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Research Funding Opportunities in KLS. Brian Lingley Faculty Funding Officer. Basically two types of funding available: Responsive Mode Grants & Fellowships For research on a subject suggested by you Managed Programme Grants & Contracts - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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<p>Slide 1</p> <p>Research Funding Opportunities in KLS</p> <p>Brian LingleyFaculty Funding Officer</p> <p>Page 2Basics Basically two types of funding available:Responsive Mode Grants &amp; FellowshipsFor research on a subject suggested by youManaged Programme Grants &amp; ContractsFor research on a subject suggested by the funderProgramme Grants are similar to other grants; Contracts tend to have more onerous terms and conditions and generally result in deliverable product/reportand five sources of funding:Research CouncilsCharitiesProfessional and Learned BodiesGovernmentEurope</p> <p>Page 3Research CouncilsBenefits of applying to RCs:PrestigefEC generous fundingWhat to watch out for:Cuts and politicsThemes, demand management, longer, larger, fewerImpact</p> <p>Page 4Research CouncilsEngineering &amp; Physical Sciences Research Council (26% - 795m)Science &amp; Technology Facilities Council (20% - 624m)Medical Research Council (19% - 606m)Biotechnology &amp; Biological Sciences Research Council (14% - 427m)Natural Environment Research Council (13% - 392m)Economic &amp; Social Research Council (5% - 165m)Arts &amp; Humanities Research Council (3% - 103m)AHRC v ESRCAHRC supports research into the content, procedures, theory, philosophy and history of the law. This includes studies of legal systems and legislation in all periods of history and in all parts of the world. ESRC supports socio-legal studies, which are concerned with the social, political and economic influences on and impact of the law and the legal system.</p> <p>Page 6AHRC70% of Funding Open30% ThemedConnected Communitiesstrategic need: modern languages, design and heritageAHRCs own multidisciplinary themes: Care for the Future; Translating Cultures; Digital Transformations; Science and Culture</p> <p>Page 7Main AHRC SchemesResearch Grant50k to 1M (EC flavour - 50k to 250k)Up to 60 months PI plus 1-2 Co-IsOpen CallFellowships50k to 250k6 to 18 monthsAt least 50% commitment(EC flavour at least 2 years post doc experience)</p> <p>Page 8Research Networks up to 30k for costsEC? within 8 years of PhD, or 6 years of first academic appointmentMain ESRC SchemesResearch Grant200k to 2MOpen Call</p> <p>Future Research LeadersUp to 312,500Up to 3 yearsUp to 60% of timeSeptember DeadlineWithin 4 years of PhD</p> <p>Page 9Research Seminars - up to 15k costsOpens mid-December</p> <p>Delivery Plans: ThemesAHRCConnected Communitiesstrategic need: modern languages, design and heritageAHRCs own multidisciplinary themes: Care for the Future; Translating Cultures; Digital Transformations; Science and CultureESRCEconomic performance and sustainable growthInfluencing behaviour and informing interventionsVibrant and fair society</p> <p>Page 10Cross-Council ThemesGlobal UncertaintiesLiving with Environmental ChangeAgeing: Lifelong Health and WellbeingDigital EconomyEnergyGlobal Food Security</p> <p>Page 11Page 12Charities GeneralLeverhulme TrustWellcome TrustNuffield Foundation </p> <p>SpecialistJoseph Rowntree FoundationOften medical e.g. Cancer Research UKAMRC (www.amrc.org.uk) Represents 111 health-related charities, with a combined expenditure on medical research of 630m per annum. </p> <p>Page 13Leverhulme (53m)Funds all fields, except social policy and welfare, medicine and educationSupports original, risk-taking research that often transcends traditional discipline boundariesRough split:Sciences: 40%Soc. Sciences:40%Humanities:20%LeverhulmeFellowshipsUp to 45k3-24 mthsCall Sept, deadline NovEC version 03/14 deadlineInternational Academic FellowshipUp to 22kUp to 12 mthsSame deadline as aboveEmployed FT &gt;5 yrsGrantsUp to 500kUp to 5 yrsMost &gt; 250k, 2-3 years2 part processOpen call, assessed quarterlySuccess RatesFellowship:10-15%SA Fellowship:30%Grants:15-20%Page 14Page 15LeverhulmeBenefits of applying to LeverhulmeNot restricted by demands of distributing public money no political agendareporting not as onerousWhat to watch out for:Research has to appeal to broad general audienceTrustees all ex-Unilever employeesDepend for advice on:Advisory Committee (for smaller grants): 9 professorsAdvisory Panel (for larger grants): 32 academicsInterdisciplinary but not last resortRisk takingIndividual vision</p> <p>Page 16Wellcome (642m)To foster and promote research with the aim of improving human and animal healthSupportsBiomedical researchTechnology transferMedical Humanities: History of Medicine &amp; Biomedical EthicsPublic engagement with scienceDoes not supportClinical trialsGenerally, cancer research</p> <p>WellcomeBenefits of applying to WellcomeWide range of fundingMore useful feedback following rejectionSupportive once you have received funding</p> <p>Page 18Nuffield (10m)AimsTo improve social well-being through education, research and innovation.Themes: Children &amp; Families, Education, Law &amp; SocietyAlso open doorProject Grants 10-250kMost between 50-150k</p> <p>NuffieldBenefits of applying to Nuffield2 part process: initial application very simple, and can apply any time (Mar, Jul &amp; Nov deadlines)What to watch out for: Look at previously successful grantsStrong social policy elementImportance of methodologyEngagement with beneficiaries</p> <p>Page 19</p> <p>Rowntree (5m)3 aims:Poverty: to examine the root causes of poverty and disadvantage and identify solutions. Empowerment: to find ways in which people and communities can have control of their own lives. Place: to contribute to the building and development of strong, cohesive and sustainable communities. Benefits of applying to JRF:PrestigiousWhat to watch out for:Very prescriptive calls for proposalsRelatively small amounts of funding</p> <p>Page 21Learned SocietiesGenerally provide some small scale support for visits, conferences, fellowships or smaller research projectsProfessional BodiesRepresent people working in a specific areae.g. The Law Society, Socio-Legal Studies AssociationLearned SocietiesRepresent, and act as a forum for, a particular subject or disciplineBritish Academy funds research in Humanities &amp; Social Sciences</p> <p>British AcademySmall Research GrantsUp to 10k over 2 yearsFlexible (workshops, travel, some RA etc)Not PI salary or overheadsMar and Oct deadlines</p> <p>Postdoctoral Fellowship3 year salary Within 3 years of PhDAttractive, but very competitive (&lt; 5% success)October deadlineMid-Career Fellowship6 to 12 monthsWithin 15 years of PhDSeptember deadline</p> <p>Page 22</p> <p>Page 23GovernmentNationalGovernment DepartmentsCounty CouncilsOther Government-funded organisationsBritish Council collaborative grantsNESTALotteryInternational EuropeFramework Programme USAFederal Grants</p> <p>Page 24</p> <p>Page 25</p> <p>Page 26</p> <p>http://www.kent.ac.uk/researchservices/horizon2020/index.html</p> <p>European Research CouncilStarting Researcher Up to 1.5M over 5 years2 to 7 years post PhDCall closes 25 March 2014Advanced ResearcherUp to 2.5M over 5 years10 year track recordCall closes 21st Oct 2014</p> <p>Consolidating ResearcherUp to 2.0M over 5 years7 to 12 years post PhDCall closes 3rd June 2014Page 27Responsive ModeNo requirement for collaborative groups</p> <p>Thoughts on Funding Proposals28PerspectivePut yourself in the funders positionCan you understand what is proposed?Is it worth spending money on?Are the objectives important?Are they achievable? Is the timeframe realistic?Does it offer value for money?Can the applicant deliver?Do you have the necessary track record?Can you manage a project?</p> <p>Page 29</p> <p>PanellistsNot specialist in your areaTime poorEminentHaving to filter 100+ applications at a timeMake It Easy for ThemMake it simpleAvoid jargonintelligent 14 yr oldSimple structure/ format/language</p> <p>Make it urgentWhy should we care? Back it up with evidence</p> <p>Make it realisticProgramme and costsConcentrate on methodologyWrite defensively</p> <p>Repeat key messageswe need to know...this will tell us...</p> <p>Craft itGive yourself timeAt least a month to writeShow it to othersAcademics working in same disciplineAcademics working in other disciplinesResearch ServicesGood vs BadGood ApplicationAn important questionRealistic promise of an answerAbility and track record of research teamWell designed and fully described projectProperly resourced and value for moneyWell written and presented applicationFits funder priorities</p> <p>Bad ApplicationUnclear, esoteric questionPages of densely packed jargonEmphasis on background and literatureIncomplete description of research processIgnores funder guidanceManaging Your Research ProposalsOne wont be enoughTypical success rates 10 -20%Reviewing and assessing a lotteryApplications are time-consumingRejection is crushing</p> <p>Multiple applications give you hopeDont wait for the rejectionsCreate economies of scaleAllow 1-2 years from idea to grantDont exhaust your ideasComplementary applicationsLook out for spin off ideas and spare research questionsRecycle ideas to different fundersDont flog a dead horse</p> <p>Page 34</p> <p>Further InformationResearch &amp; Impact Strategy: https://www.kent.ac.uk/researchservices/local/documents/committees/bre/current/20130307/bre12%2017.pdfJacqueline Aldridge &amp; Andrew Derrington: The Research Funding Toolkit (Sage, 2012) (http://www.researchfundingtoolkit.org/)Research Services: http://www.kent.ac.uk/researchservices/index.htmlResearch Professional: http://www.researchprofessional.com/Brian Lingley contact details: 01227 824427B.lingley@kent.ac.uk</p>