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  • Research Funding for Early Career Researchers Dr. Matt Briggs Research & Development Office
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  • Schedule Part 1: What is research funding? Part 2: Main Sources of research funding Research Councils (RCUK) Trusts EU Funding Councils (QR) Part 3: Early Career Researchers Programmes you could apply for Part 4: What is the REF? Part 5: Grant application process Part 5: Q&A / Discussion
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  • What is research funding? Career driver A game Source of esteem A way to do what you love A way of driving impact of your research A performance indicator A way of meeting interesting people in interesting places.. Collaboration, Collaboration, Collaboration
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  • What is research funding? Importance This proposal asks an important question Success This project is likely to answer that question Value Its worth the money to get that answer Competence These investigators can do it.
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  • What is research funding? Two main types: Research Council Grants You bid for these on a project by project basis. Typically 30K 400K Funding Council HEFCW (Higher Education Funding Council for Wales) Quality Related (QR) Allocated to universities on basis of quality of research Peer Review - REF 2014
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  • Research Councils AHRC ESRC NERC EPSRC BBSRC MRC STFC Frequent Visits RSS Feeds Email Twitter Facebook Events / Networking
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  • Trusts & Government : British Academy Leverhulme Trust Wellcome Trust Welsh Government Europe: CORDIS (Framework Programme) CORDIS Directorates General Programmes
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  • Distribution of Research Funding Funding Councils (33%) Quality Related (QR) REF / RAE Research Councils (23%) Grants Other (45%) British Academy / Leverhulme / Welcome Trust Business Charity Central Government European Union
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  • GRANTfinder Wide variety of sources: Europe Charity Government TSB RCUK Registering Searching Alerts Grantfinder Guide Problem: Usually better to find responsive research (open and user defined) than thematic research (grant awarding body defined) Policy Finder Alerts and analysis
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  • Funding for Employment Two Approaches Applying for your own grant.. Be realistic. You may have to be in employment at HEI Or could write yourself a post Keeping your ear to the ground Working as a Research Assistant or Fellow on somebody else's funded project. Benefits good experience and network building Drawbacks little control of research and may end up spending your career doing this. Little job security.
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  • Early Career Researchers (ECR) AHRC Research Grants - Early Careers The Research Grants Schemes are intended to support well-defined research projects enabling individual researchers to collaborate with, and bring benefits to, other individuals and organisations through the conduct of research. This scheme is not intended to support individual scholarship. Guide Full economic cost (fEC) between 50,000 and 250,000 for a varying duration up to a limit of 60 months
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  • AHRCs Fellowships (ECR) NOT REQUIRED TO BE EMPLOYED TO APPLY The scheme provides time for potential future research leaders, to undertake focused individual research alongside collaborative activities which have the potential to generate a transformative impact on their subject area and beyond. Salary and associated costs for periods of between 6 and 24 months. Proposals with a full economic cost of between 50,000 and 250,000 may be submitted.
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  • AHRC Research Networking The Research Networking Scheme is intended to support forums for the discussion and exchange of ideas on a specified thematic area, issue or problem. The intention is to facilitate interactions between researchers and stakeholders through, for example, a short-term series of workshops, seminars, networking activities or other events. The aim of these activities is to stimulate new debate across boundaries, for example, disciplinary, conceptual, theoretical, methodological, and/or international. Proposals for full economic costs up to 30,000 for a period of up to two years may be submitted. An additional threshold of up to 15,000 full economic cost may be sought to cover the costs of any international participants or activities.
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  • British Academy Skills Acquisition Awards Pilot scheme enabling early career researchers to develop and enhance their quantitative skills by spending time with a mentor at a specialist centre. The scheme attracted applications from 32 early career scholars in established academic posts. The Research Awards Committee was able to agree to fund 20 of the proposals submitted, benefiting outstanding researchers and encouraging the development of networks and future partnerships
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  • BA Postdoctoral Fellowships Do not have to be employed at time of application Opportunities for outstanding early career researchers to strengthen their experience of research and teaching in a university environment which will develop their curriculum vitae and improve their prospects of obtaining permanent lecturing posts by the end of the Fellowship. The primary emphasis is on completion of a significant piece of publishable research, which will be assisted by full membership of an academic community of established scholars working in similar fields
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  • BA / Leverhulme Small Research Grants Grants are available to support primary research in the humanities and social sciences. The first recourse for funding should be to your own institution (where applicable). Funds are available to facilitate initial project planning and development; to support the direct costs of research; and to enable the advancement of research through workshops or conferences, or visits by or to partner scholars. Applications will not be considered for less than 500. The maximum grant is 10,000 over two years. Applications for collaborative or individual projects are equally welcome under this scheme. Applications from international groups of scholars are welcome, provided there is a UK-based scholar as lead applicant
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  • Leverhulme Research Leadership Awards The aim of these awards is to support those who have succeeded in beginning a university career but who are then confronted with the task of building a research team adequately able to tackle an identified but distinctive research problem. The awards provide support for research assistants and research students led by the award holder. Applicants will have held a university post for at least two years. Each institution is limited to one bid only. Once a university has selected their chosen candidate, they should provide the Trust with the applicants name, departmental affiliation and email address. Access will then be granted to the Trusts online Grant Application System. Value and Duration The awards will be for a sum of between 800,000 and 1 million, over a period of up to five years
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  • Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships Early Career Fellowships aim to provide career development opportunities for those who are at a relatively early stage of their academic careers but with a proven record of research. It is anticipated that a Fellowship will lead to a more permanent academic position. Applications are welcomed in any discipline, and approximately 80 Fellowships will be available in 2013. Fellowships can be held at universities or at other institutions of higher education in the UK. The Trust will contribute 50% of each Fellow's total salary costs up to a maximum of 23,000 per annum and the balance is to be paid by the host institution. Given the prestige of the awards each Fellow may request annual research expenses of up to 6,000 to further his or her research activities.
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  • Leverhulme Study Abroad Studentships Study Abroad Studentships support an extended period of advanced study or research at a centre of learning in any overseas country, with the exception of the USA. Value The Studentships comprise: a basic annual maintenance allowance of 17,000; a partner allowance of 6,000 if a Student is accompanied by a dependent partner; a return air fare; and a baggage allowance. Further allowances are payable at the Trusts discretion, e.g. assistance with overseas tuition fees and essential research costs.
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  • European Funding Framework Programme for Research FP7 (2007 2013) Horizon 2020 (2014-2020) Marie Curie Actions Annual Work Programme Calls CORDIS
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  • European Projects Huge range ERDF Interreg projects Rural Alliances (ivb NWE) CISNET (ivb AA) ACT & CIME (iva IW) Universities employ Project Officers to work on grants. Project Management Research Good career development opportunities Impact / knowledge transfer oriented..
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  • QR Funding - Research Excellence Framework National peer review of research. Quality Profile for defined Units of Assessment National funding councils allocate funds based on the quality profile. RAE (2001 - 2007) REF (2008 -2013) 65% - Quality of the outputs 15% - Research Environment 20% - Economic and Social Impact of Research
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  • QR Funding UWL ranked 83 out of 132 HEIs Majority of research ranked world leading (25%) or internationally excellent (30%) Above average for Wales (49%) and comparable with England