The British Academy Funding Call: Knowledge Frontiers – International Interdisciplinary Research Projects

Funder Deadline: 21st October 2020 (5pm)

The British Academy is inviting proposals from UK-based researchers in the humanities and social sciences wishing to develop international interdisciplinary projects in collaboration with colleagues from the natural, engineering and / or medical sciences, with a focus on technology, nature and humanity.


The purpose of each project will be to develop new international research ideas. 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 is aiming to support projects that build understanding internationally across different forms of knowledge and expertise – academic, professional and lay – on the relationships between technology, nature and humanity. The Academy particularly encourages applications led by scholars in the humanities.

Eligibility Requirements

The lead applicant must be a researcher from the humanities and 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.

Value and Duration

Awards of up to £200,000 for 24 months in duration with Full Economic Costing at 100%. Projects must begin in March / April 2021 and finish in March / April 2023.

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 Wednesday 21 October 2020 (17.00 UK time).


Contact Details

Please contact   Full details can be found on the British Academy Website.


Please allow sufficient time for your application to be reviewed and amended at each stage. This will allow us to support you more effectively and ensure that your proposal is ready for formal submission.

Faculty Expression of Interest: 1st September 2020

Faculty 1st draft review: 7th September 2020

Research Services deadline: 14th October 2020

Deadline for Applicants: 21st October 2020