Newton International Fellowships: 2018 Call Now Open

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The latest call for Newton International Fellowships, released yesterday by the British Academy, Royal Society and the Academy of Medical Sciences.

https://royalsociety.org/grants-schemes-awards/grants/newton-international/

Applicants should hold a PhD (or expect to obtain one by the time funding starts) and not be UK citizens and be working outside of the UK at the time of application. In addition, applicants should have no more than 7 years of active, full-time postdoctoral experience at the time of application, discounting career breaks. Applicants should not have done their PhD at the institution they are applying to.

The opportunity covers the full range of subjects covered by the three funders, including engineering, computer science, earth and environmental sciences, pure/applied mathematics, human geography, astronomy and physics (see p2 of the scheme notes for full details).

The funding is to pay for their subsistence costs for a two-year full-time fellowship appointment (up to £24k/annum as a tax exempt stipend), up to £8k/annum for consumables, a one-off £2k relocation payment in year one, as well as a contribution to institutional overheads.

This is a highly competitive scheme, but if you know of a good quality candidate with an excellent research track record who is keen to work here, then it may be a good opportunity to apply for. The application deadline is 27th March 2018 at 3pm.

Please contact your Faculty aligned Research Funding and Policy Manager for a further discussion in the first instance.

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GCRF Networking Grants Now Available

The Academy of Medical Sciences, British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering and Royal Society have jointly launched a new call for Global Challenges Research Fund Networking Grants.

The scheme allows researchers from across disciplines and from developing countries and the UK to hold networking events, to forge new links and generate innovative transdisciplinary research ideas to address global challenges. We expect that these new networks will then be better equipped to apply for larger grants offered by the GCRF programme and other funding initiatives.

This is an excellent opportunity for those who are starting to build networks with researchers and stakeholders in DAC List countries. The awards provide up to £25,000 over one year to hold networking events, supporting these collaborations.

The deadline for applications for this round is 21st March 2018. Successful projects must start between 1st July and 30th September 2018 and last for one year. Further details are available on the call page. Please contact us at an early stage if you are interested in applying.

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Newton Fund: Call for Applications – Newton Advanced Fellowship and Newton Mobility Grant

The British Academy has released details of the following funding opportunities from the Newton Fund:

Newton Advanced Fellowship
This fellowship supports mid-career group and network leaders in partner countries to develop their research with groups and networks in the UK; by supporting the development of a research community, strengthening research excellence and links between the UK and partner country and establishing long term professional links.  The partner countries are listed below, and these countries are offering similar opportunities for UK researchers wishing to visit:
– Brazil (in partnership with CONFAP)
– Mexico (in partnership with CONACYT)
– South Africa (in partnership with the National Research Foundation)
– Turkey (in partnership with TUBITAK)
Grants for these countries are offered up to a maximum of £37,000 for two years. Applications must be submitted using the British Academy’s Grant Management System by 17.00 (UK time) on Wednesday 20 December 2017.

For further information have a look here.

Newton Mobility Fund
This fund will strengthen the research capacity and capability of the partner country by facilitating training and skills transfer from the UK, as well as supporting excellent research and links between the UK and partner country and establishing long term professional links.  The partner countries are listed below, and these countries are offering similar opportunities for UK researchers wishing to visit:
– Brazil (in partnership with CONFAP)
– Mexico (in partnership with CONACYT)
– South Africa (in partnership with the National Research Foundation)
– Turkey (in partnership with TUBITAK)
Grants for these countries are offered up to a maximum of £10,000 for one year. Applications must be submitted using the British Academy’s Grant Management System by 17.00 (UK time) on Wednesday 20 December 2017.

For further information have a look here.

 

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New Global Challenges Research Fund Opportunities

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A raft of new calls have been released in recent weeks under the UK’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) banner. You can find out more about them by following the links in the table below.

Several of the calls have restrictions on the number which can be submitted by the host institution, and these are marked with an asterisk (*). We will circulate details of any internal processes which apply via email but please contact us at an early stage if you are interested in developing an application for any of these calls.

Northumbria University has a GCRF Working Group and a network of staff with relevant research experience are available to provide guidance and support on bids to these schemes as they develop. Please visit our GCRF webpages to find out more.

Call Title Funder Closing date
Global Challenge Research Fund Foundation Awards STFC 05/09/2017
Global Challenges Research Fund Networking Grants British Academy, Academy of Medical Sciences, Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Society 06/09/2017
Engineering for Development Research Fellowships Royal Academy of Engineering 06/09/2017*
Institutional “pump-priming” awards to develop new opportunities in Global Nutrition and Health Research MRC 14/09/2017*
Institutional “pump-priming” awards to develop new opportunities in Global Mental Health Research MRC 14/09/2017*
Resilient and sustainable energy networks for developing countries EPSRC 21/09/2017 (EoI by 17/08/2017)
Interdisciplinary Research Hubs to Address Intractable Challenges Faced by Developing Countries RCUK Collective Call 29/09/2017 (Intention to Submit)*

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British Academy Moving to Flexi-Grant from August 2017

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Like the Royal Society, the British Academy is transitioning to the new Flexi-Grant system over the summer. Currently British Academy uses e-Gap2 for both application and grant management.

Flexi-Grant will go live on 1st August 2017, when all existing grants on e-Gap2 will be migrated over to the new system. It will open for new user registrations on 9th August.

The main difference between Flexi-Grant and the existing e-Gap2 system is that references and Head of Department support statements must be in place before submission, rather than afterwards.

There will be a phased approach to adopting the new system for forthcoming grant schemes which is set out in the list below:

August 2017:

Mid-Career Fellowships call opens

Postdoctoral Fellowships call opens

September 2017:

BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grants (Round 2017-18) call opens

Tackling the UK’s International Challenges (tbc)

GCRF: Sustainable Development Programme (tbc)

October 2017:

BA/Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowships call opens

British Academy Rising Star Engagement Awards call opens

April 2018:

BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grants (Round 2018) call opens

 

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British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grants – 2017 Round Open

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The ever-popular British Academy/Leverhulme Trust Small Research Grants scheme is now open for applications.

Grants are available to support primary research in the humanities and social sciences. Applications should be between £500-£10,000 over up to two years. Applications for collaborative or individual research projects are equally welcome under this scheme. Applications from international groups of scholars are also welcome, provided there is a UK-based scholar as lead applicant.

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. Applicants may seek support for any combination of eligible activity and cost up to the overall limit of £10,000. The Academy will assess applications equally on their merits, with no preference as to the mode of enquiry.

The deadline for applications is 5pm UK time on 24th May 2017. 

PLEASE NOTE: Please contact your Faculty Research Funding and Policy Manager as soon as possible if you intend to apply to check your own Faculty’s internal deadlines: as this scheme usually gives rise to a high volume of applications, there are internal processes in place to ensure any bids submitted are high quality and are supported by the relevant Faculty.

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APEX Awards 2017

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The British Academy, Royal Society, Royal Academy of Engineering and Leverhulme Trust have joined forces to offer a new award for established, independent researchers to pursue interdisciplinary, curiosity-driven research to benefit wider society. Known as the ‘APEX’ Awards (Academies Partnership in Supporting Excellence in Cross-disciplinary research awards), up to £100,000 will be available for projects of up to 24 months which spans the remit of more than one of the academies involved in the scheme.

The objectives of the APEX scheme are to:

  • support outstanding interdisciplinary research which is unlikely to be supported through conventional funding programmes
  • promote collaboration across disciplines, with a particular emphasis on the boundary between science and engineering and the social sciences and humanities
  • support researchers with an outstanding track record, in developing their research in a new direction through collaboration with partners from other disciplines
  • enable outstanding researchers to focus on advancing their innovative research through seed funding

The costs are primarily to cover teaching replacement to enable the applicant to concentrate on the research, but up to 25% can be used for associated costs related to the research (e.g. consumables, equipment, travel).

Full guidance and an FAQ can be found on the Royal Society website. The deadline for proposals is 13th January 2017 and applications must be submitted via the eGap system. Please contact your Faculty RFPM for a discussion before embarking on an application.

 

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