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.

NERC / AHRCExploring and understanding Colombian bio resourcesProjects will be expected to take an inter-disciplinary approach, bringing together environmental science with arts and humanities, and must address at least one of the following three challenges:

Functioning and resilience of socio-ecological systems.
Maximising / supporting social inclusion in the sustainable management and resilience of socio-ecological systems.
Understanding and delivering the benefits of natural resources to support social and economic growth.
For Intention to Submit form - 24 October 2017. For full proposal - 30 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
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
NERC / DFIDCatalyst grants - Science for Humanitarian Emergencies & Resilience (SHEAR) research programmeThis catalyst grants call will aim to support small projects with a maximum project size of £250,000 (100% full economic cost), with UK institutions eligible for 80% full economic cost and overseas organisations eligible for 100% direct project costs. The total available budget for this call is £2·5 million, and it is anticipated that 10-12 projects will be funded. It is expected that projects will start in September 2018 and have a maximum duration of two years.(outline bids): 21 November 2017
EU-India Platform for Social Sciences and Humanities (EqUIP) / GCRFEqUIP call for collaborative research on sustainability, equity, wellbeing and cultural connectionsThe call aims to bring together social science and humanities funders in India and Europe to support excellent and innovative research on sustainability, equity, wellbeing and cultural connections. The emphasis of the research will be on Indian and European dimensions, in both contemporary and historical contexts.30 November 2017
Newton RCUKNewton RCUK-Colciencias Research Partnerships call 2017This initiative will provide funding for internationally competitive, transformative and high-quality collaborative research projects which address a broad range of areas related to post-conflict transitions in Colombia under three main themes: participation and inclusion, working towards reconciliation, and education for peacebuilding.30 November 2017
DAADFranco-German Fellowship Programme on Climate, Energy and Earth System ResearchGermany and France are inviting researchers from all over the world to cooperate with German and French partners to advance sustainability research in the following fields:
1. Research on climate change
2. Research for the energy transition
3. Research to understand the Earth system.
The deadlines for the two-stage application are October 13, 2017 and February 15, 2018.
DAADEarly Career FellowshipsOffering 50% match-funding for the salary costs of three-year academic research position, the scheme enables early career researchers to undertake a significant piece of publishable work. Applicants must have a track record of research, but should not have held an established academic appointment in the UK. 1 March 2018
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
ESRCPre call announcement: ESRC Centres competition 2018Research centres are major ESRC strategic investments. In addition to taking forward an ambitious research agenda and making significant economic or societal impact, they add value by increasing research infrastructure, building capacity, encouraging interdisciplinary working in social science and beyond, and enabling research collaboration in the UK and internationally.March 2018
Leverhulme TrustVisiting ProfessorshipsA Visiting Professorship may last for between three and twelve months inclusive.ongoing