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Tackling the UK's International Challenges

Tackling the UK's International Challenges

The British Academy is inviting proposals from UK-based researchers in the Social Sciences and Humanities to develop projects related to the following topics: Urban Futures; Conflict, Stability & Security; Justice, Rights & Equality; Europe’s Futures; Knowledge Frontiers. This call is part of a new round of research projects under the British Academy’s Tackling the UK’s International Challenges programme. Awards are of one-year in duration. The themes stated above correspond to the British Academy’s current international policy priorities.


The purpose of each project will be to bring new research ideas and methods to bear on existing international challenges and to deliver specific policy-relevant outputs. Projects will need to demonstrate an innovative and interdisciplinary approach yielding new conceptual understanding in the above themes. Projects at the interface of two or more of the above themes are encouraged. The research outputs should inform policymaking and / or public awareness of the above themes in the UK and internationally. For this Scheme originality can also arise in terms of looking at material (such as archival material) in new ways or bringing forth new understandings from material that had previously been unknown or less well known, or innovative combinations of researchers (and/or practitioners) in an interdisciplinary manner.

Eligibility requirements

The applicant must be based at a UK university or research institute, and be of postdoctoral or equivalent status. The applicant must either be in permanent position at the institution, or have a fixed term position for the duration of the award. Co-applicants do not need to be UK residents.

Value and Duration

The value of the award is set at a maximum of £50,000. Funding can be used to support research/clerical assistance (up to £20,000), research expenses and consumables (up to £15,000), travel and subsistence (up to £10,000), and networking, meeting and conference costs (up to £5,000). Awards are not funded on a full economic costs basis, with contributions to overheads an ineligible cost.

Application Process

Applications must be submitted using the British Academy’s grants management system, Flexi-Grant. For the assessment criteria please see the detailed scheme notes.

Application deadline: 02 November 2016
Host Institution deadline: 03 November 2016
Decisions made: February 2017

Awards must start not later than 31 March 2017

Contact Us

If you have a question about this scheme, please first consult the scheme notes which contain more information. If the answer is still not available: email; tel: +44 (0) 207 969 5220.

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