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Research Excellence Framework 2021: applications invited for sub-panel chairs

The UK’s higher education funding bodies are seeking research experts from diverse backgrounds to serve as sub-panel chairs in the second Research Excellence Framework. The application process is open now, and closes at 12 noon on 11 October 2017.

Read the news item on the HEFCE website

Wellcome Trust Collaborative Awards in Science – deadline 15 November 2017

Collaborative Awards in Science is a funding scheme introduced by the Wellcome Trust as a result of changes made to its funding framework at the end of 2014. The changes drew a clearer distinction between strategic and responsive funding, and responsive funding, which represents the majority, has been divided into five categories that run across the Trust’s Science, Innovations, Medical Humanities, Society and Ethics, and Engaging Science programmes. These categories are: people, seeds, teams, places and resources.

Collaborative Awards in Science fall into the teams category and are intended to provide flexible support to excellent groups of independent researchers with outstanding track records. Proposals should address important scientific problems that can only be achieved through a collaborative team effort. Applications which propose to carry out interdisciplinary research across the Trust’s Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Innovations funding are particularly encouraged.

Collaborative Awards are for teams of researchers and each applicant must be essential to the proposed collaborative research. They must have:

  • Proven research expertise and experience in their field.
  • An academic or research post (or equivalent).
  • A salary for the duration of the award period.

Applicants should usually be based at eligible organisations in the UK, Ireland, or low- or middle-income countries. However, exceptions can be made for projects that need specific expertise or resources provided by team members based in other countries.

Team size will depend on proposed research, but should generally have more than two applicants, and no more than seven. Teams may be based in the same or different organisations, and must bring different expertise or disciplines to the research question. Members of a team must have proven experience in collaborative research and consist of independent research groups.

Awards do not normally exceed £4 million and the amount will depend on what a proposal can justify as necessary to fulfil its objectives. They are normally for up to five years and provide funding for the direct costs of carrying out the research.

Preliminary applications should be submitted through the Wellcome Trust Grant Tracker system by the closing date of 15 November 2017.

Changes to British Academy grant submission system – important information for users

The British Academy have used e-GAP as their application submission system for a number of years.  They have now changed to Flexi-Grant.

If you have previously registered with eGAP, your account has been migrated to the new grant management platform, Flexi-Grant®. Before you can log in to Flexi-Grant®, you will need to reset your password as your existing eGAP password will not work.  View this page and click on ‘Reset eGAP password’ to access the new system.  If you have never registered for eGAP then you can create an account on Flexi-Grant by clicking on ‘register’ in the ‘Get Involved’ section of the same page.

You will have to register for an account on Flexi-Grant in order to apply to any future British Academy funding opportunities.

Applicants who have submitted an application through eGAP and are still awaiting a result should be able to review progress through the new system.

Relationships between regulation and health: themed call for Seed Awards in Humanities and Social Science

For the current funding round of Seed Awards in Humanities and Social Science, we are only accepting applications that explore the relationships between regulation and health.

The deadline for these applications is October 2017.

Rules, laws and guidelines affect how people deliver healthcare and biomedical research.

Rapid and unexpected technological, social and political change can test regulations, sometimes to breaking point. We’re looking for innovative research proposals that explore this.

Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • how the regulation of heath has been experienced and understood in the past
  • how regulators prepare for unknown developments
  • why regulation doesn’t always work
  • promoting health by regulating how people behave
  • how ethical norms are translated into regulation
  • alternatives to governments as regulators
  • the interplay of regulatory regimes (for example at a national and international level)
  • regulation of drug research, production and distribution
  • regulation of health emergencies and crises.

We welcome research ideas from a range of humanities and social science disciplines.

Find out more about applying for Seed Awards in Humanities and Social Science.

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: