Knowledge Frontiers: International Interdisciplinary Research 2022

The programme aims to support projects which engage with questions concerning the relationship between expertise, public understanding and policy delivery internationally, and highlight the importance of collaboration between communities of practice, disciplines, capacities and borders.
Funding status
Open for applications
Career stage
Postdoctoral or equivalent research
Earliest start date
1 Mar 2022
Scheme opens date
8 Jul 2021
Deadline date
29 Sep 2021 - 17:00 BST
Duration of award
24 months

Funded by the UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

This programme provides UK-based researchers at any career stage, and active in any discipline within the social sciences and the humanities, with an opportunity to develop and lead international interdisciplinary research projects in collaboration with colleagues from the natural, engineering and / or medical sciences.


The British Academy is inviting proposals for projects which focus on the question, "what is a good city?"

The "good city" evokes the good life; however, urban citizens often live with ill health, pollution, poor living conditions, fear, anxiety, isolation, crime and helplessness. How can urban life maintain and repair human wellbeing and mental health rather than the opposite? What anticipatory intelligence, social inclusion, political process and health provision should the good city have? What social, political, economic, and cultural values are embedded in urban policymaking? The Academy encourages applications that address questions such as these.

The Academy is not prescriptive in how cities are explored and in fact, encourages broad and innovative interpretations of the question, "What is a good city?" and how this question relates to international questions and challenges. Applications are encouraged to bring together different communities of expertise, for example academic, professional, business, lay, or community. Projects could bring together different forms of collaboration, between lived experience, modelling and data science.

The purpose of each project will be to develop new international research ideas. Projects will also need to demonstrate an innovative and interdisciplinary partnership between researchers in the social sciences or the humanities on the one hand, and counterparts in the natural, engineering and / or medical sciences on the other. The Academy is looking to fund applications that break new ground in the collaborations – international and interdisciplinary – they support, and the research they aim to undertake. The Academy particularly encourages applications led by scholars in the humanities.

Eligibility requirements 

The lead applicant must be a researcher from the humanities or social sciences, and be based at an eligible UK university or research institute. The lead applicant must be of postdoctoral or above status (or have equivalent research experience).

Projects must involve at least one co-applicant from the natural, engineering and / or medical sciences. Collaboration between researchers in different institutions is encouraged, where appropriate, given the nature and aims of the programme, and applications may include co-applicants and other participants from overseas.

For more details about the programme and the eligibility requirements, please see the scheme notes.

Value and duration

Awards of 24 months in duration and up to £200,000 are available.

Funding can be used to support the time of the Principal Investigator and Co-applicants; postdoctoral (or equivalent) research assistance; travel, fieldwork and related expenses; and networking costs. Awards are offered on a 100 per cent full economic costing basis.

Projects must begin in March / April 2022.

Application process 

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

The deadline for submissions and UK institutional approval is on 29 September 2021 (17:00 UK time)

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