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Tackling Slavery, Human Trafficking and Child Labour in Modern Business

Tackling Slavery, Human Trafficking and Child Labour in Modern Business

The British Academy has launched a new, competitive research funding call, Tackling Slavery, Human Trafficking and Child Labour in Modern Business, in partnership with the Department for International Development (DfID).


This programme will fund excellent, policy-oriented research, aimed at addressing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and advancing the UK’s Aid Strategy, including a particular focus on Sustainable Development Goal 8.7 (SDG 8.7). SDG 8.7 is about taking immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour. 


This programme will fund problem-focused research which produces evidence geared towards informing policies and interventions related to SDG 8.7. It will offer research grants to groups of the best researchers across the humanities and social sciences from the UK and overseas, to examine research gaps in the field, how to bolster current interventions and what works especially at scale. This call for proposals provides an opportunity for researchers to undertake projects which deliver research excellence with development impact. It is envisaged that small teams, with different disciplinary backgrounds and using a broad range of methodological approaches, will apply for funding. 


This programme is open to researchers based at eligible UK and overseas institutions. Each research group will be led by a named Principal Investigator (PI). The PI is expected to be the person acting as the lead investigator on the project, directing the research and the management of the project, including responsibility for the overall project reporting requirements. The PI must hold a position which is permanent or lasts at least the duration of the award, at an eligible research or higher education institution, which can be in the UK or overseas. Applicants are encouraged to include Co-Applicants from developing countries. PIs and Co-Applicants must have at least three years postdoctoral (or equivalent) research experience.


Projects must be up to 16 months in duration, with a maximum value of £200,000. Projects will start no later than 15 November 2017.


All projects are required to demonstrate that they are ‘ODA-eligible’. Only research that has a primary objective which is directly relevant to the problems of developing countries may be counted as ODA. We will require applicants to demonstrate that the proposal is ODA eligible. ODA eligibility is an essential criterion – projects will only be deemed eligible for funding if they can demonstrate that they satisfy ODA eligibility criteria. Please see the additional ODA guidance document which provides more information for applicants.


Applications must be submitted online using the British Academy’s grant application system, Flexi-Grant. All applicants must register with the British Academy’s Flexi-Grant system to enable the processing and assessment of their application.

Application Deadline: Wednesday 19th July 2017 (1700 UK time)

Host Institution deadline: Thursday 20th July 2017 (1700 UK time)

Decisions made: Autumn 2017

Awards Start Date: By 15th November 2017


Please contact or call 020 7969 5220 for further information.