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Funding Call: The Humanities and Social Sciences Tackling the UK’s International Challenges – British Academy. Deadline: Wednesday 11 October 2017

The British Academy is inviting proposals from UK-based researchers in the humanities and social sciences to develop interdisciplinary projects which bear on our understanding of the UK’s international challenges and opportunities (past, present and future).

Proposals which relate to the themes of Conflict, Stability & Security; Europe’s Futures; Justice, Rights & Equality; and Urban Futures are particularly welcome.

The purpose of each research project will be to enhance public, cultural and/or policy understanding of international challenges (past, present and future) through the expertise of the humanities and social sciences; develop the awareness required to address matters of international concern; engender new or deepen existing international interdisciplinary research collaborations in the humanities and social sciences in order to yield new understanding for culture, policy and/or research agendas; and further cross-learning between disciplines and/or between academic, policy, cultural, practitioner and public communities on issues that are topical, under-explored or necessitate reframing.

Eligibility requirements
The lead applicant must be based at a UK university or research institute, and be of postdoctoral or above status (or have equivalent research experience). International co-applicants are strongly encouraged.

Value and Duration
Awards are of one-year in duration and are available for up to £50,000. Funding can be used to support research and/or clerical assistance; research expenses and consumables; travel and subsistence; and networking, meeting and conference costs. Awards are not funded on a full economic costs basis, with contributions to overheads an ineligible cost.

Application Process
Applications must be submitted online using the British Academy’s Grant Management System, Flexi-Grant®.

Application deadline: Wednesday 11 October 2017 (17.00 UK Time).

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AHRC £80 million Creative Industries Clusters Programme launched

Industry and university partnerships to power a creative revolution
The UK has one of the largest and most successful creative industries sectors in the world; spanning  media and advertising, design, arts, gaming and beyond. It is also one of the UK’s most dynamic sectors, growing at almost twice the rate of the wider economy, estimated to be worth around £90 billion a year and  provides one in every 11 UK jobs. British musicians, artists, TV programmes, fashion brands, video games and films are household names in many nations around the world, and are essential to the UK’s future prosperity. The sector is not static however, so investment in early stage R&D focused on products, services and content is needed to ensure the creative industries can continue to flourish.

The Arts and Humanities Research Council- led Creative Industries Clusters Programme will enable new research and development (R&D) relationships between the UK’s internationally renowned creative industries and its higher education sector.

The AHRC Creative Industries Clusters Programme is an £80 million-plus research and development investment to establish eight Research & Development Partnerships in existing creative clusters across the UK, along with a Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre to provide insight and independent analysis on the creative industries that will be of national and international significance. Working together, and alongside other key sector stakeholders, these investments will provide a greatly strengthened research foundation supporting the creative industries’ vital role in the future growth of the nation’s economy.

Professor Andrew Thompson, Chief Executive of Arts and Humanities Research Council said,

“It will be a once-in-a-generation opportunity for those universities that are involved: this is a chance for them to show how they can play an essential role in the creative economy.  They will be able to build on their creative industry networks – locally, nationally and internationally – at a scale not previously seen.”

Learn More

Enquiries regarding this pre-call should be directed to the AHRC Creative Clusters team:


Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation’s funding programmes

 The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation is a UK charity, established in 1988 with a generous benefaction from Daiwa Securities Co Ltd. The Foundation’s purpose is to support closer links between Britain and Japan. It does this by making grants available to individuals, institutions and organisations to promote links between the UK and Japan across all fields of activity, awarding scholarships to young British graduates to study Japan and its language, organising a year-round programme of events to increase understanding of Japan in the UK.


The Foundation awards grants to individuals and institutions in the UK and Japan in all areas of the visual and performing arts, the humanities, the social sciences, science and engineering, mathematics, business studies, and education, including schools and universities, and grass roots and professional groups. To find out the type of projects that the Foundation has supported recently, please visit For general information on our grants programmes please visit

Applications are invited under the following funding programmes in 2017:

Grants of £2,000-£7,000 are available to individuals, societies, associations or other bodies in the UK or Japan to promote and support interaction between the two countries. Daiwa Foundation Small Grants can cover all fields of activity, including educational and grassroots exchanges, research travel, the organisation of conferences, exhibitions, and other projects and events that fulfil this broad objective. New initiatives are especially encouraged.

Awards of £7,000-£15,000 are available for collaborative projects that enable British and Japanese partners to work together in the context of an institutional relationship. Daiwa Foundation Awards can cover projects in academic, professional, arts, cultural and educational fields.


Daiwa Scholarships offer young and talented UK citizens with strong leadership potential the opportunity to acquire Japanese language skills and to access expertise and knowledge relevant to their career goals over 19 months in Japan (a year of language study, a one-month homestay and a six-month work placement). The selected Daiwa Scholars will undertake a month of Japanese language study in the UK before moving to Japan in mid-September for the remainder of the Scholarship. The application deadline is early December with departure for Japan the following September.


Daiwa Scholarships in Japanese Studies were established in April 2015 to fund postgraduate students of Japanese Studies on courses in either Japan or the UK. Applicants must be British citizens who are holders of a degree in Japanese Studies, defined as a course focussing primarily on the study of Japan and containing a substantial Japanese language component, and who are enrolled or enrolling in a Japanese Studies-related course in either Japan or the UK. The application deadline is late January.

Further details and information on applying are available from