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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:

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  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]

Arts Council England Research Grants Programme 05/05/2016
  These support projects that aim to better understand the impact of arts and culture and promote greater collaboration and co-operation between the arts and cultural sector, and research partners. The lead applicant must be an arts or cultural organisation based in England, with experience in delivering relevant programmes. They must apply in collaboration with an England-based partner experienced in delivering a high standard of research. Projects can claim up to £200K.   
Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowships 05/05/2016
  These aim at well-established and distinguished researchers in the humanities and social sciences to devote themselves to a single research project of outstanding originality and significance. Projects may last two or three years.   
Independent Social Research Foundation ISRF Flexible Grants for Small Groups Competition 06/05/2016
 

These support independent-minded researchers from different disciplines who wish to work together towards conceptual innovation in Political Economy, to include the social scientific study of economies across the whole range of the social sciences.

The awards are intended as enabling one or more short periods of face-to-face joint group work such as workshops, working-in-pairs, or short academic visits, for a period of up to 12 months.   

Awards must start date no later than the end of December 2017 and a maximum of £5,000 is available.

 
British Academy British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grants 11/05/2016
  These support primary research projects (individual or collaborative) in humanities and social sciences. Up to £10,000 can be claimed for over two years. Funds can be used to facilitate project development, to support the direct costs of research, to further research through workshops or conferences, or for visits to/from partner scholars.  
Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professorships 12/05/2016
  These enable distinguished academics based overseas to spend between 3-12 months at a UK university, primarily in order to enhance the skills of academic staff or the student body within the host institution.   
LSE Institute of Global Affairs Resilience Research: IGA-Rockefeller Seed Funding Call 15/05/2016
 

The Institute of Global Affairs (IGA) invites colleagues from across the LSE community to participate in the first round of calls under its ‘Research and Impact Seed Fund’. This round is supported by the Rockefeller Foundation and welcomes short descriptions of projects under the broad theme of ‘Resilience’. Submissions are encouraged within one or more of the four sub-themes agreed with the Rockefeller Foundation: financial resilience, climate resilience, resilient cities and resilience in post-conflict transitional processes.  

The first round of the call is intended to be responsive to innovative ideas and the IGA aims to provide support to as many as it can. First round funding is at least £5,000 per project (for particularly innovative project ideas the award could be up to £10,000).

Full submissions will be invited in a second round, details of which will be issued in due course. The intention is to eventually split the total amount of £2.8m across the four themes, £100k has been allocated for this first round call. 

 
NATO Advanced Research Workshops 15/05/2016
  NATO invites applications for its grants for advanced research workshops. These support advanced level discussions among experts from different countries with the aim of addressing contemporary security issues. Workshops are normally of two to five days' duration, involving between 20 and 50 participants. Grants are on average worth between €30,000 and €40,000 each.   
NERC Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) 17/05/2016
  ESRC, NERC and DFID are inviting applications to the ESPA-2016 Grants call that aims for research synthesis projects designed to significantly advance global understanding of the way that ecosystem services contribute to poverty alleviation.   
AHRC Research Networking – International Development highlight notice 31/05/2016
  The aim of this highlight notice is to encourage research networking proposals which explore the contribution that arts and humanities research can play in debates about international development and/or to the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.   
JSPS JSPS London Pre/Postdoctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers  08/06/2016
  Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) invites applications from foreign researchers for short term visits to Japan to conduct collaborative research activities with leading research groups at Japanese Universities and research institutions for visits of between 1 to 12 months. Eligible applicants need to be either within 2 years of finishing their PhD at the time of applying to start their fellowship in Japan or have obtained their PhD after 2 April 2010. Eligible research fields are not limited. Fellowships must start between 1 November 2016 and 31 March 2017.   
Gerda Henkel Foundation Research Project Grants 15/06/2016
  These aim to support projects primarily in historical humanities, in particular to support research projects in the fields of Archaeology, Art History, Historical Islamic Studies, History, History of Law, History of Science, Prehistory and Early History.   
British Council Newton Institutional Links 27/06/2016
 

Newton Institutional Links aims 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.

This programme is designed to establish links beyond the level of the individual researcher and innovation practitioner, opening up opportunities for more sustainable, solution-oriented collaborations between academic groups as well as with the private and third sector (e.g. SMEs, NGOs, technology transfer offices and other not-for-profit organisations).

Size of grant: £50,000 - £300,000.

 
British Council

Newton Researcher Links Travel Grants

27/06/2016
 

Researcher Links Travel Grants provide financial support for early-career researchers to undertake an international research placement to strengthen links for future collaboration, build research capacity in developing economies, and enhance the researcher's career opportunities.

Researchers that reside in the UK can apply for funding to visit a university or research institution in one of the partner countries, and those residing in one of the partner countries can apply for funding to come to the UK. 

Duration of visit: 1-6 months depending on the country.

 
British Council

Newton Researcher Links Workshops

27/06/2016
 

Newton Researcher Links Workshops bring together early-career researchers from the UK and a partner country to allow them to make international connections that can improve the quality of their research.

Once funded, grants are available for early-career researchers in the UK and the country hosting the workshop to attend.

 

 

 

 

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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.  
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.

 

 

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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.

 

Institute of Global Affairs

Resilience Research: IGA-Rockefeller Seed Funding Call

15/05/2016

 

The Institute of Global Affairs (IGA) invites colleagues from across the LSE community to participate in the first round of calls under its ‘Research and Impact Seed Fund’. This round is supported by the Rockefeller Foundation and welcomes short descriptions of projects under the broad theme of ‘Resilience’. Submissions are encouraged within one or more of the four sub-themes agreed with the Rockefeller Foundation: financial resilience, climate resilience, resilient cities and resilience in post-conflict transitional processes.  

The first round of the call is intended to be responsive to innovative ideas and the IGA aims to provide support to as many as it can. First round funding is at least £5,000 per project (for particularly innovative project ideas the award could be up to £10,000).

Full submissions will be invited in a second round, details of which will be issued in due course. The intention is to eventually split the total amount of £2.8m across the four themes, £100k has been allocated for this first round call. 

 

International Growth Centre (IGC)

Research Funding Programme

To Be Advised

 

The IGC invites researchers to submit proposals for research projects relevant to economic growth policies in developing countries, across their four research themes: State Effectiveness; Firm Capabilities; Energy; and Cities. The IGC commissions research through the Research Programme and the Country Programme. The Research Programme focuses on cutting-edge, policy-relevant academic research shaping effective economic growth policies in the global south. The Country Programme focuses on high-quality economic growth research addressing the policy needs of IGC’s partner countries.

 

International Inequalities Institute

 Research Innovation Fund

To Be Advised

 

Grants are available up to a maximum of
£10,000 to support the research activities of members of LSE staff based in any
department or research centre related to inequality. 

Please address any queries to the Institute manager Liza Ryan.

 

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.

 

Middle East Centre

LSE Kuwait Programme: Applied Research Funding 

To Be Advised

 

The Kuwait Programme on Development, Governance and Globalisation in the Gulf States invites applications from LSE colleagues to conduct systematic and practical enquiry into fundamental questions in the social sciences of relevance to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states. Applications should pertain to the Kuwait Programme’s research themes. Individual projects may have a total budget of up to £196,000.00 and a term of up to 24 months, provisional on satisfactory reporting to the Kuwait Programme after 12 months. For submissions and all enquiries contact Ian Sinclair.

 

Middle East Centre

Call for proposals

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.

To apply:

Proposals should be submitted electronically in Word format to Chelsea Milsom.Proposals should be submitted jointly by the LSE and the Arab university PI and Co-PIs. Please complete a proposal in Word format of no more than 4,000 words. Proposals should address the five evaluation criteria laid out in the Selection Process section in the attached document.

Stage one – expression of interest
Applicants should submit an expression of interest outlining the project in no more than 500 words. This allows the Centre to ensure proposals fit with the programme criteria and goals before full applications are made.

Dowload criteria details

For submissions and all enquiries, please contact the projects coordinator Chelsea Milsom.

 

Research Division

IAA Impact Fund

Open Call

 

The Impact Fund is supported by the School’s Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) awarded by the ESRC.

This funding provides rapid response, competitive funding for activities that accelerate impact resulting from researchers’ timely response to current debates and challenges. 

Download the full guidance, application form, KPIs and budget template.

For further information, please contact the KEI awards manager Marie Copperwaite.

 

Research Division

Research Infrastructure and Investment Fund (RIIF)

27/05/2016

 

The School policy establishes that the Research Committee RIIF Fund will be used:

1. For any of the purposes of the departmental RIIF fund, where departmental RIIF or other funding is otherwise not available (adjudged by the Research Division), including to develop large and complex research projects and proposals.

2. At the discretion of the Chair of the Research Committee, taking executive action, for any of the purposes of the Pro Director’s RIIF fund, where the Pro-Director’s RIIF fund is not otherwise available.

3. For any other research-related investments or costs.

The RIIF Funding is comprised of a number of distinct funding schemes all subject to meeting specific criteria and funds being available:

• RIIF Seed Fund: providing up to £30,000 for small projects that are likely to lead to large grant proposals to external bodies

• RIIF Open Fund: providing awards for projects that are novel and transformative and/or lead to publications in world leading or internationally recognised peer reviewed outlets

• RIIF Bridging Fund: providing up to three months’ support for bridging research staff between grants

• PDR RIIF Underwriting Fund: providing up to two years’ underwriting of research staff contracts

• RIIF Matching Fund: funding for researchers whose successful fellowship applications to external bodies need to be match-funded by the School for the duration of the fellowship due to external funder’s regulations.

First RIIF application deadline: Friday 23 October 2015.

Second RIIF application deadline: Friday 26 February 2016.

Third RIIF application deadline: Friday 27 May 2016.

To apply contact the relevant grant application manager for your department or centre.

Download guidance notes for RIIF schemes and an application form.

 

Research Division

Research Infrastructure and Investment Fund (RIIF): LSE-FAPESP Fund 

25/04/2016

 

The principal aim of the LSE-FAPESP Fund is to develop long-term collaborations with researchers inthe State of Sao Paulo (Brazil) in any area of social sciences and humanities.   

Applicants must be permanent members of LSE faculty.

Projects must be submitted in collaboration with a researcher based in a research institution in the State of Sao Paulo, Brazil eligible for FAPESP’s funding according to FAPESP SPRINT PROGRAMME’s rules.

Projects must last between 12 and 24 months. 

To apply, contact the relevant grant application manager for your department or centre.

Download guidance notes for RIIF schemes and a LSE-FAPESP application form

 

Research Division

REF Targeted Assistance Fund

Open Call

 

The REF Strategy Committee (REFSC) has a budget to support various aspects of the School’s preparations for the next REF, expected to take place in 2020 or 2021.  Part of this budget has been set aside to assist named individuals to enable them to produce 3* and 4* research outputs who would otherwise struggle to achieve this.  

Targeted assistance may take the form of: 

• support for fieldwork, travel and subsistence in order to undertake research;

• provision of research assistants including occasional research assistants;

• teaching buy-out for one or two terms (two terms being the maximum);

• sabbatical/research leave – one term maximum;

• costs of proof-reading and copy-editing manuscripts.

Applicants must be permanent members of LSE faculty.

Download the full guidance and an application form

 

Research Division

AXA Postdoctoral Fellowships 2016 

To Be Advised

 

Each year, the AXA Research Fund offers funding for twenty-five Postdoctoral Fellowships to outstanding researchers. LSE has been successful in this scheme for two consecutive years.

Institutions are awarded €130,000 for the appointment of a Postdoctoral Fellow for twenty-four months. Where there is a deficit in funding for the appointed candidate, departments are asked to use their own funds. The School may offer funding support where departmental RIIF or other funding is otherwise not available (adjudged by the Research Development Panel).


Details of the selection criteria and research areas supported are copied below, with further information in the attached modus operandi. Unlike previous years, AXA asks that candidates have a change of institution and/or country between current institution and future postdoctoral position (unless there is clear justification for remaining at the same institution).  


Proposals must contain:

  • Email/letter of support from proposed supervisor and Head of Department
  • Synopsis of the postdoctoral project: 1.5 pages max + references
  • Detailed CV: 2 pages max
  • Career statement: 1 page max, detailing link between PhD thesis and the postdoctoral project.

Download application guidelines


The School is only permitted to submit one proposal to AXA. All proposals will first be considered by the Research Development Panel, who will select one to be submitted to AXA.  
Proposals should be submitted via email to Kathryn Darling k.darling@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, which covers the countries comprising Argentina, Brazil, Belgium, Chile, China, Colombia, Germany, Mexico, Peru, Poland, Puerto Rico, Russia, Singapore, Uruguay, USA, Venezuela, Spain, Portugal and the UK.

There are a minimum of ten awards of up to £2,500 each available for the 2015/16 academic year..

Santander Travel Research Fund notes 

For further information and to request an application form, please contact Jane Ellison, Research Division, j.e.ellison@lse.ac.uk outlining purpose of travel, destination country and approximate funding required.

 

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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