News: research and funding
On this page, we report on the latest news about research and funding in the world of socio-legal studies. This can include information from the major UK funders, launches of research projects or research centres, calls for collaboration, in fact, any aspect of academic research that is of interest to socio-legal scholars.
Items will usually be retained for a period of about three months, or until any significant dates have passed.
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British Academy Innovation Fellowships Scheme – Route A: Researcher-led: call for applications
Funding bodies and other related organisations
The Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS) is the voice of social sciences in the UK.
The Academy is composed of over 800 individual academicians and 44 learned societies. Academicians are distinguished scholars and practitioners from academia and the public and private sectors. Most of the learned societies (including the SLSA) in the social sciences in the United Kingdom are represented within the Academy.
Please visit the AcSS website for full details.
The AHRC currently 22 funding schemes open for applications. See website for the full list.
The AHRC has adapted its definition of ‘Early Career Researchers’ for existing grant-holders and prospective applicants in light of the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Under the new definition, which you can read in full in the AHRC’s latest Funding Guide, Early Career Researchers are now defined as being either within eight years of the date of successfully completing a PhD viva (or equivalent professional training) or within six years of a first academic appointment, not including any period of career break such as for family care, health reasons or reasons consequent upon the Covid-19 pandemic, e.g. home schooling or increased teaching load..
The AHRC welcomes applications to the UKRI open call for research and innovation ideas to address the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts. See website for details.
Researchers in residence
Researchers in Residence (RinR), funded by RCUK with support from the Wellcome Trust, brings together researchers, young people and teachers via exciting and innovative placements in secondary schools and colleges across the UK. The scheme is open to all PhD and post-doctoral researchers funded directly or indirectly by one of the seven UK Research Councils or the Wellcome Trust.
The British Academy's funding page is constantly updated.
The Innovation Fellowships scheme is a dual-route scheme designed to enable researchers in the humanities and social sciences to partner with organisations and business in the creative and cultural, public, private and policy sectors in order to address challenges that require innovative approaches and solutions. See website for details. Closing date: 8 December 2021.
This programme is for early career researchers who wish to conduct research in Japan. The scheme provides funding for early career postdoctoral researchers to conduct cooperative research in Japan, with leading research groups in Japanese universities and other institutions, under the guidance of a Japanese host. Candidates from all fields of the humanities and social sciences are eligible to apply. See website for details. Closing date: 8 December 2021.
This programme builds on the important awareness raising and promotional communications that the sector, National Contact Points, the UK Research Office in Brussels, and the Science & Innovation Network have been taking forward by providing pump priming funding to seed collaborations for applications to specific Horizon Europe calls in Pillar 2. Proposals are welcome in all disciplines – including humanities and social sciences. See website for details. Closing date: 27 October 2021.
The BA/Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowships are intended to enable established scholars, needing relief from teaching and administration, to have the time to bring to completion a significant piece of research, through sustained period of leave for one year. See website for details. Closing date: 17 November 2021.
These awards designed to give an opportunity for extended research leave to a small number of the most outstanding established scholars to enable them to concentrate on a significant research programme, while freed from normal teaching and administrative commitments. See website for details. Closing date: 8 December 2021.
The APEX Awards (Academies Partnership in Supporting Excellence in Cross-disciplinary research) offer established independent researchers an exciting opportunity to pursue genuine interdisciplinary and curiosity-driven research to benefit wider society. See website for details. Closing date: 28 October 2022.
These awards are designed to support early-career researchers who show exceptional talent in both research and public engagement, emphasising and demonstrating the importance of academic research and creative thought at a time of rapid political and societal change. See website for details. Closing date: 24 November 2021.
Applications are invited for the above scheme. See website for details. Closing date: 10 November 2021.
CIFAR (Canadian Institute for Advanced Research) and the British Academy are issuing this call inviting applications for early career researchers in the humanities and social sciences to participate in virtual research activities on the broad theme of 'What is a good city?' in February and March 2022. Please see website for details. Closing date: 24 November 2021.
The British Academy is working in partnership with the Wolfson Foundation to coordinate a pilot Network for Early Career Researchers in the humanities and social sciences. See website for further details.
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New graduate funding opportunities for under-represented groups, including new Black Academic Futures scholarships for DPhil in Socio-Legal Studies
The University of Oxford and its colleges are working hard to increase the number of promising postgraduate students from under-represented groups at Oxford. As part of our programme to transform our graduate population by creating more funding opportunities for under-represented groups, we’re proud to announce a major new PhD scholarship scheme: Black Academic Futures. Black Academic Futures will offer full scholarships for up to 10 UK Black and Mixed-Black students applying to start DPhil/PhD study in 2021–22.
Find out more about funding opportunities for under-represented groups and the university’s graduate access initiatives on the Graduate Access website.
Centre for Socio-Legal Studies wins grant to support lay users of virtual justice systems during Covid-19
The Centre for Socio-legal Studies has received a grant from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as part of UK Research and Innovation’s rapid response to Covid-19. See press release for full details.
Combined data from across government and hundreds of UK public bodies will be used to improve healthcare, education, business growth and the fight against crime by making it available to world-leading research teams. The Administrative Data Research Partnership will maximise the potential of administrative data as a resource for high-quality innovative research in the UK. See website for further details.
Applications are invited for this new scheme. Awards will be from £100,000 to £300,000. Please see website for details. This is an open call with no closing date.
The Higher Education Academy (HEA) provides services to the higher education sector for individual learning and teaching professionals, senior managers in institutions and for subject and discipline groups. Please visit website for further information.
The Law and Society Association (LSA) has awarded the status of International Research Collaborative (IRC) to the network entitled Law, Reason and Emotion. Please see attachment for full details of this IRC and of the call.
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation is an endowed charity that funds a large, UK-wide research and development programme. It seeks to understand the root causes of social problems, to identify ways of overcoming then and to show how social needs can be met in practice.
Please visit the website for more information.
The Law and Society Association was set up in the USA in 1964 to support its members in developing theoretical and empirical understandings of law. See the website for full details.
For information on the Legal Education Research Network (LERN) please see website.
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The following funding rounds are currently open:
- Visiting Professorships – closing date: 7 October 2021
- Research Fellowships – closing date: 11 November 2021
- International Fellowships – closing date: 11 November 2021
- Study Abroad Studentships – closing date: 10 January 2022
- Emeritus Fellowships – closing date: 3 February 2022
- Research Project Grants – outline Applications are welcome at any time
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National Centre for Research Methods
The National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) is a network of research groups, each conducting research and training in social science research methods. It is co-ordinated from a hub in the University of Southampton and nodes across UK universities. NCRM provides a focal point for research, training and capacity-building activities. These activities are aimed at promoting a step change in the quality and range of methodological skills and techniques used by the UK social science community, and providing support for, and dissemination of, methodological innovation and excellence within the UK.
The Nuffield Foundation is a charitable trust established in 1943 by William Morris, Lord Nuffield, the founder of Morris Motors. Lord Nuffield wanted to contribute to improvements in society, including the expansion of education and the alleviation of disadvantage. He called this the ‘advancement of social well-being’, and emphasised the importance of education, training and research in achieving that goal. Today, the foundation works to improve social well-being by funding research and innovation in education and social policy. the foundation is also increasing the proliferation and quality of research and professional skills – both in science and social sciences – through its capacity-building programmes.
Researchers are invited to register their interest in applying for this new research and policy collaboration from the British Academy and the Nuffield Foundation which will award over £500,000 in research funding to identify practical solutions to increase the cohesion and resilience of local communities in the UK. See website for details. Applications will open in late spring 2021.
The Nuffield Foundations has awarded £2 million for research that will help identify how to mitigate the social impacts of the pandemic, particularly for those who are worst affected. Its partner organisations, the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, the Ada Lovelace Institute, and the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory are also responding to the pandemic. See the webpage for the latest updates.
A new Research Cluster in Law, Justice and Society has been launched at Wolfson College, in collaboration with the Foundation for Law, Justice and Society (FLJS). The research cluster will join several other research clusters created under the guidance of college President, Professor Hermione Lee, which draw on the outstanding scholarly strengths and interests within the college to foster innovative approaches to interdisciplinary research.
Each year the Research Councils invest around £3 billion in research covering the full spectrum of academic disciplines from the medical and biological sciences to astronomy, physics, chemistry and engineering, social sciences, economics, environmental sciences and the arts and humanities.
The outcome of the EU referendum raises questions for UK researchers and international partners about the Research Councils’ international activities and collaborations. RCUK's statment can be found on the website.
Restorative Justice Council
The Restorative Justice Council is embarking on a research project to gain a better understanding of the access to and experiences of restorative justice for BAME (Black, Asian and minority ethnic) young people who have offended. In addition to a lack of research in relation to BAME young people and criminal justice, there is also a perception among some practitioners that there are problems in effectively engaging and delivering restorative interventions with this group. The aim of the research is to develop practical solutions for the restorative field and recommendations for change to future policy development.
The Sociolegal Model Making Project explores the risks and rewards of using design-based strategies, and model-making in particular, to enhance socio-legal research – that is, research that interprets law as a social phenomenon.
Please see website for details.
Operating across the whole of the UK with a combined budget of more than £6 billion, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) brings together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and Research England. Research England will work closely with its partner organisations in the devolved administrations.