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International Funding Opportunities Closing Soon


Happy new year, and just a quick reminder that there are lots of international funding calls closing in the next month……

AHRC international development call

As part of the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), the AHRC have a call for Area Based Network Plus awards for Arts and Humanities based approaches to addressing global development challenges. It is expected that applications will have a strong collaborative element with ODA (Overseas Development Assistance) countries. The awards will be £1.5-2 Million and over 4 years, and offer a flexible model of scoping, partnership building and running funding calls. Closing date: 18 January 2017

European Commission Funding

The topics to be funded under European Commission Challenge ‘Europe in a changing World – inclusive, innovative and reflective societies’ work programme close soon. These topics are more closely defined than a research council theme, but are still more open than commissioned research. In 2017 there is particular arts and humanities interest under the theme ‘Understanding Europe – Promoting the European Public and Cultural Space’ For example topics include:

  • Contemporary histories of Europe in artistic and creative practices
  • Religious diversity in Europe – past, present and future
  • Participatory approaches and social innovation in culture

Most close 2 or 4 February 2017 (note some of these are now 2 stage processes so involve an outline proposal). If you need assistance with applying, the UK contact point for this challenge is Ben Sharman challenge6ncp@esrc.ac.uk

Hello Shenzen: Researching the Ethics of Makerspaces

The AHRC and British Council have a UK/China opportunity for research into the China Maker movement that closes 29 January 2017. Note: applications need to comply with Overseas Development Assistance (ODA)

International Placement Scheme

The AHRC International Placement Scheme offers the opportunity for doctoral and Early Career researchers to visit seven world leading institutions in the USA, Japan and China. Closes 19 January  2017 

 


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Some European Events – including information on funding

UK information days for ‘Europe in a Changing World’ funding

Under Horizon 2020, the European Commissions societal challenge ‘Europe in a Changing World’ (aka Challenge six) is the main area for Social Science and Humanities research.  The detail of this will be published soon but there are some nice opportunities for humanities researchers in the proposed topics.

As part of the UK support for UK researchers, a network of National Contact points (NCP) have been set up to help offer advice and help you with applying for this funding.  The NCP for this challenge has several upcoming events where you can learn more about these funding opportunities:

  • The British Academy, London: 2ndNovember
  • University of Nottingham: 4thNovember
  • University of Glasgow: 9thNovember
  • University of Swansea: 16thNovember
  • Queen’s University Belfast: 18thNovember

If interested, please reserve the date. Registration will open on 16th September, on a first come first serve basis, and will be available through the ESRC website.   For more information about the events, please contact international@esrc.ac.uk

Information will also be sent via the mailing list for Horizon 2020’s Challenge Six, if you would like to be included on this list, please email challenge6NCP@esrc.ac.uk

European Event: ‘Trust: European Research Co-creating resilient Societies

trust in europeThe two-days conference “Trust: European Research Co-Creating Resilient Societies” offers a unique forum to discuss the different perceptions of trust and how research can contribute to fostering trust in societies. The conference is this year’s key event on SC 6 “Europe in a Changing World – Inclusive, Innovative and Reflective Societies” in the EU Research and Innovation Framework Programme Horizon 2020. The conference will not only highlight research within the social sciences and humanities but also connect researchers with policy-makers and stakeholders willing to co-create resilient European societies. HERA and Science Europe are co-sponsoring this event and will be running a roundtable discussion.

Its free to attend, and takes place on 29-30 October in Brussels

More information is available on the conference website


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Brazil/UK Creative Lab – opportunity to attend

Brazil

Social Change through Creativity and Culture is a new project that brings together academics, artists and creative practitioners from Brazil and the UK to initiate and collaborate on creative projects that directly address social challenges in specific Brazilian social contexts.

The project will immerse individuals in an innovative lab experience, intended to catalyse cross-disciplinary collaborations and dialogue, during an intensive 10-day period. Over the course of the lab, participants will be tasked with developing a practical idea to take forward together through further collaborative research over the following months.

For guidance and how to apply please see the AHRC website. Application deadline is 17th September 2015


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Humanities in Europe Event – feedback and tips

Last month some of the UK national contact points (NCP) hosted an event specifically aimed at a humanities audience to give an overview of opportunities in Europe.  From legal aspects to societal challenges it was a bit of a whistle-stop tour of all things European, but gave a flavour of what the possibilities are and what has changed with Horizon 2020. The presentations of the event are available here.

The event emphasised that arts and humanities research is a key part of many EC funding structures including Marie Skłodiwska-Curie  actions, European Research Council and Research infrastructures. Challenge 6: Europe in a Changing World was highlighted as a good starting point for arts and humanities researchers interested in thematic funding. It also covered Science with and for society, widening participation and legal advice. The AHRC were part of the event to highlight how EC funding complements national funding, International Co-investigator and HERA were highlighted as key opportunities.

The event revealed a new direction for European Commission Research Infrastructure funding. The 2016 call for ‘starting communities’ in the integrated activities call will be fully open (ie no pre-defined topics) and it is likely that there will be a two stage application process (ie outline then full proposal ).  Whilst you need to commit some time and effort into having a network in place before applying, this is a great opportunity for Arts and Humanities Researchers. Dr Tobias Blanke spoke about achieving Research Infrastructure funding for a network of European Holocaust Archives and the benefits this project delivered.

As quite often what is said is the most useful aspect we have pulled out some top tips from presenters.

  • Answer the funding call advertised. Do not try and fit in your research area to an inappropriate call. The evaluators will notice this!
  • Quote key phrases of the call document in your proposal as this will remind the evaluators your proposal matches the call
  • Start preparing your proposal in plenty of time. Read the call documents and any FAQs at least twice. The deadlines are strict and are advertised up to 2 years in advance, so lack of preparation time will not be a valid excuse
  • There is no negotiation in H2020, you need to put the effort into a fully formulated proposal at submission as things can’t get resolved later.
  • Work closely with your partners, discuss the roles, budgets and IPR issues at the applications stage
  • Make sure your consortia is exciting and you aren’t just collaborating with established partners. Partners should be appropriate to the project,  but a good geographical spread of consortia partners should be sought where possible, as well as considering  a mix of researchers and users
  • Always justify rationale in the body of your proposal, never assume evaluators understand why you are taking a particular approach
  • Think outside box, the European Commission is looking for ambitious projects that will have an IMPACT
  • If you apply for an individual fellowship MSCA or an ECR grant, don’t be too modest, the EU is funding the best!
  • There are a lot of proposals being submitted and many of them are ranking highly on excellence. Don’t lose out of vital marks by neglecting impact and management these are scored separately
  • And finally use the NCP’s – they are a vital tool in explaining work programmes aims, legal aspects, helping find partners and giving advice. If you aren’t sure about anything contact them – they are there to help you.

If you liked the tips, there is also this post about research proposals you might find helpful.

Thanks to the UK national contact points Ben, Alexa, Malgorzata, Katie, Stephen and Manija for organising the event.


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New UK/France Joint Funding Call – coming soon!

LABEXThe AHRC is pleased to announce an exciting new opportunity bringing together researchers based in France and the UK.

The call focuses on the relationship between history, heritage and memory; on representations and uses of the past in the present; shared histories and transnational perspectives; legacies of difficult and divisive pasts; the digital age and its effect on tangible and intangible heritage – and more.

The aim is to encourage collaborative transnational research involving UK and French scholars, as well as partners from the Heritage and other sectors.

The call is co-funded by the AHRC and France’s Cluster of Excellence Pasts in the Present, (a.k.a. LABEX PasP), under their themes ‘Care for the Future: Thinking Forward through the Past’ (AHRC) and ‘Pasts in Present: History, Heritage, Memory’ (LABEX PasP).

Projects should be 18 – 30 months in length. Applicants can apply for 60,000 – 80,000 Euros for the French component, and up to £100,000 for the UK component. It is hoped that around 6 – 10 projects will be supported.

Full call details will be published on Thursday 12th March 2015. The deadline for submission of proposals will be Thursday 2nd July 2015.

An AHRC-LABEX jiscmail group has been set up to help applicants find partners and share ideas.

More information on the call is available on the AHRC website and the LABEX Pasts in the Present website (in French)


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HERA ‘Uses of the Past’ – Full call launches

HERAIt’s what you have all been waiting for – full guidance documents are now available on the HERA website for the new uses of the past call.

If we have one tip to give you, it is make sure you read both the HERA UP call for Proposal 2015 and the HERA UP General and National Eligibility Guidelines. These both must be adhered to and are of equal importance.  Second to this is to register early for the submission system as you need to create an ID in order to submit an outline proposal (This not Je-S, HERA is using the Danish online system so you are unlikely to have an account).

If you are looking for partners – remember the HERA partner search tool will function up to the deadline.  Deadline for outline proposals is 6pm 9 April 2015 (GMT)

We still have a few places left for the morning session of the UK information event (4th Feb). If you are able to submit a registration please assume you can come, we will only close the registration when full. We will send you further details when registered but this may take a couple of days so submission is sufficient confirmation that a place has been allocated to you.


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HERA UK information day and update

HERAThe AHRC are running some information sessions on 4th February for UK researchers and Research office staff to find out more about the ‘Uses of the Past’ call. The event is kindly hosted by Kings College London, with 2 identical sessions (one in the morning and one in the afternoon). Please see the AHRC website for more details.

The call documents are on schedule to be published on 15th January. Unfortunately, following communication from the Ministerio de Economica y Competitivad of Spain, Spain are no longer part of the Uses of the Past call which is very disappointing. Practically this means that Spanish researchers will not be able to be included on applications as Project Leaders, Principle Investigators or Project members. All call documentation and further information is available on the HERA website.


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Humanities in Europe – Information day

An information day about European Funding is taking place on 18th February 2015 in Swindon. Its free to attend and most importantly its aimed specifically at humanities researchers.

The National Contact Points for several European Commission areas of funding will be presenting an overview of their areas including highlighting humanities opportunities where relevant and you can also book 1-2-1 appointments. Areas covered will include, Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions, European Research Council, Research Infrastructures, and Societal Challenges.The AHRC will also be there to present an overview of their funding opportunities for international research.

More information and registration is available on the ESRC website

Note: National Contact Points are funded by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills to support access to European Commission Funding. Although based at specific institutions they help everyone with application and scheme queries.


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New online partner search tool for HERA ‘Uses of the Past’

If you are seeking partners for the new HERA call ‘Uses of the Past’ – HERAa new partner search has been launched.

This takes the form of an email group – you sign up to the list and can post your idea and receive emails from others who are searching for partners. This is currently being circulated so we recommend you sign up now and wait a few days to post your idea.

‘Uses of the Past’ will formally launch in January and it is likely that the project teams that will apply to this call will have to include researchers from 4 countries involved in this call ( Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and United Kingdom.)

Please note this partner search ist is un-moderated – you will have to ensure eligibility and fit to call. Some draft information is available on the HERA website.  .


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*NEW* HERA Funding Call and Match Making Event announced

HERAA new HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area) funding call ‘Uses of the Past’ has been announced, and the great news is that even more countries are involved. Italy, Spain, Latvia, Czech Republic and Switzerland are all part of ‘Uses of the Past’ as well as the previous 18 countries, meaning more flexibility in choosing the international arts and humanities researchers who you collaborate with on potential projects.

The detail still has to be agreed but an International Networking Opportunity has been launched to aid collaboration. Researchers can apply for up to 350 EUR to attend a match-making event on 29 January 2015 in Tallinn, Estonia.  The matchmaking event will give interested researchers (both Early Career and more senior), from a range of countries, the opportunity to explore the opportunities of the call and build new partnerships.

The deadline for registering your interest to attend the event is 5 November 2014, 14.00 CET (Central European Time).  You’ll need to complete an Expressions of Interest, consisting of a short project idea and CV.  Full information on how to apply can be found here.

The matchmaking event will be an exciting opportunity to meet around 300 other international researchers and learn more about this major new call, but if you don’t get invited to attend the event, or don’t apply at all, you are still able to submit an expression of interest.

Full details of the call will be published in January 2015 but a description of ‘Uses of the Past’ and some pre-liminary call information is available on the website link above. Each project is likely to need to include four research teams based in four different HERA Uses of the Past partner countries.  The countries taking part are Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.

A tentative timetable (subject to change) for the Uses of the Past call is:

January 2015 – full call published

April 2015 – deadline for outline proposals

July 2015 – outcomes for outline stage sent out

October 2015 – deadline for full proposals (if selected)

February 2016 – outcomes for full proposals sent out

June – September 2016 – expected start dates.

More information is on the website above, further developments will be posted here, and on the HERA and AHRC websites. You can also now follow HERA on twitter @HERA_Research, but if you have any UK specific questions please get in touch with Jessica Bacon, j.bacon@ahrc.ac.uk, 01793 416071.