British Academy Skills Acquisition Awards

The British Academy has announced a new scheme to support the career development of early career scholars (for the purposes of this funding scheme this is academics within 10 years of the award of their doctorate) who are in established academic posts.

The new Quantitative Skills Acquisition Awards aim to develop and enhance researchers’ quantitative skills by providing an award to enable early career researchers to spend some time with a mentor in a research group specialising in quantative methods in their field.

The scheme will initially be run on a pilot basis, with around 20 awards being made, and it is anticipated that there will be one call per year.

Funding from the scheme will be available to:

  • support specific skills aquisition
  • benefit outstanding researchers
  • encourage the development of networks and future partnerships

Up to £10,000 over a period of up to 12 months is available under this scheme, the average value of award is expected to be significantly lower. The cost of travel, accommodation and subsistence will be covered by the scheme, which will also provide some funding to meet the costs of the mentor and a contribution to the cost of teaching relief for the applicant.

The closing date for the pilot round is the 31st October 2012. Application forms are available now in e-GAP. The starting date of grants in this round will be not earlier than the 1st September 2013 and not later than the 1st January 2014.

For further details see the British Academy website.