Funding Opportunities Update: Deadlines Jan-Feb 2013

We’ve added a new feature to the blog today – a funding opportunities page which will be updated regularly with the latest calls and upcoming deadlines for the months ahead. This contains information on funder, limits, deadlines, a summary of the call as well as a link to the funder’s webpage.

Every time the page is updated we’ll add a post to the blog highlighting a few of the key calls and opportunities.

ESRC – Knowledge Exchange Opportunities Scheme

The ESRC invites applications under its knowledge exchange opportunities scheme. This supports knowledge exchange activities at any stage of the research life cycle, and is aimed at maximising the impact of social science research outside academia.  The flexibility built into the scheme is intended to encourage applicants to think creatively about knowledge exchange, and applications are welcomed for either a single activity or a combination of activities; be it setting up a network to help inform the development of a research proposal, arranging an academic placement with a voluntary or business organisation, or developing tools such as podcasts and videos aimed at communicating the results of research to the general public, or developing existing research to make it more applicable to policy or practice.

Funding Limit: up to £120,000

Deadline: 07/02/2013

Link: Funder’s website…

Royal Geographical Society/EPSRC – Small Research Grants

The Royal Geographical Society invites applications for its small research grants. Grants are available to individual researchers pursuing geographical research working in a UK higher education institution and can be used for travel, maintenance, data collection and temporary research assistance. Grants available include: small research grants of up to £3,000 are available to society members and fellows; EPSRC research grants of up to £3,000 are available to fund research of relevance to the EPSRC topics.

Funding Limit: up to £3,000

Deadline: 18/01/2013

Link: Funder’s website…

NERC/ESRC/DfID – Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation Grants

The Natural Environment Research Council, in partnership with the Department for International Development and the Economic and Social Research Council, invites applications for grants from the ecosystem services for poverty alleviation programme. These grants are for empirical, inter- and multidisciplinary projects that address a range of ecosystems and associated benefits, and are linked to a multi-dimensional analysis of poverty and the ways that poor people can move out of poverty. There are three themes in this call: theme A – sustainable, ecosystem-based pathways out of poverty or routes out of poverty; theme B – ecosystem services and the urban environment; theme C – building on ESPA success.

Funding Limit: £200,000 – £500,000

Deadline: 23/01/2013

Link: Funder’s website…

European Commission – ERC Consolidator Grants

Consolidator grants aim to boost the independent careers of excellent researchers by providing adequate support at the critical stage at which they are consolidating their own independent research team or programme. Each applicant must be a legal entity established in a member state or associated country, and the principal investigator must have been awarded a PhD between seven and 12 years prior to this call. The budget for this call is €523 million, to be split thus: 44 per cent for physical sciences and engineering, 39 per cent for life sciences and 17 per cent for social sciences and humanities. Funding will cover up to 100 per cent of eligible costs.

Funding Limit: Total budget €523 million

Deadline: 21/02/2013

Link: Funder’s website…

More calls can be found on the new funding opportunities page.