About the Academy: Roles a fellowship a funding Body a voice About the Academy: Values

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  • Research Funding
  • Jack Caswell (Assistant Head of Research Awards)

About the Academy: Roles

  • A Fellowship
  • A Funding Body
  • A Voice

About the Academy: Values

  • Excellence
  • Independence
  • Distinctiveness

Strategic Priorities 2013-18

  • Championing the Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Advancing Research
  • Fostering Excellence
  • Strengthening Policy Making
  • Engaging with the Public
  • Promoting Internationalism

Prospering Wisely

Our subject areas

  • Other societies
  • The Royal Society
  • The Royal Academy of Engineering
  • The Academy of Medical Sciences
  • The Royal Society of Edinburgh
    • The Humanities
    • The Social Sciences

Relation to Research Councils

Focus of research funding

    • Individuals
    • International engagement
    • Excellence and engagement
    • Languages and Quantitative Skills

Division of spend 2014-15

Research and international spend 2014-15

Languages and Quantitative Skills Dedicated programme to address skills deficits in UK education and research

  • Through this programme, the BA:
  • Works with key stakeholders with the aim of facilitating greater change and deepening awareness within relevant communities;
  • identifying and promoting best practice, and supporting research and scholarship in these areas.

Available research support

  • Humanities and social sciences
  • Postdoctoral level
  • Applicants resident in the UK
  • Complement the schemes of the AHRC and ESRC
  • Major focus on individuals through Postdoctoral and Mid-Career Fellowships
  • International opportunities, including new opportunities as part of the Newton Fund

Research Awards & Int’l Schemes

  • Postdoctoral Fellowships (PDF)
  • Mid-Career Fellowships (MCF)
  • Senior Research Fellowships (SRF)
  • BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grants (SG)
  • Skills Acquisition Awards (SQ)
  • Newton Advanced Fellowships (AF) - NEW
  • International Partnership & Mobility (IPM); and Newton Mobility Grants (NG) - NEW
  • Newton International Fellowships (NIF)

Postdoctoral Fellowships

  • currently offering up to 45 awards each year
  • tenable for three years
    • experience of independent research
    • introduction to teaching
    • career development
    • output and dissemination

Postdoctoral Fellowships

  • Eligibility
    • Any EEA national
    • Anyone of any nationality with UK doctorate
    • Doctorate awarded between April 2012 and April 2015
    • Agreed support from UK university as host

Postdoctoral Fellowships

  • Annual competition
  • 2-stage application process
  • Deadline for outline applications is 8 Oct 2014
  • Shortlist announced before February
  • Final awards announced in May
  • Awards to be taken up from Sep 2015
  • High priority scheme

Postdoctoral Fellowships

  • 802 applications in 2013-14, 45 awards, 5.6% success rate
  • 747 applications in 2013, 50 awards, 6.7% success rate
  • 923 applications in 2012, 45 awards, 4.8% success rate
  • 826 applications in 2011, 47 awards, 5.7% success rate

Skills Acquisition Awards

  • Open to early career scholars employed at UK universities
  • Awards for up to 1 year: relationship building, learning from mentor
  • Emphasis on real outcomes in skills development
  • Deadline for applications 29 Oct 2014
  • Awards taken up from summer 2015

Mid-Career Fellowships (1 year)

  • Mid-career (research and communication)
  • 2-stage selection process: outline stage Sep deadline
  • Success rate under 10%, likely to be around 35 awards
  • Awards for 6-12 months: research leave, FEC basis
  • Emphasis on:

BA/Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowships

  • 7 awards each year, tenable for one year
    • to complete major programme of research
    • relief from teaching and administration
    • Non-FEC, sponsored by Leverhulme Trust
    • Deadline for applications: 19 Nov 2014; decisions announced in following March
    • Awards tenable from autumn 2015

BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grants

  • Restored scheme, now with additional funding from Leverhulme Trust
  • Awards £10k, tenable for up to 24 months
  • Commonly used for pilot studies, small-scale projects
  • Worldwide in scope, international partners
  • High priority in Academy portfolio
  • Wide outreach: over 100 HEIs in last financial year

BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grants

  • Two rounds of competition per year
  • Next round open now for deadline on 15 October 2014
  • Awards for research to start between 1 Apr and 31 Aug
  • Further round in spring 2015 – deadline in April 2015
  • Awards for research to start between Sep and Mar 2016

BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grants: Other Funding Partners

  • Honor Frost Foundation
  • Modern Humanities Research Association
  • Sino-British Fellowship Trust
  • Sir Ernest Cassel Trust
  • Sir John Cass’s Foundation
  • Society for the Advancement of Management Studies

Academy Research Projects

  • Recognition of c. 50 long-term infrastructural projects
  • Datasets of fundamental resources
  • Support for British contribution to collaborative international enterprises
  • Occasional Call for new proposals, most recently in March 2014, for projects in the social sciences only

Proceedings of the British Academy

  • The British Academy’s flagship series, publishing themed volumes of essays
  • Proposals considered twice a year (deadlines March and September)
  • 8 volumes of essays published each year
  • Volumes included in British Academy Scholarship Online


Newton Fund

  • The Newton Fund was announced in 2014 as part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment.
  • The British Academy is one of a number of funding bodies which are partners in delivering the fund.
  • We are offering support through a number of dedicated schemes of grants and fellowships.
  • See www.britac.ac.uk/newtonfund

Newton Fund: Newton Advanced Fellowships

  • Offered by three national academies (Royal Society, British Academy and Academy of Medical Sciences)
  • Supports early to mid-career international researchers (up to 15 years post PhD)
  • Researchers from Brazil; Mexico; South Africa and Turkey
  • Helps develop their research strengths by linking with UK groups and networks
  • Funding includes salary top-up, research support, travel and subsistence, and training costs
  • Up to £37,000pa; one year or two year awards (maximum £74,000); not FEC

Newton Fund: Newton Mobility Grants

  • Researchers from Brazil; Mexico; South Africa; Turkey and Vietnam
  • Helps establish and develop collaboration with UK researchers around a specific jointly defined project
  • One-year awards particularly suited to new collaborative partnerships or to new initiatives
  • Funding can include travel, accommodation and subsistence, organisation of workshops and seminars, consumables; up to a maximum of £10,000
  • Awards must begin in March 2015

International Funding

  • International Partnership and Mobility Scheme
  • Funding for research partnerships between UK scholars and scholars in Africa, East Asia, the Middle East, Latin America & Caribbean, and South Asia
  • 3-year and 1-year awards: £10,000 per year
  • Next call expected November 2014; deadline in February 2015

Newton International Fellowships

  • Run by two national academies (Royal Society, British Academy)
  • Two-year postdoctoral research fellowships
  • For overseas researchers (from any country) to conduct research at a UK host institution
  • Covers any discipline within remit of RS and BA
  • Electronic application via RS e-Gap system
  • Next deadline expected to be in early part of 2015
  • See www.newtonfellowships.org

Sponsored Overseas Institutes

Evaluation Criteria

  • For all awards:
  • academic merit
  • originality of proposal
  • relationship to and volume of research already in the field
  • feasibility of research programme
  • specificity of scheme of research
  • intended outcomes

Evaluation Criteria

  • Research Posts: additional factors:
  • For PDFs: potential to go on to a successful academic career as a teacher in higher education
  • For MCFs: the communication plan and the public benefit of the intended outcomes
  • For Senior Fellows: how pressing is the need for the research time applied for

Evaluation Criteria

  • International: additional factors
  • IPM awards
  • The match and appropriateness of planned activities for developing the partnership
  • Degree to which collaboration within the partner area is encouraged
  • Ways in which knowledge development is encouraged
  • Outcome of the project, both academic and in terms of plans for continued links
  • Newton Advanced Fellowships and Newton Mobility Grants
  • Expected benefits to overseas individuals and country

Peer Review

  • assessment procedures proportionate to scale of funding
  • subject specialists within Academy
  • for international grants, may also use area specialists
  • recommendations confirmed by Award Committees, in light of budget available
  • Code of Practice for all assessors

Northumbria University

  • Past awards include:
  • Dr Pamela Davies (Dept of Social Sciences)
  • Needs of and Support for Families of Child Sexual Abuse
  • Small Research Grant, £6,389.00
  • Dr Tom Vickers (Dept of Social Sciences and Languages
  • The position and experiences of 'new migrants' in the North East England workforce
  • – Small Research Grant, £9,896.20


  • Media
  • Websites
  • Blogs
  • Social Media
  • Conferences/talks
  • Books/publications
  • Partnerships
  • Public engagement


  • Research Awards Team
  • grants@britac.ac.uk / 020 7969 5217
  • posts@britac.ac.uk / 020 7969 5270
  • International Department
  • newtonfund@britac.ac.uk / 020 7969 5220
  • partnerships@britac.ac.uk / 020 7969 5220
  • overseas@britac.ac.uk / 020 7969 5220

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