The funders are looking for projects that address social science and/or humanities research questions through the development and innovative application of tools and methods for capturing and analysing “big data”.
Proposals must include “teams from at least three member countries, and must include partners from both sides of the Atlantic. Projects must address any research question in humanities and/or social sciences disciplines by using large-scale, digital data analysis techniques, and show how these techniques can lead to new insights. Successful applicants will receive funding from their own national funding agencies for projects that can last for up to 36 months.”
Applications should be submitted through the Digging into Data website, and you can find out more about the call there. The submission system will be available after 15th April. The deadline for proposals is 29th June 2016. Please get in touch with your Faculty Research Funding and Policy Manager at an early stage if you are interested in applying.
…at various UK locations between 2 – 18 November 2015. The events will be run by ESRC and other UK National Contacts which provide guidance on Horizon 2020. They aim to promote the new Work Programmes 2016-17 to the UK social science and humanities research community and provide information about the calls, as well as some helpful advice on applying to the European research framework.
Upcoming events 2015
The British Academy, London: 2 November
University of Nottingham: 4 November
University of Glasgow: 9 November
Swansea University: 16 November
Queen’s University Belfast: 18 November
Registration is open here, on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.
The Economic and Social Research Council are inviting applications to join their Grant Assessment Panels. Successful appointees will review funding applications from colleagues across the HE sector and make recommendations to the ESRC Committees that make final funding decisions.
Applications close end of next week, 8th May at 5pm and the application form is pretty short!
Applicants can currently apply for a grant of between £250k and £2m under this scheme all year, but from July 1st these limits will change to £350k and £1m. An annual scheme will then offer grants above £1m.
This is clearly ESRC’s response to demand management as opposed to the sanctions that NERC have implemented. We can be glad they haven’t gone down the sanctions route, but the narrowing of the scheme will cause some headaches. If you have any concerns on this feel free to have a chat with your RBS Faculty Contact, or Research Lead.
The ESRC has published the 2015-16 call for research seminars and strategic networks for groups of academic researchers, postgraduate students and non-academic users for different organisations. Seminar groups meet regularly around a theme and strategic networks, which are new to this call, will aim to generate innovative, interdisciplinary collaborations.
There are a number of thematic areas which are: Civil Society, Education and Neuroscience, Biosocial research, and Big data. Seminars are encouraged to address one of these topics and strategic networks are required to address one. Seminar series grants are funded up to £30,000 and network grants up to £100,000.
For further information, see the call specification and the FAQs. The success rate for this call was about 25% last year. The deadline is 8 April 2015.
A reminder of the call announced by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) to support China-UK International Centre Partnerships with the following aims:
Enable excellent international research collaboration between centres of excellence in the UK and China
Support the development of ambitious joint research agendas and stimulate the development of international and interdisciplinary collaborative research proposals
Promote mobility and develop capacity, thus contributing to the development of an internationally networked cohort of researchers who have the skills to work globally
Enhance pathways to international impact
Funding for this initiative is being supplied by the Newton Fund which is aimed at developing science and innovation partnerships that promote the economic development and welfare of developing countries
Further information including eligibility and how to apply can be accessed here.
Innovate UK, ESRC and NERC are set to invest up to £7.5m in collaborative R&D projects (with a proportion available for relevant feasibility studies) to develop new solutions to urban challenges through their competition ‘Solving Urban Challenges with Data’.
They will be hosting a series of events to across the UK to discuss the competition in more detail and provide an overview of the datasets available whilst giving you the opportunity to network and develop partnerships for the competition. There will also be, on a first come first serve basis, an opportunity to meet with Innovate UK and Research Councils for 1 to 1 discussions about the competition.
The events will benefit academics and researchers in the following sectors: Energy, Transport, Built Environment, Health, Water and/or Financial Services.