British Academy secures new investment for small grants scheme

The British Academy and Leverhulme Trust have announced a major new investment in humanities and social sciences through the academy’s small research grants scheme.

January 21, 2012

The grants are worth up to £10,000 and are open to researchers in all UK higher education institutions and other research centres, as well as to independent scholars.

They are highly flexible and have often been used by early-career academics, for example to carry out international fieldwork or to pilot new areas of research.

Though the academy announced last year that the scheme had been resumed with the agreement of the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, levels of funding were lower than in the past.

Now, the Leverhulme Trust has confirmed funding of £1.5 million over three years to support the scheme, which will continue to be administered by the academy.

Announcing the investment, the academy cited as example the scheme’s previous success a project carried out by Chamion Caballero, senior research fellow at London South Bank University, and Peter Aspinall, emeritus reader in population health at the University of Kent, which brought together extensive first-hand accounts of people, couples and families from mixed racial backgrounds.

It later formed the basis for last year’s successful BBC 2 series, Mixed Britannia.

You've reached your article limit.

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Featured Jobs

Most Commented

Monster behind man at desk

Despite all that’s been done to improve doctoral study, horror stories keep coming. Here three students relate PhD nightmares while two academics advise on how to ensure a successful supervision

celebrate, cheer, tef results

Emilie Murphy calls on those who challenged the teaching excellence framework methodology in the past to stop sharing their university ratings with pride

Sir Christopher Snowden, former Universities UK president, attacks ratings in wake of Southampton’s bronze award

Reflection of man in cracked mirror

To defend the values of reason from political attack we need to be more discriminating about the claims made in its name, says John Hendry

But the highest value UK spin-off companies mainly come from research-intensive universities, latest figures show