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As a researcher there are many funding opportunities available to you. Once you have received approval from your head of department to proceed with your research idea, to find a grant to suit you, follow the steps below:

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  2. Browse external funding opportunities - Below we have selected and separated relevant external funding for the social sciences into upcoming calls, recurrent calls and annual calls.
  3. Browse internal funding opportunities - A number of LSE departments or divisions offer funding opportunities for research, knowledge exchange and impact, and other purposes. View LSE internal funding opportunities.

Can't find a relevant funding opportunity? Contact the Research Division on +44 (0) 20 7106 1202 or email rescon@lse.ac.uk

 

 

 

 

 

     

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Link and brief abstract

Closing date [sorted by date]

ESRC Productivity Network Plus 17/05/2017
  This encourages the exploitation and application of robust evidence within practice and policymaking to increase levels of productivity, with the ultimate aim of accelerating the sustainable and inclusive growth of the UK’s economy. In this context, ESRC would like to fund an interdisciplinary 'Network Plus' as a first step to developing the capacity needed to sustain a substantive multidisciplinary and policy-orientated research programme.   

BA/Leverhulme 

Small Research Grants

24/05/2017

 

Small Research Grants are available to support primary research in the humanities and social sciences. The maximum grant is £10,000 over two years. Applications for collaborative or individual research projects are equally welcome under this scheme. 

 

Regional Studies Association

Early Career Grants

31/05/2017

 

These are open to early-career members of the association to carry out a discrete piece of research in regional studies or regional science. Applicants must be based at an eligible HE institution and must be within 5 years of their PhD award date. Up to £10K over 18 months can be applied for. 

 

MRC/AHRC

GCRF Global Public Health: Partnership Awards

08/06/2017

 

The overarching driver of this proposed partnership building activity is to build inter-disciplinary research capacity and capability in both the UK and developing countries, jointly and collaboratively, and across career stages. The joint funders aim to generate reciprocal benefits through integrating the understanding of cultures, beliefs and histories into medical and public health challenges in a global context, and to equip the next generation of researchers to work collaboratively, blending biomedical and humanities research with potential for impact in policy and practice around the world. 

Relevant themes, but are not limited to:

  • understanding public health in relation to cultural and population change, migration / mobility, cultural diversity
  • public health in cities and the effects of urban migration
  • contextually appropriate, user-led / co- design to improve health systems or services
  • delivery of public health programmes in relation to legal frameworks; belief systems and ethical considerations
  • trust in science  and community preparedness for medical research and trials
  • Addressing health challenges in contexts of humanitarian crises, including conflict
 

British Council

Newton Institutional Links

13/06/2017

 

These aim to build UK-partner country research and innovation collaborations centred on shared research and innovation challenges which have direct relevance to social welfare and economic development. Priority areas vary by country.

Applications can be submitted for collaborations between the UK and Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Philippines and Thailand. 

 

EPSRC

Cross-Disciplinarity and Co-Creation in ICT Research call

14/06/2017

 

This call seeks to encourage active collaboration between researchers working in different disciplines and/or with users of research. Cross-disciplinary research includes novel collaboration within the ICT community, with researchers across the EPSRC portfolio and with researchers funded by other research councils. It also includes collaboration with users of research. 

 
Gerda Henkel Foundation

Research Scholarships

14/06/2017

 

These support research on the historical humanities, particularly within the fields of archaeology, art history, historical Islamic studies, history, history of law, history of science, prehistory and early history. Scholarships are worth €2,000 per month for postdocs and €2,700 per month for scholars after postdoctoral lecture qualification, and last between 1 – 24 months. 

 

British Academy

Global Challenges Research Fund: Cities and Infrastructure

14/06/2017

 

The British Academy, on behalf of all the National Academies, has launched a new, competitive research funding call, the Cities & Infrastructure Programme, as part of the Global Challenges Research Fund.

The call invites proposals from UK-based researchers across all academic disciplines within the social sciences, the humanities, engineering, medical and natural sciences, to develop and lead interdisciplinary, problem-focused research projects that address the challenge of creating and maintaining sustainable and resilient cities in developing countries, recognising the need to interweave mitigation and adaptation. The Cities & Infrastructure Programme will fund research projects geared towards producing the evidence that will inform policies and interventions aimed at improving people’s lives in fragile or conflict-affected states or in developing countries.

Up to £300,000 is available over a 16 month period, with projects expected to start in September 2017.

European University Institute

Postgraduate Research Grants on European Public Finances

16/06/2017

 

These enable researchers in the field of European public finances to undertake studies at the Historical Archives of the EU in Florence. Each applicant must be an EU national. Master’s and doctoral students, as well as postdoctoral researchers and university professors who have completed their master’s or doctoral degree within the last five years, and who currently hold an academic appointment, may apply. Two grants (€5000 each) are awarded every year. 

 

DFG and partners

Open Research Area (ORA) for the Social Sciences

05/07/2017

 

Four European funding organisations are participating in this fifth ORA call: ANR, France; DFG, Germany; NWO, Netherlands; and ESRC, UK. Proposals will be accepted for research projects in any area of the social sciences involving researchers from any combination of two or more of the participating countries. 

 
European Cooperation in Science and Technology

COST Action proposals

07/09/2017

 

This programme supports networking activities such as meetings, short-term scientific missions, training schools and dissemination activities in the areas of all science and technology including social sciences and humanities. The aim is to foster the scientific, technological, economic, cultural or societal knowledge advancement and development of Europe. Funding is worth approximately €130,000 per year per project over four years. 

 
Canon Foundation in Europe

Research Fellowships

15/09/2017

 

These enable European researchers to conduct research in Japan, and Japanese researchers to conduct research in Europe. All research fields are applicable. Fellowships are worth between €22,500 and €27,500 per year or pro rata over a period of three months to one year. Up to 15 fellowships are available. 

 
Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research

Post-PhD Grants

01/11/2017

 

These support individual research projects that demonstrate a clear link to anthropological theory and debates, and promise to make a solid contribution to advancing these ideas. Up to USD 20,000 can be applied for. 

 

 

 

berberberbe Open and various/reccurrent calls

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Link and brief abstract

Closing date

AHRC

Research Networking Scheme Open call
  To encourage and enable the discussion and development of ideas by researchers either through establishing new research networks or by running a series of workshops, seminars or similar events.  
AHRC Fellowship Scheme Open call
  AHRC is committed to fund the research time needed to undertake world-leading research with impact and to support the career development of outstanding researchers in the arts and humanities. View details of the Early Career Scheme and details of the Standard Scheme.  
AHRC Research Grants Various
  The scheme is divided into two routes: standard and early career. The standard awards are designed to enable researchers to collaborate wit, and bring benefits to, individuals and organisations through high-quality research. The early-career stream is intended to assist new researchers at the start of their careers in gaining experience of managing and leading research projects.  
AHRC/Sao Paolo Research Foundation Collaborative Research Grants Open call
  The Arts and Humanities Research Council, in partnership with the São Paulo Research Foundation, invites applications for its collaborative research grants. These enable transnational British and Brazilian teams to apply for funding for collaborative research projects. UK-based researchers must hold a doctoral degree or equivalent, be actively engaged in postdoctoral research and be employed by, or be scheduled to join, the research organisation before submitting the proposal. Brazil-based researchers must be formally associated with institutions within the São Paulo state. Projects may last for up to 60 months. Standard route grants are worth between £50,000 and £1 million and early-career grants are worth between £50,000 and £250,000 at 80% full economic cost. The São Paulo Research Foundation will provide equivalent to £1m for Brazilian researchers. The overall proposed budget should not exceed £2m.  

AHRC/NSF

AHRC/NSF Co-funding Research Projects

Open call

  The Arts and Humanities Research Council, in collaboration with the Social, Behavioural and Economic Sciences Directorate of the US National Science Foundation, invites applications for funding under their lead agency agreement. This supports interdisciplinary research of mutual interest in any area of research that falls within the funders’ remit. Projects between £50,000- £1,000,000 (depending on the applicant’s career level) will be funded according to AHRC’s funding rules. Funding for the US part of the project must comply with NSF’s normal funding rules for unsolicited proposals.   

British Academy

Funding for International Activities

Various

  Details of country-specific agreements and special programmes; international collaborative programmes; special Joint Project programmes and other relevant Academy schemes.   
British Academy/ Leverhulme Trust Small Research Grants Various
 

The scheme provides up to £10,000 to support primary research in the humanities and social sciences. Funds may be used 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. Applications for collaborative or individual projects are equally welcome under this scheme. Applications from international groups of scholars are welcome, provided there is a UK-based scholar as lead applicant.

 
Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation Various

 

Small Grants (£3k - £7) promote and support interaction between the UK and Japan. Daiwa Foundation Awards (£7 - £15k) focus on collaborative projects that enable British and Japanese partners to work together.

 

DEFRA

Research Competitions

Various

  All current DEFRA competitions, covering both calls for full proposals and expressions of interest.  

EPSRC

First Grant Scheme

Open call
 

Help for new academics applying for research funding at the start of their careers. Grants are capped up £125k for a maximum period of two years.

 
ESRC/Austrian Science Fund Collaborative Project Grants Open call
 

These are based on a bilateral agreement to facilitate collaborations between social scientists in the UK and Austria. Proposals may be submitted in any area of the social sciences within the remit of both agencies. The grants are worth a minimum of £200,000.

 

ESRC

Research Grants Scheme

Open call

 

A flexible research grants scheme offering awards ranging from £350k to £1m. The choice of topic is yours provided it falls within the ESRC's remit.

 

ESRC

Secondary Data Analysis Initiative

Open call
 

 

The Secondary Data Analysis Initiative aims to deliver high-quality high-impact research through the deeper exploitation of major data resources created by the ESRC and other agencies. Proposals are welcome at any time. Funding is provided for up to 18 months with an overall limit of £200,000 (100 per cent fEC) per grant.

 

 

ESRC

Training Bursaries for Social Scientists

Open call
 

To enable staff in the UK social science community engaged in research, teaching research methods or supervising research to update their research skills. 50 bursaries of up to £1k available.

New applications for bursaries will be accepted from 01/04/2014.

 

ESRC

Urgency Grants Mechanism

Open call
 

The fund enables the ESRC to respond to urgent or unforeseen events, where there is a strong case for immediate research.

 

European Commission

Call for Proposals - FP7 Marie Curie Actions

Various
 

The European Commission has launched a number of calls under the Marie Curie Actions as follows: Reintegration Grants (RG); Intra-European Fellowships for Career Development (IEF); International Incoming Fellowships (IIF); International Outgoing Fellowships for Career Development (IOF); Industry-Academia Partnerships (IAPP).

Further information also available from the Research Division. Please contact rescon@lse.ac.uk

 

European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST)

Research Networks

Open call

  A unique opportunity to exchange knowledge and to embark on new European perspectives. A continuous open call for proposals is used to attract the best proposals for new COST actions. The support will cover the costs of networking activities such as meetings (e.g. travel, subsistence, local organiser support), conferences, workshops, short-term scientific exchange, training schools, publications and dissemination activities. Funding for up to 4 years.  

European Research Council

ERC Advanced Investigators Grants

Various

  Up to €3.5m available for pioneering frontier research in any field of science, engineering and scholarship. Candidates must be scientifically independent and have a recent research track record and profile which identifies them as leaders in their respective field(s) of research.  

European Research Council

Proof of Concept Various
  Existing ERC grant holders can apply for this additional funding to establish the innovation potential of ideas arising from their ERC-funded frontier research projects. Funding of up to €150,000 for a 12-month project is available.  

European Science Foundation

Calendar of Events Various
 

A calendar of opportunities within the social sciences and a link to the external announcements page.

 
Global Innovation Fund

 Innovation Projects

Open call
 

Supported by the Department for International Development, the US Agency for International Development, the Omidyar Network, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency and the Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade in Australia; the GIF invites proposals for its innovation projects. Funding supports innovative, cost-effective solutions that address any major development challenge in any country or countries in the developing world. Teams from social enterprises, for-profit and non-profit organisations, government agencies, international organisations and individual researchers based in any country may apply. Teams may form consortia, however, they must appoint a lead organisation.

 

Leverhulme Trust

International Networks

Open call

  Up to £125,000 over up to three years to allow a UK-based researcher to build a new collaborative research project with overseas institutions. First-stage outline applications can be submitted at any time.A significant research theme must be identified at the outset which requires for its successful treatment international collaboration between one or more UK universities, and two or more overseas institutions (up to a maximum of seven institutions in total). Networks must be newly constituted collaborations.  

Leverhulme Trust

Research Project Grants

Various

  To provide financial support for innovative and original research projects of high quality ad potential, the choice of theme and the design of the research lying entirely with the applicant. Research Division encourages applicants to submit outline bids six months before the full bid deadline, in order to allow for Leverhulme to assess the outline bid, and for the applicant to prepare a high quality full bid, if encouraged to do so.  

London Sustainability Exchange (LSx)

Research Interests and Contact Details for the London Sustainability Exchange (LSx)

Various

 

The LSx runs an innovative action research projects with communities and businesses across London.

 

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Themed Call: Preventing the Development and Spread of Antimicrobial Resistance Various
 

The call is for research into the evaluation of public health measures, health care interventions and health services to reduce the development and spread of antimicrobial resistance and consequent morbidity.

 
Nesta Bright Ideas Research Fund Open call
  These grants aim to fund good new ideas related to innovation and innovation policy and develop research projects and policy proposals in fields that relate to innovation but where Nesta does not have big programmes already in place. Projects can involve primary research, novel argumentation, or the development of a new idea, or ideally more than one of these things. Up to £10,000 is available per proposal. Fields of particular interest include: understanding the innovative businesses that matter; what do emerging technologies mean for the economy and society; how can we get a financial system better suited to innovation; better government policy for innovation; scaling up social innovation; big and open data for social innovation; and smarter smart cities.  

Nuffield Foundation

Social Science Small Grants Scheme

Various

 

The scheme makes small grants for social science research expenses. Grants of up to £15k available for projects in line with the Foundation's areas of interest.

 

Open Society Institute

Open Society Fellowships

Open call

 

The fellowship enables innovative professionals to work on projects that inspire meaningful public debate, shape public policy, and generate intellectual ferment within the Open Society Institute.

 

United States Institute of Peace

Grants and Fellowships

 

Open call

 

Funding for research into conflict prevention, conflict management, and post-conflict peace-building in Columbia, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan and Sudan; and funding opportunities for projects relating to Iran.

 

Wellcome Trust

Small Grants

Open call

 

Up to £10K can be applied for to support small-scale research projects, scoping exercises or meetings whose subject matter falls within the remit of Wellcome’s interest in improving animal and human health.

 

Wellcome Trust

Enhancements

Open call

 

To provide additional funding during the course of a Wellcome Trust funded award, enabling the grantholder to explore new opportunities or paths of discovery as their work unfolds, or to support unanticipated costs, such as new equipment or access to technologies.

 

Wellcome Trust

Public Engagement Fund

Open call

 

The fund is open to ‘anyone with a great idea for engaging the public in conversations about health-related science and research’, and is directed towards teams rather than individuals.

You can apply for anything from £5,000 up to £3 million. There are no deadlines for application. Decisions are made on a rolling basis and will take between 10-12 weeks. 

 

Wenner Gren

Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship

Various

 

To support the writing-up of already completed research in anthropology. $40,000 is provided.

 

 

erberberberberb Annual Calls

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Link and brief abstract

Expected closing date [sorted by date]

ESRC

Transformative Research Call

January

 

To provide a stimulus for genuinely transformative research ideas at the frontiers of the social sciences, enabling research which challenges current thinking to be supported and developed.

 

ESRC

Research Seminars Competition

January

 

For UK research organisations to hold Research Seminars for groups of academic researchers, postgraduate students and non-academic users from different organisations. Seminar groups meet regularly to exchange information and ideas to advance research in their fields.

 

British Academy

Newton International Fellowships

January

 

The Newton International Fellowships aim to attract the most promising early-career post-doctoral researchers from overseas. They enable researchers to work for two years at a UK research institution. The scheme is open to post-doctoral (and equivalent) early-career researchers working outside the UK who do not hold UK citizenship.

 

ISRF

Mid-Career Research Fellowships

March

 

The Independent Social Research Foundation (ISRF) supports independent-minded researchers to do interdisciplinary work which is 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.

 

Leverhulme Trust

Early Career Fellowships

March

 

Provide career development opportunities for those who are at a relatively early stage of their academic careers, but who have a proven record of research. The expectation is that Fellows should undertake a significant piece of publishable work during their tenure, and that the Fellowships should lead to a more permanent academic position.

 

Leverhulme Trust

Major Research Fellowships

May

 

These awards enable well-established and distinguished researchers in the humanities and social sciences to devote themselves to a single research project of outstanding originality and significance, capable of completion within two or three years.

 

ESRC

Centres and Large Grants

June

 

For experienced researchers requiring longer term support for research groups, inter-institutional research networks, project-linked research programmes, other infrastructure and methodological developments, or any related larger-scale projects.

 

British Academy

Mid-Career Fellowships

September

 

Mid-Career Fellowships call announced July (estimate): aims to support outstanding individual researchers with excellent research proposals, and to promote public understanding and engagement with humanities and social sciences. It allows successful applicants to obtain time freed from normal teaching and administrative commitments.

 

ESRC

Future Research Leaders

September

 

Aims to support outstanding early career researchers to carry out excellent research and to develop all aspects of their research and knowledge exchange skills.

 

British Academy

Small Research Grants

October

 

Grants are available to support primary research in the humanities and social sciences. The maximum grant is £10,000 over two years. Applications for collaborative or individual research projects are equally welcome. Applications from international groups of scholars are welcome, provided there is a UK-based scholar as lead applicant.

 

British Academy

Post-Doctoral Fellowships

October

 

To foster research capability, promote career development and enhance skills portfolio of recently postdoctoral scholars, cultivate individual creativity, and contribute to future research base of the nation, and to provide an opportunity of supporting endangered and emerging subject areas.

 

Leverhulme Trust

Research Programme Grants

October

 

In one major departure from its policy of operating in the responsive mode, the Trust selects on an annual basis certain themes of research for which bids are invited. The grants provide funds to research teams for up to five years to enable them to explore significant thematic issues up to a scale of £1.75m.

 

British Academy

British Academy / Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowships

November

 

BA/LH Senior Research Fellowships call announced in April(estimate): this enables established scholars to have one year's research leave with funding being provided to cover the costs of replacement teaching. The time bought by the scheme should be devoted to the completion of a major piece of research.

 

 

 

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