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Funding Call: The Humanities and Social Sciences Tackling the UK’s International Challenges 2019

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 interdisciplinary research projects which bear on existing understanding of the international challenges and opportunities which the UK has faced, is facing and/or will face.

More about the programme

Funded by BEIS


In this round the British Academy invites applications which relate to the theme of European identities and/or borders.

The projects will aim to achieve the following outcomes:

  1. Enhance public, cultural and/or policy understanding of international challenges past, present and future through the expertise of the humanities and social sciences;
  2. Develop through the humanities and social sciences the awareness required to address matters of international concern;
  3. Engender new or deepen existing international interdisciplinary research collaborations in the humanities and social sciences in order to yield new understanding for culture, policy and/or research agendas;
  4. Further cross-learning between disciplines and/or between academic, policy, cultural, practitioner and public communities on issues that are topical, under-explored or necessitate reframing.


The lead applicant must be based at an eligible UK university or research institute, and be of postdoctoral or above status (or have equivalent research experience).

Collaboration between researchers in different disciplines and institutions is particularly encouraged, where appropriate, given the nature and aims of this programme, and applications may include named 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 up to £50,000 and 18 months in duration are available.

Funding can be used to support research expenses and consumables; travel and subsistence; networking, meeting and conference costs; and research and/or clerical assistance (postdoctoral or equivalent).

Awards are not offered on a full economic costing basis, with contributions to overheads an ineligible cost.

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 15 May 2019 at 17.00 (UK time).