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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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Research Funding Opportunities in KLS

Brian LingleyFaculty Funding Officer

Page 2Basics Basically two types of funding available:Responsive Mode Grants & FellowshipsFor research on a subject suggested by youManaged Programme Grants & 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 BodiesGovernmentIndustry

Page 3Research CouncilsBenefits of applying to RCs:PrestigefEC generous fundingWhat to watch out for:Cuts and politicsThemes, demand management, longer, larger, fewerImpact

Page 4Research CouncilsEngineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (26% - 795m)Science & Technology Facilities Council (20% - 624m)Medical Research Council (19% - 606m)Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (14% - 427m)Natural Environment Research Council (13% - 392m)Economic & Social Research Council (5% - 165m)Arts & 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.

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

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)

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

Future Research LeadersUp to 312,500Up to 3 yearsUp to 60% of timeOctober DeadlineWithin 4 years of PhD

Page 9Research Seminars - up to 15k costsOpens mid-December

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

Page 10Cross-Council ThemesGlobal UncertaintiesLiving with Environmental ChangeAgeing: Lifelong Health and WellbeingDigital EconomyEnergyGlobal Food Security

Page 11Page 12Charities GeneralLeverhulme TrustWellcome TrustNuffield Foundation

SpecialistJoseph Rowntree FoundationOften medical e.g. Cancer Research UKAMRC ( Represents 111 health-related charities, with a combined expenditure on medical research of 630m per annum.

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 03/13 deadlineInternational Academic FellowshipUp to 22kUp to 12 mthsSame deadline as aboveEmployed FT >5 yrsGrantsUp to 500kUp to 5 yrsMost > 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

Page 16Wellcome (642m)To foster and promote research with the aim of improving human and animal healthSupportsBiomedical researchTechnology transferMedical Humanities: History of Medicine & Biomedical EthicsPublic engagement with scienceDoes not supportClinical trialsGenerally, cancer research

WellcomeBenefits of applying to WellcomeWide range of fundingMore useful feedback following rejectionSupportive once you have received funding

Page 18Nuffield (10m)AimsTo improve social well-being through education, research and innovation.Themes: Children & Families, Education, Law & SocietyAlso open doorProject Grants 10-250kMost between 50-150k

NuffieldBenefits of applying to Nuffield2 part process: initial application very simple, and can apply any time (Mar, Jul & Nov deadlines)What to watch out for: Look at previously successful grantsStrong social policy elementImportance of methodologyEngagement with beneficiaries

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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

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 & Social Sciences

British AcademySmall Research GrantsUp to 10k over 2 yearsFlexible (workshops, travel, some RA etc)Not PI salary or overheadsFeb and Sept deadlines

Postdoctoral Fellowship3 year salary Within 3 years of PhDAttractive, but very competitive (< 5% success)October deadlineMid-Career Fellowship6 to 12 monthsWithin 15 years of PhDSeptember deadline

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Page 23GovernmentNationalGovernment DepartmentsCounty CouncilsOther Government-funded organisationsBritish Council collaborative grantsNESTALotteryInternational EuropeFramework Programme USAFederal Grants

Page 24European FundingFramework Programme: EUs main method for funding research and innovationBudget 50bn over 7 years (Horizon 2020 80bn!)Organised into 4 pillars:

CooperationIdeasPeopleCapacitiesPage 25CooperationPeopleIdeasCapacitiesJRCFP7 7 460 4 728 4 217 1 751 32 365 Values in Millions 25

FP7: European Research CouncilStarting Researcher Up to 1.5M over 5 years2 to 7 years post PhDCall closes OctoberAdvanced ResearcherUp to 2.5M over 5 years10 year track recordCall closes October

Consolidating ResearcherUp to 2.0M over 5 years7 to 12 years post PhDCall opens in November, closes February.Page 26Responsive ModeNo requirement for collaborative groupsPage 27IndustryDoes fund researchIn-house R&DContracts for research servicesGrants or award programmesbut tends to be more restrictive

If specifically seeking industry support, talk to Kent Innovation & Enterprise (KIE)

Beth Flowers(

Early Career Opportunities28Main ECR OpportunitiesPage 29SchemeDurationFundingECR?AHRC Early Career Research GrantUp to 60 months50-250k< 8 years PhDAHRC Early Career Fellowship6 to 18 months50-250k2 years post doc, < 8 years PhDESRC Future Research LeadersUp to 3 Years250k< 4 years post PhDLeverhulme Early Career Fellowship3 years50% of salary, max 23k pa


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