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Research-related internal funding

Research-related internal funding opportunities
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Research Infrastructure and Investment Fund (RIIF)  Research and Innovation 09/03/2020 01/06/2020
The Research Infrastructure and Investment Fund (RIIF) is an internal funding instrument to support LSE faculty's research and research-related activities. There is currently only one RIIF scheme open to LSE academic staff:

Seed Fund: funding of up to £20,000 for small projects likely to lead to large grant proposals. Applicants must be permanent members of LSE faculty. Proposals may be submitted in any field or interdisciplinary initiative at any time, however, there are cut-off dates in line with the Research Development Panel's meeting dates. 

Download the application form and guidance notes. For more information contact
REF Targeted Assistance Fund Research and Innovation Open call
Support for named individuals to produce 3* and 4* research outputs who would otherwise struggle to achieve this.
Open to permanent members of LSE faculty or research staff on the New Research Staff Career. Learn more about REF Targeted Assistance Fund
REF Environment Fund Research and Innovation Open call
Support for Departments, institutes and centres interested in:
• activities that enhance their research environment
• a world-leading research environment
• producing 4* UOA-level environment templates
Learn more about REF Environment Fund
Research Projects Hellenic Observatory To be advised
The Hellenic Observatory invites applications from researchers to conduct time-sensitive and globally competitive policy relevant research on contemporary Greece and/or Cyprus. Read more
Resilience Research: IGA Rockefeller Funding Call Institute of Global Affairs (IGA) To be advised
Up to £1.5m is available under the broad theme of ‘Resilience’. Submissions are encouraged within one or more of the four subthemes agreed with the Rockefeller Foundation: financial resilience, climate resilience, resilient cities and resilience in post-conflict transitional processes.

The second round of the call has now closed for applications. Details of further rounds will be posted when available.   
Research Funding Programme International Growth Centre (IGC) To be advised
IGC invites researchers to submit proposals for research projects relevant to economic growth policies in developing countries, across their four research themes:

1. State Effectiveness
2  Firm Capabilities
3. Energy
4. Cities

IGC commissions research through the Research Programme and the Country Programme. The Research Programme focuses on cutting-edge, policy-relevant academic research shaping effective economic growth policies in the global south.

The Country Programme focuses on high-quality economic growth research addressing the policy needs of IGC’s partner countries. Read more  
Research Innovation Fund
International Inequalities Institute To be advised
Up to £10,000 to support and facilitate research and research-related activities relevant to any aspect of inequality will be considered.

To support different kinds of research projects across the School, on a variety of aspects of inequalities. Grants are intended for members of LSE academic staff on a salary band 7 or above, whose continuous employment demonstrates a substantial long-term commitment to the School, and who would be employed for the duration of the grant. 

Address queries to the Institute manager Liza Ryan.  
Funding for events and research projects (Law staff only) Law Department Open call
Funding is available from the Law Department Research Committee for activities for which it is not appropriate to use individual research allowances, such as hospitality for speakers or visitors (other than for the LLM Specialist Seminars, for which separate funding is available), conferences, seminars or workshops. Grants of up to £5,000 are available, and applications are assessed in competition with others in the department. You do not need to have exhausted your individual research allowance before applying.

Applicants are required to investigate the possibility of external funding (for example via the Higher Education Innovation Fund, the British Academy or Research Councils) as you will be asked on the form to provide information about the status of any such applications. Note that awards for the funding of events and research projects usually take the form of underwriting.

Applications for events and research projects should be made no less than one term, and no more than one year, in advance. For example, if you wish to hold an event in Lent Term 2018, you should apply no later than Michaelmas Term 2017/2018 and no earlier than Lent Term 2017.  
Funding for Open Access Article Processing Charges (APCs)  Library Open call
Funding is available for APCs from the following sources:

RCUK provides LSE with an annual block grant to support their open access policy. This grant is managed centrally by the Library on a first come first served basis. Contact the Library team to apply.  

The European Commission are running a pilot open access for new publications from completed FP7 projects with an end date of 1 January 2013 or later. The OpenAIRE central service collects requests for funding from eligible FP7 projects. They also run a helpdesk to answer your questions about the FP7 OA pilot and the ERC OA Guidelines. Alternatively, contact the Library team when you have a paper accepted for publication and they will advise on a case-by-case basis.

LSE provides an internal fund to support the publication of outputs which haven't received any funding and are going to be accepted in born open access journals. A born open access journal does not charge any subscription fees and makes all their content freely available to readers. Most of them charge an Article Processing Charge (APC) to the author/institution. The budget is managed centrally by the Library on a first come first served basis. Contact the Library team to apply.  
Seed Fund for Urban Research LSE Cities To be advised
Supports preparatory work likely to lead to larger grant proposals. Applications should be linked to one of the core themes of LSE Cities research:

• Cities, Space and Society
• Cities, Environment and Climate Change
• Urban Governance

Up to £10k is available to support and facilitate research related to supporting future grant applications. This can include research assistance, research-related travel, data, or workshops for research collaborations. More information to be advised.  
LSE Academic Collaboration with Arab Universities. Funded by the Emirates Foundation. Middle East Centre To be advised
Middle East Centre invites applications from LSE colleagues for academic collaborative projects in social, political, and economic sciences between researchers at LSE and Arab universities. These projects may involve collaborative research or capacity building.

• Promote high calibre research by scholars at LSE and Arab universities.
• Support academic excellence at Arab universities.
• Strengthen long-term academic collaboration and knowledge transfer between LSE and Arab universities. Read more  
LSE Kuwait Academic Collaborations Middle East Centre To be advised
This call invites applications for academic collaborative research projects in social, political, and economic sciences between researchers at LSE and at universities and research institutions in Kuwait. Up to £75,000 for each project is available. Successful projects will start in September 2020. Read more  
LSE Kuwait Programme Research Grants Middle East Centre 15/02/2020
This call invites applications from LSE colleagues to conduct time-sensitive and globally competitive policy-relevant research on contemporary Kuwait. Read more
SEAC Annual Research Fund Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre To be advised
Applications are invited for the 2019/20 round of SEAC's Research Fund, open to LSE staff at Assistant Professor/Assistant Professorial Research Fellow level or above. The projects, to address social science issues relevant to Southeast Asia and aligning with SEAC’s core research themes, are to take place between 1 April 2020 to 31 July 2021. For more detailed information, please read the official funding call. Application forms can be obtained from Dr Lee Mager, SEAC Centre Manager. 
SEAC Seminar Series and Networking Grant Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre Open call
Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre (SEAC) welcomes applications from staff and early career researchers (including PhD students) based at LSE to produce seminar series, study groups or networking events focusing on social science issues relating to Southeast Asia. Read more
SEAC Stipendary Visiting Researcher Scheme Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre To be advised
SEAC is inviting applications to its Stipendiary Visiting Researcher scheme, for a limited number of visits taking place between Feb 2020 and Dec 2020. Stipendiary visiting appointments are up to 3 months and the Centre does not normally host appointments outside of LSE Term Dates. Read more
STICERD Grants for LSE Staff  STICERD To be advised
STICERD provides grants to fund research and research-related activities from LSE staff whose continuous employment demonstrates a substantial long-term commitment to the School.

Support is offered in two main categories: Small Grants and Conferences.  

Knowledge exchange and impact (KEI) funding

Knowledge exchange and impact (KEI) funding
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Knowledge Exchange and Impact (KEI) Fund Research and Innovation  Rolling 
LSE has a dedicated KEI fund to support knowledge exchange activities based on LSE research and expertise. The KEI Strategy Group (KEISG) welcomes applications of any size up to £100k for a maximum of 3 years from any member of academic or research staff, and smaller grants, of up to £2k, are available to PhD students. The project or activity must focus on non-academic engagement or benefits and you must explain why it cannot be funded from other sources. Read more about KEI funding opportunities  
REF Impact Fund Research and Innovation Rolling   
Support for various aspects of the School’s preparations for REF 2021. Assistance for individuals to produce 4* impact case studies, who would otherwise struggle to achieve this. Applications up to £25,000 will be considered but smaller applications are also encouraged. Learn more about REF Impact Fund

Innovation funding

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LSE Innovation Research and Innovation  Rolling 
LSE Innovation works with staff across all departments of the School and supports academics in turning ideas generated from research into new businesses, products or services that benefit society. We have a team of dedicated people to guide you through this process and offer funding where needed.

Read more about the Guidance & Funding at LSE Innovation. 

Other internal funding (non-research)

Other internal funding opportunities (non-research)
 Link and brief abstract Administering department Closing date
Learning Technology and Innovation (LTI) Grants Learning Technology and Innovation Various deadlines
Learning Technology and Innovation (LTI) offer grants to teachers who wish to innovate in their teaching with the help of technology. 

It can be used for a variety of learning technology developments.

We are looking to attract academics who are interested in teaching innovations. Read more  
STICERD Visitors' Programme STICERD Open call
STICERD Visitors' Programme enables academics, normally from abroad, to visit the School for an extended period and interact with staff and students. Funding up to £2k per month. Read more   
LSE's Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC) Grants for LSE Staff  Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC)  Various deadlines
TLC administers funding for a wide range of activities:

• teaching and learning development projects
• external training for academic staff
• away days and tailored training events for departments, institutes and research centres. Read more  



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