Research Funding Opportunities in KLS by qdk21196

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									                          Phil Ward
            Research Funding Officer
                      October 2008




Research Funding
  Opportunities
     in KLS
To recap…

         •   Basically two types of funding available…:
               ‘Responsive Mode’ Grants & Fellowships
                       For research on a subject suggested by you
               ‘Managed Programme’ Grants & Contracts
                       For research on a subject suggested by the funder
                       Programme Grants are similar to other grants; Contracts tend to
                        have more onerous terms and conditions and generally result in
                        ‘deliverable’ product/report

         •   …and five sources of funding:
                 Research Councils
                 Charities
                 Professional and Learned Bodies
                 Government
                 Industry




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So you have to consider…

         •   Remit
               Do they fund your area?
               Does the scheme fit? (eg Grants/Fellowships)
               What are the politics behind the call?

         •   Costs
               Will it cover all your costs?
                  • If not, are there other reasons to apply?
                  • Overheads – ‘Full Economic Costs’ (fEC)

         •   Timetable
               Deadline – is there enough time to write a proposal?
               Duration – will it cover the period of your research?

         •   Success Rate
               Is it worth it?
               Back up plan


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Research Councils 2008-09

         •   Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council
             (26% - £795m) (£721m)
         •   Science & Technology Facilities Council (20% - £624m)
             (£546m)
         •   Medical Research Council (19% - £606m) (£527m)
         •   Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council
             (14% - £427m) (£381m)
         •   Natural Environment Research Council (13% - £392m)
             (£362m)
         •   Economic & Social Research Council (5% - £165m)
             (£150m)
         •   Arts & Humanities Research Council (3% - £103m)
             (£97m)

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Research Council Delivery Plans 2008-11

         •   RCs laying out their priorities for the next 3 yrs
         •   4 cross-council priorities:
                 Energy
                 Living with Environmental Change
                 Global Uncertainties
                 Ageing: Lifelong Health and Wellbeing

         •   ‘Economic and Social Benefit’




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AHRC

         •   Delivery Plan Priorities:
               Stimulating innovation in the knowledge economy
               Global threats to security
               Capitalising our cultural assets

         •   NB: Responsive Mode/Strategic 3:1
         •   Success Rates 2007-08 (av. 24%):
               Research Grants
                  o Standard                           23% (27%)
                  o Speculative                        24% (31%)
                  o Practice-led                       32% (19%)
               Fellowships in the C&P Arts            17% (18%)
               Research Leave                         27% (49%)
               Networks & Workshops                   21% (33%)


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AHRC

         •   Research Grants
               Emphasis on supporting ‘teams’ of researchers
               4 ‘routes’ to applying:
                    Standard (£20k - £1m)
                    Early Career (£20k - £200k): <8yrs of PhD, or <6yrs 1st
                     appt
                    Speculative (£20k - £200k): ‘outcomes uncertain’
                    Practice-led (up to £20k): ‘practice as integral component’
               Deadline: will be open from 01/01/09

         •   Research Leave
               Most popular AHRC scheme; high success rate (but
                halved for the last round)
               Matching term of leave
               Deadline: March and Sept
               Currently under review



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AHRC – Research Leave Review

         •   Led by Prof Shearer West (Birmingham) and
             Prof John Caughie (Glasgow)
         •   Problem of
               Funding work which should come under block grant
               Non-completion

         •   Possible alternatives
                 Early Career Fellowships
                 Travelling Fellowships
                 Research Development Grants
                 Research Completion Grants

         •   Why not open Research Grants to individuals?


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AHRC

         •   Benefits of applying to AHRC:
               Prestige
               fEC – generous funding

         •   What to watch out for:
               Research Leave:
                 o Terms contiguous
                 o Completion
               Research Grants: ‘Team’ research
               Try and avoid cross-panel research
               Social & economic impact




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ESRC
          •   Delivery Plan Priorities:
                Succeeding in the global economy
                Understanding individual behaviour
                Population change

          •   NB: Responsive Mode/Strategic 5:3.5
          •   Success Rates 2007-08:
                Standard Grants                                15% (19%)
                Fellowships                                    26% (15%)
                Small Grants                                   36% (39%)

          •   Benefits of applying to ESRC are similar to AHRC
          •   What to watch out for:
                  The ‘lure’ of programmes
                  ‘Communication plan and user engagement’
                  Ethics
                  Small grants/standard grants assessment: better to be
                   seen by individual or whole Board?

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Charities

          • General Trust
             Leverhulme
             Wellcome Trust
             Nuffield Foundation
             Joseph Rowntree Foundation

          • Specialist
             Often medical
                o eg Cancer Research UK




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Leverhulme Trust

          •   Funds all fields, except social policy and
              welfare, medicine and education
          •   Supports original, risk-taking research that
              often transcends traditional discipline
              boundaries
          •   2007 expenditure £43.1m (£44.3m), split
              between:
                Sciences              45% (45%)
                Humanities            43% (36%)
                Social Sciences       12% (19%)




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Leverhulme Trust

          •   Success Rates
                Visiting Professorships      43% (50%)
                Emeritus Professorships      40% (48%)
                Study Abroad Fellowships     31% (24%)
                Research Fellowships         18% (22%)
                Philip Leverhulme Prizes     18% (19%)
                Research Grants              17% (20%)
                Major Research Fellowships   13% (13%)
                Early Career Fellowships     12% (11%)




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Leverhulme Trust

          •   Benefits of applying to Leverhulme
                Not ‘restricted’ by demands of distributing public
                 money
                   o no ‘political agenda’
                   o reporting not as onerous

          •   What to watch out for:
                Research has to appeal to broad general audience
                   o Trustees all ex-Unilever employees
                   o Depend for advice on:
                      o ‘Advisory Committee’ (for smaller grants): 9 professors
                      o ‘Advisory Panel’ (for larger grants): 32 academics
                Interdisciplinary – but not ‘last resort’
                Risk taking
                Individual ‘vision’


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Wellcome Trust

          •   ‘To foster and promote research with the aim of
              improving human and animal health’
          •   Funding expenditure in 2006-2007 £519m
              (£484m)
          •   As well as Biomedical Research, also supports
              ‘Biomedical Humanities’ (£12.5m in 06/07)
              (£8m)
                Broad remits:
                  o History: ‘the historical study of all factors affecting the
                    medical and health experience of people and animals
                    in all countries, at all periods.’
                  o Ethics: ‘ethical issues that arise in the development
                    and delivery of healthcare, or that arise from the use of
                    medical techniques. This includes ethics of research
                    (involving either humans or animals) .’

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Wellcome Trust

          •   Benefits of applying to Wellcome
                Wide range of funding
                More useful feedback following rejection
                Supportive once you have received funding

          •   What to watch out for
                Bringing in electronic submission in Medical
                 Humanities
                Biomedical ethics centred on funding for institutions
                 and developing countries
                Bewildering choice of funding schemes




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Nuffield Foundation

          •   Aims
                ‘To advance social well being…by supporting work
                 which will bring about improvements in society.’
                To support the development of research and
                 professional capacity

          •   Research expenditure (2007): £10.9m (£9.5m)
          •   Benefits of applying to Nuffield
                2 part process: initial application very simple, and
                 can apply any time

          •   What to watch out for:
                Strong social policy element
                Small scale funding
                Importance of ‘methodology’
                Look at previously successful grants


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Nuffield Foundation

          •   Project Grants
                Funding for research, practical developments and
                 innovation
                Programme areas
                   o Child protection and family justice
                   o Access to justice
                   o Open door
                   o NB: ‘Older People & their Families’ area dropped

          •   Social Science Small Grants
                Up to £12k
                Not restricted to policy/practical projects, although do
                 look for ‘social relevance’




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Joseph Rowntree Foundation

          •   3 aims:
                Poverty: to examine the root causes of poverty and
                 disadvantage and identify solutions.
                Empowerment: to find ways in which people and
                 communities can have control of their own lives.
                Place: to contribute to the building and development
                 of strong, cohesive and sustainable communities.

          •   Research expenditure: £5.4m
          •   Benefits of applying to JRF:
                Prestigious

          •   What to watch out for:
                Very prescriptive calls for proposals
                Relatively small amounts of funding

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Professional & Learned Societies

          •   Generally provide some small scale support
              for visits, conferences, fellowships or smaller
              research projects
          •   Professional Bodies
               Represent people working in a specific area
                  o e.g. Socio-legal Studies Association

          •   Learned Societies
                  Represent, and act as a forum for, a particular
                  subject or discipline
                  o e.g. Royal Society, British Academy




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British Academy

          •   Funds research in Humanities & Social
              Sciences
          •   Research Expenditure 07/08: £22.4m (£21.3m)
          •   funding strategy is focused on providing small-
              scale support, including Development Awards
              (up to £150k fEC), fellowships, conference
              grants and agreements with other countries for
              international projects




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British Academy

          •   Success Rates 2005/06:

                Small Grants                  50% (69%)
                Overseas Conference Grants    50% (50%)
                Bardas                         9% (59%*)
                Conference Support             9% (50%**)
                Senior Research Fellowships    9% (9%)
                Postdoc Fellowship             8% (5%)

               *Bardas replaced ‘Larger Grants’, which offered
                 £20k non-fEC
               **Replaced British Conference Grants and
                 increased upper limit to £20k



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British Academy

          •   Benefits of applying to BA
                Small Grants have highest success rate out of all
                 relevant funders
                Relatively simple forms
                ‘useful’ pots of money – eg conference funding,
                 collaboration etc

          •   What to watch out for:
                Quite a ‘traditional’ funder
                Liable to SOOH (but Bardas fEC)




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Government

          •   National
                Government Departments
                  o Usually managed programmes, e.g. DH, DEFRA, DFID
                  o Some responsive mode – e.g. DEFRA’s Darwin
                    Initiative
                County Councils
                Other Government-funded organisations
                  o British Council – collaborative grants
                  o NESTA

          •   International
                Europe
                  o Framework Programme
                USA
                  o Federal Grants & National Institutes of Health




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Other National Government Funding

          •   County Councils
                Commission surveys etc.


          •   British Council
                Have collaborative agreements with a number of
                 countries




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Dept of Health

          •   Research & Development budget 2008-09: £800m
          •   National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)
                Umbrella organisation covering a range of funding
                 programmes, including:
                   o Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB): ‘it funds research into
                     everyday practice in the health service’
                   o Service Delivery & Organisation (SDO): ‘commissions
                     research on the way health services are organised and
                     delivered by the NHS.’

          •   Benefits of DoH:
                A lot of funding available, fEC
                NIHR success rate good

          •   What to watch out for:
                Complex applications
                Research Governance Framework (RGF)


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SE Research Design Service

          •   £5m service for SE Strategic Health Authority
          •   Surrey, Sussex, Kent
          •   Advise and support health and social care
              researchers
          •   Free




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European Funding

          •   European Commission
                ‘driving force’ behind EU
                Drafts laws, manages day-to-day business of EU
                Organised into 37 Directorates General & Services,
                 including
                  o Justice, Freedom & Security
                      eg ‘Daphne II Programme’ to combat violence against
                       children, young people and women
                  o Research
                      Framework Programme
                  o Regional Policy
                      Interreg Programme




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DG Research

          •   Framework Programme: EU’s main method for funding
              research and innovation
          •   FP7 started in January this year
          •   Budget €50bn over 7 years
          •   Organised into 4 pillars:



                    Cooperation           Ideas



                       People        Capacities



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FP7: Budget Split 2007-2013

                                 Values in
                       €1 751    € Millions
              €4 217
                                 Cooperation
           €4 728
                                 Ideas
                                 People
          €7 460                 Capacities
                                 JRC

                       €32 365

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FP7: Cooperation Themes

          •   Health
          •   Food, agriculture and biotechnology
          •   Information and communication technologies.
          •   Nanosciences, nanotechnologies, materials
              and new production technologies
          •   Energy
          •   Environment (including climate change)
          •   Transport (including aeronautics)
          •   Socio-economic sciences and the humanities
          •   Security
          •   Space
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FP7 - SSH
          •   1. Growth, employment and competitiveness in
              a knowledge society: the European case
          •   2. Combining economic, social and
              environmental objectives in a European
              perspective: Paths towards sustainable
              development
          •   3. Major trends in society and their implications
          •   4. Europe in the World
          •   5. The Citizen in the European Union
          •   6. Socio-Economic and Scientific Indicators
          •   7. Foresight activities

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          •   8. Strategic Activities
FP7 – SSH – Current Call

          •   Deadline 13 Jan 2009
          •   Collaborative projects (CP) – up to €2.7m
          •   Topics include:
                Impacts of corporate social responsibility
                Social inequalities, their implications and policy
                 options
                Quality of work and impact on quality of life and
                 economy
                Tolerance and cultural diversity
                Religion and secularism in Europe
                Perspectives form outside the EU on human rights,
                 democracy and peace
                Independent media and democracy in Europe


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FP7: European Research Council

          •   Responsive Mode
          •   No requirement for collaborative groups
          •   ‘Starting Independent Researcher Grant’
                200 to be made annually, each lasting up to 5 yrs
                Up to €400k per year
                Applicants <10 yrs from PhD
                Very over subscribed – success rate approx 5%
                Next deadline (SSH) 19 Nov 2008

          •   ‘Advanced Research Grant’
                Up to €700k per year
                Applicants must have >10yr track record
                Next call: end of the year; deadline in Spring


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European Science Foundation

          •   Not part of EU (member countries include
              Switzerland and Turkey)
          •   Aims to act as a catalyst for brining together
              European scientists and researchers
          •   Includes Social Sciences & Humanities
          •   Schemes include exploratory workshops,
              Programmes and COST Networks




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Industry

          •   Does provide funding for research, but tend to
              be more restrictive in the parameters of the
              research and use of intellectual property
          •   In-house expenditure on R&D
                e.g. Pfizer spent £550m on research in UK alone
                Some of this used in collaborative projects

          •   Contracts for research services
          •   Grants or award programmes
          •   If specifically seeking industry support, talk to
              Kent Innovation & Enterprise (KIE)


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Key points to remember when applying

          •   Keep it simple
                Write for a general audience

          •   Think defensively
                Assessors are looking to pick holes

          •   Concentrate on explaining what you will do
                Keep theoretical background to a minimum

          •   Make sure costs match outcome
                Value for money is a consideration

          •   Show it to your peers
                Better to have feedback now




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Applying for Funding - Costing

          •   Full Economic Costing
                Government requirement
                Have been submitting RC applications using fEC
                 since 1 Sept 2005

          •   Don’t worry – the Research Services will help!
                Will make calculations based on information you give
                But give us time (at least a week before deadline)




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Applying for Funding - Approval
          •   All applications must have Internal Approval Form
                Series of yes/no questions as to risks, use of resources etc
                Must be signed by:
                   o PI and Co-I(s)
                   o Head of Dept
                   o Research Services
                If excessive demand on library/computing services
                   o Head of Computing Service
                   o Subject Librarian

          •   May also need:
                Ethical Approval
                   o Research proposals of a clinical, psychological, social or
                     physiological nature involving human participants
                   o Research Ethics Advisory Groups – Ethics Committee
                   o Contact Nicole Palmer (n.r.palmer@kent.ac.uk)
                Research Governance Approval
                   o need to get advice and/or approval if your research is in
                     Health or Social Welfare




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Upcoming Events

          •   30 Oct: Writing Successful Applications
                Prof Andrew Derrington
                Second date added: 19 Nov


          •   10 Dec: European Funding
                Part of 2008-09 PVC’s Lunchtime Research
                 Seminars
                Followed by UKRO Surgery Session




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Sources of Information
          •   Funders
                www.ahrc.ac.uk                   •   Sources of information
                                                        www.researchresearch.com
                www.esrc.ac.uk                         www.ukro.ac.uk
                www.mrc.ac.uk                          www.serdsu.org
                www.leverhulme.ac.uk
                www.nuffieldfoundation.org       •   Applying for funding
                                                        Research Services
                www.wellcome.ac.uk                    www.kent.ac.uk/res
                www.jrf.org.uk                         Je-S
                www.britac.ac.uk                      https://je-
                                                          s.rcuk.ac.uk/eforms/secure/Logi
                http://www.britishcouncil.org/           n.asp
                 science-research-                      Full Economic Costing
                                                       www.kent.ac.uk/res/fec.htm
                 partnerships.htm
                www.cordis.lu/fp7/home.cfm
                http://erc.europa.eu/index_e
                 n.cfm
                                                  •   Help and Support
                                                        Phil Ward
                                                           p.ward@kent.ac.uk
                www.esf.org                            Jacqueline Aldridge
                                                           j.aldridge@kent.ac.uk


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