Education Research in Conflict and Crisis – Bilateral Research Chairs

The British Academy is inviting proposals to support bilateral partnership research chairs delivering a programme of institutional strengthening on education research in conflict and crisis.
Funding status
Closed for applications
Career stage
Established researcher
Earliest start date
1 Sep 2021
Deadline date
20 Jan 2021 - 17:00 GMT
Duration of award
Three years
Contact details

[email protected]

This call is supported by the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and forms one part of a wider Education Research in Conflict and Protracted Crisis (FCDO ERICC) programme.


The main objectives of the chairs will be to:

  • Develop and expand the research strength of their institutions and more broadly their impact nationally, regionally and internationally in the field of education research on conflict and crisis;
  • Develop the institutions’ ability to support, foster and build strong education research cultures that can be sustained over the long-term;
  • Enhance the support for masters and doctoral students;
  • Create research career pathways for early and mid-career researchers;
  • Develop, retain and attract researchers to work with their institutions in the field of education research on conflict and crisis;
  • Develop strong and tangible partnerships between research institutions through the bilateral research chair model;
  • Engage with the FCDO ERICC programme and relevant Country Research Teams to contribute to the overall objectives of the FCDO ERICC programme through their activities;
  • Work with the wider FCDO ERICC programme across these objectives.

Eligibility requirements

The bilateral research chair application must be submitted by a named applicant in partnership with two named institutions, at least one of which must be from institutions in the Middle East, Eastern Africa, Western Africa, Myanmar and Bangladesh. The awarding of a research chair is a full-time appointment and research chairs are required to spend half their time in each of the institutions constituting the bilateral research chair.

ODA eligibility criteria

Only research that has a primary objective which is directly and primarily relevant to the problems of developing countries may be counted as ODA. ODA eligibility is an essential criterion – projects will only be deemed eligible for funding if they can demonstrate that they satisfy ODA eligibility criteria.

The British Academy, along with other ODA funding delivery partners, have provided an additional ODA guidance document for applicants.

Duration and value

Awards of up to £555,000 over three years are available.

Awards are expected to run for three years from a starting date (to be agreed with the British Academy) between September and October 2021.

Funding includes salary costs, funding for the programme of research, other researchers, masters and doctoral students, and support for the institutions to administer and support the chair.

Application process

Applications must be submitted online using the British Academy's Grant Management System (GMS), Flexi-Grant®

The deadline for submissions and institutional approval is Wednesday 20 January 2021 at 17.00 (UK time).


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