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Arts Council England is a government funded organisation providing grants that help to promote and develop the creative arts by supporting arts organisations, museums, libraries, and independent projects. Arts Council England offers a wide range of targeted programmes. There is a specific focus on the impact of the arts and therefore they can be a suitable funder for public engagement projects.

Programme information

Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants: open access programme for arts, museums and libraries projects. Awards range from £1,000 - £100,000.

The Art Fund is a charity that focuses on helping museums and galleries to acquire, care for, and engage the public with works of art. It provides funding to support collections development and can assist with acquisitions and partnerships with other institutions to facilitate collections-based projects.

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New Collecting Awards: awards of typically £50,000-£80,000 aimed specifically at developing curatorial skills through the pursuit of new collecting avenues.

Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Grant: small-scale grants, divided into two categories of up to £1,500 and above £1,500 to provide practical support to facilitate research.
 

Overview

The British Academy is a charity that focuses on funding research in humanities and social sciences and on providing support individuals through fellowships and small-scale grant funding.

Programme information

Key programmes

BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grants: up to £10,000 for direct research expenses, for example to facilitate travel or workshops.

Mid-Career Fellowships: variable awards of up to £160,000 for individuals to facilitate major research projects within their fields and that specifically include significant public engagement outputs, with limited funds available for research expenses.

BA/Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowships: variable awards with no set limit which cover fellows’ teaching and administrative duties to enable the completion of a major research project - usually a career defining work.

Wolfson Research Professorships: variable awards with no set limit, to provide research leave (3 years) for established scholars to conduct research projects within their fields. The BA/Wolfson Research Professorship is administered every four years (last call was in October 2016).

Newton Fellowships: awards for subsistence, expenses, relocation and overheads to allow early career international scholars to undertake 2 year placements at UK research institutions.

Newton Mobility Grants: variable awards to enable collaborative partnerships between UK and international research institutions in specified countries.

Public engagement with research: schemes which offer funding for PER include The Humanities and Social Sciences Tackling the UK's International Challenges, The British Academy / Wolfson Fellowships and Mid-Career Fellowships.

Chevening is the UK government’s global awards programme which provides support for international mid-career professionals to continue their career development within a UK institution, usually through short courses or self-directed research.

Programme information

Chevening fellowships: variable awards to cover fees, travel and living expenses to allow international scholars to undertake placements at UK research institutions.

Commonwealth Scholarships provide funding for established international researchers to undertake placements at UK institutions, research can be in any subject area but should have the potential for a broad impact beyond the academic community. Not all programmes are currently accepting applications; revisit http://cscuk.dfid.gov.uk/apply/ periodically for updates.

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Commonwealth Rutherford Fellows: variable awards to cover fees, travel and living expenses to allow international scholars to undertake placements at UK research institutions.

The Horizon 2020 research programme, established in 2014, will provide €80billion of funding to encourage excellence and innovation in research in Europe over the course of the 7 years up until 2020.  Contact the University of Oxford’s Gateway to Europe team for more information.

Programme information

Public engagement with research guidance

All EU research grant awards, including awards for Horizon 2020 projects, confirmed before the official departure of the UK from the European Union will be honoured for their full duration. The Treasury has confirmed that UK-based researchers will receive all the funding they secure from successful Horizon 2020 bids, even in the event of “no deal” on Brexit. Keep up-to-date with the latest updates.

Innovate UK is a government agency that encourages scientific and technological innovation and provides funding through Innovation Competitions for projects that respond to specific challenges; as a result, calls may close soon after the original announcement.

Funding opportunities

Overview

The Leverhulme Trust is a charity that supports research across a wide range of disciplines and funds projects within the arts, humanities, sciences and social sciences. The Leverhulme Trust defines its programmes based on the type of research activity, it does not pursue or prioritise specific themes and therefore can be suitable funder for a wide range of different projects operating at different scales.

Funding opportunities

Key programmes

Research Project Grants: awards up to £500,000 to facilitate major research projects.

Early Career Fellowships: awards up to £25,000 (50% of total salary costs) that must be match funded by the host institution to support early career researchers with major research projects, plus annual research expenses of up to £6,000 per year.

Major Research Fellowship: awards provide research leave (2-3 years) for established scholars to facilitate major research projects within their fields.

Research Fellowship: awards up to £55,000 to provide research expenses and/or replacement salary costs, tenable for between 3 and 24 months.

Research Leadership Awards: large-scale grants of £800,000 - £1million to build research teams for major projects.

Philip Leverhulme Prizes: awards up to £100,000 for researchers at an early stage of their careers with international recognition to use for any research purpose to advance within their field.

The Leverhulme Trust also offers arts scholarships and fellowships for emeritus and international scholars, as well as funding for studentships.  
 

MSCA is a funding body supported by the European Commission that provides funding for research projects and has a particular focus on facilitating researcher mobility within EU Member States or Associated Countries. Award amounts vary based upon the location and duration of placements. Contact the University of Oxford’s Gateway to Europe team for more information.

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Current opportunities

Public engagement with research guidance

Marie Curie Individual Fellowships: variable awards with no set limit, to facilitate research projects by individuals within a European host institution in a different country to their normal place of work or residence.

The Royal Commission provides funding for advanced study and research in science, engineering, the built environment and design. It has a specific focus on raising awareness of science and engineering opportunities to younger audiences.

Programme information

(1851) Research Fellowships: variable awards with no set limit, to support early career researchers with major research projects at an institution that is different from the institution where their doctorate was gained. 

 

Overview

The Royal Society is a charity that focuses on funding research into natural sciences and on providing support individuals through fellowships and small-scale grant funding.

Programme information

Key programmes

RS/Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowships: variable awards with no set limit for individuals to facilitate major research projects within their fields.

Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships: variable awards for early career researchers requiring a flexible working pattern.

Research Grants: variable awards of up to £20,000 (incl. VAT) for scientists in the UK who are at an early stage in their career or returning from a career break and want to purchase specialised equipment and consumables.

Newton Mobility Grants: variable awards of up to £12,000 over two year to enable collaborative partnerships between international and UK research institutions.

APEX Awards (Academies Partnership in Supporting Excellence in Cross-disciplinary Research): variable awards of up to £100,000 specifically aimed at supporting cross disciplinary research.

Places of Science: small grants of up to £3,000 to small museums, funding projects that tell the stories of science and scientists relevant to communities across the UK.

Public Engagement Fund: provides between £500 and £10,000 for Royal Society Research Fellows to create and lead public engagement projects.

Overview

The Wellcome Trust is a charity that focuses primarily on medical science and healthcare but also funds research more broadly within the humanities and social sciences. It supports large projects and has a particular interest in interdisciplinary collaboration. It also provides a wide range of funding opportunities specifically aimed at public engagement and creative industries.

Programme information

Key programmes

Investigator Awards (Science / Humanities and Social Science): variable awards including large-scale grants From £250,000 to £1 million for researchers at all career stages to facilitate major research projects. NB The last preliminary application deadline before this will be in January 2020. 

Research Fellowships in Humanities and Social Science: awards of up to £275,000 over 3 years for individuals to facilitate major research projects within their fields.

Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowships: offers recently qualified postdoctoral researchers up to £300,000 to start independent research careers.

Seed Awards in Humanities and Social Science: awards of up to £100,000 to explore and develop new ideas.

Research Resources Awards in Humanities and Social Science: awards of up to £500,000 over 5 years to help collection and information professionals develop library and archive material for humanities and social science researchers.

Public Engagement Fund: variable awards for projects up to £3 million to engage the public with health research.

You may also wish to use Research Professional, an online research funding database and news service which is free for everyone at Oxford.

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