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Research Roundup

Welcome to our newsletter - here you will find the latest staff and research news, information and funding opportunities from the University of London Research Office

December 2023 Issue

Research Roundup – December 2023

 

Contents

Introduction. 1

UKRI Open Access Policy for Books. 2

Writing Narrative CVs and UKRI Résumés for Research & Innovation. 3

REMINDER: UoL Research Protocols. 3

SAS signs Cooperating Partnership agreement with DARIAH-EU.. 3

The Conversation. 4

Mapping the Arts and Humanities. 4

Funding Opportunities. 5

 

 

Introduction

This is the pre-Christmas newsletter from the University of London Research Services team, you can find more information about us and our roles here, email us with any questions at all at research@london.ac.uk (throughout the week), or drop by Room 220 in Senate House, where you can find Jaimie and Madu on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. We look forward to meeting you, alongside the new Research Services Manager Hanna James, who joins the team in January from UCL’s Institute of Ophthalmology where she was Senior Finance & Research Administrator
 
A warm welcome to those who’ve joined us since the last newsletter:

Maria Beltran de Guevara Bragado - Senior Conservator - SAS
Larissa Erzinclioglu - Metadata and Discovery Manager - Senate House Library
Angharad Eyre - Researcher, University of London Anniversaries Project - Senate House Library
Katharina Hubschmann - Project Archivist (Hannah Miller and Norbert Miller Trust) - ILCS
Katharine Nelson - Sales and Marketing Manager - SAS
Laiqah Osman - Seasonal Schools and Societies Coordinator - IES
Sophie Stevens - Early Career Researcher in Latin American and Caribbean Studies - ILCS

 

UKRI Open Access Policy for Books

 

From 1 January 2024, UKRI’s open access policy will apply to monographs, book chapters and edited collections that need to acknowledge UKRI funding. UKRI is providing a £3.5 million dedicated fund to support open access costs for long-form publications within the scope of the policy.

Read more:

From 1st January 2024, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is introducing new open access requirements on long-form publications, including monographs, edited collections, and book chapters, for outputs funded through its grants only. This is in addition to its existing policy, also followed by the REF, that peer-reviewed journal articles are made open access. UKRI is providing a dedicated fund of £3.5 million to support the publishing costs of open access for long-form outputs that are in scope of the new policy.

If you are signing a contract to publish a monograph, book chapter or edited collection on or after 1 January 2024 that relates to a grant funded by URKI, AHRC or another research council, you need to follow the new UKRI Open Access Policy. Either the final version of record or your author’s accepted manuscript will need to be made open access within 12 months of publication and with a Creative Commons licence. For avoidance of doubt, this requirement does not apply to monographs, book chapters and edited collections where you have signed a contract before 1 January 2024.

All Principal Investigators on an UKRI grant will receive a direct email from your funder. More information on the procedures to follow, what outputs it applies to, and how to request funding is available here: Making your monograph, book chapter or edited collection open access – UKRI

The fund is held at UKRI, and applications must be made centrally via Research Services. Researchers should not submit their own applications.

The University’s Open Access policy supports the principle that the outcomes of research generated under its aegis should be freely available and accessible to all, while acknowledging its commitment to the academic freedom of choice and supporting its research community to publish in the form and format they consider most appropriate for their research. It is available here.

If you need further information, or believe you have an output that should be registered for funding, please contact open.research@london.ac.uk

 

Writing Narrative CVs and UKRI Résumés for Research & Innovation

We’ve received a lot of requests for information about the new R4RI Narrative CVs that now form part of UKRI Funding Application. The Lab for Academic Culture at the University of Glasgow has created an open-access course which includes videos and example CVs to help you complete your narrative CV. 

Read more: Narrative CV: resources to help you write one - Overview | Rise 360 (articulate.com)

 

REMINDER: UoL Research Protocols

This academic year, there are two important changes:

  • A more robust due diligence process which is part of both pre and post award management.

  • Any request for any extension of research grants/contracts whether costed or not should be sent to Research Services before Q3 (before May).

Read more:

We would like to remind colleagues where they can find the Research protocols:

-          Pre-award : https://uolonline.sharepoint.com/sites/intranet-sas/SitePages/Pre-award-(application)-guidance.aspx

-          Post-award : https://uolonline.sharepoint.com/sites/intranet-sas/SitePages/Post-award-guidance.aspx

For the new academic year, there are two important changes:

·       A more robust due diligence process which is part of both pre and post award management. More information will follow shortly.

·         Any request for any extension of research grants/contracts whether costed or not should be sent to Research Services before Q3 (before May).

All extension requests must be fully reviewed (workplan and finances) and approved by the Senior Management Team, before any contact with the funder is made. (Any extension may have an impact on project finances, and this must be analysed and agreed before any request is sent to the funder.)

Please contact research@london.ac.uk to discuss any extension requests in the first instance.

 

SAS signs Cooperating Partnership agreement with DARIAH-EU

The School of Advanced Study (SAS) has signed a Cooperating Partnership agreement with the Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities (DARIAH-EU). The agreement will strengthen opportunities for international collaboration in ways that are mutually beneficial to the UK and Europe’s digital research infrastructures.

The Conversation

Following the announcement in the last newsletter, we'd like to encourage everyone to sign up to the Conversation's Daily Newsletter - and consider writing for the Conversation.

The University of London is a member of The Conversation which is an online platform that publishes expert analysis and news articles written by researchers and academics, across all disciplines, for the public in the UK and globally.

You can pitch ideas for articles directly here: The Conversation. All authors receive editorial support from a team of professional journalists to ensure your research is put across in a way that can be understood by a broad, international audience of non-specialists.

As you can see from the chart below, it’s a great way raise your profile and to take part in public debate with a wide range of audiences, promote and facilitate engagement with research ideas and concepts, and to open up new routes to interdisciplinary working, knowledge exchange and public engagement. 

Our membership also entitles us to four training sessions with The Conversation to enhance writing and engagement skills. If you are interested in taking part in an upcoming training session, or in writing for The Conversation, please get in touch with the External Communications team: mediarelations@london.ac.uk

 

Mapping the Arts and Humanities

A new website launched at the end of November by the School of Advanced Study reveals the extraordinary diversity of arts and humanities research infrastructure across the UK for the first time.

Mapping the Arts and Humanities uncovers the range of institutes, centres and networks that support arts and humanities research, making it easier for users to discover and connect with research activity.

The project has collected the details of over 3000 pieces of infrastructure, which cover a huge variety of subjects and research specialisms, from literature and history, to law, design and visual arts.  

Previously, much of this vital infrastructure was unconnected and difficult to find, often hidden among sub-pages of university websites or buried among thousands of search engine results. Mapping the Arts and Humanities brings this information together in one place and provides a consolidated source of information about the UK’s arts and humanities research landscape. 

Professor Jo Fox, Dean of the School of Advanced Study and sponsor of the project, said: “Mapping the Arts and Humanities is an important step in uncovering the hidden research resources that drive new discoveries, and a critical resource for anyone who wants to better understand the rich research landscape of the arts and humanities in the UK."

The map will enable researchers to identify potential collaborators outside their usual networks and boost visibility for research infrastructure across the country. It will also help policymakers locate relevant expertise to inform policy, and external organisations connect with academic partners

Funding Opportunities

Please remember: Research Services operate internal deadlines for all schemes. If you are interested in a scheme, you must submit your expression of interest respecting the relevant internal deadline and have approval from your Institute Director or department head in order to apply. Failure to give sufficient notice may mean your application will not be submitted or will be delayed to a future round or deadline. Late or rushed applications are unlikely to be successful and have a significant impact on Research Services operational planning.

The pre-award protocols outline the timeframe in detail, but all applications must be complete, including costing, peer-review, ethics assessment, and ready to be risk assessed and approved no later than five working days before the deadline provided below (or intended submission date where no deadline is given).

AHRC - Catalyst Awards - Awards to support researchers without prior experience of leading a significant research project to accelerate their trajectory as independent researchers, to unlock their potential and build leadership and convenor experience. Awards are available for projects between £100,000 and £300,000 (full economic cost) and AHRC will fund 80% of this. Funding is available for projects up to five years in duration. This scheme will launch as consecutive rounds with defined opening and closing dates. Applications may be submitted at any time while a round is open. Deadline: Rolling deadline, please submit your EoI to Research Services at least three months before you want to submit, and confirm you are applying at least five weeks before the deadline.

AHRC - Curiosity Awards - Flexible awards to fund fundamental research that leads to new research agendas, networking activity and idea generation, which enables the development of further research opportunities and new research agendas. Awards are available for projects up to £100,000 full economic cost (FEC) and Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) will fund 80% of this. Funding is available for projects up to five years in duration. This funding opportunity will launch as consecutive rounds with defined opening and closing dates. Applications may be submitted at any time while a round is open. Deadline: Rolling deadline, please submit your EoI to Research Services at least three months before you want to submit, and confirm you are applying at least five weeks before the deadline.

AHRC - Follow-on Funding Scheme - Follow-on funding supports unforeseen knowledge exchange, public engagement, active dissemination and commercialisation activities that arise during the lifespan of, or following, an AHRC-funded project. AHRC funds grants of up to £100,000 for a maximum of one year, and smaller grants of up to £30,000 for shorter or higher-risk activities. Deadline: Rolling deadline, please submit your EoI to Research Services at least three months before you want to submit, and confirm you are applying at least five weeks before the deadline.

AHRC - Highlight Notice - Highlight notices are intended to stimulate proposals under specified themes /strategic priorities in order to rapidly advance thinking or collaboration in these areas. Highlight notices are offered as opportunities within existing AHRC research schemes and are therefore assessed under the same criteria and assessment process. Highlight notices are applied for a set period of time, for example 12 months, and the descriptions are usually intended to guide inquiry rather than prescribe individual research topics. Deadline: Rolling deadline, please submit your EoI to Research Services at least three months before you want to submit, and confirm you are applying at least five weeks before the deadline.

AHRC - Research Grants - Standard - AHRC standard research grants support collaborative research projects that require leadership from more than one researcher. You must include a project lead and at least one project co-lead jointly involved in the development and management of the project and co-authored research outputs. You can apply for funding of between £300,000 and £1.5 million (full economic cost) for projects of up to five years. Deadline: Rolling deadline, please submit your EoI to Research Services at least three months before you want to submit, and confirm you are applying at least five weeks before the deadline.

ERC - Advanced Grants - Are you an established, leading principal investigator who wants long-term funding to pursue a ground-breaking, high-risk project? The ERC Advanced Grant could be for you. Deadline: May (29th May 2024) – Expression of Interest by 1st March 2024.

ESRC - New Investigator Grants - We award new investigator grants to support new researchers at the start of their careers, based at research organisations eligible for UKRI funding, to become independent researchers through gaining experience of managing and leading research projects and teams. In addition, they will provide applicants with an opportunity not only to support their own skill development, but also the skill development of research staff employed on the grant. Grants range from £100,000 to £300,000 for a period of up to five years. Funding is based on the full economic costs of the research, with ESRC providing 80% of the cost and the research organisation covering the balance. Deadline: Rolling deadline, please submit your EoI to Research Services at least three months before you want to submit, and confirm you are applying at least five weeks before the deadline.

ESRC - Research Grants - We award research grants to fund individuals or research teams based at research organisations eligible for UKRI funding. Grants range from £350,000 to £1 million for a period of up to five years. Funding is based on the full economic costs of the research, with ESRC providing 80% of the cost and the research organisation covering the balance. Deadline: Rolling deadline, please submit your EoI to Research Services at least three months before you want to submit, and confirm you are applying at least five weeks before the deadline.

ESRC - Responsive mode: working with Brazilian researchers - Apply to work with overseas researchers in the State of São Paulo, Brazil. You can submit collaborative research proposals in any area of the social sciences within the remit of both ESRC and FAPESP. Applications are via the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Funding Service and will run as consecutive rounds with closing dates. The full economic cost (FEC) of the UK part of your project can range from £350,000 to £1 million. ESRC will fund 80% of the FEC. FAPESP will pay all Brazilian justified costs submitted through their system. Deadline: Rolling deadline, please submit your EoI to Research Services at least three months before you want to submit, and confirm you are applying at least five weeks before the deadline.

ESRC - Responsive mode: working with Luxembourg researchers - This opportunity funds work with researchers in Luxembourg. Collaborative work is governed by an agreement between UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and FNR. You can submit collaborative research proposals in any area of social sciences within the remit of both ESRC and FNR. Applications are via the UKRI Funding Service and will run as consecutive rounds with closing dates. The full economic cost (FEC) of the UK part of your project can range from £350,000 to £1 million. ESRC will fund 80% of the FEC. FNR will pay all justified costs for Luxembourg submitted through their system. You must be based at a UK research organisation eligible for ESRC funding. Deadline: Rolling deadline, please submit your EoI to Research Services at least three months before you want to submit, and confirm you are applying at least five weeks before the deadline.

Heritage Lottery Fund - Various heritage grants - We provide different levels of funding to heritage of all shapes and sizes. Our grants range from £3,000 up to millions of pounds. Take a look at our various funding programmes and decide which one might be right for you. Deadline: None, please submit your EoI to Research Services at least three months before you want to submit, and confirm you are applying at least five weeks before the deadline.

Leverhulme Trust - Research Project Grants - For researchers based at universities, institutions of higher education or registered charities with university-equivalent research capacity, to undertake an innovative and original research project. Deadline: No deadline for Outline applications, 4 deadlines per year for invited full applications. Please submit your EoI to Research Services at least three months before you want to submit, and confirm you are applying at least five weeks before the deadline.

Leverhulme Trust - Visiting Professorships - For UK institutions to invite an eminent researcher from overseas to enhance the skills and knowledge of the academic staff and/or students. Applications are invited for a minimum of £10,000 and a maximum of £150,000.  Deadline: May and October – Expression of Interest by 1st March 2024 for May 2024 round.

Mellon Foundation - Grant Proposals - Use link for further information. Deadline: none but the BoT reviews applications 4 times a year (March, June, Sept and Dec)

Wellcome Trust - Career Development Awards - This scheme provides funding for mid-career researchers from any discipline who have the potential to be international research leaders. They will develop their research capabilities, drive innovative programmes of work and deliver significant shifts in understanding that could improve human life, health and wellbeing. Deadline: April, July, November (11th April 2024) – Expression of Interest by 11th January 2024 for April 2024 round.

Wellcome Trust - Discovery Awards - This scheme provides funding for established researchers and teams from any discipline who want to pursue bold and creative research ideas to deliver significant shifts in understanding that could improve human life, health and wellbeing. Deadline: April, July, November (16th April 2024) – Expression of Interest by 16th January 2024.

October 2023 Issue

Contents

 

Introduction. 1

University of London partners in London Social Venture Fund. 2

IMPORTANT: UoL Research Protocols. 2

English Association relocates to School of Advanced Study at the University of London. 2

Institute of Classical Studies celebrates 70th anniversary. 3

The Conversation. 3

Register Now: Workshops on Writing Narrative CVs and UKRI Résumés for Research and Innovation. 3

Funding Opportunities. 4

 

 

Introduction

This is the newsletter from the Research Services team, you can find more information about us and our roles here, email us with any questions at all at research@london.ac.uk (throughout the week), or drop by Room 220 in Senate House, where you can find Jaimie and Madu on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. We look forward to meeting you.

Welcome to a new academic year – welcome back to familiar faces, and a warm hello to a long list of those who’ve joined us since the last newsletter:

Welcome to:

Kevin Amoke - Early Career Fellow: Inclusion, Participation and Engagement - SAS-Central

Thomas Balfe - Lecturer in 13th to 17th Century History of Art - WI

Sophia Benko - Graduate Trainee Library Assistant - IHR

Maisie Brewster - Graduate Library Trainee - WI

Sarah Capes - Project Officer - ILCS

Arianna Dalla Costa - Library Assistant - WI

Pragya Dhital - Lecturer in Collections, Archives, and the Study of the Book - IES

Michael Durrant - Lecturer in Book History - IES

Maria Golovteeva - Collection Research Assistant - WI

Cathy Goodin - Collection Management Officer (Library Transformation Programme) - SHL

Georgi Ivanov - Programme Director (PG Cert International Sports Management) - UoLWW

Richard Jalowik - Assistant Librarian, Electronic Resource - WI

Zoe Karens - Archivist - SAS-Central

Helen King - Early Career Fellow: Inclusion, Participation and Engagement - SAS-Central

Bronwen Manby - Lecturer in International Human Rights Law - ICwS

Svetoslav Minchev - Collection Management Officer (Library Transformation Programme) – SHL

Mai Musie - Early Career Fellow: Inclusion, Participation and Engagement - SAS-Central

Jasmine Newton-Rae - Graduate Trainee Library Assistant - ICS

Oliver O'Donnell - Research Associate - WI

Rebekah Pool - Personal Assistant and Administration Officer – WI

Charlotte Rudman - Early Career Fellow: Inclusion, Participation and Engagement - SAS-Central

Ruth Slatter - Lecturer in Historic Environment and Knowledge Exchange Manager – IHR

Darya Tsymbalyuk - Early Career Fellow: Inclusion, Participation and Engagement - SAS-Central

Alfred Ye - Graduate Trainee Library Assistant - IALS

Akeem Young - Graduate Trainee Library Assistant - IALS

Successful awards
Congratulations to:

  • Charles  Burdett (ILCS) who has been awarded an AHRC Research, Development and Engagement Fellowship.

  • Kingsley Abbott (ICwS) who has received Open Society Foundation funding for a project entitled ‘The Commonwealth and decriminalisation of poverty and status’.

  • Jane Winters (Digital Humanities Hub) who is involved in an AHRC/RLUK Professional Fellowship led by UEA.

 

University of London partners in London Social Venture Fund

The University of London is a partner in a new London Social Venture Fund that will provide early funding for new London startups pursuing a social goal. Funded by Research England’s Connecting Capabilities Fund, the initiative is led by Queen Mary University of London and UCL.

Read More: https://www.london.ac.uk/news-opinion/university-london-partners-london-social-venture-fund

 

IMPORTANT: UoL Research Protocols

We would like to remind colleagues where they can find the Research protocols:

-          Pre-award : https://uolonline.sharepoint.com/sites/intranet-sas/SitePages/Pre-award-(application)-guidance.aspx

-          Post-award : https://uolonline.sharepoint.com/sites/intranet-sas/SitePages/Post-award-guidance.aspx

For the new academic year, there are two important changes:

·         A more robust due diligence process which is part of both pre and post award management. More information will follow shortly.

·         Any request for any extension of research grants/contracts whether costed or not should be sent to Research Services before Q3 (before May).

All extension requests must be fully reviewed (workplan and finances) and approved by the Senior Management Team, before any contact with the funder is made. (Any extension may have an impact on project finances, and this must be analysed and agreed before any request is sent to the funder.)

Please contact research@london.ac.uk to discuss any extension requests in the first instance.

 

English Association relocates to School of Advanced Study at the University of London

The School of Advanced Study (SAS), University of London and the English Association are delighted to announce that the English Association will be relocating its office to Senate House from September 2023.

Read more: https://www.sas.ac.uk/news/english-association-relocates-school-advanced-study-university-london

 

 

Institute of Classical Studies celebrates 70th anniversary

The Institute of Classical Studies (ICS) celebrated 70 years since its foundation on Monday 16 October 2023. The ICS is a national and international research centre for the study of the languages, literature, history, art, archaeology, and philosophy of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds.

Read more: https://www.sas.ac.uk/news/institute-classical-studies-celebrates-70th-anniversary

 

The Conversation

The University of London is now a member of The Conversation, an online platform that publishes expert analysis and news articles written by researchers and academics.  You can sign up here for their daily newsletter of top stories to get a better idea of the topics and areas covered. Have a look at some of the articles already published by the University of London on The Conversation including this one by Jad Adams, one of the School’s Research Fellows: The history of the Yellow Book – the 19th century journal that celebrated women writers (theconversation.com)

 

There are a number of benefits in writing for The Conversation, including raising the profile of your research and areas of expertise - the UK edition of The Conversation attracts around 14 million reads per month and as articles are published under Creative Commons license, they are frequently republished by other news sources. It’s also a great way to build communication and engagement skills as all authors receive editorial support from a team of professional journalists to ensure your research is put across in a way that can be understood by a broad, international audience of non-specialists.

 

Our membership also entitles us to four training sessions with The Conversation to enhance writing and engagement skills. If you are interested in taking part in an upcoming training session, or in writing for The Conversation, please get in touch with the External Communications team: mediarelations@london.ac.uk.

 

 

Register Now: Workshops on Writing Narrative CVs and UKRI Résumés for Research and Innovation

 

We invite academic, research, and support staff within the University of London and SAS to register to a bespoke two-part training programme on writing effective Narrative CVs and UKRI Résumés for Research and Innovation (R4RI), focusing on humanities research and funding. Research funders have increasingly adopted the Narrative CV format, where rather than simply listing your achievements and publications, you are asked to describe the process of how you got to these.

The programme includes two online workshops, delivered in collaboration with Dr. Elizabeth Adams (external facilitator). Further details and registration forms for each workshop are hyperlinked below:

·         Getting Started with Narrative CVs (Monday 6th November 2023, 11:00 – 12:30): a 90-minute introduction to narrative CVs with a focus on humanities research and funding, covering both individual and team-based CVs. Registration for this workshop will close on 3rd November 2023.

·         Feedback and Peer Review on Your Narrative CVs (Monday 27th November 2023, 11:00 – 12:30): a 90-min virtual workshop with peer review groups of 4 – 5 participants each to practice writing narrative CVs and get feedback from peers. All participants will be required to draft a 2-page narrative CV (based on the R4RI template) in advance and share with us for peer review. This is to ensure that all participants get a fair opportunity to share their career stories in an open and constructive environment, and access peer support. Please note that spaces for this workshop are limited to 30 participants. Registration for this workshop will close on 15th November 2023.

 

While you can register to each workshop separately, we strongly recommend that you attend “Getting Started with Narrative CVs” before attending “Feedback and Peer Review on Your Narrative CVs”.  

If you have any queries, please contact LearningDevelopment@london.ac.uk.

 

Funding Opportunities

 

Please remember: Research Services operate internal deadlines for all schemes. If you are interested in a scheme, you must submit your expression of interest respecting the relevant internal deadline and have approval from your Institute Director or department head in order to apply. Failure to give sufficient notice may mean your application will not be submitted or will be delayed to a future round or deadline. Late or rushed applications are unlikely to be successful and have a significant impact on Research Services operational planning.

 

The pre-award protocols outline the timeframe in detail, but all applications must be complete, including costing, peer-review, ethics assessment, and ready to be risk assessed and approved no later than five working days before the deadline provided below (or intended submission date where no deadline is given).

 

AHRC - Catalyst Awards - Awards to support researchers without prior experience of leading a significant research project to accelerate their trajectory as independent researchers, to unlock their potential and build leadership and convenor experience. Awards are available for projects between £100,000 and £300,000 (full economic cost) and AHRC will fund 80% of this. Funding is available for projects up to five years in duration. This scheme will launch as consecutive rounds with defined opening and closing dates. Applications may be submitted at any time while a round is open. Deadline: Rolling deadline, please submit your EoI to Research Services at least three months before you want to submit, and confirm you are applying at least five weeks before the deadline.

 

AHRC - Curiosity Awards - Flexible awards to fund fundamental research that leads to new research agendas, networking activity and idea generation, which enables the development of further research opportunities and new research agendas. Awards are available for projects up to £100,000 full economic cost (FEC) and Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) will fund 80% of this. Funding is available for projects up to five years in duration. This funding opportunity will launch as consecutive rounds with defined opening and closing dates. Applications may be submitted at any time while a round is open. Deadline: Rolling deadline, please submit your EoI to Research Services at least three months before you want to submit, and confirm you are applying at least five weeks before the deadline.

 

AHRC - Follow-on Funding Scheme - Follow-on funding supports unforeseen knowledge exchange, public engagement, active dissemination and commercialisation activities that arise during the lifespan of, or following, an AHRC-funded project. AHRC funds grants of up to £100,000 for a maximum of one year, and smaller grants of up to £30,000 for shorter or higher-risk activities. Deadline: Rolling deadline, please submit your EoI to Research Services at least three months before you want to submit, and confirm you are applying at least five weeks before the deadline.

 

AHRC - Highlight Notice - Highlight notices are intended to stimulate proposals under specified themes /strategic priorities in order to rapidly advance thinking or collaboration in these areas. Highlight notices are offered as opportunities within existing AHRC research schemes and are therefore assessed under the same criteria and assessment process. Highlight notices are applied for a set period of time, for example 12 months, and the descriptions are usually intended to guide inquiry rather than prescribe individual research topics. Deadline: Rolling deadline, please submit your EoI to Research Services at least three months before you want to submit, and confirm you are applying at least five weeks before the deadline.

 

AHRC - Research Grants - Standard - AHRC standard research grants support collaborative research projects that require leadership from more than one researcher. You must include a project lead and at least one project co-lead jointly involved in the development and management of the project and co-authored research outputs. You can apply for funding of between £300,000 and £1.5 million (full economic cost) for projects of up to five years. Deadline: Rolling deadline, please submit your EoI to Research Services at least three months before you want to submit, and confirm you are applying at least five weeks before the deadline.

 

AHRC/DfG - UK-German call for proposals in the humanities - Apply for funding to conduct arts and humanities research projects with German partners. You must be: proposing research within the remit of AHRC; based at a research organisation eligible to apply to AHRC; working with a German team led by a researcher eligible to apply to DFG; Research projects must be composed of two highly integrated national teams based in the UK and Germany. All proposals must demonstrate the added value of international collaboration to research objectives. The full economic cost of your project can be up to £420,000. Your project can last 24 to 36 months. Deadline: February (20th Feb 2024) – Expression of Interest by 20th November.

 

ERC  - Consolidator Grants - Are you a scientist who wants to consolidate your independence by establishing a research team and continuing to develop a success career in Europe? The ERC Consolidator Grant could be for you. You can also apply if you have recently created an independent, excellent research team and want to strengthen it. Deadline: December (12th December 2023) – Expression of Interest by 25th October 2023.

 

ERC - Advanced Grants - Are you an established, leading principal investigator who wants long-term funding to pursue a ground-breaking, high-risk project? The ERC Advanced Grant could be for you. Deadline: May (29th May 2024) – Expression of Interest by 1st March 2024.

 

ESRC - New Investigator Grants - We award new investigator grants to support new researchers at the start of their careers, based at research organisations eligible for UKRI funding, to become independent researchers through gaining experience of managing and leading research projects and teams. In addition, they will provide applicants with an opportunity not only to support their own skill development, but also the skill development of research staff employed on the grant. Grants range from £100,000 to £300,000 for a period of up to five years. Funding is based on the full economic costs of the research, with ESRC providing 80% of the cost and the research organisation covering the balance. Deadline: Rolling deadline, please submit your EoI to Research Services at least three months before you want to submit, and confirm you are applying at least five weeks before the deadline.

 

ESRC - Research Grants - We award research grants to fund individuals or research teams based at research organisations eligible for UKRI funding. Grants range from £350,000 to £1 million for a period of up to five years. Funding is based on the full economic costs of the research, with ESRC providing 80% of the cost and the research organisation covering the balance. Deadline: Rolling deadline, please submit your EoI to Research Services at least three months before you want to submit, and confirm you are applying at least five weeks before the deadline.

 

ESRC - Responsive mode: working with Brazilian researchers - Apply to work with overseas researchers in the State of São Paulo, Brazil. You can submit collaborative research proposals in any area of the social sciences within the remit of both ESRC and FAPESP. Applications are via the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Funding Service and will run as consecutive rounds with closing dates. The full economic cost (FEC) of the UK part of your project can range from £350,000 to £1 million. ESRC will fund 80% of the FEC. FAPESP will pay all Brazilian justified costs submitted through their system. Deadline: Rolling deadline, please submit your EoI to Research Services at least three months before you want to submit, and confirm you are applying at least five weeks before the deadline.

 

ESRC - Responsive mode: working with Luxembourg researchers - This opportunity funds work with researchers in Luxembourg. Collaborative work is governed by an agreement between UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and FNR. You can submit collaborative research proposals in any area of social sciences within the remit of both ESRC and FNR. Applications are via the UKRI Funding Service and will run as consecutive rounds with closing dates. The full economic cost (FEC) of the UK part of your project can range from £350,000 to £1 million. ESRC will fund 80% of the FEC. FNR will pay all justified costs for Luxembourg submitted through their system. You must be based at a UK research organisation eligible for ESRC funding. Deadline: Rolling deadline, please submit your EoI to Research Services at least three months before you want to submit, and confirm you are applying at least five weeks before the deadline.

 

Heritage Lottery Fund - Various heritage grants - We provide different levels of funding to heritage of all shapes and sizes. Our grants range from £3,000 up to millions of pounds. Take a look at our various funding programmes and decide which one might be right for you. Deadline: None, please submit your EoI to Research Services at least three months before you want to submit, and confirm you are applying at least five weeks before the deadline.

 

Leverhulme Trust - Research Project Grants - For researchers based at universities, institutions of higher education or registered charities with university-equivalent research capacity, to undertake an innovative and original research project. Deadline: No deadline for Outline applications, 4 deadlines per year for invited full applications. Please submit your EoI to Research Services at least three months before you want to submit, and confirm you are applying at least five weeks before the deadline.

 

Leverhulme Trust - Visiting Professorships - For UK institutions to invite an eminent researcher from overseas to enhance the skills and knowledge of the academic staff and/or students. Applications are invited for a minimum of £10,000 and a maximum of £150,000.  Deadline: May and October – Expression of Interest by 1st March 2024 for May 2024 round.

 

Mellon Foundation - Grant Proposals - Use link for further information. Deadline: none but the BoT reviews applications 4 times a year (March, June, Sept and Dec)

 

Wellcome Trust - Career Development Awards - This scheme provides funding for mid-career researchers from any discipline who have the potential to be international research leaders. They will develop their research capabilities, drive innovative programmes of work and deliver significant shifts in understanding that could improve human life, health and wellbeing. Deadline: April, July, November (11th April 2024) – Expression of Interest by 11th January 2024 for April 2024 round.

 

Wellcome Trust - Discovery Awards - This scheme provides funding for established researchers and teams from any discipline who want to pursue bold and creative research ideas to deliver significant shifts in understanding that could improve human life, health and wellbeing. Deadline: April, July, November (16th April 2024) – Expression of Interest by 16th January 2024.

 

Wellcome Trust - Early-Career Awards - This scheme provides funding for early-career researchers from any discipline who are ready to develop their research identity. Through innovative projects, they will deliver shifts in understanding that could improve human life, health and wellbeing. By the end of the award, they will be ready to lead their own independent research programme.  Deadline: Feb/May/October - 15th November 2023 for February 2024 round.

 

 

 

June 2023 Issue

June 23 Research Roundup

 

 

Contents

 

 

Introduction. 1

 

 

UKRI - The Funding Service. 2

 

 

UK Horizon Europe Guarantee extended until September 2023. 2

 

 

Practitioners-in-Residence. 3

 

 

UoL name change on Research Professional 4

 

 

Updating your Directory of Research Expertise entry. 6

 

 

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships 2023. 7

 

 

Case Study: Gabriel Bayarri 7

 

 

Funding opportunities. 7

 

 

 

Introduction

 

Welcome to the June issue of the University of London Research Round-up. It’s been a busy late-spring/early summer in the Research Office, with a number of large grant and fellowship applications being submitted. Summer is now in full swing, but we’re here to help with any queries or applications you need help with. Please remember, the earlier you get in touch with us, the more advice and support we can provide, and you can help us avoid some of the last-minute problems that are stressful and unnecessary for all of us.

 

Since the last Research Roundup, we’d like to welcome the following new staff members:

 

Kaspar Beelen, Technical Lead, Digital Humanities

 

Beatrice Bottomley, Library Assistant

 

Matt Clancy, Research Student Coordinator

 

Isobel Conn, Research Officer (The Lessons From History Project)

 

Anita Grant, Senior Registry and Student Services Officer

 

Giles Mandelbrote, Librarian and Director of Collections, Warburg Institute

 

Rory Pesta, Academic Engagement and Impact Officer

 

Alyssa Steiner, Library Assistant

 

Neil Stewart, Head of IHR Library

 

Successful awards

 

Congratulations to:

 

·         Cynthia Johnston (IES) who is lead academic consultant on two Arts Council England awards with Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery.

 

·         Edouard Morena - University of London Institute in Paris – PI on a Climate Social Science Network grant entitled ‘The Smartest Elephants in the Room: Consultants in International Climate Politics’;

 

·         Lala Muradova – British Academy Visiting Fellow at SAS – ‘Feeling our way through misperceptions and misinformation’;

 

·         Ben Rogers - The London Research and Policy Partnership – Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Developing Local Policy Innovation Partnerships - Phase One;

 

·         Nicholas Shea (IP), who is involved in a UKRI Frontier Research (ERC Consolidator) Award “Conscious Computation” being led by University College London.

 

UKRI - The Funding Service

 

UKRI have launched the new Funding Service for grant applicants – this is a replacement for Je-S that will be rolled out for all UKRI calls over the rest of 2023. There have been several changes, including the introduction of a new Resume for Researchers in place of CVs, but the new system is designed to make applications simpler for researchers.

 

Read more:

 

Applications will require a new narrative C.V., called the Resume for Research and Innovation, and the form will offer a more intuitive online experience, standardising all elements of the application form and introducing improved linking of data from other sources.

 

The system is being rolled out gradually, so some features aren’t yet available but will come online over the next few months. Users will be required to set up a new account on the system – it won’t transfer from Je-S.

 

https://www.ukri.org/apply-for-funding/improving-your-funding-experience/how-applicants-use-the-ukri-funding-service/

 

There is a set of core application sections that will be common across the response mode calls: https://www.ukri.org/apply-for-funding/improving-your-funding-experience/how-applicants-use-the-ukri-funding-service/responsive-mode-opportunities-funding-service-core-application-section-questions-and-assessment/

 

And further details on the new Resume for Research and Innovation can be found here: https://www.ukri.org/apply-for-funding/before-you-apply/resume-for-research-and-innovation-r4ri-guidance/

 

UK Horizon Europe Guarantee extended until September 2023

 

The UK government has confirmed that the UK’s Horizon Europe Guarantee scheme, which guarantees support to successful applicants, has been extended to cover all schemes that close before or on 30th September 2023.

 

This means that the next ERC calls remain open for UK applicants and we continue to urge colleagues to apply to all EU schemes for which the UK remains eligible.

 

Read more: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/horizon-europe-guarantee-scheme-newly-extended-to-support-uk-rd

 

Practitioners-in-Residence

 

The School’s first Practitioners-in-Residence are now in post across the institutes. The programme offers creative practitioners the opportunity to be based within the School to develop their own practice, explore connections with humanities subjects, and share their work with different audiences.

 

This year’s practitioners in residence include:

 

Institute of Advanced Legal Studies: Dr Anna Macdonald is a dance and moving image artist with a long-term interest in the movement of law. Her work at IALS will focus on the movement and flow of the Library, using somatic-based practices to explore how different users move within and through its spaces. This aim of this creative research is to provoke new thinking about the potential connections between ideological, material and affective organisations of legal knowledge within the IALS Library. The residency will culminate in the creation of an imaginary induction to the invisible IALS Library that explores the affective and somatic experience of the library space: what encounters it invites and what permissions it affords.

 

https://danceandlawlibrary.wordpress.com

 

The Digital Humanities Research Hub (DHRH) will be hosting Produced Moon, creative XR theatre lab based in Glasgow, as its Practitioner in Residence. Produced Moon’s artistic directors are digital artist and mathematician Melanie Frances and queer immersive theatre maker Leonie Rae Gasson. During the residency, Produced Moon will be developing a multimedia performance called Glory Mold, a story about a living slime mould that has been combined with an AI system. Produced Moon will collaborate with DHRH staff members to develop performance material based on their research, which will eventually be incorporated into Glory Mold. They will also deliver two skills sharing workshops for staff and other practitioners in residence focused on virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technology.

 

 

Institute of English Studies: Inua Ellams: Inua began writing poetry in his late teenage years, and then began performing his work in theatres, before becoming a playwright. He has also been writing for TV and screen. Currently working on a range of projects for stage and screen as well as curatorial performance pieces. A lot of his work is currently research-based and so the affiliation with IES has been very helpful.

 

Institute of Historical Research: Adam Knight: The 2023 IHR practitioner is a multi-media artist working on the question: 'How can historians work with creative practitioners to develop inclusive, practice-led approaches to heritage in social housing? They have full access to the Institute’s research culture and infrastructure to support and develop their own practice, explore connections and share their work with different audiences.

 

 

Institute of Languages, Cultures and Societies: Renée Landell – A Multi-Sensory Experience: Black Humanity and the Nonhuman World in Two Caribbean Neo-Slave Narrative Poems: https://ilcs.sas.ac.uk/people/renee-landell

 

 

The project aims to transform two Caribbean neo-slave narrative poems into a multisensory experience using vocal and abstract sound and textured visual art pieces. The artistic elements work to inform our understanding of interspecies collaboration during slavery in new ways but also, more broadly, engage our embodied experience as living, breathing creatures profoundly embedded in a shared natural world. The triangular relationship between the text, the images, and the sounds, where each element is informed by the other, is an attempt to encourage others to think about how we can indulge the sensory dimensions of our intellectual understanding of literature. Readings of the poems in Caribbean creole languages will be layered with sounds and music that reflect some of the distinct images in each poem. Visual art is incorporated into the project to demonstrate how we can manipulate the written word by visually illustrating the mental images that are evoked. As the pieces work to engage the body, they intend to make the audience feel like an integral part of the art rather than passive observers quietly inspecting its content from a comfortable distance. Ultimately, this research project aims to encourage reflections on the ways we can deepen and disrupt how we engage with literature or, more specifically, how we come to understand Blackness and the nonhuman world in Caribbean neo-slave narratives.

 

The Warburg Institute: Osamah (Sam) Salem: ‘One of the aims of my residency is to find new metaphors for framing interactions between human and non-human intelligences. By unearthing examples from myth and history, I hope to find new metaphors for examining the relationship between human and AI co-creation and interaction. So far, I have broadly explored Spiritualism (with an emphasis on mediumship and mesmerism) in the United States in the late 19th / early 20th century, and the so-called "magical revival" exemplified by the Theosophical movement and the Golden Dawn. Occultism, and magical thinking, are particularly interesting metaphors for Machine Learning, given that "unsupervised" algorithms often operate as "black boxes" where the correspondence between input and output remains hidden from the user's perspective. Many algorithms also work as (essentially) predictive models, and I have now accordingly shifted my focus to Divination, looking particularly at early Islam and the Islamic "occult sciences". I presented some initial thoughts on this project at the University of Oxford on 1st June 2023 (Music and the Internet of Things: Physical Computing, Creativity, and Sensory Heritage), and will present again, drawing upon my findings, during a plenary lecture at this year's DCDC23 (Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities). ‘

 

UoL name change on Research Professional

 

Our institutional affiliation is now listed as ‘University of London’ – please scroll down and select this when logging in.

 

When you log in to https://www.researchprofessional.com/sso/login?service=https://www.researchprofessional.com/0/, please select University of London on the left hand side and click log in.

 

An image of the login page on Research Professional

 

On the next screen you can then log in using your usual university log in credentials for any other UoL system:

 

Username: firstname.surname

 

Password: your usual UoL/SAS password

 

An image of the login screen for Research Professional

 

Once logged in, you may need to select ‘Create a new account’ the first time – but I believe you should be able to ‘continue as guest’.

 

From here on, you can follow the guide attached, or contact me at research@london.ac.uk if you need more information.

 

We’re currently troubleshooting a handful of log-in issues, so if you’ve followed the steps above and are still unable to log on, please can you let me know, as Research Professional are monitoring the situation to identify what the issues might be.

 

Here are the videos that we made about logging in (but please remember to use University of London rather than SAS!)

 

 

 

·       Logging in to Research Professional for the first time:

(this video ends a bit abruptly, but the final screen is showing correctly – let me know if yours doesn’t show the linked account).

 

 

·         Setting up Funding Alerts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lKmMqQapPA

 

 

As well as funding opportunities, it’s also great for the latest HE news – they’ve got some very hard working journalists on their books. You can sign up  to the newsletters in a very similar way to the Funding alerts (Select ‘Email alerts’ next to your name on the top right and then choose ‘Publications’:

 

·        The 8am Playbook is a great daily newsletter

 

 

·         Research Fortnight News is a summary of the most important news stories on the site.

 

 

Please use it and spread the word to anyone who might find it useful.

 

The best way to get your search set up is to play around with the parameters, but please let me know if you need any help or advice with the system – drop me a line at this email address.

 

Updating your Directory of Research Expertise entry

 

Please ensure that your online profile on the School of Advanced Study’s Directory of Research and Expertise (http://research.london.ac.uk/) is up to date by 1st September. Activities, including publications, research projects, supervisions, professional affiliations, events and knowledge transfer, are expected to be publicly listed there.

 

Updating online profiles and publications (part of 2022-23 SAS data collection exercise) – deadline 1st September.

 

Since last year, ORCiD Numbers have become a mandatory requirement on your profile, please see the section below for more information.

 

If you have any open-access publications, these should be listed on our institutional e-repository SAS-Space http://sas-space.sas.ac.uk/ - this platform will automatically feed into the Directory of Research and Expertise, so for open-access publications there is no need to enter the output twice, on both platforms.

 

All other publications will need to be entered directly into the Directory of Research and Expertise (http://research.london.ac.uk/).

 

Please ensure your profile is up to date in general, but the most important outputs in this exercise are those published (or otherwise made available to the public) between 1 August 2022 and 31 July 2023.

 

Please contact research@london.ac.uk if you require your password to be reset or have any account questions.

 

The Research Services team will collect all the information after 1st September from both the Directory and SAS-Space to ensure that all publications and scholarly outputs are used for the School’s annual review and metric report.

 

The Research Services team is here to assist all colleagues with setting up and if needed entering information into the Directory. Please contact us at research@london.ac.uk.

 

For any support regarding SAS-Space, please contact SAS-Space.Info@london.ac.uk

 

REMINDER: ORCiD number as a mandatory field:

 

The ORCiD number is used as a unique identifier for academic authors and contributors. It’s becoming a mandatory requirement for an increasing number of funders, and it allows both us as a host institution, and you as a researcher, keep track of the publications and outputs that you produce during your career.

 

On the Directory of Research and Expertise this is now a mandatory field, which is recorded in the third box of the ‘Publications’ section of your record, under ‘SAS-Space Integration’.

 

If you haven’t already registered for an ORCiD number, you’ll need to log in to https://orcid.org/register and sign up. In order to register you just need to enter your first name, surname and email address; it’s incredibly straight forward – but please contact me if you’re having problems.

 

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships 2023

 

The School of Advanced Study is inviting Expressions of Interest for the 2023 round of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships scheme. The Deadline for Expressions of Interest for the 2023 round is 7th July 2023

 

Read more: https://www.sas.ac.uk/research-engagement/fellowships/externally-funded-fellowships/marie-sklodowska-curie-postdoctoral

 

 

 

Case Study: Gabriel Bayarri

 

Awaiting text – GB has said it will be ready by Thurs 29th June A.M.

 

 

 

Funding opportunities

 

 

 

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships (2023 call): Member Institutes and the Digital Humanities hub of the School of Advanced Study are inviting proposals from suitably qualified applicants for the 2023 round of the prestigious British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships scheme.

 

 

 

Expressions of interest must be submitted by 25th August 2023

 

 

 

Mellon Foundation - Grant Proposals - Use link for further information. Deadline: none but the BoT reviews applications 4 times a year (March, June, Sept and Dec)

 

 

 

Wellcome Trust - Career Development Awards - This scheme provides funding for mid-career researchers from any discipline who have the potential to be international research leaders. They will develop their research capabilities, drive innovative programmes of work and deliver significant shifts in understanding that could improve human life, health and wellbeing. Deadline: 27th July 2023

 

 

 

Wellcome Trust - Discovery Awards - This scheme provides funding for established researchers and teams from any discipline who want to pursue bold and creative research ideas to deliver significant shifts in understanding that could improve human life, health and wellbeing. Deadline: 25th July 2023

 

 

 

Nuffield Foundation - Research Development and Analysis Fund - For larger grant applications, between £750,000 and £3 million, we’re looking for projects that take an interdisciplinary approach. These projects should address the most significant themes and developments that will shape the UK public policy and agenda, and wider society, over the next decade and beyond. Deadline: May (up to £3 million) September (up to £750,000) - September 2023

 

 

 

British Academy - Mid-Career Fellowships - The aim of the scheme is to allow successful applicants to obtain time freed from normal teaching and administrative commitments. The time bought by the scheme should be devoted to the completion of a major piece of research, and the Academy will also look for evidence of a clear commitment to a strategy of public engagement with and communication of the results of the research during the period of the Fellowship. Deadline: September (expected)

 

 

 

Horizon Europe - Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions Postdoctoral Fellowships - The objective of PFs is to support researchers’ careers and foster excellence in research. The Postdoctoral Fellowships action targets researchers holding a PhD who wish to carry out their research activities abroad, acquire new skills and develop their careers. PFs help researchers gain experience in other countries, disciplines and non-academic sectors. Deadline: 13th September 2023

 

 

 

Wellcome Trust - Early-Career Awards - This scheme provides funding for early-career researchers from any discipline who are ready to develop their research identity. Through innovative projects, they will deliver shifts in understanding that could improve human life, health and wellbeing. By the end of the award, they will be ready to lead their own independent research programme.  Deadline: 5th October 2023

 

 

 

ESRC - Research Grants - We award research grants to fund individuals or research teams based at research organisations eligible for UKRI funding. Grants range from £350,000 to £1 million for a period of up to five years. Funding is based on the full economic costs of the research, with ESRC providing 80% of the cost and the research organisation covering the balance. Deadline: None

 

 

 

ESRC - New Investigator Grants - We award new investigator grants to support new researchers at the start of their careers, based at research organisations eligible for UKRI funding, to become independent researchers through gaining experience of managing and leading research projects and teams. In addition, they will provide applicants with an opportunity not only to support their own skill development, but also the skill development of research staff employed on the grant. Grants range from £100,000 to £300,000 for a period of up to five years. Funding is based on the full economic costs of the research, with ESRC providing 80% of the cost and the research organisation covering the balance. Deadline: None

 

 

 

Heritage Lottery Fund - Various heritage grants - We provide different levels of funding to heritage of all shapes and sizes. Our grants range from £3,000 up to millions of pounds. Take a look at our various funding programmes and decide which one might be right for you. Deadline: None

 

 

 

Leverhulme Trust - Research Project Grants - For researchers based at universities, institutions of higher education or registered charities with university-equivalent research capacity, to undertake an innovative and original research project. Deadline: No deadline for Outline applications, 4 deadlines per year for invited full applications

 

 

 

 

 

March 2023 Issue

March 23 Research Roundup

 

 

Contents

 

 

 

Introduction. 1

 

 

 

Research Cultures Colloquium.. 2

 

 

 

Timeframes for Research Funding applications. 3

 

 

 

Call for Papers: The Issue of Truth: Representing Black British History. 3

 

 

 

University of London Press secures funding through Jisc pilot open access initiative. 4

 

 

 

UKRI Future Leaders Fellows: Round 8. 4

 

 

 

Directory of Research and Expertise. 5

 

 

 

Research Professional 5

 

 

 

Funding Opportunities. 6

 

 

 

 

 

Introduction

 

 

We’d like to open this edition by welcoming Kingsley Abbott, the incoming Director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies. Kingsley has more than 20 years’ experience of working with international non-governmental organisations, the United Nations and domestic legal practice. For the past nine years he has been based in Thailand, where he served the International Commission of Jurists as the Director of Global Accountability and International Justice. During this time, he developed and led numerous human rights and rule of law initiatives in Asia and around the world.

Prior to that, he worked for the United Nations as a Senior Legal Officer at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal in Cambodia and a Trial Counsel in the Office of the Prosecutor at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in the Hague. He also practiced as a criminal barrister in New Zealand where he worked alongside a leading Queens Counsel, appearing in the District Court, High Court and Court of Appeal on numerous matters for both the defence and prosecution including several trials where the charge was murder.

 
Other Staff News: We’d also like to welcome:
Gabriel Bayarri, Newton International Fellow, ILCS
Elisa Bianchi, Postdoctoral Researcher, WI
John Duncan, Project Administrator, ICwS
Ben Fried, Newton International Fellow, IES
Corinne Harrison, Officer, Future Leaders Fellows Development Network, IP
Hannah Lee, British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellow, WI
Gianmarco Mancosu, British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellow, ILCS
William Nixon, Deputy Executive Director, Research Libraries UK
Odile Panetta, Lecturer in Cultural and Intellectual History, WI
Annie Sherratt, Academic Projects and Partnerships, SAS-Central


Successful Funding applications
Congratulations to the following staff on their recently announced successful applications for research funding:

 

 

  • Gabriel Bodard - Co-I on the Exeter University-led 'Connecting Late Antiquities' AHRC UK-German Collaborative Research Projects scheme.

     

  • Ainhoa Montoya - Leading 'Building a Transnational Community of Practice: Writing and Researcher Development in Latin America and the Caribbean' funded by the British Academy International Writing Workshop scheme

     

We have also just heard that Lala Muradova (Centre for the Politics of Feelings) and Chris Saunders (Institute of Commonwealth Studies) have been awarded British Academy Visiting Fellowships to join us at UoL.

Appointments to Peer Review panels:
Congratulations to:
Naomi Wells and Damien Short, who have become invited members of the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) Peer Review College
 
Ainhoa Montoya and Nóra Ní Loideáin, who are now members of the UKRI Talent Peer Review College: UKRI Talent Panel College (TPC) – UKRI

 

 

 

 

 

Research Cultures Colloquium

 

 

On the 18th January, a group of 45 colleagues from across the University met for the first of this year’s Research Cultures colloquia, part of an ongoing discussion of research culture here. A recording of the presentations is now available via this link: https://youtu.be/wCQKwZeKcXw

 

 

We heard reflections from institute directors Charles Burdett, Katherine Harloe, and Claire Langhamer on the importance of getting our culture right, and from Catherine Clarke (IHR) on her experience of moving institutions and the contrast with an academic cycle dominated by intensive teaching and administration alongside publications driven largely by the REF. Chris Daley, Research Development Manager at Royal Holloway, presented on RHUL’s Engaged Humanities Lab, which supports co-creation projects with community and third-sector partners. Participants discussed what research means to them personally (positives and negatives), how this relates to the School’s RPF mission, what can be done to promote equity and transparency in our research culture, and what a more integrated research culture in the University might look like. Overarching themes included better communication, ways to share research ideas, how personal research informs and supports RPF (and vice versa), and how sector definitions of research such as the REF are relevant to those working in London: no one disagreed with the REF definition of research as ‘a process of investigation leading to new insights, effectively shared’ or that ultimately that is what we are all aiming to undertake or support. This remains an ongoing dialogue that involves us all. The notes from the colloquium will be shared; they will include some suggestions about future events in the Research Cultures series and some options for enhancing shared understanding and practice. If you have suggestions for future events or comments about research culture, please contact Andrew Fairweather-Tall.

 

 

 

 

Timeframes for Research Funding applications

 

 

We’d like to remind colleagues of the timeframes we need to work to for Research Funding applications.

 

 

There seems to have been some confusion recently about the process and the timeframes; we hate saying ‘no’ to funding applications, but there are important (and clear) steps that we need to observe to allow us to provide a fair service to all of our colleagues:

 

 

·        All applications for research funding (projects and externally funded fellowships), no matter the amount being requested, that are made under the aegis of the University of London need to be managed by the Research Services team, and you need to involve us as soon as possible by contacting research@london.ac.uk – as a General rule:

 

 

 

o   For applications under £15k – a minimum of three weeks before the deadline (we’d recommend two months if possible)

 

 

 

o   For applications over £15k – an absolute minimum of five weeks before the deadline (we’d recommend five months if possible – particularly for ERC/Horizon applications)

 

 

 

·         All applications for research funding are subject to the pre-Award protocols (attached).

 

 

 

·        For all applications, we need all paperwork (application form, costing, ethics checks, letters of support, etc) to be complete and submitted to us a minimum of five working days before the submission deadline.

 

 

 

·        All of the above apply whether we are the lead or a co-applicant – in the case of being a co-applicant we will need to have everything covering your involvement ready five-working days before the lead applicant needs everything ready for their own internal process (i.e.: very possibly ten working days before the submission deadline).

 

 

 

We appreciate that, in rare cases, calls are made with very short deadlines, so if that’s the case, please get in touch and we can plan with you.

 

 

However, there has been an increase in applications that we receive about a week before the deadline. There have also been bids that we are told about after the application has been submitted, which is a potentially catastrophic problem in terms of oversight and risk management – this must not happen.

 

 

We appreciate all you continuing to support us by working according to the protocols – come and speak to us, our door is always open and we’re here to support your applications and awards.

 

 

I’ve also attached the Expression of Interest form, Resources Request form and Digital Outputs/Online Presence form, which we require (along with email confirmation that the relevant Institute Director has given approval to begin) to get a grant application started.

 

 

I know a lot of colleagues have been meeting with Andrew Fairweather-Tall to discuss ideas and to help flesh proposals out, please can I ask you to continue to also send proposals and paperwork to research@london.ac.uk so that we can keep track and plan ahead.

 

 

Thank you for all your hard work in putting together applications and managing awards, as well as your help in keeping this process as smooth as it can be.

 

 

 

 

 

Call for Papers: The Issue of Truth: Representing Black British History

 

 

A conference will take place at the Institute of Historical Research on 21-22 September 2023 and will be a space for contributors to interrogate the notion of ‘truth’ within histories of Black people in Britain. 

 

 

Read more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

University of London Press secures funding through Jisc pilot open access initiative

 

 

The University of London Press has successfully secured funding through a new Jisc model that aims to support sustainable and affordable open access publishing.

 

 

Read more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UKRI Future Leaders Fellows: Round 8

 

 

The School of Advanced Study will soon launch its call for Expressions of Interest from suitable candidates for the latest round of the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships. We’re particularly keen in reaching candidates from as diverse a range of backgrounds as possible, as well as those who have taken different career paths and wish to move from another sector into research. Please share this call with anyone you know that might be interested and is eligible according to the scheme guidance (link above).

 

 

These awards support ambitious research or innovation across UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) remit.

 

 

You must be an early career researcher or innovator who are either:

 

 

looking to establish or transition to independence

 

 

developing their own original and ambitious plans within a commercial setting

 

 

You must be based at, and have the support of, an eligible academic or non-academic institution.

 

 

There is no minimum or maximum project cost.

 

 

Your project can last for up to 4 years, with the option to apply to renew for a further 3 years.

 

 

Once the full call documentation is available, we will update our Internal Expression of Interest page, which will be found here: https://www.sas.ac.uk/discover-our-research/externally-funded-fellowships/ukri-future-leaders-fellowships

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Directory of Research and Expertise

Move to london.ac.uk domain

 

 

As announced in the December 2022 Research Newsletter, the School Directory of Research and Expertise (currently at research.sas.ac.uk) is broadening its remit not only to strengthen the visibility of SAS research but to also include all other research-active members of the University. To facilitate this, the directory has been transferred to a University of London domain research.london.ac.uk to showcase all of the research undertaken under the University of London aegis in one place.

What does this mean for SAS colleagues and projects? 

 

 


Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us via research@london.ac.uk for any further information.

 

 

 

 

Research Professional

 

 

We have an institutional subscription to Research Professional, which is an essential source of the latest news and funding opportunities. You can set up weekly alerts to send bespoke funding opportunities directly to your inbox.
 
Video guides:
Setting up your account for the first time: https://youtu.be/WBI3-p_awy4
Searching for funding opportunities: https://youtu.be/8lKmMqQapPA
 
Please contact research@london.ac.uk if you need any assistance.

 

 

*Research Professional is pleased to invite researchers to the next session in our Broadcast Demonstration series. This will take place via Microsoft Teams on the 18th April 2023 and will focus on the research funding agencies of the European Commission. The session will provide an introduction to the *Research Professional platform, demonstrate how to locate funding opportunities matching research interests, and show how to set up email alerts to stay informed of new developments.

 

 

This session will be tailored for the academics at your institution, but if you are interested in training session on administrator functionalities, please contact our Support team who will be happy to arrange this for you.

 

 

 

 

 

Funding Opportunities

 

 

Wellcome: Discovery Research Regional Events | Wellcome - Join the Wellcome Trust between March and May at one of eight visits across the UK to find out how their Discovery Research funding can support you and your ideas. They will also have a virtual visit for anyone unable to join in-person or based outside the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Cost Open call 2023: Participants are invited to submit COST Action proposals contributing to the scientific, technological, economic, cultural or societal knowledge advancement and development of Europe. Multi- and interdisciplinary proposals are encouraged.

Leverhulme Trust - Visiting Professorships - For UK institutions to invite an eminent researcher from overseas to enhance the skills and knowledge of the academic staff and/or students. Applications are invited for a minimum of £10,000 and a maximum of £150,000. 
Deadline: May (4th May 2023)
 
ERC - Advanced Grants - Are you an established, leading principal investigator who wants long-term funding to pursue a ground-breaking, high-risk project? The ERC Advanced Grant could be for you.
Deadline: May (23rd May 2023)
 
Mellon Foundation - Grant Proposals - Use link for further information.
Deadline: none but the BoT reviews applications 4 times a year (March, June, Sept and Dec)
 
ESRC - Research Grants - We award research grants to fund individuals or research teams based at research organisations eligible for UKRI funding. Grants range from £350,000 to £1 million for a period of up to five years. Funding is based on the full economic costs of the research, with ESRC providing 80% of the cost and the research organisation covering the balance.
Deadline: None
 
ESRC - New Investigator Grants - We award new investigator grants to support new researchers at the start of their careers, based at research organisations eligible for UKRI funding, to become independent researchers through gaining experience of managing and leading research projects and teams. In addition, they will provide applicants with an opportunity not only to support their own skill development, but also the skill development of research staff employed on the grant. Grants range from £100,000 to £300,000 for a period of up to five years. Funding is based on the full economic costs of the research, with ESRC providing 80% of the cost and the research organisation covering the balance.
Deadline: None
 
Heritage Lottery Fund - Various heritage grants - We provide different levels of funding to heritage of all shapes and sizes. Our grants range from £3,000 up to millions of pounds. Take a look at our various funding programmes and decide which one might be right for you.
Deadline: None

 


December 2022 Issue

December 22 Research Roundup

Contents

Introduction. 1

Research Cultures Colloquium.. 2

Researchfish – 2023 Submission. 3

Digital Humanities - MakerSpace. 3

Looking back on a successful year at SAS. 3

Update on UK association to Horizon Europe. 3

Case Study. 3

Research Professional 4

Funding Opportunities. 4

 

 

Introduction

 

As we rapidly approach Christmas, we’d like to thank all of our colleagues for their support and hard work over the past twelve months. There’s been a lot of change in the Research office, and our new Research Services Manager, Keji Dalemo, is the final part of the jigsaw:

Keji started on the 12th December and is based along with Jaimie and Madu in Senate House Room 220. Keji is managing the Research Services team and is responsible for our operational effectiveness and services to our academic community; she reports to Andrew Fairweather-Tall, Head of Research and Partnerships.

Keji: “I've worked in research administration for the last 12 years. I started in Higher Education within Healthcare research (primarily mental health and sexual health) and then, from 2013, moved over to the NHS to work within R&D, where I had numerous roles.

I have just left a charity that leads in the UK collection and optimisation of intensive care data from the NHS, where I have been the Clinical Trial Unit Manager for the last 3.5 years, within a Research team of approximately 20 people within which I manage 4 Research Assistants and a Research Administrator.

I'm looking forward to joining you all and re-learning about research from a Humanities and HEI perspective.

I live in southeast London, and am a cyclist.

I used to love cats and foxes until last September when I moved in a property with a garden!

I'm looking forward to meeting and working with you all.”

Christmas Hours: Sandrine Alarcon-Symonds and Jaimie Henderson are finishing on the 16th December. Keji Dalemo, Andrew Fairweather-Tall and Madu Gebermeskel will work until the University closes. The Research Office will be open again on the 3rd January 2023.

Other staff news: we'd also like to welcome:

Kimberlee Burgi, Project Administrator, Centre for Digital Humanities
Marco Dosi, Project Administrator, Centre for Digital Humanities
Paul Grimshaw, Knowledge Exchange Manager, FLF Development Network, Institute of Philosophy
Vanessa Guedes Vidal Brandao Delgado, Supervising Lawyer, UoL Refugee Law Clinic, Institute of Commonwealth Studies
George Meredith, Arts and Humanities Research Promotions Officer, Dean's Office
Peter Lin, Institute Manager, Warburg Institute
Dimitrios Skrekas, Post Doctoral Researcher, Warburg Institute
Graeme Wise, Head of Engagement and Knowledge Exchange, Dean's Office

 

Research Cultures Colloquium

 

18th January 2023 - Save the date!

Charles Burdett, Katherine Harloe, Claire Langhamer and Andrew Fairweather-Tall invite you to a Research Cultures Colloquium on 18th January 2023, in Chancellor’s Hall, Senate House.

We want to hear the ideas and points of view of everyone involved in research from across the University of London. Our starting points are apparently simple enough questions, but we think they raise multiple and complex answers that we’d like to discuss with you and colleagues.

  • ·      What does ‘undertaking research’ mean for individuals in a university with a unique mission that emphasises Research Promotion and Facilitation (RPF) alongside - perhaps even to a greater extent than - original research developed and delivered as individuals?
  • ·       What is distinctive about the University of London and School of Advanced Study’s approaches to research, in comparison to the UK university sector more broadly?
  • ·       How do we recognise and support our activities equitably and transparently?
  • ·       How do we do this while recognising we are a broad church of disciplines, which use diverse approaches and methods that produce original research, important scholarship and notable findings alongside RPF?
  • ·       And then how do we communicate and share the outputs and outcomes of all this work effectively and widely?

This is an in-person event, providing us with an opportunity to meet early in the New Year and open the conversation up with as many colleagues as possible, so we encourage everyone who can make it to attend.

Please joins us for lunch from 12:30 to meet colleagues and chat informally before we start 13:30.

We expect to finish by 4.30 at the latest.

We will provide notes on the outcomes and next steps for circulation after the event.

More details and an agenda including our speakers will be sent in due course.

We look forward to meeting you on 18th January.

 

Researchfish – 2023 Submission

For researchers with AHRC, ESRC and other UK Funding Council grants, the next submission period will run from 6 February 2023 until 16:00 on 16 March 2023. PLease contact the Research Office if you need any advice ahead of this period.

Read more here.

 

Digital Humanities - MakerSpace

Located in the School of Advanced Study at Senate House, the MakerSpace provides digital tools, equipment and support for researchers, including two 3D printers, virtual reality headsets, scanners for digitisation, photography equipment, a green screen, and more.

Read more here.

 

Looking back on a successful year at SAS

New figures reveal the extraordinary level of research support and leadership provided by the School of Advanced Study last year.

Read more here.

 

Update on UK association to Horizon Europe

Universities UK International,  the UK Science and Innovation Network and the UK Research Office in Brussels recently held a webinar to update the academic community on the latest information about UK participation in Horizon Europe and on the recent UK Government announcement about additional investment in research and innovation in view of the delay in confirming association.

You can view the recording of the webinar here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mlK0vZJCFI

Read more here.

 

Case Study

Hannah Lee, British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, The Warburg Institute

My postdoctoral project is called The Matter of Race in Early Modern Italy:1500-1700. Over the three years of the project, I will examine the development of constructions of race in Italy from the sixteenth to the beginning of the eighteenth century through the lens of the materials used by artists and craftsmen to depict people of African descent. Combining the resources of the Menil photographic archive at the Warburg Institute with extended periods of research in archives and museum collections in Italy, the project will explore how the use of materials such as lacquer, gold, marble and bronze can provide a unique insight into the development of early modern ideas about race, skin colour and the human body.             

The purpose of the fellowship is to develop a significant piece of publishable research and the opportunity it provides to focus on research and writing is invaluable. Throughout the course of the fellowship, my aim is to work towards developing this project into a book and to expand and strengthen my teaching experience with the hope of enhancing my prospects of securing a permanent academic post in the longer term.

 

Research Professional
We have an institutional account to Research Professional, which is an essential source of the latest news and funding opportunities. You can set up weekly alerts to send bespoke funding opportunities directly to your inbox.

Video guides:

Please contact research@london.ac.uk if you need any assistance.

 

Funding Opportunities

AHRC - Where next for arts and humanities research? - this scheme is not about ideas for individual research projects. The AHRC would like to identify the most innovative ideas which have the potential to be shaped into programmes of work and which, as with their pilot scheme, can inform the way we work in a number of different ways.

Submit a Where Next idea by completing the online form from January 2023. Submissions are accepted year-round, and you will be able to fill this in at any time from January.

AHRC - UK-German call for proposals in the humanities - Apply for funding to collaborate with German partners on arts and humanities research. Your project can address any area of the arts and humanities, including law and linguistics. Deadline: 15th February 2023


Wellcome Trust - Early Career Awards - This scheme provides funding for early-career researchers from any discipline who are ready to develop their research identity. Through innovative projects, they will deliver shifts in understanding that could improve human life, health and wellbeing. By the end of the award, they will be ready to lead their own independent research programme. Deadline: 21st February 2023

Wellcome Trust - Career Development Awards - This scheme provides funding for mid-career researchers from any discipline who have the potential to be international research leaders. They will develop their research capabilities, drive innovative programmes of work and deliver significant shifts in understanding that could improve human life, health and wellbeing. Deadline: 4th April 2023

Wellcome Trust - Discovery Awards - This scheme provides funding for established researchers and teams from any discipline who want to pursue bold and creative research ideas to deliver significant shifts in understanding that could improve human life, health and wellbeing. Deadline: 11th April 2023

The Association of Commonwealth Universities calendar of funding opportunities for 2022/2023 is now available:

The ACU provide funding for academic and professional university staff to pursue world-class research and innovative projects. They also create and fund life-changing opportunities for students around the Commonwealth.
 
Please share this calendar with anyone who you think could benefit: Download the Calendar

October 2022 Issue

Newsletter – October 2022

Contents

Introduction

 

Protocols Reminder

Staff Profiles on the Directory of Research and Expertise

Website Changes

Calendar of opportunities

Autumn term Academic Staff Development Workshops

Case Study: Philip Murphy

FLF Peer Review College (PRC) and Talent Panel College (TPC)

 

Introduction

Andrew Fairweather-Tall joined the University of London this month as Head of Research and Partnerships. He will lead the University’s research support functions, work closely with the Institutes, academic and professional services colleagues, funders and policy makers. Andrew joins from the University of Oxford where he  was Head of Research Support in the Humanities Division, leading its support services across research, knowledge exchange and innovation.

He writes:

I’m delighted to have joined the University at such an exciting time of recovery and renewal. I’ve been extremely grateful for the very warm welcome all those who’ve met me have extended so far. I am spending the next few weeks meeting as many of you as I possibly can to learn about what you are doing. I’ve already seen in the School and its institutes interesting opportunities to facilitate our collaborative networks and partnerships, and to engage in ambitious research answering really important challenges and problems. As I go around, I’m looking forward to hearing your ideas and thoughts on where you think the opportunities lie, and contributing my experience and expertise where helpful. If you would like to get in touch, send me an email: a.fairweathertall@london.ac.uk.

 

Protocols Reminder

To allow the smooth and timely submission of the strongest possible grant applications, the Research Services team follow the Pre-Award Protocols, which can be found here (intranet link). If you have any problems with the link, please contact: research@london.ac.uk

More: https://uolonline.sharepoint.com/sites/intranet-sas/SitePages/Pre-award-(application)-guidance.aspx

 

Staff Profiles on the Directory of Research and Expertise

Thank you to everyone who updated their profile on the Directory of Research and Expertise for the latest round of the SAS Data Collection exercise. We encourage all staff to keep their profiles up-to-date throughout the year.

More:

You can find more information on how to update and maintain your Directory profile here (link): please contact research@london.ac.uk if you require assistance.

 

Website Changes

Over the coming weeks you will start to see some changes with the Research Services web pages. To reflect our role as a service for the University of London, some of our pages will have a new home on the London.ac.uk domain. Don’t worry, we will still point you in the right direction!

More:

Most of you will be familiar with out SAS domain webpages at sas.ac.uk/research/ - the relevant sections regarding the Research Services team will remain here, but to better reflect our role as the University of London’s Research office, we will now host many of the policies, protocols and other pieces of information on the London.ac.uk domain. More information will follow once the changes take place.

 

Calendar of opportunities

The Calendar of Opportunities is a summary of the most common recurring funding opportunities for SAS Researchers – you can find it here (intranet link).

More: https://uolonline.sharepoint.com/:x:/r/sites/intranet-sas/Shared%20Documents/FundingOpportunitiesCalendar%20Jan%2022%20-%20Intranet.xlsx?d=w02489261d24c4e789da3c21403c902f4&csf=1&web=1&e=Vf7oEw

 

Autumn term Academic Staff Development Workshops

The university is committed to supporting the continuous professional development of SAS academics. The Learning and Development team is collaborating with academic staff and external partners to coordinate a programme of workshops throughout the year. The Autumn programme commences on 20th October and the Spring programme will be confirmed later this term.

More:

Key dates for the Autumn term

  • Academic Identity – Thursday 20th October – Kate Daubney
  • Digital Tools for the Classroom – Friday 28th October – Simon Parr and Niilante Ogunsola-Ribeiro
  • Academic Reinvention – Thursday 3rd November – Kate Daubney
  • Academic Strategic Alignment – Thursday 17th November – Kate Daubney
  • Digital Tools Collaborating and Mentoring – Wednesday 23rd November – Simon Parr and Niilante Ogunsola-Ribeiro
  • Supporting Mental Health in the Classroom – Thursday 8th December – Mark Hashimi

The attached brochure contains details of workshop contents, dates, times, and facilitator biographies. To register for a workshop all you need to do is click on the registration link, as shown in the brochure, and it will take you to our Eventbrite page. Details of the calendar are also located on the staff intranet.

If you have any enquiries please contact Learning and Development LearningDevelopment@london.ac.uk

 

Case Study: Philip Murphy

The Windrush Scandal in a Transnational and Commonwealth Context

This three-year AHRC-funded project which began in July 2021 seeks to trace the origins of the so-called Windrush scandal in which people who had entered the UK entirely legally from Commonwealth countries were threated with detention and deportation. It will follow that history back to the time of the 1962 Commonwealth Immigrants Act, when restrictions were first imposed on people trying to enter the UK from former and current British dependencies. The bid to the AHRC was facilitated by a grant from the University of London’s Convocation Trust which funded a six-month scoping project carried out by Dr Juanita Cox. This pointed to what Dr Cox has described as a longer history “of detention, deportation and denial of citizenship” which predated the so-called “hostile environment” of the Cameron coalition government. It also highlighted the significance of links between the work of the Caribbean high commissioners and the efforts of community activists to highlight the scandal.

The AHRC award has enabled a team of researchers based at the Institute of Historical Research (principal investigator Professor Philip Murphy, and research fellows Dr Juanita Cox and Dr Eve Hayes De Kalaf) and Queen Mary, University of London (co-investigator, Dr Rob Waters) to explore these issues in greater details. The team’s key objective is to develop a unique digital research resource of extended interviews on the national and diplomatic activism around the Windrush scandal, supported by digitized government documents from the British and Caribbean archives. The project is being delivered in partnership with the Black Cultural Archives (BCA) in Brixton.

The project will produce around 60 oral history interviews which will be available electronically, and a searchable database of existing oral history resources on the Caribbean diaspora communities in the UK. Alongside the production of a jointly-authored monograph and a series of refereed articles, the team will produce a number of articles for the British Library's 'Windrush Stories' website will enable the team to demonstrate the relevance of our project materials to a range of researchers, activists and policy-makers. Dr Hayes De Kalaf, a who joined the team in January 2022, has recently returned from her first research trip to the Caribbean for the project. She arrived in Jamaica immediately following the death of the Queen, and was the first person to sign the book of condolence at the residence of the British High Commissioner in Kingston.

 

FLF Peer Review College (PRC) and Talent Panel College (TPC)


The UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship team are currently holding an open recruitment for both the FLF Peer Review College (PRC) and Talent Panel College (TPC).

All the relevant information regarding the PRC and TPC, the application process and supplementary information may be found here. The closing date for applications is 4 November 2022.

If anyone is interested in putting in an application for the Peer Review College, Andrew Fairweather-Tall has said he is very happy to advise on how to meet the AHRC’s criteria. Becoming a Peer Reviewer is a great way of learning some of the elements that make for successful applications, and to reinforce or explain AHRC’s criteria in more detail. You may also get to meet a new network of like-minded colleagues from across the country - if you'd like to discuss this with Andrew, please email: a.fairweathertall@london.ac.uk

July 2022 Issue

The University of London Research Services Newsletter - Research Roundup

July 2022 Issue:

Newsletter – July 2022

Introduction

Welcome to the July issue of the UoL Research Newsletter. As we wind down another academic year and start to look ahead to another, we’d like to thank all of our colleagues for their hard work and cooperation over the past year. We hope everyone has a chance to enjoy some of the warmer weather over summer.

Table of Contents

Changes to the Research Services

Research Cultural Forum

Case Studies:

MetCong (EU-Funded)

Research Policies

Green Research Data Management

UKRI Open Access Policy (Request for Comments)

Ethics reminder

Annual Data Collection exercise

ORCiD Numbers

Pre-Award & Post-Award Protocols Reminder

Funding Opportunities

Research Professional

 

Changes to the Research Services team

The School is very pleased that we can finalise the restructure commenced in 2019 with a reorganisation of the University’s Research Services team, currently managed and situated in SAS. There are a number of changes which we hope will enhance the research function and allow ourselves to be more closely aligned to strategy.  This will be done by increasing capacity, filling vacant posts; clarifying the division of responsibilities, and playing to individual’s skillsets. Colleagues may have seen that a new role - Head of Research & Research Partnerships was advertised recently.  Interviews were held on Wednesday 27 July. Many of you attended the presentation from candidates.  Thank you to Joe Ford who chaired these.

We are pleased to say that we did agree on a preferred candidate and this will be announced shortly.

Sitting below the Head of Research post is a new post – a Research Services Manager who will manage the service and a post entitled Research Support Officer which handles grant finances. Jaimie Henderson will continue to coordinate the pre- and post-award administration as the Research Operations Officer.

A new Research Finance role is also being created and will sit within the finance department, working closely with the Research Services team, strengthening cross-departmental support. Recruitment for this role will begin shortly.

Sandrine Alarçon-Symonds, who established and ran the University Research Services since 2013, will be leading on University-wide research policies and compliance as well as business intelligence from October 2022. We thank all members of this team for their patience and hard work undertaken, and we look forward to working with enhanced resources. 

Any questions on this element of our restructure please direct them to Elaine Walters.

 

Research Culture Forum

The Research Culture Forum was established earlier this year. The Forum is led by Professor Charles Burdett and is designed to provide a space to discuss issues relating to research in the most open, enjoyable, and useful way possible.

It’s been great to see all attendees engaging with strategic and operational issues of undertaking research and everyone’s willingness to contribute, share views and make it work. The second workshop on Academic Publishing took place in early July, face to face. Another meeting is planned to be organised online for colleagues who could not attend.

If colleagues have any topic that they would like the forum to cover, please contact Jaimie at Jaimie.henderson@sas.ac.uk

Dates for your diaries will be sent out soon.

 

Case Studies

MetCong (EU-Funded)

ERC Project: Metacognition of Concepts
PI: Nicholas Shea

Nicholas Shea (Institute of Philosophy) has been leading an ERC-funded project researching the philosophy and psychology of concepts. Concepts lie at the heart of the extraordinary power of the human mind. They are the building blocks of thought, the tools with which we think. The project investigates how concepts function in cognition. It is particularly interested in the way we turn our thinking inwards, monitoring the operation of our conceptual system and reflecting on it.

The research team has carried out theoretical work on these issues, developed a series of detailed empirical hypotheses, tested them in psychological experiments, and drawn the results together into a better picture of how concept-driven thinking works.

Theoretical work has been published in several leading philosophy journals. Last year, two of the top three most downloaded papers at the leading journal in the field, Mind & Language, were outputs from the project:

Quilty-Dunn, Jake. 2021. "Polysemy and thought: Toward a generative theory of concepts." Mind & Language, 36: 158–185.

Shea, N. (2020), ‘Concept-Metacognition’, Mind & Language, 35(5), pp. 565-582.

Interdisciplinary work by the PI has been published in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B (twice) and Trends in Cognitive Sciences (twice). The main experimental results were published in Cognitive Science.

Earlier this year the PI published a paper on the fast-moving field of artificial intelligence, contrasting the kinds of computations involved in the current generation of high-performing deep neural networks with the computational principles that are distinctive of human reflective intelligence.

A paper by project postdoc Jake Quilty-Dunn won the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciouness’s William James prize: Quilty‐Dunn, J. (2020) "Is iconic memory iconic?" Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 101 (3): 660-682. The prize is awarded for “the most outstanding single published contribution to the empirical or philosophical study of consciousness” published by a graduate student or postdoctoral researcher.

In public engagement, the Project put on a demonstration experiment and explained the Project to members of the public during the ‘Self-Impressions’ event at the Tate Modern gallery in London (24/03/18). 95 people took part in the demonstration, and over 1200 people visited the space and talked to researchers during the course of the day. In media coverage, the PI was interviewed for and quoted in an article in New Scientist on Difficult Concepts – Consciousness (27/6/18).

 

Research Policies

This is a gentle reminder of the University research policies, which can be viewed here: https://www.sas.ac.uk/research/research-policies-and-protocols

It’s very important that all researchers, staff, fellows and students embed these policies within their methodology and approach to undertaking research and engage with the research services if they require any support or have any questions.

To support researchers in understanding and complying with these policies, more training content is being developed and training platforms are being created. For example, to support colleagues understanding and compliant with the new Research Data Management Policy, a thorough guidance has been developed and will be shared soon. An online training platform is being developed to help visualise all the intricacies of data management in research and a toolkit which will aim to support researchers and their particular circumstances when managing research data is being created.

 

Green Research Data Management

In a vital piece of work, Dr Christopher Ohge from the Institute of English Studies is leading a working group to produce a larger ‘tool-kit’ for green digital practices in the humanities.

We look forward to sharing more resources with you in the coming months, but in the meantime, Christopher has provided the following link:

A Researcher Guide to Writing a Climate Justice Oriented Data Management Plan:

https://zenodo.org/record/6451499

 

UKRI Open Access Policy (Request for Comments)

UKRI announced its new Open Access policy in August 2021. Since then, a lot of institutions have been trying to make sense of, and operationalise, what is a dramatic change to Open Access for Journal Articles and Monographs, including UoL.

While the policy only covers UKRI-funded outputs, this is applicable to the 70% of the University’s research funding which comes from the UK Research Councils. Work has been ongoing between the Research Services, ISDT, Senate House Library, the Publication team to establish whether the University policy adopts the UKRI mandate in its entirety or adopts its own policy appropriate to its framework, while making allowance to support UKRI funded projects and their outputs to ensure compliance with the UKRI policies.

To support this investigation, the Research Services launched over month ago a survey seeking colleagues’ comments on the UKRI Open Access Policy. Specifically:

  • What difficulties have you experienced, do you currently have or envisage in the future as a result of the new UKRI policy?
  • What institutional support do you need in this area?
  • Do you understand both the University of London (internal) and funder (external) requirements when it comes to Open Access?

We’d also like to hear your comments on SAS-Space (http://sas-space.sas.ac.uk/) and its role as the institutional repository. Does it cover your needs?

Please send any comments to research@london.ac.uk – comments received will inform revisions to the University’s Open Access Policy, expected to be in place by the end of 2022.

 

Ethics reminder

This is another gentle reminder to all researchers, staff, fellows and students to ensure that research ethics approval is sought as early as possible, a minimum of 2 months before fieldwork begins, using the paperwork available here:: https://www.sas.ac.uk/research/research-policies-and-protocols/research-ethicsAll travel plans must also be recorded using the travel risk assessment form, which is also appended in the ethical form and must be sent through too at research.ethics@london.ac.uk .

 

Annual Data Collection exercise

We’d like to ask all researchers to ensure that their online profiles are kept up to date and regularly maintained. Researchers’ Publications will be collected to support the annual data collection exercise of the School, which in turn will inform the performance reports submitted to Research England in the AutumnThe information collected will focus on activities and outputs undertaken between 1st August 2021 and 31st July 2022.

Colleagues are asked to ensure that their details and publications are up to date by 9th September.

Online profiles can be updated via the Directory of Research and Expertise (http://research.sas.ac.uk/). Activities, including publications, research projects, supervisions, professional affiliations, events and knowledge transfer, are expected to be publicly listed there.

If you have any open-access publications, these should be deposited on our institutional e-repository SAS-Space http://sas-space.sas.ac.uk/ and they will automatically appear on your provide on the Directory. (there is therefore no need to re-enter the output on the Directory if it is on SAS-Space.)

Please contact research@london.ac.uk if you require any assistance with the Directory. Please contact SAS-Space.Info@london.ac.uk if you have any queries regarding SAS-Space.

 

ORCiD Numbers

NEW: ORCiD Numbers are now a mandatory requirement for your Directory profile.

The ORCiD number is used as a unique identifier for academic authors and contributors. It’s becoming a mandatory requirement for an increasing number of funders, and it allows both us as a host institution, and you as a researcher, keep track of the publications and outputs that you produce during your career.

On the Directory of Research and Expertise this is now a mandatory field, which is recorded in the third box of the ‘Publications’ section of your record, under ‘SAS-Space Integration’.

If you haven’t already registered for an ORCiD number, you’ll need to log in to https://orcid.org/register and sign up. In order to register you just need to enter your first name, surname and email address; it’s incredibly straight forward – but please contact Jaimie at Jaimie.henderson@sas.ac.uk  if you’re having problems.

 

Pre-Award & Post-Award Protocols Reminder

You can find the University of London Pre- and Post-Award Protocols here. These provide the process and timeframe for putting together an application (and outlining the expectations of both Researchers and the Research Services team), and the next steps for a successful award.

Tips:

  • Everything we need to know is in the scheme/call guidance produced by the Funder.
  • Directorial approval and the Dean/PVC’s approval will first be sought in principle before any substantial work can begin and will then be reconfirmed once the proposal is ready to submit, five working days before the deadline.
  • Financial viability on all grants will be reviewed before a final comprehensive risk assessment of the project will be undertaken.
  • It is important to think of all resources, including digital, and their sustainability beyond the end of the project;
  • Collaboration does require due diligence and clarity of share of responsibility, legal, operational, financial. Their own internal approval processes may need to be taken into account.
  • All of this takes time. Depending on the size of the award, we may need to begin the process about 4 months ahead of the submission deadline (for larger grants) and a minimum of five weeks (in the case of the smallest grants);
  • Any question, just contact the research services.

 

Funding Opportunities

The current funding opportunities can be found here:

For any calls that are managed by the Research Services at institutional level, Institute Directors must be contacted directly, CCing research@london.ac.uk

 

Research Professional

The University has an institutional subscription to Research Professional which has up-to-date news on the Research landscape and a broad listing of funding opportunities. Select ‘School of Advanced Study’ from the drop-down list and log in using your ‘firstname.surname’, and usual SAS password. Email research@london.ac.uk for assistance.