Funding Call: Knowledge Frontiers – International Interdisciplinary Research Projects 2021

Earliest start date: 1 Mar 2021

Scheme opens date: 10 Jun 2020

Deadline date: 21 Oct 2020 – 17:00 BST

Duration of award: 24 months

Contact details: internationalchallenges@thebritishacademy.ac.uk Apply

Funded by the UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy .

This programme provides UK-based researchers at any career stage, and active in any discipline within the social sciences and the humanities, with an opportunity to develop and lead international interdisciplinary research projects in collaboration with colleagues from the natural, engineering and/or medical sciences.

Aims

The British Academy is inviting proposals for projects which focus on the interaction between technology, nature and humanity.

The intersection between technology, nature and humanity is key to many of our most pressing international challenges, from climate change and ecosystem disruption, to migration and sustainable population growth, to the role and understanding of new technologies in society. The British Academy welcomes proposals for projects which bring together new knowledge collaborations to address issues facing individuals, communities and societies, and lessons that can be learnt from such issues that have been faced in the past. Applications may consider how nature and technology are understood across different societies, and how this understanding is embedded in culture, historical practice, and social infrastructures.

The British Academy encourages broad and innovative interpretations of the themes of technology, nature and humanity, and how they relate to international questions and challenges. Applications are encouraged to bring together different communities of expertise, for example academic, professional, business, lay, or community. Projects could bring together different forms of collaboration, between lived experience, modelling, and data science.

The purpose of each project will be to develop new international research ideas. Projects will also need to demonstrate an innovative and interdisciplinary partnership between researchers in the social sciences or the humanities on the one hand, and counterparts in the natural, engineering and/or medical sciences on the other. The Academy is looking to fund applications that break new ground in the collaborations – international and interdisciplinary – they support, and the research they aim to undertake. The Academy particularly encourages applications led by scholars in the humanities.

Eligibility requirements

The lead applicant must be a researcher from the humanities or social sciences, and be based at an eligible UK university or research institute. The lead applicant must be of postdoctoral or above status (or have equivalent research experience).

Projects must involve at least one co-applicant from the natural, engineering and/or medical sciences. Collaboration between researchers in different institutions is encouraged, where appropriate, given the nature and aims of the programme, and applications may include co-applicants and other participants from overseas.

For more details about the programme and the eligibility requirements, please see the Scheme Notes.

Value and duration

Awards of 24 months in duration and up to £200,000 are available.

Funding can be used to support the time of the Principal Investigator and Co-Applicants; postdoctoral (or equivalent) research assistance; travel, fieldwork and related expenses; and networking costs. Awards are offered on a 100% full economic costing basis.

Projects must begin in March / April 2021.

Application process

Applications must be submitted online using the British Academy’s Grant Management System (GMS), Flexi-Grant®.

The deadline for submissions and UK institutional approval is 17.00 (UK time) on 21 October 2020.

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