APEX Awards 2017

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Curve 80 by Andreas Levers CC-BY
Curve 80 by Andreas Levers CC-BY

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.



British Academy/Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowships

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Piggy bank with coins by 401k CC BY-SA 2

The British Academy has this week opened up calls for proposals to its Senior Research Fellowships scheme, which is administered by the BA and funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

British Academy/Leverhulme – Senior Research Fellowships

The purpose of these awards, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, and administered by the British Academy, is to provide a period of research leave for one year for established scholars during which they will be able to concentrate on bringing a major piece of research towards completion while their normal teaching and administrative duties are covered by a full-time replacement. The Fellowships are tenable for one year beginning in the autumn of 2017.

The awards are intended to provide opportunities for those who have already published “works of intellectual distinction” and who have been prevented from completing a major piece of research by heavy teaching and/or administrative duties. Although these are labelled “senior” fellowships, they are primarily targeted at mid-career scholars in the humanities and social sciences. No account is taken of current job title (e.g. Professor, Reader, Lecturer).

If you have already applied to the Academy’s own Mid-Career Fellowship scheme, or if you intend to submit a BA/Wolfson Research Professorship application, then you are not eligible to apply for this grant.

The deadline for applications is 16th November 2016, and these should be made through the BA’s eGap system.

Please contact your Faculty RFPM to discuss prospective applications at an early stage.


Leverhulme Seminar at Sunderland – 23rd June

leverhulme-seminarIf you’re interested in submitting a bid to the Leverhulme Trust or finding out more about the schemes on offer, then you might be interested in attending an upcoming seminar at Sunderland University. The event will take place on Thursday, 23rd June between 1pm and 3pm in Gateway Room 1 on the city campus. Jean Cater, Assistant Director of the Trust, will be on hand to explain the funding calls available and the scheme requirements.

Further details are in the poster, and to register you’ll need to email grs@sunderland.ac.uk.

You may also be aware that Gordon Marshall, Director of the Leveruhlme Trust, visited Northumbria last month and delivered a presentation about the Trust’s approach to grant making along with advice on common mistakes made by applicants. You can access the presentation here.


British Academy/Leverhulme Trust: Small Research Grants – Deadline: 11th May 2016

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Domesday Book – Public Domain

The ever-popular British Academy/Leverhulme Trust Small Research Grants scheme is now open and this round closes on 11th May 2016.

British Academy/Leverhulme Trust – Small Research Grants

Up to £10,000 is available to fund primary research in the humanities and social sciences.

Funds may be used to:

  • facilitate initial project planning and development;
  • support the direct costs of research;
  • enable the advancement of research through workshops or conferences, or visits by or to partner scholars.

If you’re interested in applying to this round, please get in touch with your Faculty Research Funding and Policy Manager as soon as possible.


British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant Scheme is now Open

Crucial information and dates for the diary if you are wanting to apply:

The deadline for applicants to this scheme is 5pm on 15th October 2014, with the approver deadline at 5pm on 16th October 2014. Please note  – the latest time at which applications will be accepted from both applicants and approvers via eGAP will now be 5pm on the relevant deadline date (rather than midnight, as was previously the case).

Below is a timetable, outlining all the dates related to the BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grant scheme competition for 2014-15:

BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grants

2014-15 Round (Round 1)

  • Application forms: available from  3 September 2014
  • Applicant deadline: 15 October 2014
  • Final Results confirmed: March 2015
  • Awards available for starting date: Not earlier than 1 April 2015 and not later than 31 August 2015

FYI: All deadlines for all other future rounds of the British Academy’s funding schemes will also now occur at 5pm on the relevant deadline date.


Leverhulme Trust to visit Northumbria

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Calendar by DafneCholet CC BY 2.0All interested Northumbria staff are welcome to attend a presentation from Jean Cater, Assistant Director of the Leverhulme Trust at 2.30 on Monday 23rd June in the Corry Room at Sport Central, Northumberland Road. It will be a great opportunity to get an overview of the work of the Trust and to ask any questions you may have about Leverhulme’s various funding programmes.

The Leverhulme Trust is a major charitable funder that supports a range of research projects. They do not fund research which is of direct relevance to clinicians, medical professionals and/or the pharmaceutical industry OR policy-driven research where the principal objective is to assemble an evidence base for immediate policy initiatives. For information on the funding streams available, please click here.

Please confirm your attendance to kerri.jude@northumbria.ac.uk as soon as possible.



Funding Opportunities Update: Deadlines Feb-June 2013

Money by Community Friend CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0Here is a selection of the funding calls and opportunities included in our regular funding update. View them all on our Funding Opportunities page.

AHRC & Others – Research Projects in Cultural Heritage

JPI Cultural Heritage invites proposals for its joint transnational call for proposals on the subject cultural heritage and global change: a new challenge for Europe.  The strategic objective is to pilot a jointly organised call, establishing common processes and assessment criteria and enable researchers in different countries to build effective collaborative networks on common transnational research topics in cultural heritage.  Proposals may address: (i) methods, tools and modelling for understanding damage and decay mechanisms on tangible heritage; (ii) materials, technologies and procedures for the conservation of tangible cultural heritage; (iii) use and re-use of buildings and landscapes, including the relationship between changes of use and public policy, including costs and added value; (iv) increasing understanding of cultural values, valuation, interpretation, ethics and identity around all forms of cultural heritage. Note: AHRC are only providing funding for topics (iii) and (iv).

Funding limit: €50,000

Deadline: 01/06/2013

Link: Funder’s website

Leverhulme Trust – Major Research Fellowships in the Humanities and Social Sciences

The Leverhulme Trust invites applications for its major research fellowships in the humanities and social sciences. These enable well-established and distinguished researchers in the disciplines of the humanities and social sciences to devote themselves to a single research project of outstanding originality and significance.

Funding limit: Fellowships fund staff replacement costs for the fellow for 2-3 years

Deadline: 09/05/2013

Link: Funder’s website

BBSRC – Industrial Partnership Awards

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council invites applications for industrial partnership awards. These are science-led, responsive mode grants where an industrial partner contributes at least 10 per cent of the full economic cost of the project.

Funding limit:£2,000,000

Deadline: 24/04/2013

Link: Funder’s website

EC – Marie Curie Career Integration Grants

The European Commission invites proposals for its Marie Curie career integration grants call. This provides support for the training and career development of researchers in Europe.  Each application should be made jointly by an researcher and a host organisation. The applicant’s host organisation should be active in research and should be located in an EU member state or associated country. Experienced researchers with a doctoral degree or at least four years’ full-time equivalent experience may apply.  Projects should last for a minimum of 4 years and can be in any discipline.

Funding limit: €100,000

Deadline: 07/03/2013

Link: Funder’s website

More of the latest calls can be found on the Funding Opportunities page.


British Academy/Leverhulme Small Grants Now Open

The British Academy has recently announced that its popular small grants scheme is open for another round:

British Academy/Leverhulme Small Grants 2012

You may recall that the Leverhulme Trust announced their support for the small grants scheme earlier this year. Small grants support humanities and social science research projects between £500 and £10,000. Funding is available for:

  • initial stage project planning and development, e.g. pilot studies
  • direct costs of research, e.g. library and archive visits or data collection
  • advancement of research through workshops and conferences
  • visits by or to partner scholars

Note that grants are not intended solely to support conference organisation, except where the conference is to disseminate research carried out as part of the grant.

If you’re interested in applying you need to act now: the deadline for applications is 30th May 2012, although there will be another call opening in September. Please contact RBS at an early stage for support with your application.


Leverhulme Trust steps in to fund British Academy Small Grants

Good news for early career humanities and social science researchers! The British Academy Small Research Grants scheme has secured funding for at least the next three years following an intervention by the Leverhulme Trust.

British Academy and Leverhulme Trust announcement

Yesterday it was announced that the Trust has stumped up £1.5M to ensure the popular funding scheme’s continuation. This will provide welcome reassurance following a rather turbulent year for the Academy and small grants in particular.

You may remember the announcement by the British Academy in January 2011 that it planned to discontinue small grants. This was in the context of research councils such as the ESRC also terminating their own small grants scheme, and announcing a concentration of cash in longer, larger awards. Things looked bleak for the future of small grants in the humanities and social sciences, until British Academy reviewed their decision in July 2011. Now this latest announcement ensures more small grants will be available in these disciplines in the future.

Both the Academy and the Leverhulme Trust are keen to point out the benefits and impact of research funded by small grants, with the example given in the press release of Academy-funded work forming the basis of a recent BBC 2 series, Mixed Britannia. Leverhulme’s intervention will likely also take some pressure off their own funding schemes and those of the ESRC and AHRC by providing an alternative route for early career researchers and those who want to run a pilot research project.