Each year the aim is to fund 5–6 projects of up to 2 years duration, led by Iraqi researchers. The particularly encourage projects led by women, and warmly welcome applications to build on research previously funded by the Nahrein Network.
- To better understand the current situation
- To raise the profile of local expertise
- To improve the job prospects of the region’s youth
- To help heritage organisations better serve local needs
- To help post-conflict healing and reconciliation
- To address Iraq’s climate emergency.
- If you are shortlisted, the Nahrein Network’s core team will work with you to develop a detailed budget to fit the project, typically between £10,000 and £100,00 for a two-year project.
- You can apply if you are:
- Either: an Iraqi researcher employed by, or having another formal affiliation with, a university, registered cultural heritage organisation, NGO or community group in Iraq (including KRI)
- Or: a researcher employed by, or having another formal affiliation with, an Iraqi or non-Iraqi university, registered cultural heritage organisation, NGO or community group, provided at least one Iraqi researcher (as defined) is in the project’s leadership team and at least 70% of the budget is to be spent in Iraq.
- The Nahrein Network’s peer review college assesses all Expressions of Interest according to the following criteria:
- The quality, value and urgency of the proposed research;
- The qualifications and experience of the applicant(s) to manage and conduct this research;
- The likely long-term sustainability and/or impact of the project;
- The degree to which the project meets the aims and addresses the themes of the Nahrein Network.
- You are not eligible to apply if you:
- Are a student
- Are a current member of Nahrein Network’s Management Committee
- Want funding for a project to do with archaeological fieldwork or conservation of heritage sites, buildings or collections
- Want funding for a project to work directly with children
- Want funding for a project to do work that does not involve research (creating new knowledge)
- Want funding for a project to do research that does not have social, economic or cultural benefit for Iraq/KRI.
For more information, visit https://www.ucl.ac.uk/nahrein/apply/research-grants