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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 two steps below:

  1. Browse Research Professional - LSE's subscription gives you access to the world's most reliable source of funding opportunities. With a large, easy-to-use database of information about latest calls, prizes and travel grants. Begin your search with Research Professional (log in with your LSE username and password if you're on campus, if off campus you will need to register your own account).
  2. Browse our hand-picked selection of funding opportunities - Below we have selected and separated relevant funding for the social sciences into upcoming calls, recurrent calls, annual calls and 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|

 

 




Funder

Link and Brief Abstract

Closing Date [sorted by date]
European Commission DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion - Social Policy Innovations Supporting Reforms in Social Services| 30/07/2014

The overall purpose of this call for proposals is to foster innovation and reforms in the social services and to develop innovative responses corresponding to national, regional and local realities in line with the social investment approach. The lead applicant must be a public authority or a public body at national, regional or local level having a role to play in policy setting or delivering social services. The proposal should include at least one co-applicant, such as research organisations or international organisations.
Society for Libyan Studies UK Grants| 31/07/2014

These support research projects that consider social and cultural interactions across North Africa. Projects should have a relation to Libya and other countries in the region including Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Niger, Mali, Chad, Sudan, Malta and Crete. Research may take place within the region or be UK-based. Applications are open to groups of researchers. Grants are worth up to £7,500.
Smith Institute Call for Proposals: Virtual Currencies - What are the "real" risks?| 20/08/2014
The SWIFT Institute invites proposals for research on the recent developments in virtual (including digital and crypto currencies) currency schemes (e.g. Bitcoin, Litecoin, PPCoin, BBQcoin, Ven, etc.). There has been a proliferation of virtual currencies following the intense interest both from the media and wider public around Bitcoin; arguably the most popular of the virtual currencies. The use of virtual currencies is, however, still in its infancy, and central banks are watching with great interest...and caution. Greater transparency and awareness is instrumental in preventing unexpected monetary, economic and financial impacts due to virtual currencies. Research proposals can be theoretical or empirical, and should seek to address some of the questions listed on the Call for Proposals. A grant of EUR 15,000 will be awarded to the author of the selected proposal.
Swift Institute Call for Proposals: The Use and Implications of Data in the Financial Industry| 20/08/2014

The SWIFT Institute invites proposals for research on the use and implications of data in the financial industry, covering legal, policy and business perspectives.The financial industry maintains significant quantities of data on its customers, counterparties, transactions, cash and security holdings, interest rates, cross-border trade flows, etc. This data can serve a number of purposes ranging from improving services to customers to identifying systemic risk within the financial system. However, data is subject to regulation (e.g. reporting, compliance, etc.), data privacy issues, cybercrime and cyber-monitoring, as well as legal subpoenas from regulators and governments. Detecting and mitigating multiple risks across multiple channels, such as distributed denial of service attacks, attempted data compromise, ‘spear-phishing’ attacks, call-centre schemes waged against employees, nation-state threats and third-party breaches, all point to the need for the financial industry to focus on stronger authentication and increased reliance on big data analytics to anticipate and mitigate fraud. Research proposals can be theoretical or empirical, and should seek to address some of the questions listed on the Call for Proposals. A grant of EUR 15,000 will be awarded to the author of the selected proposal.

Toyota Foundation Exploring New Values for Society - Joint Research Grants and Individual Grants| 05/09/2014

These support projects based on creative concepts reflecting a youthful perspective whose results can help change people’s ways of thinking and bring solutions to identified issues. All areas of research or research methods are eligible. Projects of non-profit nature will be supported. Joint Research Grants are worth up to ¥4 million per year for one to two years and Individual Grants are worth up to ¥1 million per year for one to two years.
European Commission Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (IF)| 11/09/2014

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships support researchers with a doctorate or at least four years of experience to advance in their research and to acquire or transfer knowledge, by moving within Europe or coming to Europe. All research fields may be funded.
International Visegrad Fund Standard Grants| 15/09/2014

The International Visegrad Fund is an international organisation based in Bratislava founded by the governments of the Visegrad Group (V4) countries—the Czech Republic, Hungary, the Republic of Poland, and the Slovak Republic. The Standard Grants scheme supports projects in the fields of cultural cooperation; scientific exchange and research; education; youth exchange; cross-border cooperation; and promotion of tourism. Any organisation or natural person in the world may apply, though projects must include entities from at least three, and preferably four, V4 countries. Funding will cover a maximum of 70 per cent of eligible costs. The average grant is worth between €10,000 and €15,000 for projects up to 12 months.
Wellcome Trust & Department of Health Health Innovation Challenge Fund (HICF)| 15/09/2014

The Health Innovation Challenge Fund (HICF) is a translational funding scheme to accelerate the clinical application of projects that are well advanced along the development pathway. Applications are invited from UK-based investigators from the academic, healthcare and commercial sectors in six theme areas:

• Surgical technologies

• Innovative diagnostics

• Trauma and critical care medicine

• Informatics to assist clinical decision making

• Repurposing of medicines and medical devices

• Biological therapeutics

Each £10m funding round will review and assess proposals from all themes. All applications are judged purely on merit. There are no funding quotas for individual themes.

European Commission EU Horizon 2020: Science with and for Society| 02/10/2014

Calls for proposals on integrating society in science and innovation, promoting engagement of citizens and society in co-creative research and innovation processes. Proposals may address one of these topics: (1) pan-European public outreach: exhibitions and science cafes engaging citizens in science; (2) citizens and multi-actor engagement for scenario building; (3) supporting structural change in research organisations to promote responsible research and innovation. Successful proposals are expected to be between €2m and €4m.


European Research Council Advanced Grants Scheme| 21/10/2014

This scheme supports established independent research leaders to conduct innovative, high-risk projects that open up new directions in their research fields or other areas. The scheme is open to all disciplines and the sole evaluation criterion is the excellence of the researcher and the research proposal. Funding of up to €2.5m is available for projects of up to 5 years.
USAID Concept Papers in Support of the Power Africa Initiative| 13/11/2015

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) invites concept papers in support of the Power Africa Initiative under the existing Global Development Alliance Annual Programme Statement. Funding is available for programmes that support economic growth and development in sub-Saharan Africa. Eligibility is unrestricted. Grants are worth a maximum of US$7.5 million.
 

 

 

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Funder
[listed in alphabetical order]


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.  

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.   
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  £15k to £1.5m. The choice of topic is yours provided it falls within the ESRC's remit.

 

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.


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

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.


Wenner Gren

Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship|

Various

 

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

 

 

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Funder

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|

March


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


Post-doctoral Fellowships call announced June 2014 (estimate): 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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Administering Department
[listed in alphabetical order]

Link and Brief Abstract

Closing Date

Centre for Learning Technology

CLT Learning Technology Innovation Fund|

Various Deadlines


Centre for Learning Technology (CLT) offer grants to teachers who wish to innovate in their teaching with the help of technology. 

It can be used for a variety of learning technology developments. In previous years, many LSE teachers have used CLT funding to employ a Moodle editor. We are now looking to attract academics who are interested in teaching innovations.

The call for projects is also issued 4 times per year with deadlines. Visit the CLT website for more information.|


International Growth Centre (IGC)

Central Call for Proposals|

To Be Advised


The International Growth Centre (IGC) invites researchers to submit proposals for high-calibre research projects relevant to growth policies in developing countries.  This is a comprehensive IGC call for proposals which encompasses its two central programmes: the Research and Country Programmes.

The Research Programme is primarily focused on the production of cutting-edge and policy-relevant academic research (global public goods) that go towards informing effective policymaking in developing countries. The Country Programme is focused on tailoring top-quality research with the specific policy needs of the IGC’s partner countries. While funding decisions will be made centrally, projects can be sponsored under the umbrella of either the Country or the Research Programme, or potentially jointly. The IGC runs this call on a biannual basis. The completed application form should be submitted by email only to researchprogramme@theigc.org|.


Department of Law Funding for events and research projects (Law staff only)| Open Call

Funding is available from the Law Department Research Committee for activities for which it is not appropriate to use individual research allowances, such as hospitality for speakers or visitors (other than for the LLM Specialist Seminars, for which separate funding is available), conferences, seminars or workshops. Grants of up to £5,000 are available, and applications are assessed in competition with others in the Department. You do not need to have exhausted your individual research allowance before applying.

It is assumed that applicants will investigate the possibility of external funding (for example via the Higher Education Innovation Fund, the British Academy or Research Councils) and you are accordingly asked on the form to provide information about the status of any such applications. Note that awards for the funding of events and research projects usually take the form of underwriting.

Applications for events and research projects should be made no less than one term, and no more than one year, in advance. For example, if you wish to hold an event in Lent Term 2015, you should apply no later than Michaelmas Term 2014/2015 and no earlier than Lent Term 2014.


Library

LSE Institutional Publication Fund|

Open Call


The LSE Institutional Publication Fund holds the RCUK block grant provided to help institutions meet the cost of article processing charges (APCs).  This covers peer-reviewed articles and proceedings papers arising from research funded wholly or in part by RCUK and which meet the following criteria:

1. peer-reviewed article or proceedings paper submitted from 1st April 2013

2. publication arises wholly or in part from RCUK funded research. 

3. journal complies with RCUK Policy on Open Access.

4. journal does not allow RCUK compliant Green deposit or there is a compelling case for choosing Gold Open Access. 

5. corresponding author or grant holder is a current member of LSE.

6. author or grant holder has deposited a copy of the paper in LSE Research Online.

To apply for the fund complete the form Open Access to RCUK Funded Research|.


Middle East Centre

LSE Academic Collaboration with Arab Universities.| Funded by the Emirates Foundation.

To Be Advised


The Middle East Centre invites applications from LSE colleagues for academic collaborative projects in social, political, and economic sciences between academics at LSE and Arab universities. These projects may involve collaborative research or capacity building. Projects must involve a Principal Investigator (PI) from the LSE and a Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI) from at least one Arab university. Individual projects may have a total budget of up to £120,000 and a term of between 12 and 36 months. Proposals should be accompanied by a completed budget template|. Contact Robert Lowe| for submissions and all enquiries.

 

Research Division

Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF): HEIF5 Bid Fund

To Be Advised


The HEIF5 Bid Fund is intended to support knowledge exchange projects that substantially increase the LSE's impact and profile among identified research user groups or the wider public. Projects must be clearly distinct from teaching and research activities but will apply the LSE's research to real-life situations for the benefit of wider society, and will engage with non-academic users. Successful project applications will include measures intended to achieve a demonstrable impact; promote both the LSE and individual research groups or centres to specific non-academic audiences or the wider public; and generate additional benefits for the LSE, whether through research income or other revenue, reputation enhancement or opportunities for research and project development. Contact Marie Yau| for details of upcoming calls.


Research Division

Research Committee Research Infrastructure and Investment (RIIF) Fund

Open Call


The Research Committee RIIF Fund is one of three types of Research Infrastructure and Investments Funds| established by the LSE Research Incentives Policy. Research Committee has provided for a general category, the RIIF Open Fund, as well as two specific funding initiatives, the RIIF Seed Fund and the RIIF Bridging Fund. 

RIIF Open Fund|

The RIIF Open Fund is intended to support any of the overarching purposes of the RIIF Fund not otherwise served by the Seed Fund or the Bridging Fund.  There is no established limit on the size of awards, although guidance may be given on each call on the level of funding available and the range within which the Research Committee expects to award funding.

RIIF Seed Fund|

The principal purpose of the RIIF Seed Fund is to assist individuals and groups to secure large scale funding bids. The Seed Fund operates with an indicative upper ceiling per award of £30,000. Larger awards may be made in deserving cases. There is no lower limit. The RIIF Seed Fund operates on the basis of an open call for proposals with permanent members of faculty free to submit proposals in any field or interdisciplinary initiative.

RIIF Bridging Fund|

The principal purpose of the RIIF Bridging Fund is to help Principal Investigators (PIs) to retain salaried researchers by providing funds for up to three months salary where this is needed to fill a funding gap between an existing grant and secured future funding. This will enable such researchers to continue as School employees on their open-ended contracts (subject to funding) despite the short gap in external funding. Requests to the Bridging Fund will only be considered if the researcher is on salary band 6 or above. Applications for bridging funds may be made on behalf of a named salaried researcher by the academic PI of an existing, recently completed or pending research grant,  or may be made by the salaried researcher themselves. Applicants should have already secured a new grant to start within three months of the end of the previous grant.

Completed applications for all three funds should be submitted to d.fisher@lse.ac.uk|.


Research Division

Santander Travel Research Fund|

Open Call


The fund supports visits by LSE academic staff and PhD students to universities and other organisations in the Santander Universidades Network. Current funding for academic year 2013/14 has been agreed, with a maximum of £2,500 awarded in each case.


STICERD

STICERD Grants for LSE Staff|

To Be Advised


Applications considered for grants to fund research and research-related activities from staff whose continuous employment demonstrates a substantial long-term commitment to the School. Support offered in two main categories: Small Grants and Conferences.


STICERD

STICERD Visitors' Programme|

Open Call

To enable academics, normally from abroad, to visit the School for an extended period and interact with staff and students. Funding up to £2k per month

 

Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC)

TLC Grants for LSE Staff|

Various Deadlines


LSE's Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC) administers funding for a wide range of activities: teaching and learning development projects, external training for academic staff, and away days and tailored training events for departments, institutes and research centres. 


 

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