Horizon 2020 Information Days – Registration now open

 

 

ESRC have arranged a series of Information Days discussing Societal Challenge Six and Embedding SSH, but also wider research funding available in the 2018-20 H2020 Work Programme.

On 22 November, Newcastle University are hosting the regional Information Day – for further information and to book your place (first come first served) click here. The events are free but you must register to secure your place. Registration is open until 3 November.

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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 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.

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Trans-Atlantic “Digging into Data” funding available

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Digging a hole by Adam Bindslev CC BY-NC
Digging a hole by Adam Bindslev CC BY-NC

The AHRC have recently announced the launch of the fourth “Digging into Data” challenge, funded by a consortium of funders known as the Trans-Atlantic Platform (including AHRC and ESRC in the UK):

Trans-Atlantic Platform: Digging into Data

What’s it about?

The funders are looking for projects that address social science and/or humanities research questions through the development and innovative application of tools and methods for capturing and analysing “big data”.

Who can be involved?

This time the challenge has been expanded to incorporate new funders in new countries: ESRC and AHRC will fund UK partners, but it will also be possible to work with partners in Canada, Mexico, USA, Argentina, Brazil and a number of European countries (Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Portugal). For the full list of countries and funders, see: http://www.transatlanticplatform.com/2016/02/29/trans-atlantic-platform-announces-the-2016-t-ap-digging-into-data-challenge/

Proposals must include “teams from at least three member countries, and must include partners from both sides of the Atlantic. Projects must address any research question in humanities and/or social sciences disciplines by using large-scale, digital data analysis techniques, and show how these techniques can lead to new insights. Successful applicants will receive funding from their own national funding agencies for projects that can last for up to 36 months.”

Anything else?

Applications should be submitted through the Digging into Data website, and you can find out more about the call there. The submission system will be available after 15th April. The deadline for proposals is 29th June 2016. Please get in touch with your Faculty Research Funding and Policy Manager at an early stage if you are interested in applying.

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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: http://oapen-uk.jiscebooks.org/oaguide/.

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British Academy highlights the need for variety of Open Access

British Academy highlights the need for variety of Open Access: “This includes consideration of the types of open access licences that should be permitted, the submission says. It believes the Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivations (CC-BY-NC-ND) licence will usually be more appropriate for humanities and social science publications because this offers more safeguards against the misuse of work.”

More information here (via Research Professional).

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ESRC Transformative Research Call For Proposals

Blue Tiger butterfly emerging by Jan Smith CC BYESRC has recently launched the second round of the Transformative Research Call, which was piloted in 2012/13.  This call aims to support genuinely transformative research ideas at the frontiers of the social sciences. Grants can be for up to £250K for research which involves pioneering theoretical and methodological innovation and novel or risky developments of social science.

Full details can be found on the ESRC website:

http://www.esrc.ac.uk/funding-and-guidance/funding-opportunities/28599/transformative-research-call-2013-201415-january.aspx

Deadline for applications: 15th January 2014. However, please be aware that applications are capped at a maximum of 1 per HEI.  Northumbria is currently running an internal selection process for this scheme. If you are interested in submitting a proposal to this call, please submit an expression of interest to Jessica Scott, Pre-Award Manager in RBS, by no later than Friday 29th November.

Expressions of interest should be brief (no longer than 2 sides of A4) and should include the following information:

  • Name of PI and any other co-applicants who will be contributing to the proposal;
  • Proposed title of the project;
  • Transformative idea (why is it transformative/how does it fit with the ESRC priority areas) – proposed research questions;
  • Transformative approach/methodology
  • Deliverables and potential impact

We not looking for polished proposals at this stage. What’s important is to give a clear sense of why the proposed project is transformative. Proposals will be assessed internally by experienced peer reviewers.

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