The British Academy is inviting proposals from UK-based researchers in the humanities and social sciences to develop interdisciplinary projects which bear on our understanding of the UK’s international challenges and opportunities (past, present and future). Proposals which relate to the themes of Conflict, Stability & Security; Europe’s Futures; Justice, Rights & Equality; and Urban Futures are particularly welcome. This call for proposals is the second round of this scheme, following a first round last year.

The purpose of each project will be to bring original interdisciplinary research ideas from the humanities and social sciences to bear on our understanding of the international challenges and opportunities which the UK has faced, is facing and will face. The projects awarded will aim to deliver specific academic, public, cultural and/or policy-relevant outputs.

For this scheme originality can arise also from looking at material (such as archival material) in new ways or bringing forth new understanding from material that has previously been unknown or less well known, or innovative combinations of researchers (and/or practitioners) in an interdisciplinary manner.

Eligibility requirements

The lead applicant must be based at a UK university or research institute, and be of postdoctoral or above status (or have equivalent research experience). International co-applicants are strongly encouraged.

Current award holders in this scheme are able to apply for funding that develops further their original award. They are not able to apply for a new grant. In addition, award holders who currently hold a British Academy award through the following programmes are not able to apply: Anti-Corruption Partnership Evidence; Cities & Infrastructure; Sustainable Development; Early Childhood Development; and Tackling Slavery, Human Trafficking and Child Labour in Modern Business.

Value and Duration

Awards are of one-year in duration and are available for up to £50,000. Funding can be used to support research and/or clerical assistance; research expenses and consumables; travel and subsistence; and networking, meeting and conference costs. Awards are not funded on a full economic costs basis, with contributions to overheads an ineligible cost.

Application Process

Applications must be submitted online using the British Academy's Grant Management System, Flexi-Grant®. Full details, including guidance notes, can be found on the British Academy's website.

EOI: 11th September 2017

Faculty 1st draft review: Wednesday 20th September 2017

Research Services deadline: Wednesday 4th October 2017

Funder deadline: Wednesday 11 October 2017 (17.00 UK Time)

Host Institution deadline: Thursday 12 October 2017 (17.00 UK Time)

Final decisions will be confirmed no later than December 2017

Funding for the projects will begin between 1 and 31 January 2017.