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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British Academy/Leverhulme Small Grant Call Open

Piggy Bank with Coins by 401K 2013 CC BY-SA 2.0The popular British Academy/Leverhulme Small Grants is once again open for applications. The deadline is 16th October.

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

Collaborative or individual projects are equally welcome, and projects may involve a group of international scholars as long as the lead applicant is based in the UK. 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.

Projects should plan to start between 1st April 2014 and 31st August 2014. Applications should be made online via the British Academy eGap website. Please contact RBS at an early stage for help and support with the bid.

If you’re not able to put a bid into this round, or the start dates don’t suit your project, please note that there will be another call in March 2014 with a deadline in April 2014.

 

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British Academy/Leverhulme Small Grants Reopen

The ever-popular British Academy/Leverhulme Small Grants scheme has reopened this week, with a deadline of 7th November 2012:

British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grants

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

Collaborative or individual projects are equally welcome, and projects may involve a group of international scholars as long as the lead applicant is based in the UK. 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. Applications should be made online via the British Academy eGap website.

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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.

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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.

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