Researchers at Risk Fellowships Programme: changes to scheme guidance log

Changes from Version 4 to Version 5 (the current version)

Paragraph 5 – changed from: ‘At its outset the programme received £3 million of UK government funding from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The Nuffield Foundation, an independent charitable trust, also contributed £0.5 million towards the scheme. From this submission window, the programme is receiving further UK Government funding of £9.8 million from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office. SAGE Publishing Ltd is contributing £50,000 also towards the scheme.’ to ‘At its outset the programme received £3 million of UK Government funding from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The Nuffield Foundation, an independent charitable trust, also contributed £0.5 million towards the scheme. The programme is received further UK Government funding of £9.8 million from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office. SAGE Publishing Ltd has contributed £50,000 also towards the scheme.’

Paragraph 7 – ‘monthly’ removed. ‘20 July’ replaced by ‘12 October’. ‘Subsequent deadlines will be published in due course’ replaced by ‘followed by the same time on Wednesday 23 November 2022’.

Paragraph 14 – ‘one week’ replaced by ‘two weeks’. ‘20 July’ replaced by ‘12 October’. ‘13 July’ replaced by ‘28 September’.

Paragraph 18 – ‘20 July’ replaced by ‘12 October’.

Paragraph 22 – ‘20 July 2022’ replaced by ‘12 October 2022 followed by the same time on Wednesday 23 November 2022.’

Funding moved upwards to paragraph 35 and renamed ‘ODA Funding’.

New paragraphs 36, 37, 38 added:

36. The British Academy is committed to supporting gender equality in the funding it provides in accordance with this statement from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy’s publication on Gender Equality in Research and Innovation Official Development Assistance (ODA) published in May 2021: “Official Development Assistance provided by Delivery Partners complies with the requirements of the International Development (Gender Equality) Act 2014 which states, the ‘desirability of providing development assistance that is likely to contribute to reducing poverty in a way which is likely to contribute to reducing inequalities between persons of different gender’.”

37. All applications are strongly recommended to thoroughly review the above publication and this additional guidance before designing and drafting their application.

38. All applicants must submit as part of their application a gender equality statement, which must meet compliance standards as set out in the above publication. All applications will be reviewed at the eligibility and assessment stages to ensure they meet the necessary requirements. Not meeting the necessary requirements will mean that applications are automatically not fundable.

Paragraph 35 now 39. 36 now 40. 37 now 41. 38 now 42. 39 now 43. 41 now 44.

Selection Principles, paragraph 41 added new assessment criterion ‘c. Whether the gender equality statement meets or exceeds the minimum standard as set out in Gender Equality in Research and Innovation Official Development Assistance (ODA) and the additional guidance.’

Page 4: Academic mentor and researcher at risk joint statement – added new question ‘Gender Equality Statement

‘Please use the Yes/No question to let us know if the proposed activity relates to a specific issue of gender.

Please also provide a Gender Equality Statement, ensuring you address the below criteria in your statement, with an understanding that, depending on the nature of the project proposed, not all questions may be applicable.

  1. Have measures been put in place to ensure equal and meaningful opportunities for people of different genders to be involved throughout the project? This includes the development of the project, the participants of the research, and the beneficiaries of the research.
  2. What are the expected impacts of the project (benefits and losses) on people of different genders, both throughout the project, and beyond?
  3. What are the expected impacts on the relations between people of different genders and people of the same gender? For example, changing roles and responsibilities in households, society, economy, politics, power, etc.
  4. Are there any risks and/or unintended negative consequences on gender equality that need to be avoided, mitigated against, and monitored? If yes, how.
  5. Are there any relevant outcomes and outputs being measured, with data disaggregated by age and gender (where disclosed)?

Additional criteria and considerations to take into account in your statement can be found on page 37-40 of Gender Equality in Research and Innovation Official Development Assistance (ODA) and in this additional guidance.

The limit on this field is 400 words.’

Changes from Version 3 to Version 4

Paragraph 5 – Removed: ‘The programme is receiving £3 million of UK government funding from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The Nuffield Foundation, an independent charitable trust, is contributing £0.5 million towards the scheme’.

Inserted: ‘At its outset the programme received £3 million of UK government funding from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The Nuffield Foundation, an independent charitable trust, also contributed £0.5 million towards the scheme. From this submission window, the programme is receiving further UK government funding of £9.8 million from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office. SAGE Publishing Ltd is contributing £50,000 also towards the scheme.’

Paragraph 7 – ‘29 June’ replaced with ‘20 July’.

‘Subsequent deadlines will be Wednesday 29 June and Wednesday 20 July’ replaced with ‘Subsequent deadlines will be published in due course’.

Paragraph 14 - ‘29 June’ replaced with ‘20 July’ and ‘22 June’ replaced with ‘13 July’.

Paragraph 18 – ‘29 June’ replaced with ‘20 July’.

Paragraph 21 - Emboldened and underlined: ‘and their continued wider commitment to supporting researchers at risk, particularly in partnership with Cara.’

Paragraph 22 – ‘29 June’ replaced with ‘20 July’.

Paragraph 25 - ‘natural’ changed to ‘physical and biological’

Paragraph 27 - ‘Fellowships are expected to run for up to two years each from a starting date to be agreed with the British Academy’ changed to ‘Fellowships are expected to run for up to two years each. The starting date will be from the date that the offer is accepted or shortly thereafter. If a later starting date is required discussion with the Academy will be possible as awards continue to be allocated.’

Paragraph 40 (new paragraph, ‘Code of Practice’ now Paragraph 41) Inserted heading ‘Funding’ and text ‘The funding for this programme from the UK Government has been determined as eligible as Official Development Assistance (ODA) spend. Fellowship awards made through the programme will therefore be considered as part of the UK’s ODA spend.’

Page 3: Eligibility Check – inserted ‘Cara Fellows’ and ‘Please indicate how many Cara Fellows your institution currently holds.’

Changes from Version 2 to Version 3

Paragraph 3 – 'natural sciences' changed to 'physical and biological' sciences.

Paragraph 7 – ‘first deadline’ changed to ‘next deadline’. ‘1 June’ changed to ‘29 June’.

Paragraph 8 – 'expects will be' changed to 'requires will be'

Paragraph 14 – 'first deadline' changed to 'next deadline', '1 June' changed to '29 June', '25 May' changed to '22 June'.

Paragraph 18 – ‘first deadline’ changed to ‘next deadline’. ‘1 June’ changed to ‘29 June’.

Paragraph 22 – ‘first deadline’ changed to ‘next deadline’. ‘1 June’ changed to ‘29 June’.

Changes from Version 1 to Version 2

Paragraph 7 – ‘first deadline’ changed to ‘next deadline’. ‘4 May’ replaced with ‘1 June’.

Paragraph 8 – ‘the Academy expects will be a member of staff’ changed to ‘the Academy requires to be a member of staff’.

Paragraph 9 – ‘expects’ replaced with ‘requires’.

Paragraph 14 – Text inserted after [email protected]; ‘for the purposes of the assessment, Cara will require a copy of the ID pages of the researcher’s passport, a fully up-to-date CV, and a short note explaining the specific threat faced by the researcher. Requests for risk assessments must be sent to Cara one week before each submission deadline; for the next deadline at 5:00pm (BST) on Wednesday 1 June 2022, please submit requests by 5:00pm (BST) on Wednesday 25 May 2022.’

Paragraph 18 – ‘first deadline’ changed to ‘next deadline’. ‘4 May’ replaced with ‘1 June’.

Paragraph 21 – inserted text ‘where the researcher is entering the UK under the Ukrainian Sponsorship Scheme'.

Paragraph 22 – ‘first deadline’ changed to ‘next deadline’. ‘4 May’ replaced with ‘1 June’.

Application information section

Page 10 of document – ‘Staff Member Contact Details’ section. Text inserted: 'This staff member should be different from the academic mentor’.

Page 15 – Inserted text ‘Requests for risk assessments must be sent to Cara one week before each submission deadline’ at end of paragraph at the top of the page.

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