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.


Funding Calendar Updated!

I’ve updated the Funding Calendar to include the latest funding opportunity deadlines. The calendar now shows opportunities in three different colours relating to different funder types:

  • EU funding in green
  • RCUK funding in blue
  • Non-profit funding in brown

As before, you can navigate the calendar by month, week, day, or alternatively you can use the agenda view. Clicking on each opportunity will bring up additional information and a link to take you directly to the funding opportunity on Research Professional.

If you’re in a research group and you would like to produce a tailored version of this calendar to show only opportunities relevant to your research area, please let me know and I’d be happy to help you do it.


Using Twitter to find research funding

Here’s a guest post from Dr Sara Walker from the School of Built & Natural Environment at Northumbria University. Sara is Director of Research in the Department of Architecture, Engineering and Construction.

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I recently dipped a toe into the strange world of Twitter. Twitter enables you to “follow” a range of people and organisations and to find out what they are up to. I am currently following Research Councils (@research_uk; @EPSRC; @ESRC), organisations that distribute research money (@the_ETI; @UKERCHQ), professional bodies (@RAEngNews; @RIBANorthEast; @IEEorg; @PhysicsNews; @CIBSE; @HEAcademy), government departments and quangos (@thecarbontrust; @ofgem; @DECCgovuk; @HEFCE), specific projects (@UKITRC) and other sources of information about research (@ResFortnight’ @timeshighered). I also follow individuals in my field of research (@jameskeirstead; @ecominimalnick; @mclott; @BH_DanP).

Sometimes it is a bit like information overload, but twitter “feeds” contain useful information on funding announcements, findings from funded research, musings on the research process, as well as some less useful stuff.

So today (5th July 2012) I learned that the Royal Academy of Engineering has some funding (up to £30k) for public engagement, for example. I find that twitter is an additional way of finding out about funding opportunities, about research being undertaken and about what matters in the profession. And by contributing your own thoughts, you can contribute to ongoing professional debate in your subject. It isn’t all teenage angst and what people had for breakfast. It can be a professional tool to enable quick communication with a range of people.

Let us know if any of you have experience of using Twitter for finding research funding, or use any other form of social networking to stay in touch with funder’s priorities – contact:




Funding Calendar Now Available

The blog now sports a lovely colour-coded calendar of forthcoming funding opportunities, courtesy of Research Professional and Google Calendar. It looks like this:

The colour key to the different types of events is as follows:

  • FP7 Funding
  • Non-FP EU Funding
  • RCUK Funding
  • Postgraduate Funding
  • Travel Funding

You can click on the individual funding opportunities to find out more information and you’ll need to click through to Research Professional to get the full details (you’ll have access to a free account if you’re a member of staff at Northumbria University). You can also choose to display the calendar in three different ways, with week, month and agenda views available.

At the moment this calendar takes an “everything and the kitchen sink” approach, with thousands of funding opportunities listed. However, if you think your School or Research Group would find it useful, please contact us and we’d be happy to produce a calendar which is more tailored to your own research area. These can be useful for planning research bids up to a year ahead.

A note on how this was done for those interested:  I created several Google calendars – one for each type of funding deadline I wanted to display. I made all of them publicly available on the web to ensure I could embed them in the blog. I then ran several searches on ResearchProfessional, and imported the resulting .ics calendar files into Google calendar. So, for example, I ran a search on EU Funding opportunities and imported the .ics file into the Google Calendar I’d created and titled “EU Funding”.

Once this is done you can click on calendar options and then calendar details within Google Calendar and customise how your calendar will appear when embedded into web pages. You can use this function to display several separate calendar files within a single calendar – this is how you get the colour-coding you can see on the calendar above. This also gives you an embedding code which you can use to put the calendar on your website.

However, because this is currently a hosted blog I couldn’t simply paste the resulting code into the page I wanted to use. hosted blogs block all but a small subset of approved html code for security reasons.  To get around this, I needed to first paste the html code generated by Google Calendar into a Text Widget in the sidebar, as per the official instructions on embedding calendars in blogs. WordPress then automatically converts this into WordPress-friendly shortcode which looks a bit like this, in [square brackets]:

googleapps domain="www" dir="calendar/embed query="title=...

I copied this, then pasted it into the page I wanted and tweaked it to display the calendar at width=800, height=600 (the shortcode defaults to 200×200 pixels, which isn’t ideal for displaying a calendar with lots of deadlines). Et voila!

UPDATE 4th Feb 2012: Since we’ve recently moved to a hosted WordPress installation, much of the above explanation is no longer relevant. However, I’ll leave it up since others may be interested in embedding a Google calendar on a site.