Funding Deadlines

Funding Deadlines

All funding applications must be submitted via the Department and approved in advance by the Research Support Team. If you would like to make a grant application please contact Anita Jassi. Please remember that we need at least four working weeks* to process applications. This timeframe is designed to enable us to help you put together a well-prepared, competitive application and properly costed budget, as well as meeting University requirements.

*Internal deadlines for application schemes vary depending on the sponsor and the scheme.

If members of the Department wish to be named on applications made through other departments or institutions they must discuss this with the Department first and get approval, even if you do not think there will be any costs involved (Please contact Anita Jassi).

PLEASE  NOTE: Some Department deadlines have been brought forward due to University closures and staff leave during holiday periods (for example, if you are interested in applying for any funding scheme with a January deadline you must contact the RST by the beginning of December at the latest).

Open-ended funding schemes with no application deadlines:

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ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowships

The ESRC has issued a call for its the Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme, run through Doctoral Training Partnerships and Centres for Doctoral Training.

The objective of this call is to provide support to those who are within 12 months of completing their PhD, to support them in consolidating their PhD, and preparing them for the next stage of their research careers.
Fellowships are held for one year and are due to start on 1 October 2019.

The total cost for each fellowship can include the following:
• Fellow’s salary costs
• Indirect costs
• Estate costs
• Up to £10,000 of other costs (to include costs such as mentoring costs, travel and subsistence, conference attendance, training, and fieldwork

More information about the Fellowship can be found here

Please consult Postdoctoral Fellowhips webpage before applying.

Please refer to Postdoctoral Fellowships webpage

22/03/2019

Horizon 2020: Innovation in government - building an agile and citizen-centric public sector (CSA)

Specific challenge: Given the weight and importance of the public sector in driving economic growth and competitiveness, tightening government budgets, increasing expectations of greater citizen participation in the design and delivery of public services and societal challenges that require new solutions, there is an urgent need to promote innovation and experimentation in the public sector. The purpose is to improve continuously the development of public policy, as well as the efficiency and delivery of public programs and services, and to enhance thereby the creation of public value. 

Expected Impact: The action will deliver learning programmes, (inter-governmental) collaborative projects and a growing body of practical experiences and knowledge, which will support the development of a 21st century model of innovative governance and government. The action will also contribute to embedding innovation as the new normal in government operations and to building inclusive and sustainable innovation communities in the public sector.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of EUR 1.5 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately.

Proposals shall include at least 1 legal entity established in the EU Member State or Associated Country.

For more information please visit the website

14/01/2019

14/03/2019

Horizon 2020: Democratic crisis? Resolving socio-economic and political challenges to reinvigorate democracies (CSA)

Specific challenge: Almost three decades after the End of History essay and debates democracy faces significant challenges. Political developments have been marked by the rise of political forces and discourses promoting populism and nationalism and questioning liberalism. These are often couched in a language of anti-elitism and anti-cosmopolitanism as they seek to profit from citizens’ frustration at their socio-economic situation and political shortcomings of democracies. The coordination and support action should bring together the relevant research community with representatives of civil society, as well as socio-economic and policy stakeholders (at European, national and sub-national levels).

Expected Impact: The network will take stock of research findings and promote wide trans- and interdisciplinary dialogues with a view to re-invigorating, modernising and enhancing democracies. The narratives, discourses and scientifically robust recommendations generated will enhance public policy debates and decision making on democracy. The network will equally propose new research agendas.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of EUR 1.5 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately.

Proposals shall include at least 1 legal entity established in the EU Member State or Associated Country.

For more information please visit the website

14/01/2019

14/03/2019

Horizon 2020: Reversing Inequalities (CSA)

Specific challenge: Evidence suggests that wide inequalities can be detrimental to economic growth and social cohesion. A solid evidence base is needed to design and implement policy instruments which sustainably and fairly reverse this trend. A substantial body of research on inequalities, social investment and the welfare state exists and is coming to fruition. This gives rise to a pressing need to reap, synthesise, consolidate, and enhance the impact of existing and emerging research findings and to implement recommendations. A platform needs to be established that can feed the findings into the policy process and fosters an open and pluralistic research-policy dialogue.

Expected Impact: The action will assemble and synthesise the state of the art of the knowledge base, facilitate improved data collection, will garner and formulate policy recommendations.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of EUR 1.5 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately.

Proposals shall include at least 1 legal entity established in the EU Member State or Associated Country.

For more information please visit the website

14/01/2019

14/03/2019

Horizon 2020: Past, present and future of differentiation in European governance (CSA)

Specific challenge: Recent challenges faced by the EU raise the question of whether Member States will continue on the same integrationist track. Differentiation, which has been core to the constitutional architecture of the EU, has gained prominence in the light of recent manifestations of centrifugal forces. The challenge is to ascertain whether and how much differentiation is necessary, conducive, sustainable and acceptable as well as how future approaches towards differentiation fare in the light of these findings.

Expected Impact: The actions will support policy decisions on different levels of differentiations across a comprehensive range of policy areas, thereby improving EU's capacity and resilience when it comes to constructively approaching and designing future differentiation scenarios. They will provide a comprehensive knowledge base upon which scenarios and models of future differentiation will be devised. By mobilising and linking experts and relevant stakeholders, the actions will contribute to linking research and policy in the area of differentiation.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of EUR 1.5 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately.

Proposals shall include at least 1 legal entity established in the EU Member State or Associated Country.

More information available on the website

14/01/2019

14/03/2019

Horizon 2020: Pilot on using the European cloud infrastructure for public administrations (IA)

Specific challenge: Given the complexity of our societies, public authorities need innovative means and tools that can enable them to develop better evidence-based policies. The development of such policies needs to involve local actors such as citizens and businesses, in order to better inform policy-making while ensuring higher levels of acceptance for policies and of trust in the authorities. Data analytics and usage of cloud infrastructure to gain access to shared data can help improving policy making at all levels, national but also local. Moreover, engaging citizens and local actors in the generation of data or in the analysis of 'big data' and its ethical issues can assist local governance.

Expected Impact: The action will create analytical tools that enable public administrations to reuse common infrastructures and data sets for the development of better targeted and more effective evidence-based policies. It will engage citizens and businesses in the co-creation of the tools, thereby enhancing trust and boosting the perceived legitimacy of authorities.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 3 and 4 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately.

Proposals shall include at least 3 legal entities established in 3 different EU Member States or Associated Countries.

More information available on the website

14/01/2019

14/03/2019

Horizon 2020: Drivers and contexts of violent extremism in the broader MENA region and the Balkans (RIA)

Specific challenge: Parts of the broader Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and of the Balkans have been experiencing ethnic, religious and territorial conflicts and civil wars as well as a rise in violent extremism fuelled or justified also by religious interpretations. More empirical and interdisciplinary research is needed to understand the various historical, geopolitical, socioeconomic, ideological, cultural, psychological, and demographic factors that drive these conflicts and violent extremism in these regions. The various ways in which these phenomena impact Europe also need closer scrutiny.

Expected Impact: The action will improve the knowledge base on violent extremism in the broader MENA region and the Balkans. It will ensure a step-up in mutual learning between the EU and third countries in light of common challenges.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU in the order of EUR 3 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately.

Proposals shall include at least 3 legal entities established in 3 different EU Member States or Associated Countries and at the least 1 participant from the MENA region or Balkans.

For more information please visit the website

14/01/2019

14/03/2019

Horizon 2020: New forms of delivering public goods and inclusive public services (RIA)

Specific challenge: Governance is being transformed by new approaches to delivering public services which allow for the involvement of citizens and various other actors. The challenge is to critically assess and support as needed this transformation based on an open collaboration and innovation platform supported by ICT ('government as a platform') and on an open environment and ecosystem with clear frameworks and guidelines for modular services quality ('government as a service').

Expected Impact: Solutions for opening up and connecting public administration data and services will have a measurable impact for both businesses and citizens, leading to efficiency gains. The actions will provide for all the elements required to facilitate the migration of public administrations towards forward-looking models for the co-delivery of public services.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 3 and 4 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately.

Proposals shall include a minimum of six relevant national administrations (or legal entities designated to act on their behalf) in at least six different EU Member States or Associated Countries.

For more information please visit the website

14/01/2019

14/03/2019

Horizon 2020: Enhancing social rights and EU citizenship (RIA)

Specific challenge: Boosting social rights can help address divergence in social trends among Member States and reduce the risk of socio-economic shocks. At the same time, social rights are essential for the full realisation of EU citizenship and reaching the EU's targets in reducing poverty and social exclusion. By mitigating social risks and by assisting people with transitions and vulnerabilities, social rights can boost trust to public governance. The challenge is to integrate the social dimension into European policies and to connect it with European citizenship going beyond the traditional focus on mobile citizens to look also at those who are "immobile".

Expected Impact: The action will contribute to advancing the state of the art and normative content of EU social citizenship. It will also contribute to the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights. It will put forward recommendations on the exercise of EU social rights as an integral part of EU citizenship and on upward convergence. It will also contribute to constructing narratives of European citizenship.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU in the order of EUR 3 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately.

At least 3 legal entities established in 3 Member States or Associated States are required in order to participate.

For more information please visit the website

14/01/2019

14/03/2019

Horizon 2020: Trust in governance (RIA)

Specific challenge: Trust is a fundamental condition for a fair and cooperative society. It also plays an important part in contributing to social capital. While a degree of distrust may be required for a well-functioning democracy, waning trust in governments and other institutions and in the EU can impact European governance in multiple ways. The challenge is to restore and improve trust as a basis for sustainable and legitimate governance.

Expected Impact: By enhancing the knowledge base on trust, including the factors determining changes in trust, the action will feed into various initiatives to restore and improve trust in governance and enhance the quality of democracy. It will also contribute to improving trust in science and to constructing trust-enhancing narratives for national governments and EU governance.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU in the order of EUR 3 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately.

At least 3 legal entities established in 3 Member States or Associated States are required in order to participate.

For more information please visit the website

14/01/2019

14/03/2019

Horizon 2020: Using big data approaches in research and innovation policy making (RIA)

Specific challenge: To exploit the potential of big data approaches for research and innovation policy making by providing more timely and in depth information on the performance of the research and innovation system and its links to productivity growth.

Expected Impact: The outcomes of the Research and Innovation Actions are expected to provide research and innovation policy making with more timely and diverse data on research and innovation activity, performance, output and/or impact.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU in the order of EUR 3 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately.

At least 3 legal entities established in 3 Member States or Associated States are required in order to participate.

For more information please visit the website

14/01/2019

14/03/2019

Horizon 2020: Innovative solutions for inclusive and sustainable urban environments (RIA)

Specific challenge: The increasing percentage of people living in urban areas and the impact of digital technologies on public services make good governance, inclusive policies, smart planning and social and environmental sustainability ever more important for ensuring the quality of human life. The challenge is to identify the main drivers of inequalities in different urban and peri-urban contexts and to identify best practices and initiatives, including digital solutions and alternative participatory growth models, with potential for upscaling that can promote upward social mobility, social inclusion and cohesion, resilience and sustainable development.

Expected Impact By linking research, innovation and policy, the action will support urban strategies, policies and planning practices to promote equitable, inclusive and sustainable growth, including the uptake of new, participatory and alternative growth models. It will contribute to the advancement of the EU Urban Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goal dedicated to making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU in the order of EUR 3 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately.

At least 3 legal entities established in 3 Member States or Associated States are required in order to participate.

For more information please visit the website

14/01/2019

14/03/2019

Horizon 2020: Social and economic effects of migration in Europe and integration policies (RIA)

Specific challenge: A greater understanding of the social and economic effects and impacts of migration in Europe is needed in order to obtain an objective overview of developments and to address misperceptions. In light of recent and current migratory flows, an assessment of integration policies and efforts is equally important for ensuring their effectiveness in promoting the integration and inclusion of migrants in host societies.

Expected Impact:The action will improve the knowledge base on the socio-economic effects of migration. It will provide solutions and recommendations for strengthening the effectiveness of policies targeting the integration of migrants. It will also contribute to building comprehensive strategies for integration across EU Member states, conducive to socially inclusive economic growth.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU in the order of EUR 3 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately.

At least 3 legal entities established in 3 Member States or Associated States are required in order to participate.

For more information please visit the website

14/01/2019

14/03/2019

Horizon 2020: Understanding migration mobility patterns: elaborating mid and long-term migration scenarios (RIA)

Specific challenge: Global migration is growing in scope, complexity and diversity, which requires better preparedness and responses. A deeper understanding of the drivers of migration and of their interrelation with people’s propensity to migrate is needed as well as projections and scenarios that are essential for appropriate planning and effective policymaking.

Expected impact: The action will enhance the knowledge base on migration-related flows, drivers, attitudes and behaviours in qualitative and quantitative terms. Scenarios and projections will inform evidence-based governance and regulatory frameworks at international and EU levels as well as relevant sector policies in EU Member States, e.g. social, health, education and labour market related policies and the impact on welfare policies and public social security systems. The action will also improve statistical data and methods in cooperation with national statistical institutes, relevant organisations and Eurostat.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU in the order of EUR 3 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately.

At least 3 legal entities established in 3 Member States or Associated States are required for this call.

For more information please visit the website

14/01/2019

14/03/2019

Wellcome Trust: Small Grants in Humanities and Social Science

Small Grants fund programmes of activities that enable researchers to build professional networks, develop new research agendas and increase the impact of their work.

A Small Grant is usually up to £30,000. Grants usually last for 6 to 12 months but the duration can be flexible.

Support can include research expenses for small-scale projects, conference and meeting costs. Modest personal support or salary expenses may also be requested, but must be carefully justified.

For more information please visit the website.

6 weeks before intended submission

open

Newton Fund: Reciprocal Schemes for UK Researchers

Under the Newton Fund, the British Academy's international partners in Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, Turkey, and Vietnam, have opened up further opportunities for research funding for collaborations with the UK. Many of these schemes are directly aimed at researchers based in the UK.

The timeframe varies depending on scheme and country.

Applications for these schemes are submitted directly to the country partner.

Please see the funders website for further details.

28/02/2019

31/03/2019

ESRC IAA | KE Dialogues Scheme

This scheme provides small grants (up to £2.5K) for events/meetings to bring together academics with non-academic stakeholders in meaningful and productive two-way discussions. These grants are intended as a first step in developing new collaborative relationships with non-academics that will, in turn, open up opportunities for new projects.

Examples of current ESRC funded work can be found here.

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Open Call

ESRC New Investigator Grants

New Investigator Grants form one element of our support for early career researchers and the scheme is specifically aimed at supporting those looking to make the transition to an independent researcher through managing their first major research project.

Grants ranging from £100,000 to £300,000 full Economic Cost (fEC) can be awarded.

Proposals are welcomed across the full disciplinary range of the social sciences and at the interface with the wider sciences, however the social sciences must represent at least 50 per cent of the research focus and effort.

For further information, please consult the funders website.

 

2 months prior to the applicant's preferred date for submitting their application

Open

Foreign and Commonwealth Office 2017/18

Core to the FCO’s work is preparing for and responding to new and sometimes unexpected natural and political events whether opportunity or crisis. Research findings on current and emerging trends to improve future forecasting, or metrics to evaluate the success or otherwise of interventions, would be of interest.

Visit the FCO website for further details.

6 weeks before intended submssion

Open

AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF)

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a £1.5 billion fund announced by the UK Government in 2016 to address complex global development challenges and support collaborative research that will improve the economic prosperity, welfare and quality of life of people in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMIC). Collaboration and partnership with overseas researchers, governments, NGOs and other organisations is a core part of the GCRF and to ensuring that the research supported engages fully with relevant cultural and historic contexts, knowledge bases, creativity, languages, diverse voices and beliefs in LMICs.

For details of the various calls please visit the funders website.

Minimum 6 weeks prior to the external deadline

Various

Leverhulme Trust: Research Project Grants

Outline Applications (no deadlines for outline applications but be aware there are deadlines for invited full applications so this will inform the timing of your outline application).

Please see funders website for further information.

Open

Full applications have 3 deadlines: 1st Sept, 1st Dec and 21st March.

 

Note: The ESRC has bilateral agreements with several other European research funding agencies to facilitate collaborative research. Some schemes have deadlines, others are open-ended. Please see the information about bilateral agreements on the ESRC website.

Other  sources of information about funding opportunities:

ResearchProfessional.com (searchable database)

Research Services Office website: