Call for Applications: Research Grant Development Awards in UK

Deadline: 31 March 2019

Applications are open for Research grant development awards to provide ‘pump-priming’ funds for the development of high-quality, innovative and multidisciplinary research grants in medical sociology / sociology of health and illness.

They are intended to support groups to work together to develop a research grant application and to submit it to a major national or international funding body within three months of the end of the award.

Funding Information

Grants can be used to cover the costs of a range of activities, up to a maximum of £6,000, as required in the development of a grant application to submission. In 2018/19, a maximum of four awards will be made.

Expected outputs

Successful applicants are expected to produce substantive outputs in the form of a full grant application to a major national or international funding body and, where appropriate, publications in peer-reviewed journals. These outputs are expected to be completed within three months of the end of the award, unless otherwise agreed in advance.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applications will be considered from groups comprising at least four researchers, based in at least three different institutions, at least two of whom have a track record as active researchers in the sociology of health and illness.
  • The lead applicant must be based in a UK university or research institution and be an active researcher in the sociology of health and illness. Other applicants may be based outside the UK.
  • Successful applicants may reapply for funding in subsequent years. Individual researchers may participate in more than one research group applying for a research grant development award, but may not hold more than one award at any one time.
  • Trustees are not eligible to be lead applicants for awards (though they can act as coapplicants). Other members of their Department are not excluded from applying as lead applicants or coapplicants.

Selection Criteria

Criteria used in assessing applications are:

  • the contribution of the proposed work to the development of a research proposal / grant application that will lead to high-quality research in the sociology of health and illness, including innovative theoretical and/or methodological developments;
  • the contribution to establishing or strengthening collaboration between research centres and academic disciplines, with the main focus on the sociology of health and illness;
  • the experience and expertise of the collaborators in relation to the research topic;
  • the appropriateness and standing of the proposed funding body; and
  • the other proposed outputs from the research grant development award beyond the external grant application to a major national or international funding body.

How to Apply

Applicants must download the application form via given website.

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