planning for resilience becomes a matter of collaborative initiative involving a host of actors and sentient infrastructures. This requires mobilising plural and interdisciplinary knowledges, both for understanding and for acting in intelligent ways. 

b) People: Human vulnerability and resilience go hand in hand. The poor are deprived in plural ways, but also forced to become resilient subjects, making use of the city and their know-how in imaginative ways.

c) Infrastructure: Cities are held together by infrastructures, which also instantiate and regulate social life in quite strong ways. In the global south the infrastructures are broken, incomplete, badly regulated, underfunded and often reliant on vernacular improvisations. Technical solutions alone will go only so far, and are expensive.

d) Habitat: The urban habitat is central to resilience, in the form of lived experience, the consequences of emissions and heating, the formation of symbolic and public culture, the consequences of urban architecture and design. This is an obvious terrain for interdisciplinary work on jointly making sense of how habitats can be managed as a silent form of ‘atmospheric’ regulation.”

Projects in the region of £300k will be supported, and the British Academy anticipate that these will last for up to 16 months with start dates in September 2017. You can access the scheme notes here.

If you are interested in applying for this call, please contact your Research Development Manager in the first instance who will be able to advise on your eligibility and the specific requirements of this call.

About ODA Eligibility Criteria

The Cities & Infrastructure Programme aims to support the “economic development and welfare of developing countries.” Only research that has a primary objective which is directly and primarily relevant to the problems of developing countries may be counted as ODA. We will require applicants to demonstrate that the proposal is ODA eligible. ODA eligibility is an essential criterion – projects will only be deemed eligible for funding if they can demonstrate that they satisfy ODA eligibility criteria. The British Academy, with the other Global Challenges Research Fund delivery partners, have provided an additional ODA guidance document for applicants.

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Sustainable Urbanisation – European Funding Opportunity

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The Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe (JPI Urban Europe) in partnership with the Belmont Forum have announced details of a new funding scheme open to a range of European and international countries. The Sustainable Urbanisation Global Initiative – Food-Water-Energy Nexus (SUGI-FWE Nexus for short) will look for multinational, interdisciplinary partnerships engaging with key stakeholders to investigate one of three areas:

  • Robust Knowledge, Indicators and  Assessments
  • Multi-level Governance and Management of the Food-Water-Energy Nexus
  • Managing Potential Strategies and Solutions to address emerging Risk and Trade-offs at the intersection of Sustainable Urbanisation and the Food-Water-Energy Nexus

The call will have two stages, with pre-proposals requested by 15 March 2017 and full proposals (by invitation) by 20 September 2017. The UK element of this call (totalling €1.7m) will be supported by Innovate UK, AHRC and ESRC and fund fundamental research, applied research and innovation and implementation activities.

You can find more information about the call here (including presentations and application forms) and the full call text here. There will also be a “matchmaking event” in Leipzig on 12 January 2017.

As ever, if you’re interested in applying do get in touch (euro_res@mmu.ac.uk).


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British Academy Sustainable Development Programme

The British Academy Sustainable Development Programme, open to UK researchers, will provide grants to interdisciplinary, policy-oriented UK research, aimed at addressing the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and advancing the UK’s Aid Strategy. The Programme will fund the evidence that will inform the policies and interventions that will improve people’s lives in fragile, conflict-affected states, or in developing countries.

Focusing on the areas of sustainable governance, sustainable growth and sustainable human development, it will:

  • fund grants that deliver research excellence with development impact, aimed at reducing poverty and advancing socio-economic development,
  • strengthen the evidence base on what works in addressing sustainable development goals,
  • provide the evidence and insights needed to enable policymakers to design and implement effective interventions in developing countries.

The Sustainable Development Programme will fund approximately 15 research projects of up to 16 months in duration, with the maximum funding for each project at £360,000.

Applicant deadline: 20 July 2016, 5pm

For more information, please visit British Academy. For support on your application, please contact Research Development.


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Pre-call announcement: Developing financial systems to support sustainable economic growth in China

ESRC  The ESRC and the National Science Foundation of China (NSFC) have announced that they will shortly be launching a call for research proposals focusing on developing financial systems to support sustainable growth in China.

That’s all we know for now so keep your eye on the ESRC website and we’ll share on the Blog when any more details come through.


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Art360 – Legacy Support for Artists

Art360 is a major action research project exploring how cultural heritage in the visual arts can be safeguarded for future generations.

Over a three year period, Art360 will support 100 modern and contemporary artists in the UK with funding of up to £6,000 each. Participants will be given a range of expert advice and technical support in developing sustainable systems to manage their archives and legacies for the future.

The deadline for applications is midday, Monday 4 April 2016.

For more information, please visit DACS Foundation or contact our Impact & Engagement Manager Jenna Ashton.


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Funding for Food and Agriculture

Check out these funding opportunities related to sustainable food systems.

NERC SARIC sandpit

This is a two-day interactive strategic workshop with the ultimate aim of funding up to six multidisciplinary research translation projects funded to a value of £200,000 each. Projects developed during the sandpit must fall within the scope of SARIC including the following two key challenges:

•resilient and robust crop and livestock production systems;

•predictive capabilities for sustainable agriculture.

The closing date for applications is 26 Feb 16.

Agropolis Foundation Thought for food initiative

This aims to advance understanding of the sustainability of food systems and explore innovative solutions, facilitate the emergence of new and high-impact research activities, and generate a leverage effect that encourages new collaboration between different types of disciplines with a specific focus on combining natural and social sciences.

The closing date for applications is 29 Feb 16.

For support during your application, please contact your relevant Research Development Manager.


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ESPA 2015 Annual Science Conference Web Stream

The science of sustainability for people and planet

ESPA’s 2015 conference will reflect on its research to date which is providing new evidence about the links between poverty and the environment and creating real development impact and on the ground solutions.

The Conference programme will consist of a mixture of both invited and selected speakers, poster presentations, and a range of more interactive sessions.

November 25, 2015 – 09:00 am till November 26, 2015 – 05:00 pm

The talks given at the conference will be web streamed live and recorded. Put this in the diary!

For more information and to access the live stream, please visit: http://bit.ly/1j50QbU