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Pre-announcement 4th HERA Joint Research Programme “Public Spaces: Culture and Integration in Europe” (HERA JRP PS)

The Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA) Network is planning to implement a new Joint Research Programme under the theme “Public Spaces: Culture and Integration in Europe” (HERA JRP PS). This programme will be implemented and funded by 24 humanities funding organisations with the support of the European Union and is subject to the signature of the Grant Agreement with the European Commission for co-funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

The expected publication date of the Call for Proposals for this HERA Joint Research Programme is 24 August 2017, with the deadline for submitting Outline Proposals on 24 October 2017. Please note that these dates may still be subject to changes. The publication of the call will be announced primarily via the website and

The aim of the HERA JRP “Public Spaces: Culture and Integration in Europe” will be to deepen the theoretical and empirical cultural understanding of public spaces in a European context. The programme has been designed to facilitate a broad range of cultural approaches to conceptualising public space, its structural and processual formations, and its possible outcomes in terms of, for example, integration, exclusion, disintegration, fragmentation, hybridization, amalgamation or transmission. More provisional information about the theme and scope of this call is available below.

The HERA JRP PS Call for Proposals is being prepared by humanities-funding agencies in 24 participating countries and the European Commission. The total budget of the HERA JRP will amount up to 20 M€.

Who can apply?

Eligible scholars located in the HERA JRP PS countries: Austria, Belgium (Wallonia), Czech Republic, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom, irrespective of their nationality. Further details on the funding agencies involved in this call can be found here

Collaborative Research Projects (CRP) proposals can be submitted by balanced consortia involving four or more Principal Investigators based in four or more different HERA JRP PS countries. Applicants are strongly encouraged to take equality and diversity dimension issues into consideration. All research teams will be urged to include non-academic stakeholders as associate partners in their consortiums and they will be required to include an impact section in their application, specifying how their research results will be valorised and communicated to a wider public.

Each CRP consortium can apply for research funding up to a maximum amount of 1 M€. Projects should be between 24 and 36 months in duration and should commence by May 2019. Proposals will be selected in a two-step process involving an independent international Review Panel. The main deliverables of the research projects will be tangible outcomes such as publications, conferences and workshops, reports, policy briefs, public events, and media appearances. Both the HERA JRP PS and the HERA network will seek to increase the impact of these outcomes by encouraging and enabling wide dissemination and knowledge exchange activities.

Further information

All information will be available on the HERA website once the HERA JRP PS Call for Proposals is published (planned 24 August 2017):

  • HERA JRP PS Call for Proposals, including national eligibility requirements and detailed guidelines for preparing and submitting an Outline Proposal;
  • Knowledge Exchange guidance;
  • FAQs and Glossary;
  • Application templates.

A HERA partner search tool has been made available by NCN at:

For more information on the themes and scope of the HERA JRP PS call click here

What should I do now?

  1. Develop a research idea.
  2. Work with your colleagues in the research community to build a project consortium involving researchers in at least four different participating countries.
  3. Go to the partner search facility and announce that you are looking to partner with others on the research topic of your interest (but within the scope of HERA JRP PS Call Topics
  4. Decide whether you would like to be project coordinator or participant in a project.
  5. Review the Outline Proposal application form (published January 2017), and start drafting your Outline Proposal with your consortium.
  6. Have a look at projects that have been successful in previous HERA JRP calls
  7. Start working on the content part of your outline proposal containing a short description of the CRP (max. 2000 words) that outlines
    • What research question(s) does the CRP seek to answer?
    • In what way is the project original and/or innovative?
    • What are the objectives of the CRP?
    • By what methods will the research question(s) be tackled?
    • How are the skills of the partners complementary?
    • What is the added value in tackling your research question(s) from a European trans-national perspective?
    • How will partners work together? What management and coordination structures are proposed?
    • What is the significance of the research question(s)? How will these contribute to the “Public Spaces: Culture and Integration in Europe” theme?
    • What is the potential impact of the proposed research to both academic disciplines, and relevant stakeholders and user communities?
    • How will the CRP engage in knowledge exchange or active dissemination engaging user communities and audiences outside academia?
  8. Be alert to the official announcement (expected August 24) and get ready to submit your application online.

This announcement is preliminary. Specific details might change.


The Independent Social Research Foundation wishes to support independent-minded researchers to explore and present original research ideas which take new approaches, and suggest new solutions, to real world social problems. Such work would be unlikely to be funded by existing funding bodies.

The foundation intends to award on a competitive basis, to candidates of sufficient merit, a small number of grants providing flexible support (for instance: relief from teaching and/or administration, research and travel expenses, fieldwork and practical work) for a period of (up to) one year for the activities of a small research group.

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 (e-working, video-conferencing or Skype expenses are not included) over a period of up to one year, and must be taken up no later than end of December 2018.

The amount of an award depends on the nature of the work proposed and individual circumstances – the ISRF expects applications for grants up to a maximum of £5,000.

Scholars from within Europe are eligible to apply as Principal Investigator(s) to lead a small group of 2-10 scholars (which may include graduate students).  Principal applicants should hold a PhD and will normally have a permanent appointment at an institution of higher education and research. Applications may be made by those whose sole or principal post is a part-time equivalent. Independent scholars with an academic affiliation may also apply.

Applicants should consult the Criteria as set out on the ISRF website and show that they meet them. Applicants should follow the Application procedure and should present their Proposal in the format specified there

ESRC and Alan Turing Institute Launch Joint Fellowship Scheme – closing date for proposals is 21 September 2017

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Alan Turing Institute (Turing) have launched a new Joint Fellowship Scheme to support research that will advance both the theoretical development of data science and its practical application to real world problems.

This first joint call will focus on two key and interlinked issues:

  1. Smart cities
  2. Health and well-being

Mid-career and senior academics from RCUK eligible research organisations (RO) who can demonstrate experience of supervising PhD students are eligible to apply. Up to two PhD studentships will be attached to each Fellowship and it is expected these will work in areas of research closely associated to that of the Fellow. The Fellow will act as the primary supervisor, helping in particular to develop the quantitative and data science skills of the students.

The successful candidate should use the Fellowship to:

  • Generate and pursue original research ideas, design and conduct a successful programme of investigation and develop innovative, world-class research.
  • Publish research in high-quality peer-reviewed national and international journals.
  • Present research results at national and international meetings, conferences, seminars and workshops.
  • Take part in knowledge exchange and/or translation activities as appropriate, for example: collaborative working with Turing’s partners, or with government departments/policy-makers, and on public engagement, policy events, etc.
  • Advance their own professional development, with support from Turing and host partner university.
  • Build additional capacity in data science through the supervision and training of PhD students.

The ESRC will fund 60% of the Fellow’s salary at 80% fEC over three years and the associated studentships. It is anticipated that up to three Fellowships will be funded.

In addition to costs submitted to ESRC through the proposal, the Fellow will also be able to apply, on a competitive basis, to Turing’s internal schemes for the visiting researchers and workshop costs.

The closing date for proposals is 21 September 2017 (4pm).

The Fellowship will start on 1 April 2018 and the associated studentships will start on 1 October 2018.

Wellcome Trust Small Grants in Humanities and Social Science

The Wellcome Trust is an independent charity that funds biomedical research to improve human and animal health and activities to increase the public understanding of science. It is the UK’s largest provider of non-governmental funding for scientific research and one of the largest providers in the world.

The Trust’s Small Grants in Humanities and Social Science are designed to support programmes of activities that enable researchers to establish and develop networks, explore new areas of research and increase the impact of their work. Programmes could include a combination of different activities such as:

  • Organising conferences (including annual conferences), seminars, meetings or workshops.
  • Carrying out developmental or exploratory research projects, including archival scoping or proof of concept work.

Activities can involve policy makers, healthcare practitioners or other groups relevant to the research.

The scheme is open to humanities and social science researchers based in universities or other research organisations in the UK, Ireland or a low- or middle-income country.

Grants are usually up to £30,000. They usually last for six to twelve months but the duration can be flexible, eg for a series of annual conferences.

Applicants should submit an application through the Wellcome Trust Grant Tracker system. There are no deadlines and applications can be made at any time.

EPSRC Future calls

EPSRC have published a list of known calls for 2107/18.  Press here for the call names and proposed launch dates.  More information will be released by EPSRC nearer to the launch of each call.