The UCL Centre for Critical Heritage Studies invites applications from UCL academic staff or doctoral/ postdoctoral students to its Small Grants Scheme, which funds projects that lead to or support collaborative research on critical heritage studies. Funding of up to £2000 per application is available per project. In very exceptional circumstances we may consider applications up to £4000. There is no minimum limit for awards.
We particularly invite proposals that:
- involve collaboration between staff based in different UCL departments, and/or utilise cross-disciplinary approaches;
- aim to achieve research impact (through scholarly output, public engagement, influence on policy and practice, knowledge transfer or similar);
- aim to prepare the ground for new, extended research projects (including grant applications).
Typical projects eligible for funding include:
- hosting a research conference, a seminar, workshop, or symposium;
- public engagement activities and collaborations with external non-academic institutions;
- costs associated with a specific project, e.g. research assistant time (UCL HEFCE staff costs/salaries are not eligible);
- costs associated with a pilot study or the preparation of an application for the funding of a major research project, e.g. travel to meet with potential partners at other institutions.
- General regulations
- The deadline for submission of proposals is 31 October 2017 (second round, 31 January 2018).
- Projects will be selected by the CCHS Leadership Group. We aim to inform applicants of the result by 30 November 2017 (second round, 28 February).
- The project needs to commence and its allocated funds be spent within a year of the award being made.
- Further requirements
- The application must have the support of the lead applicant’s Head of Department
- Administrative support for financial processing and publicity must be available from your home department(s)
- A brief project description for the CCHS website must be submitted within 3 months of the project being selected for funding.
- Acknowledgment should be made of CCHS support in any event literature or project publication; any online details of the project should include a hyperlink to the CCHS website.
- Communication should be maintained during the project to enable reporting and/or publicity on CCHS website and social media (i.e. advance dates on when activities and events will take place, use of the hashtag CCHS on award holder’s own social media posts).
- A progress report must be submitted by the close of the project (with details of achievements against objectives; future dissemination plans; any income from other sources; and final expenditure).
- The project must be in line with UCL’s Expenses Policy https://www.ucl.ac.uk/finance/policies-procedures/expenses-policy
- Selection criteria
- A contribution to research and debate on critical heritage studies;
- An indication of how the proposal contributes to the themes of the existing CCHS research clusters (if applicable), or alternatively, how it expands and contributes to the development of new themes or areas of research in critical heritage studies at UCL;
- Quality of the underpinning research;
- Where applicable, evidence of the capacity to address publics beyond academia and/or create lasting outputs;
- A coherent programme;
- Value for money and a viable budget, ideally with additional sources of funding indicated;
- A completed application form that does not exceed three pages of A4 (not including the required CV of the lead applicant);
- Claiming funds
CCHS Small Grants funds are paid to the individual’s host department upon project completion. As you incur costs and make claims to your department, please keep copies of all receipts as these will be required as part of your final expenditure report to the CCHS.
If your application is successful, you will receive a confirmation email at the start of the project detailing the amount of your award. At the end of the project, the items which you claim for should generally align with those detailed in your original application. If actual costs are lower than estimated costs, the funds awarded will be reduced accordingly.
- Throughout the project, claims should be made via your home department(s) in accordance with department procedure and in line with UCL’s Expenses Policy https://www.ucl.ac.uk/finance/policies-procedures/expenses-policy
- At the close of the project you will need to submit a final report to the CCHS addressed to Research Centre Administrator Hannah Williams firstname.lastname@example.org for review by the Leadership Group. This must give details of achievements against objectives; future dissemination plans; any income from other sources; and a detailed record of final expenditure.