Webinar on impact in Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 6

Net4Society, the Network of National Contact Points for Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 6 “Europe in a changing world – Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies”, has recorded a webinar on impact in Societal Challenge 6 projects, focusing on how the impact of proposals is assessed by evaluators. It is an hour long but worth a watch if you are developing an application to this Societal Challenge or have a H2020 project proposal with a significant Social Sciences and Humanities element.


RCUK Global Challenges Research Fund- what we know so far…

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a £1.5 billion fund announced by the UK Government to support cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries through:

  • challenge-led disciplinary and interdisciplinary research
  • strengthening capacity for research and innovation within both the UK and developing countries
  • providing an agile response to emergencies where there is an urgent research need.

Below are some slides summarising what we know so far…


Independent Social Research Foundation Mid-Career Fellowships- 19th February

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The Independent Social Research Foundation wishes to support independent-minded researchers to do interdisciplinary work unlikely to be funded by existing funding bodies. It is interested in original research ideas which take new approaches, and suggest new solutions to real world social problems. 

This award is intended to enable a scholar at the mid-career stage to pursue his/her research full-time, for a period of up to 12 months. The amount will be offered to buy out the costs of replacing all teaching and associated administration in the applicant’s home institution, and will be considered to a maximum of £60,000 per successful applicant. Within that sum, reasonable support for research expenses may be considered on a matched-funding basis with the host institution.

The applicant should normally hold a salaried position at an institution of higher education and research, and be 10 years or more from the year of their PhD award. However, a shorter time from PhD award may exceptionally be considered, if the candidate has other qualifications to be considered as mid-career. Deadline is 19th February.

Grant Competitions

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ADSS Research and Enterprise Drop-In Session- Thursday 26th November 12.30-1.30

We would like to extend an invite to Arts, Design and Social Sciences colleagues to come along to our next monthly drop-in session on Research and Enterprise. The session will be held 12.30-1.30 in the Design Staff Room on the 2nd floor of CCE2, room 207.

Members of staff from the Faculty Bidding Support Group and RBS will be on hand to talk with colleagues about any issues or questions relating to commercial engagement or research funding. You can discuss an idea you have, identify possible funders or partners, bring along a draft you are working on or anything in between.

Look forward to seeing you there!





Social Sciences and Humanities in the H2020 2016-17 work programmes

Net4Society, the international network of National Contact Points for Societal Challenge 6 “Europe in a changing world: inclusive, innovative and reflective societies” has published a report on the opportunities for social sciences and humanities (SSH) research across Horizon 2020. It analyses all the SSH-relevant topics that have been identified in the Horizon 2020 2016-17 Work Programmes and is a useful guide for SSH researchers looking to find an entry point into H2020 and the Societal Challenges in particular. You can download the document here.




Northumbria Disaster Resilience Research in Top 20 for Global Development Impact

Disaster Development Network UKCDSResearch on community resilience to disasters led by the Disaster Development Network at Northumbria is featured in a list of the top 20 impact case studies focusing on global development issues. The top 20 were selected by UKCDS, a group of 14 UK government departments and research funders working in international development, from around 400 case studies related to development out of the nearly 7,000 submitted to REF2014.

Northumbria’s research strengthened resilience to disasters through local community involvement and has “influenced the disaster strategies of local governments across Southern Africa and South Asia, giving community groups a central role in risk identification and management.”


Mid-Career Fellowships – Humanities and Social Sciences

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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.


A great site to recruit participants for your research!

CaptureThis morning the Research and Funding Policy Team met with Matt from ‘Call for Participants‘. This is an amazing site that puts researchers into contact with people willing and able to take part in your research. Whether you need them to answer a survey, attend a session with you or anything in between you can put your study up on the site and let your participants come to you!

It is available to staff and PGR’s and all you need is a University email address to get started- and best of all it is FREE(!)

The site is a great solution to the problems that can be encountered getting enough participants for your study, and the ones with the right profile. Feel free to take a look below, and perhaps get involved with a few studies yourself!



ESRC Future Leaders call open for applications


The Economic and Social Research Council have recently announced their call for Future Research Leaders. These look to support outstanding early-career social scientists  to acquire the skills to become the future world leaders in their field.

The call is open to high-quality candidates with a maximum of four years postdoctoral experience and the support of an eligible UK research organisation. Around 40 awards are available for up to two-years, and pro-rata for those on part-time contracts.

Applications close on 29th September 2015, if you are interested in potentially applying contact your Faculty Research and Funding Policy Manager as soon as possible.

More information available at this link.


ESRC Inviting applications to join the Grant Assessment Panels

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!

More information at the links below:

Applications are welcome from academics that can demonstrate:

  • a strong research track record in their field
  • a longstanding experience of peer review
  • a knowledge and experience of working across disciplinary boundaries
  • an appreciation of international collaborative research and agendas
  • an understanding of knowledge exchange and research impact
  • an appreciation of the value and use of different methodological approaches.

They are also particularly keen to invite applicants in the following areas:

  • Area and Development Studies
  • Demography
  • Education
  • Macro – economics
  • Human Geography
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Psychology
  • Social Anthropology
  • Sociology