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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:

  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 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

Forced Displacement call

20/07/2016

 

Part of the Global Challenges Research Fund. Up to £300,000 for between 6 to 24 months on the experiences of the forced displaced (both internationally and internally) due to poverty, war, conflict, persecution or human rights violations. 

 

ESRC

Cross-council initiative on tackling AntiMicrobial Resistance (AMR): Pump-priming grants

20/07/2016

 

Part of the Global Challenges Research Fund. This call accepts interdisciplinary research on behaviour within and beyond the healthcare setting. Pump-priming grants will fund research primarily relevant to the needs of Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs), maximum of £250,000. 

 

ESRC

Developing financial systems to support sustainable growth in China – Newton call

20/07/2016

 

This aims to deliver three-year research funding for internationally competitive and innovative collaborative projects between researchers from China and the UK. Each joint UK and Chinese project may request between £250,000 and £400,000 at 100% full economic cost from the ESRC, and up to RMB2 million from the NSFC, and the grant should have a duration of no more than three years. The ESRC has allocated up to £2 million and the NSFC has allocated RMB20 million. It is expected that six to eight proposals will be funded. 

 

British Academy

Sustainable Development Programme

20/07/2016

 

This new funding call, part of the Government's £1.5 billion Global Challenges Research Fund, is open to UK researchers and will provide grants to interdisciplinary, policy-oriented UK research, aimed at addressing the UN's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and advancing the UK's Aid Strategy. The Programme will fund the evidence that will inform the policies and interventions that will improve people's lives in fragile, conflict-affected states, or in developing countries. Approximately 15 research projects will be funded, of up to 16 months in duration, with the maximum funding for each project at £360,000. 

 
Health Foundation

Efficiency Programme

28/07/2016
 

This scheme aims to support innovative research ideas into system efficiency and sustainability in health and social care. Up to £500k over 5 years can be claimed. 

 

British Council

Cultural Protection Fund

01/08/2016

 

The Cultural Protection Fund is now open for its initial round of grant funding. Applications are invited for both Small Grants (less than £100k) and Large Grants (over £100k).

The Fund is designed with applications from UK organisations in mind, but any organisation is eligible to apply. Organisations must be working with local partner organisations in one or more of the Fund’s current target countries within the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, specifically: Afghanistan, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Iraq, Palestinian Territories, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey and Yemen.

The initial round of funding is for applicants with existing partners in target countries only. Applicants will need to complete a two-stage application process, initially completing an Expression of Interest Form in order to confirm eligibility, before being invited to complete an Application Form. Deadline for Expression of Interest: Monday 1 August 2016. Deadline for Full Application: Wednesday 31 August 2016.

 

ESRC

Strategic Networks call

02/08/2016

 

Part of the Global Challenges Research Fund. To fund 20 to 25 networks up to £150,000 over a period of 12 to 18 months around ESRC’s 5 priority areas. 

 

ESRC

UK in a Changing Europe: commissioning fund

04/08/2016

 

The commissioning fund was created to ensure that funding is available for applicants interested in pursuing dissemination and impact focused activities related to the overall aims of the UK in a Changing Europe initiative. Individual awards up to a maximum of £9,999 will be made from the fund.

 
Leverhulme Trust

Artist in Residence

18/08/2016
 

These awards support the residency of an individual artist in a UK university or museum in order to foster a creative collaboration between the artist and the staff and/or students of that institution. The term ‘artist’ encompasses visual artists, creative writers, musicians, poets and other producers of original creative work. 

 

ESRC

Centres Competition: Foundations of Inclusive Growth

06/09/2016

 

Part of the Global Challenges Research Fund. Up to £5 million funding for a research centre based around ESRC’s 5 priority areas.

 

ESRC

Cross-council initiative on tackling AntiMicrobial Resistance (AMR): Large scale grants

08/09/2016

 

Part of the Global Challenges Research Fund. This call accepts interdisciplinary research on behaviour within and beyond the healthcare setting. Maximum of £2 million for up to 48 months. These grants will be open to proposals focusing on the UK or global settings. 

 

ESRC

Understanding the Macroeconomy Network Plus

20/09/2016

 

ESRC invites applications for an interdisciplinary ‘Network Plus’ to develop the capacity needed to sustain a substantive policy-oriented research programme focused on the macroeconomy. Proposals are invited to lead, develop and administer a single Network Plus, with funding available of up to £4.6 million (100 per cent fEC) over 48 months.

The Network will promote methodological innovation, explore the potential offered by new data sources and associated new research methodologies, and develop and initiate a series of small-scale pilot studies aimed at testing the ground and demonstrating the value of a potential larger-scale research initiative in this area.

 

ESRC

Large Grants Competition

13/10/2016

 

ESRC is inviting applications of between £1 million and £2.5 million at 100% fEC for an open Large Grants competition. Between three to four new Large Grants are expected to be funded under this competition. 

 

ESRC/NSPCC

Pre-call announcement: children's mental health

To be announced end July 2016

 

The NSPCC and ESRC will put out a call at the end of July 2016 for proposals that contribute to their joint interests in mental health and the NSPCC’s new research programme: Helping Children Get Back on Track. They expect to fund research that commences before end March 2017 and runs for up to five years. The funding for this open research call currently stands at £1.4 million and they anticipate funding three to five proposals.

The aim of this research programme is to increase the evidence base about what kinds of therapeutic or social intervention can help children with experience of abuse.

To register to receive more information about the proposal, contact wendy.matcham@esrc.ac.uk or researchadvice@nspcc.org.uk.

 

 

 

 

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

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.

 

Wenner Gren

Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship

Various

 

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

 

 

erberberberberb Annual Calls

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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