The LSE Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre (SEAC) invited applications for funding in aid of research on social science issues relevant to Southeast Asia, aligning with SEAC’s core research themes of urbanisation, connectivity and governance. The aim of the Fund is to fill a gap in the available support and to promote high-quality research by LSE academics on the region.
Applications for this round were for projects taking place from 1 July 2019 to 31 July 2020, for funding up to a maximum of £7,500.
- Applications are open to all LSE staff at Assistant Professor/Assistant Professorial Research Fellow level or above (Salary Band 7/SBA1 or above), whose continuous employment demonstrates a substantial long-term commitment to the School, and who would be employed by the School for the duration of the grant.
- Applicants are expected to remain employed during the project period.
- The funds must be used specifically to facilitate new or on-going research in relation to Southeast Asia. Funds will not be provided for work already done.
- Eligible expenses include: research related travel, research assistance, translation and, in exceptional circumstances, research materials (books, secondary sources and access to primary data).
- Ineligible expenses include: conference attendance, salaries, physical infrastructure, vehicle purchase, rent, permanent resources, large equipment, institutional overheads and endowments.
- An interim report detailing activities undertaken so far must be submitted by 31 January 2020. SEAC reserves the right to reduce or withdraw the award if no report is received by the deadline.
- A concise final report, including a statement of final spending, must be submitted within three months of the end of the grant period. A SEAC post-grant report template will be provided by the Centre.
- Each grant recipient is required to produce at least one Working Paper as part of forthcoming SEAC Working Paper Series, in addition to an op-ed or blog post, and to present at one public lecture/seminar hosted by SEAC.
- Successful applicants are expected to participate actively within the SEAC community, including lectures, seminars, workshops and conferences.
- Successful applicants are expected to publish academic outputs, which are to acknowledge SEAC’s assistance following the Centre’s guidance which will be included in the award confirmation letter.
Applications should comprise the applicant’s short form CV (max. 4 pages) along with the 2019 SEAC Research Fund Application Form which comprises:
Proposal (1500 words max)
- Research question, including context and aims
- Contribution to the literature and relevance to one or more of SEAC’s core research themes of urbanisation, connectivity and governance (http://www.lse.ac.uk/seac/research).
- Theoretical framework and methodology
- Outline of activities and a clear timeline
- Anticipated outputs
- Any staff costings should factor in additional costs arising from pay awards implemented by LSE and employer on-costs.
- Salary costs should be obtained from the Research Division.
- Goods and services imported from abroad are usually subject to VAT of 20%, and this should be included in the budget.
Proposals are to be submitted electronically by 30th April 2019 to the Centre Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org
Criteria applied in grant awards
Applications will be considered by a Selection Committee comprising the LSE SEAC Director, an LSE researcher external to SEAC, and a further member drawn, on a rotating basis, from the Centre's Associates. The Committee will assess proposals based on the following:
- Originality, significance, and rigour of proposed the research
- Feasibility (on-time completion and delivery of proposed outcomes)
- Value for money
Award of Funds
- Decisions will be made by mid-June with funding available for projects to start on 1st July 2019.
- Funds will only be accessible after SEAC has received the signed award letter from the successful applicant.
- LSE SEAC will host and administer all awards.
- Grants must be used solely for the purposes set out in the award letter, though an investigator may transfer a maximum of £750 between budget category headings without approval to SEAC. Requests for virement in excess of this amount should be addressed to the SEAC Centre Manager.
- SEAC requires successful applicants to comply with LSE’s Research Ethics Policy. You should consult the LSE’s guidelines and submit the Research Ethics Review checklist within 2 weeks of the award date.
- Projects are expected to be completed by the end of July 2020. Extensions may be granted with prior approval from the SEAC Centre Director.
Further information is available from the LSE SEAC Manager, Dr Lee Mager: email@example.com
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