British Academy Funding Call


Tackling the UK’s International Challenges 

The British Academy is inviting proposals from UK-based researchers in the Social Sciences and Humanities to develop projects related to the following topics:

  • Urban Futures;
  • Conflict, Stability & Security;
  • Justice, Rights & Equality;
  • Europe’s Futures;
  • Knowledge Frontiers.

This call is part of a new round of research projects under the British Academy’s ‘Tackling the UK’s International Challenges’ programme. Awards are of one-year in duration. The themes stated above correspond to the British Academy’s current international policy priorities.

Aims – The purpose of each project will be to bring new research ideas and methods to bear on existing international challenges and to deliver specific policy-relevant outputs. Projects will need to demonstrate an innovative and interdisciplinary approach yielding new conceptual understanding in the above themes. Projects at the interface of two or more of the above themes are encouraged. The research outputs should inform policymaking and/or public awareness of the above themes in the UK and internationally. For this scheme, originality can also arise in terms of looking at material (such as archival material) in new ways or bringing forth new understandings from material that had previously been unknown or less well known, or innovative combinations of researchers (and/or practitioners) in an interdisciplinary manner.

Eligibility requirements – The applicant must be based at a UK university or research institute, and be of postdoctoral or equivalent status. The applicant must either be in permanent position at the institution, or have a fixed term position for the duration of the award. Co-applicants do not need to be UK residents.

Value and Duration – The value of the award is set at a maximum of £50,000. Funding can be used to support research/clerical assistance, research expenses and consumables, travel and subsistence, and networking, meeting and conference costs. Awards are not funded on a full economic costs basis, with contributions to overheads an ineligible cost.

Application Process – Applications must be submitted online using the British Academy’s electronic Grant Application and Processing system (eGAP). Application deadline: 2 November 2016 (5pm UK Time).


About CCCU Research Development

Research Development (RD) is part of the Department of Enterprise, Employability and Research Development. RD is responsible for ensuring that Research and Enterprise is of the highest quality and meets all required internal and external standards, including managing the institutional submission to the Research Excellence Framework (REF). RD leads on development and implementation of the institutional research and enterprise integrity policies, processes and best practice. It also hosts the institutional Staff Researcher Development Programme and the Early Career Researcher Programme SPARC, and is responsible for the annual Research Internship programme. RD provides strategic and targeted support for academic staff to seek and secure funding for their research and innovation activities. This includes identification of core funding opportunities and support for proposal development, alongside strategic advice and support for faculties to develop their research portfolio and capacity.

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