Research Funding Opportunities in KLS Brian Lingley Faculty Funding Officer

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Research Funding Opportunities in KLS Brian Lingley Faculty Funding Officer Slide 2 Page 2 Basics Basically two types of funding available: Responsive Mode Grants & Fellowships For research on a subject suggested by you Managed Programme Grants & Contracts For research on a subject suggested by the funder Programme Grants are similar to other grants; Contracts tend to have more onerous terms and conditions and generally result in deliverable product/report and five sources of funding: Research Councils Charities Professional and Learned Bodies Government Industry Slide 3 Page 3 Research Councils Benefits of applying to RCs: Prestige fEC generous funding What to watch out for: Cuts and politics Themes, demand management, longer, larger, fewer Impact Slide 4 Page 4 Research Councils Engineering & 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) Slide 5 Slide 6 AHRC v ESRC AHRC 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 6 Slide 7 AHRC 70% of Funding Open 30% Themed Connected Communities strategic need: modern languages, design and heritage AHRCs own multidisciplinary themes: Care for the Future; Translating Cultures; Digital Transformations; Science and Culture Page 7 Slide 8 Main AHRC Schemes Research Grant 50k to 1M (EC flavour - 50k to 250k) Up to 60 months PI plus 1-2 Co-Is Open Call Fellowships 50k to 250k 6 to 18 months At least 50% commitment (EC flavour at least 2 years post doc experience) Page 8 Research Networks up to 30k for costs EC? within 8 years of PhD, or 6 years of first academic appointment Slide 9 Main ESRC Schemes Research Grant 200k to 2M Open Call Future Research Leaders Up to 312,500 Up to 3 years Up to 60% of time October Deadline Within 4 years of PhD Page 9 Research Seminars - up to 15k costs Opens mid-December Slide 10 Delivery Plans: Themes AHRC Connected Communities strategic need: modern languages, design and heritage AHRCs own multidisciplinary themes: Care for the Future; Translating Cultures; Digital Transformations; Science and Culture ESRC Economic performance and sustainable growth Influencing behaviour and informing interventions Vibrant and fair society Page 10 Slide 11 Cross-Council Themes Global Uncertainties Living with Environmental Change Ageing: Lifelong Health and Wellbeing Digital Economy Energy Global Food Security Page 11 Slide 12 Page 12 Charities General Leverhulme Trust Wellcome Trust Nuffield Foundation Specialist Joseph Rowntree Foundation Often medical e.g. Cancer Research UK AMRC ( Represents 111 health-related charities, with a combined expenditure on medical research of 630m per annum. Slide 13 Page 13 Leverhulme (53m) Funds all fields, except social policy and welfare, medicine and education Supports original, risk-taking research that often transcends traditional discipline boundaries Rough split: Sciences: 40% Soc. Sciences:40% Humanities:20% Slide 14 Leverhulme Fellowships Up to 45k 3-24 mths Call Sept, deadline Nov EC version 03/13 deadline International Academic Fellowship Up to 22k Up to 12 mths Same deadline as above Employed FT >5 yrs Grants Up to 500k Up to 5 yrs Most > 250k, 2-3 years 2 part process Open call, assessed quarterly Success Rates Fellowship:10-15% SA Fellowship:30% Grants:15-20% Page 14 Slide 15 Page 15 Leverhulme Benefits of applying to Leverhulme Not restricted by demands of distributing public money no political agenda reporting not as onerous What to watch out for: Research has to appeal to broad general audience Trustees all ex-Unilever employees Depend for advice on: Advisory Committee (for smaller grants): 9 professors Advisory Panel (for larger grants): 32 academics Interdisciplinary but not last resort Risk taking Individual vision Slide 16 Page 16 Wellcome (642m) To foster and promote research with the aim of improving human and animal health Supports Biomedical research Technology transfer Medical Humanities: History of Medicine & Biomedical Ethics Public engagement with science Does not support Clinical trials Generally, cancer research Slide 17 Wellcome Benefits of applying to Wellcome Wide range of funding More useful feedback following rejection Supportive once you have received funding Slide 18 Page 18 Nuffield (10m) Aims To improve social well-being through education, research and innovation. Themes: Children & Families, Education, Law & Society Also open door Project Grants 10-250k Most between 50-150k Slide 19 Nuffield Benefits of applying to Nuffield 2 part process: initial application very simple, and can apply any time (Mar, Jul & Nov deadlines) What to watch out for: Look at previously successful grants Strong social policy element Importance of methodology Engagement with beneficiaries Page 19 Slide 20 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: Prestigious What to watch out for: Very prescriptive calls for proposals Relatively small amounts of funding Slide 21 Page 21 Learned Societies Generally provide some small scale support for visits, conferences, fellowships or smaller research projects Professional Bodies Represent people working in a specific area e.g. The Law Society, Socio-Legal Studies Association Learned Societies Represent, and act as a forum for, a particular subject or discipline British Academy funds research in Humanities & Social Sciences Slide 22 British Academy Small Research Grants Up to 10k over 2 years Flexible (workshops, travel, some RA etc) Not PI salary or overheads Feb and Sept deadlines Postdoctoral Fellowship 3 year salary Within 3 years of PhD Attractive, but very competitive (< 5% success) October deadline Mid-Career Fellowship 6 to 12 months Within 15 years of PhD September deadline Page 22 Slide 23 Page 23 Government National Government Departments County Councils Other Government-funded organisations British Council collaborative grants NESTA Lottery International Europe Framework Programme USA Federal Grants Slide 24 Page 24 European Funding Framework Programme: EUs main method for funding research and innovation Budget 50bn over 7 years (Horizon 2020 80bn!) Organised into 4 pillars: CooperationIdeas PeopleCapacities Slide 25 Page 25 Cooperation People Ideas Capacities JRC FP7 7 460 4 728 4 217 1 751 32 365 Values in Millions Slide 26 FP7: European Research Council Starting Researcher Up to 1.5M over 5 years 2 to 7 years post PhD Call closes October Advanced Researcher Up to 2.5M over 5 years 10 year track record Call closes October Consolidating Researcher Up to 2.0M over 5 years 7 to 12 years post PhD Call opens in November, closes February. Page 26 Responsive Mode No requirement for collaborative groups Slide 27 Page 27 Industry Does fund research In-house R&D Contracts for research services Grants or award programmes but tends to be more restrictive If specifically seeking industry support, talk to Kent Innovation & Enterprise (KIE) Beth Flowers( Slide 28 Early Career Opportunities Slide 29 Main ECR Opportunities Page 29 SchemeDurationFundingECR? AHRC Early Career Research Grant Up to 60 months50-250k< 8 years PhD AHRC Early Career Fellowship 6 to 18 months50-250k2 years post doc, < 8 years PhD ESRC Future Research Leaders Up to 3 Years250k< 4 years post PhD Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship 3 years50% of salary, max 23k pa