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.

Newton FundInstitutional links Grants (Egypt, Thailand, Turkey, Russia)Provide 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.19 September 2017
Newton FundResearcher links Workshop Grants (China, Philippines, Russia)Funds 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.19 September 2017
Newton FundResearcher links Travel grants (Philippines, Indonesia, South Africa)Provide 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.19 September 2017
ESRCBuilding resilience to natural disasters using financial instrumentsResearch on the use of financial instruments to build resilience to natural disasters.26 September 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
BBSRCBBSRC-Brazil (FAPESP) joint funding of researchRCUK and FAPESP, the State of Säo Paulo Research Foundation, have agreed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to welcome, encourage and support applications that may cut across their national boundaries and involve international collaborative teams.Collaborative research proposals may be submitted in any area of science that is within the remit of both BBSRC and FAPESP4 October 2017
British AcademyTackling the UK’s international challengesSupports original humanities and social science interdisciplinary research projects which relate to the UK's international challenges and opportunities, and can deliver specific academic, public, cultural and/or policy-relevant outputs.11 October 2017
British AcademyKnowledge frontiers – international interdisciplinary research projectsSupports humanities and social sciences researchers to develop international interdisciplinary research projects with development impact, in collaboration with researchers from the natural, engineering and medical sciences.11 October 2017
British Academy / LeverhulmeBA/Leverhulme Small Research Grants scheme Supports humanities and social sciences researchers to develop international interdisciplinary research projects with development impact, in collaboration with researchers from the natural, engineering and medical sciences.01 November 2017
BBSRCUK-India Newton-Bhabha Fund joint call on pulses and oilseedsUp to £3.5 million is available for multi-institutional collaborative applications between UK and Indian researchers to undertake high quality three-year projects, aimed at increasing the productivity, resilience, sustainability and quality of pulses or oilseeds grown for food or feed in India.24 October 2017
Leverhulme TrustVisiting ProfessorshipsA Visiting Professorship may last for between three and twelve months inclusive.ongoing