British Academy/Leverhulme Small Grants Scheme *Now Open*


Grants are available to support primary research in the humanities and social sciences.  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.

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. Applicants may seek support for any combination of eligible activity and cost up to the overall limit of £10,000. The Academy will assess applications equally on their merits, with no preference as to mode of enquiry.

All applications should demonstrate that Academy funds are sought for a clearly defined, discrete piece of research, which will have an identifiable outcome on completion of the Academy-funded component of the research.

Closing Date: 15th October 2014 (5pm)

 Application forms are currently available on the e-GAP system. The starting date of grants in this round will be not earlier than 1 April 2015 and not later than 31 August 2015.


Latest EPSRC Opportunites

epsrc logoEPSRC High Value Manufacturing Catapult fellowships (2nd call)

High Value Manufacturing Catapult fellowships aim to strengthen relations between academics and manufacturers, and accelerate the transition of research from the laboratory to industry.

Closing date: 29 August 2014 at 12:00

Resource allocation panel (RAP): access to ARCHER (summer 2014)

EPSRC offers access to ARCHER through calls for proposals to the Resource Allocation Panel (RAP). Users can request significant amounts (>1,000kAUs) of computing resource over a maximum one-year period. The aim of this call is to provide access to our new national state-of-the-art high performance computing facility for proposals of high scientific quality that would benefit from ARCHER.

Closing date: 15 September 2014 at 16:00

Resource allocation panel (RAP): top-up access to ARCHER (summer 2014)

Access to the national high performance computing resource can be allocated as part of EPSRC grants at the time of award. However, initially only two years of resource are granted at which point, grant holders are invited to apply for a top-up to meet the objectives of their EPSRC grant. Applicants to this call can request ARCHER compute resource only to facilitate the remainder of their existing EPSRC grant.

Closing date: 15 September 2014 at 16:00

The Alan Turing Institute: expression of interest notice

EPSRC invites expressions of interest from UK universities to join a consortium to establish the Alan Turing Institute. Those considering an application to this call must register, by 20 August, to attend an open meeting on 24 September 2014.

Closing date: 24 September 2014 at 16:00

Statements of need for mid-range facilities

EPSRC offers an annual opportunity to submit Statements of Need for Mid-range Facilities in support of excellent Engineering and Physical Sciences research.

Closing date: 15 October 2014 at 17:00

University of Southampton Silicon Photonics for Future Systems programme grant innovation und: first call for research proposals

The EPSRC‐funded Programme Grant “Silicon Photonics for Future Systems (SPFS)” includes an innovation fund to enable the inclusion of additional partners to bring additional value to the programme.

Closing date: 05 September 2014 at 17:00

Next stage digital economy

The Research Councils UK Digital Economy theme is seeking to promote the realisation of impact and enhanced exploitation of the outcomes arising from its investments in the research base.

Closing date: 09 October 2014 at 16:00


Fellowships are available in a number of priority areas

Applications can be submitted at any time and will be processed on a rolling basis – further information on the application and peer review process can be found here:

New ‘Finding the Value’ exhibition to open at York St Mary’s

York St MarysNew work by artist Andrew Bracey will go on show as part of a new exhibition opening in York this week.

Finding the Value is a new installation at the medieval York St Mary’s church, which is inspired by the £2million Madsen Banquet. Andrew Bracey, who is Programme Leader for Lincoln’s MA Fine Art and MA Contemporary Curatorial Practice, is one of five artists who have been invited to create new work that responds to the collection of a local man who bequeathed his estate to York Museums Trust.

Peter Madsen and his sister Karen Madsen left their estates to York Museums Trust in 2011, providing the £2 million financial trigger needed to instigate the £8 million development of York Art Gallery, which is due to reopen in 2015. Included in Peter Madsen’s estate was his own varied collection, which is the stimulus for Finding the Value.

This new exhibition will explore the idea of inheritance of cultural values and the meaning of value, with Andrew choosing a selection of paintings from the Madsen collection with which to create new artworks. HisReconFigure Paintings feature an additional, abstract painted structure superimposed upon the human figures in the paintings.

Andrew has worked with different styles and types of figurative paintings to show the diversity of the Madsen collection, and he will create an intimate space to house his paintings – a ‘white cube’ within a mirrored structure that reflects the unique architecture of the church and also the viewer.

The other commissioned artists who will show their work as part of the installation are Alison Erika Fode, Yvette Hawkins, Susie MacMurray and Simon Venus. The majority of the new works will be for sale, and all proceeds will go to the York Art gallery redevelopment fund.

Dr Janet Barnes, CBE, chief executive of York Museums Trust, said: “We have been extremely grateful for the generosity of Peter Madsen and Karen Madsen, without which it would not have been possible to redevelop York Art Gallery on this scale. The financial value of their estates is very obvious, but Peter Madsen was also generous in leaving us his collection of paintings, prints, books and ethnographic and decorative art. We acquired some items for the collection as a permanent record of Peter Madsen’s generosity and the rest was sold at auction to raise funds for York Art Gallery. The residue that was left was of much lesser value so wedecided to take these works, both images and objects, as the raw material for new works. It is intended that the new works should respond to, investigate and develop the values and cultural meaning of the original works. It may even be the case that the financial value of the new works will greatly exceed the present value of the original material. It is hoped to be a creative questioning of, and experiment in, the inheritance anddevelopment of cultural values.”

The exhibition will take place in York St Mary’s from Friday 4th July to Sunday 2nd November 2014. It will be open daily 10am – 5pm and entry is free.

AHRC: Open World Research Initiative Launched


Our ability to fully appreciate the richness of world history, literature and belief requires the research expertise and language skills to better understand the cultures, art and traditions the world around us. The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) is pleased to announce details of its major new funding initiative aimed to enhance the UK’s research strengths in this area: the Open World Research Initiative. The initiative will be looking to fund exciting and ambitious new investigations rooted in language expertise in cultures from across the world, ultimately helping to inform what it means to be human in a global world.

The initiative is central to AHRC’s wider strategy for language-led research – research that is rooted in a deep appreciation of the language and literary traditions of human cultures. The AHRC will invest around £20m on at least five research programmes over four years from 2016. Programmes will be expected to develop innovative ways of working and to achieve wider impacts by engaging extensively with public audiences, policy bodies, private enterprises, the third sector and international partners. The Research Organisations involved in a programme will be required to demonstrate longer-term strategic commitment to the initiative, including sustainability beyond the initial funding period.  It is expected that after the four-year period of Research Council funding, there will be a clear and sustainable legacy of the work, including partnerships, and on-going impact both within and beyond academia.

For further press information from the AHRC, please contact Danielle Moore-Chick on 01793 41 6021 or