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Funding opportunities


AHRC-GCRF Urgency Grants pilot: open for Covid-19-related research
Funded as a part of the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), This call is open to applications addressing the Covid-19 pandemic and associated international development challenges and impacts. The projects must be ODA compliant. In addition, applications must demonstrate the case for urgency, explaining why there is a need for arts and humanities research to be conducted within specified time constraints that cannot be supported through other funding routes. Funding of up to £150,000 is available at 80 per cent full economic costing over up to 12 months. Applicants should first submit an expression of interest to the AHRC. For support with your application contact Dr Anna Cieslik (

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Current calls

ERC Advanced Grant

Researchers who would like to compete for an ERC Advanced Grant have from 20 May to 31 August 2021 to apply for the next round of funding. Applicants for the ERC Advanced Grants - called Principal Investigators (PI) - are expected to be active researchers who have a track-record of significant research achievements in the last 10 years. The Principal Investigators should be exceptional leaders in terms of originality and significance of their research contributions. Applications can be made in any field of research.

Closing date: 31 August 2021

​STFC innovations partnership scheme

You can apply for funding to work with industry or other non-academic partners to turn STFC-funded research into commercial products and services. Support of up to £360,000 is available for 80% of the full economic costs of projects with a total value of up to £450,000 and lasting up to 36 months.


£360,000 max award

Closing date: 2 September 2021

Open calls with no closing date​

Employ a knowledge exchange and commercialisation fellow

Apply for funding to employ a knowledge exchange and commercialisation fellow at your research organisation. The fellow will facilitate the development of commercial opportunities for STFC-funded research. You must be an academic at an eligible research organisation. You do not need to name the fellow in your application. You can recruit them later.

​ESRC: Working with Luxembourg researchers

If you are a UK-based researcher, you can apply for funding to work with overseas researchers in Luxembourg. Collaborative work on any area of the social sciences is governed by an agreement between UKRI and Fonds National de la Recherche.


​Public Engagement Reaction Awards

We will fund quick-response public engagement programmes to:

  • deliver high-profile public engagement activities
  • champion STFC science and technology and its impact on society
  • interact with STFC’s public engagement and communication teams, including participation in STFC networks and event


​ESRC new investigator grant

The new investigator grant supports early career researchers and academics to become independent researchers through gaining experience and skills in managing and leading research projects and teams. The social sciences must represent more than 50% of the research focus and effort.

£100,000-£300,000 award range

​AHRC research networking scheme

The research networking scheme supports the exchange of ideas between researchers and stakeholders by funding the costs of workshops, seminars or other networking activities, covering up to £30,000 for a period of up to two years, with an additional £15,000 for international costs.

£30,000 max award

​AHRC Working with Brazilian researchers

You can apply to work with overseas researchers in the State of São Paulo, Brazil. Collaborative work on any area of arts and humanities is governed by an agreement between UKRI and FAPESP.


​AHRC standard research grant

The AHRC standard research grants support well-defined collaborative projects across the arts and humanities in areas covered by AHRC’s remit. You can apply for funding of between £50,000 and £1 million (full economic cost) for projects lasting up to five years.


AHRC early career research grant

This grant supports researchers within eight years of receiving a PhD or equivalent, or within six years of their first academic appointment, to gain experience of leading research projects. It supports collaborative projects of up to five years with funding of £50,000 to £250,000 (full economic cost).

£50,000-£250,000 award range