Funding opportunities

SIID is keen to foster development research across the University. We believe that the best research is truly inter-disciplinary, and hinges on effective international partnerships with other institutions, organisations and communities.

Below is a list of the resources currently available to fund development research, which is being regularly updated. A particularly important source of funding is the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). A quick guide to the GCRF programme is available here. For further information about the University of Sheffield’s response to these initiatives, please visit the R&IS GCRF website . Anyone interested in exploring these schemes are kindly requested to get in contact with Mel Knight (Research Development Section, R&IS) so that the Development team can support applications to this new funding stream.

A resume of the latest GCRF calls is available on their website.

Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)Public engagement callCurrently planning a large-scale funding call, through which they will make an ambitious investment (of up to £1·3m over 3 years) to achieve national impact in public engagement with contemporary issues of environmental science.TBC
NorfaceTransformations to Sustainability (T2S)Re-structuring the broad field of sustainability research by placing social science and humanities at the heart of interdisciplinary research5 April 2017
Medical Research Council (MRC) Global research programme – addressing the health needs of women and children in disadvantaged populations globallyA second joint call to fund global health research addressing the health needs of women and children globally. Originally launched in 2014, this programme aims to fund world-class and cutting edge research which addresses the health needs of the most disadvantaged populations12 Apr 2017
Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)Follow-on funding for impact and engagement scheme: highlight notice for four themesEncouraging innovative applications that seek to explore new, unanticipated, pathways to impact which have emerged from projects supported as a part of the following AHRC themes:
science in culture;
translating cultures;
digital transformations in the arts and humanities;
care for the future: thinking forward through the past
26 April 2017
Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)Increasing resilience to natural hazards in earthquake-prone and volcanic regions – knowledge exchange fellowshipAssist in increasing social and economic resilience in earthquake-prone and volcanic regions by reducing risks from multiple natural hazards27 April 2017
Leverhulme TrustMajor research fellowships in the humanities and social sciencesProviding replacement teaching costs over two or three years, to allow academics in the humanities and social sciences to focus on a specific piece of original research. 11 May 2017
Medical Research Council (MRC)Workshop grantsThis initiative will provide up to £650k per partnership for high quality 3-year collaborative research projects focusing on Communicable and Non-Communicable Diseases of relevance to the Philippines. It is expected that this funding will support around 6 joint projects; up to 4 in Infectious Diseases and up to 2 in Diabetes Mellitus.11 May 2017
Leverhulme TrustPhilip Leverhulme PrizesPrizes recognise the achievement of outstanding researchers whose work has already attracted international recognition and whose future career is exceptionally promising17 May 2017
Royal SocietyInternational Collaboration AwardsThis award is up to three years and offers an exciting opportunity to foster and promote international collaboration between outstanding research groups in the UK and overseas, with a view to supporting work on global challenges and problems facing developing countries. 23 May 2017
MRC/AHRC GCRFGlobal Public Health; Partnership Awards pre-call announcementBringing together expertise in medical science and health interventions in developing countries to co-design a global public health initiative. 8 June 2017
Newton FundInstitutional Links grantsProvide grants of up to £50,000 to £300,000 (depending on the partner country) to establish new research and innovation links, or significantly develop existing links, between research groups, departments or institutions with the potential for longer-term sustainability. 13 June 2017
Newton FundTravel Grants - Thailand Travel Grants - IsraelProvide financial support for early-career researchers to undertake an international research placement to strengthen links for future collaboration, build research capacity in developing economies, and enhance the researcher's career opportunities.13 June 2017
Newton FundWorkshop grantsFunds 3-5 day long bilateral workshops which bring together early-career researchers from the UK and a partner country to make international connections that can improve the quality of their research. 13 June 2017
EPSRC Cross-Disciplinarity and Co-Creation in ICT Research This call will encourage novel collaborations within the ICT community, with researchers across the EPSRC portfolio and with researchers funded by other research councils, as well as the active involvement of the users of research. £5M is expected to be available to fund 6-10 projects.14 June 2017
International Institute for Asian StudiesFellowship - International Institute for Asian Studies, NLIf IIAS decides to sponsor your research by awarding a grant, you will receive:
- A monthly grant of €2000;
- Office facilities and access to the Leiden University Libraries;
- A one-time grant of (max) €1000 towards the costs of (international) travel.
1 March and 1 October of each year
Leverhulme TrustVisiting ProfessorshipsA Visiting Professorship may last for between three and twelve months inclusive.ongoing