HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area) is a partnership of Research Councils across Europe, and a call for large projects focusing on ‘Uses of the Past’ is set to be launched in January 2015. At this moment in time projects are likely to be around €1.2m and involve researchers from at least 4 participating countries.
To coincide with the launch of the call HERA will be holding a ‘Matchmaking Event’ in Estonia in January to formally announce the call and give interested academics the opportunity to network and meet with project partners. Those who have a project idea and wish to go along just need to submit a short CV and project proposal by 5th November, and up to €350 can be provided for travel costs. The event itself will be held 29th January 2015 in Tallinn, Estonia.
Information on applying to attend can be found here, and more information on the funding opportunity is here.
The Arts and Humanities Research Council are offering an upcoming event for ECR’s and Peer Review College members working in Language and Linguistics subject areas. The purpose of this event is to discuss peer review and wider developments in the Languages and Linguistics subject area. It presents an opportunity for Early Career Researchers to contribute to the debate and learn more about the AHRC application and peer review processes.
Event Date: 28/11/2014
Event Location: University of Warwick
The event is open to ECRs who comply with the eligibility criteria:
ECRs must be within eight years of the award of their PhD or equivalent professional training or
Within six years of the first academic appointment
‘Engaging with Government’ is a three-day course for early career researchers who are, or have previously been, funded by the AHRC. It will be held on 24-26 Feb 2015 and is designed to provide an insight into the policy-making process, helping participants develop the skills needed to pursue the policy implications of their research. It also aims to build links between policy makers and the most dynamic new research in the arts and humanities. A call for applications is currently open with a deadline of 20 Oct. Further information is available here.
The aim of this call is to provide flexible short-term support for small-scale research and networking activities, with the objective of establishing sustainable collaborations between UK and Brazilian researchers, helping to build a community that will be better equipped to develop excellent research outcomes through this and future funding opportunities.
What will the awards fund?
The awards will be up to 12 months in duration and funded to a maximum of £50K (direct costs only at 100%) by RCUK with support for matched effort from CONFAP (Brazil). Funds can be used for travel, subsistence and other networking or collaborative activities, such as workshops, summer schools and exchanges (in either direction: from and to the UK). Funds can also be used to support direct research costs; funding for staff time will be considered in exceptional circumstances.
Who can apply?
The lead UK applicant must be a current RCUK award holder and the lead Brazil applicant must be from a state whose FAP has signed up to the Newton Fund MoU. For the UK, there are a couple of exceptions: the AHRC exceptionally allows PIs who have been in receipt of an AHRC award within the last 5 years; the ESRC allows applications from researchers not currently in receipt of RCUK funding as long as they are part of a research group or cluster, in an institution eligible for ESRC funding, with a significant portfolio of externally funded research within the broad theme of the application.
What kinds of research will be funded?
Applications across all research council areas are welcome, as long as they make a strong case for UK-Brazil cooperation, but in particular the following areas have been highlighted as particularly welcome:
The Arts and Humanities Research Council has published its Delivery Plan 2015-2016, which provides a high-level overview of their plan for the next two years. It also sets out the principles, priorities and approaches that will be used to achieve this plan. The key objectives for 2015-16 follow from the central elements set out in The Human World: AHRC Strategy 2013-18 .
2015-16 will see also the tenth anniversary of AHRC’s establishment as a research council, and a number of events will be planned to highlight the impact and reach of their work.
Alongside the individual delivery plans, a new Research Councils UK (RCUK) strategic vision will be published to set out how the Councils will work together to provide a vital contribution to economic growth and wellbeing within the UK. Once the document is published we will be sure to let you all know!
The AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Awards scheme that will be closing on 9th July. These awards encourage and develop collaboration between HEI’s and non-HEI organisations and businesses through joint supervision of a PhD student working on a project beneficial to both parties. The award funding covers full fees and stipend for the student. AHRC would also normally expect some form of contribution to come from the project partner on top of the desk-space and staff time that would normally be allocated.
For this year’s scheme there are highlight notices around ‘Design’ and ‘Connected Communities’. We would normally be allowed to submit only one application, but if spread across the highlight notice areas we could submit up to 3 or 4. CDA’s normally feature only a single studentship, but we can add more if this can be strongly justified and of benefit to the non-HEI partner. Further details below:
Anyone working in an Arts and Humanities related discipline or topic interested in applying is asked to submit a short Expression of Interest to myself via email by 9th June. This should contain details of their proposed non-HEI partner, which highlight notice it will go under, (standard, design or connected communities) and a few lines on the nature of the collaboration and benefits to the partner organisation.
From the AHRC’s May News Alert: “The AHRC’s Science in Culture theme recently hosted an event which allowed researchers to demonstrate the excitement of cutting edge research that crosses traditional disciplinary boundaries.” Researchers had 5 minutes to present their work with up to 20 powerpoint slides, each of which were shown for 15 seconds. The videos are available on Youtube.
“OAPEN-UK, an AHRC and Jisc-funded project on open access monographs, is currently running a survey to understand how researchers in the humanities and social sciences use books, and especially monographs.
The survey design has been informed by a range of funders including HEFCE and Jisc, and the findings will help build an evidence base for future policies to support monograph publishing in the UK.
No identifiable data will be made public or shared beyond the OAPEN-UK project team. All respondents to the survey can enter a prize draw to win up to £100 of Amazon vouchers.
I hope you’ll spare 10-15 minutes to participate, and to help the researchers understand what you want as both authors and readers of books.
Expressions of interest are being sought for attendance at workshops aimed at early career researchers looking to get involved with the AHRC ‘Connected Communities’ theme.
This open call invites Early Career Researchers to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to attend the Connected Communities Festival on 1st and 2nd July and a Research Development Workshop on 3rd July aimed at supporting ECR-led co-produced research projects of relevance to the Connected Communities Programme. Please note, attendees are normally expected to attend for at least three days, 1-3 July 2014, of the Festival in Cardiff.
Deadline is Friday 25th April 2014. More information can be found here