The Independent Social Research Foundation wishes to support independent-minded researchers to explore and present original research ideas which take new approaches, and suggest new solutions, to real world social problems. Awards are for up to 12 months and can start no later than December 2018.

Please see the Independent Social Research Foundation website for further information.

Award value: Up to £50,000 for full teaching buyout for up to 12 months and resonable support for research expenses on a matched funding basis with the host institution.

Eligibility: Applicants should be within 10 years of PhD award, and they will normally have a permanent appointment at an institution of higher education and research. Career breaks may be taken into account. The awards are intended as providing full relief from all teaching duties and all associated academic administration for a period of (up to) one year; applications may be made by those whose sole or principal post is a part-time equivalent.

Eligible Research:

Innovative research which breaks with existing explanatory frameworks so as to address afresh empirical problems with no currently adequate theory or investigative methodology. Innovation may also come from controversial theoretical approaches motivated by critical challenge of incumbent theories. Interdisciplinarity in the generation of new investigative initiatives may be achieved by combining, cross-fertilising, and so transforming empirical methods and theoretical insights from the social sciences. Projects ranging across the breadth of the social scientific disciplines and interdisciplinary research fields are welcome, and relevant applications from scholars working within the humanities are also encouraged.


Funder deadline: 3rd March 2017

Research Services deadline: 24th February 2017

Law Faculty deadline: 17th February 2017

Law Faculty deadline for initial expression of interest: 3rd February 2017