Guide to open access monograph publishing for arts, humanities and social sciences

A guide to open access monograph publishing for arts, humanities and social science researchers has been released as part of the OAPEN-UK project. The guide aims to help researchers to understand the opportunities and challenges associated with publishing a scholarly monograph in open access. It is freely available online and free print copies are available to order:


Mid-Career Fellowships – Humanities and Social Sciences

People - David Rodriguez Martin (CC by NC-SA 2.0)
People – David Rodriguez Martin (CC by NC-SA 2.0)

Are you a mid-career researcher? Would you like to take a break from teaching and administrative commitments and focus on the completion of a major piece of research? The British Academy are awarding Mid-career Fellowships to outstanding individual researchers and outstanding communicators who will promote public engagement and understanding of the humanities and social sciences. The closing date for applications is Wednesday 16th September 2015 at 5pm.

Applicants will be asked in their proposal to set out specific plans for the dissemination of their research to a broad audience, in addition to publication in the usual academic press and journals. Awards will be judged both on the excellence of the research proposed and on the capacity of the applicant to communicate with a broad audience. Applicants are invited to indicate ways in which their proposed programme will contribute to advances in understanding, including public understanding, in their subject area and to the identification of appropriate strategic priorities in the social sciences and humanities.

More information and how to apply here.


Social Sciences and Humanities projects in FP7

Academics in the Social Sciences and Humanities might be interested to take a look at a new European Commission frontie_2_hdpublication which list all the projects funded in SSH under Framework Programme 7, the predecessor programme to Horizon 2020.  The projects are grouped into major themes such as: growth, employment and competitiveness in a knowledge society; combining economic, social and environmental objectives in a European perspective; major trends in society and their implications; Europe in the world; and the citizen in the European Union.

250 SSH projects involving nearly 3000 institutional partners were funded with a total value of 579 million euros.

The guide gives a useful overview of the kinds of transnational projects which received funding and who is involved in them. It might be useful food for thought for anyone thinking of developing an SSH-focused project in Horizon 2020.


Humanities in Horizon 2020

RCUK National Contact Points for Horizon 2020 have held a series of information days around the UK. A recent event in Swindon focused on European funding opportunities for Arts and Humanities researchers. Presentations covered some of the key Horizon 2020 opportunities:

Humanities researchers might also want to consider applying for the international funding that the AHRC offers. International Co-Is are eligible in various funding schemes including Research Grants, Research Networking, Follow-On Fund and some other thematic calls.

Getting involved in HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area) or applying to the Newton Fund are other ways of developing international research partnerships.

Following the AHRC’s international team’s blog, Research beyond borders, is a useful way of keeping an eye on funding opportunities for international research collaboration specific to UK arts and humanities researchers.



HERA ‘Uses of the Past’ UK Information Day – 4th Feb

Information Kiosk by Max Sparber CC BY-NC 2.0
Information Kiosk by Max Sparber CC BY-NC 2.0

A UK information day is taking place on 4th February 2015 at Kings College London covering the recently announced new HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area) call on Uses of the Past:

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), twenty one other European national funding organisations and the European Commission will shortly be launching a new €23 million research funding opportunity for arts and humanities researchers.

Organised by Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA) and facilitated in the UK through the AHRC, this Joint Research Programme (JRP) call is intended to enable large trans-national Collaborative Research Projects (CRPs) under the theme ‘Uses of the Past’.  

Successful proposals must be humanities led and will require the building of consortia of four or more partners based in four or more different HERA JRP countries. The total value of a collaborative research project proposal can be up to €1.2 million and 36 months duration.  

There will be two identical sessions: one in the morning (9.30am-12.00pm) and one in the afternoon (12.30pm-3pm). Places are being allocated on a first-come, first-served basis so you’ll have to be quick… You can register for a place here.


Expressions of Interest Invited for Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships

The Faculty of Arts, Design and Social Sciences at Northumbria University are inviting applicants interested in applying for a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship to submit expressions of interest.  More information can be found at the following page, and interested applicants are asked to contact the departmental lead provided by 5th February. Full details can be found here:




Social sciences and humanities still lacking in Horizon 2020

The European Commission has published some information about successes and lessons learned from the first year of Horizon 2020. This presentation can be found here.

To date, around 11% of the budget for Marie Sklowdowska Curie Actions and 17% of the European Research Council’s budget has funded social sciences and humanities (SSH) research. However, the figure was significantly less in the Societal Challenges part of the programme. The EC aimed to flag the SSH topics in the work programmes (around 37% of the topics in the calls included an SSH flag) but this has not translated into an equivalent amount of SSH inclusion in the funded projects. To address this, the EC has stated that it will be more explicit about the SSH research that it would like to see included in future research projects by being clearer in the work programmes and improving the evaluators’ briefing.

To improve the gender balance, the EC plans to increase the number of women on the evaluation panels and the number of gender issues covered in the research.

And finally,  over 34 500 proposals were submitted to the first calls, applying for eight times the available budget and resulting in only a third of proposals ranked above the funding threshold actually being funded. In response to the heavy oversubcription of the first Horizon 2020 calls, the EC will be stricter at the first stage of application so that a smaller number of proposals go through to the second stage where there will be a success rate of 25%.

These lessons learned have been discussed with the various Programme Committees and will inform the development of the 2016-17 work programmes during the first half of 2015. The work programmes will be adopted in the third quarter of 2015 and it is likely the 2016 calls will also be published then. frontie_2_hd


AHRC Visit to Nortumbria 14th Jan 2015. Talk for staff at 2pm


Just a reminder that Professor Charles Forsdick from the Arts and Humanities Research Council will be coming to see us a week today, on Wednesday 14th January.

Charles is the Leadership Fellow for AHRC on their ‘Translating Cultures’ themed area, and will be hosting a talk from 2pm in the Corry Room in Sports Central that is open to staff. Charles will talk about the translating cultures theme, other thematic research areas of AHRC and successful grant writing. There will also be short presentations from award holders at Northumbria on their own AHRC awards.

There is also an opportunity for staff to book a short one-to-one slot with Charles to discuss an idea or potential proposal in detail if desired. If you would like an opportunity to do this please get in touch with myself.

We look forward to seeing you there, and if you wish to come along please email my colleague Kerri Jude ( ) so we have an idea of numbers, and can set the room out accordingly.


Humanities in Horizon 2020 – February Information Day

The RCUK National Contact Points for Horizon 2020 will hold two events in February 2015 for those interested in exploring Horizon 2020 funding opportunities. Both events will be held at the Research Councils in Swindon. index

An event on Humanities Opportunities in Europe will be held on 18th February. This will highlight funding opportunities for Arts and Humanities Researchers, including Marie Sklowdowska-Curie Actions, the European Research Council, Research Infrastructures, the societal challenge “Europe in a Changing World“, and the cross-cutting themes of “Science with and for Society” and “Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation“.

On the same day, there will be an “Open Surgery” for 1:1 advice on Horizon 2020 with the National Contact Point where you can sign up for 20 minute appointments in advance.

We recommend you sign up quickly if you are interested as places are available on a first come first serve basis with registration closing on February 13th (unless fully booked beforehand).


Drop-In Funding Clinic for ADSS Staff- 5th November 2-3.30pm


The ADSS Faculty Bidding Support Group will be holding our third funding ‘drop-in’ session this coming Wednesday afternoon 5th November in the Lipman Cafe, 2-3.30pm.

Members of the bidding support group will be on hand to chat to ADSS staff on anything funding related. No booking is required, just pop along and have a chat!  If you have a research idea, a draft application, an application nearing completion, a niggling question or anything research funding related just come along and have a chat.

Remember, remember it’s on 5th of November!