Talent Development Awards

The Talent Development Awards are available to promote the acquisition and advancement of skills in relevant areas by UK-based researchers, promoting innovative research methods, be that through skills development, collaboration or dissemination. These awards, up to £10,000 in value and tenable for a fixed period of 12 months, are provided to promote the building of skills and capacities for current and future generations, including in core areas like quantitative skills, interdisciplinarity, data science, digital humanities and languages.
Closed for applications
Postdoctoral or equivalent research
1 Jan 2022
8 Sep 2021
20 Oct 2021 - 17:00 BST
A fixed period of 12 months

Aim of award

The British Academy has been funded by the UK government, Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to support a pilot of a new scheme of Talent Development Awards.

The aim of the Talent Development Awards is to promote the building of skills and capacities for current and future generations, including in core areas like quantitative skills, interdisciplinarity, data science, digital humanities and languages. This scheme aims to promote the acquisition and advancement of skills in relevant areas by UK-based researchers, promoting innovative research methods, be that through skills development, collaboration or dissemination.

The overarching aims of the scheme are to invest in UK talent and skills and as a result to contribute to the development and delivery of high quality regional, national and international research by:

  • raising the quality of advanced quantitative and / or data science skills used in research;
  • creating new opportunities for knowledge and skills to exchange across disciplines and sectors; and
  • promoting language learning and the transferable skills that language learning provides.

The scheme is intended for established researchers in the humanities and social sciences with a permanent or long-term contract at a UK-based HEI or IRO who wish to experiment with new quantitative methods through a variety of means, or to experiment with methods and vehicles for teaching languages in Higher Education. The awards will in particular be valuable to researchers wishing to pilot new methods and approaches in order to apply for larger grants in the longer term or develop new international partnerships. Intended applicants are encouraged to be creative in their thinking about how these awards can best help advance their research ideas, including through collaborative, partnership working.

For full information about the Talent Development Awards scheme, please view our scheme guidance notes and frequently asked questions.

Eligibility

Eligible applicants for this scheme must be ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom with a current long-term appointment that will continue for at least as long as the period of the award at a UK institution (HEI or IRO).

Applicants for the Talent Development Awards should be intending to pursue original, independent research in any field of study within the humanities or social sciences. There are no quotas for individual subject areas and no thematic priorities.

Level of grant

The maximum grant is £10,000. Awards are to enable engagement activities to take place and are not intended as time buy-out for the award-holder. This scheme is not offered on a Full Economic Costing (FEC) basis, and all of the grants awarded are expected to be used 100% for the purposes specified in the application. The awards are for a fixed period of one year, starting from no earlier than 1 January 2022 and no later than 31 March 2022.

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