The Research Grants Scheme call for applications has closed. Applications will now be reviewed and results will be announced in due time.
These awards support interdisciplinary research on themes relating to one or more of the Nahrein Network's five aims. We offer two types of funding:
- Small grants of up to £30,000 (FEC) for projects led by Iraqi researchers, or collaborations between Iraqi and UK researchers.
- Large grants of up to £100,000 (FEC) for collaborations between Iraqi, Lebanese or Turkish and UK researchers.
Projects may last up to 18 months.
Who can apply?
We invite applications from postdoctoral researchers (or equivalent) who are employed by, or have an official connection with:
- EITHER a UK or Iraqi, Lebanese or Turkish Higher Education Institution (i.e., a university or similar organisation)
- OR a non-academic organisation (e.g. cultural heritage organisation, NGO, community group) in the UK or Iraq, Lebanon or Turkey with a demonstrated capacity to conduct research.
Applications for small grants must be led by an Iraqi, Lebanese or Turkish researcher and do not need UK collaborators.
Applications for large grants must be made jointly by researchers in the UK and Iraq, Lebanon or Turkey who each fulfil these eligibility criteria. Large grants may also involve researchers from other countries.
The currend round (deadline 15th of May 2019) will be the last round to award large grants. The final round in November 2019 will only award small grants.
UNESCO: Revive the Spirit of Mosul
With our partners UNESCO Iraq, we especially encourage applications that support the UNESCO initiative "Revive the Spirit of Mosul". This will be UNESCO's main contribution to the United Nations' Response and Resilience programme, designed to help Iraq's government fast-track the social dimensions of reconstruction.
We particularly welcome applications for projects that contribute to sustainable development through:
- a fuller understanding of Mosul's social and/or intellectual history and heritage
- reconciliation between communities through the documentation, safeguarding and enhancement of cultural heritage, broadly defined.
Please note that the Nahrein Network grants do not fund archaeological fieldwork or architectural projects, in Mosul or elsewhere.
How to apply
The application form will be availlbale again when the scheme reopens.
- Please read the guidance carefully, paying particular attention to eligibility rules and budgeting
- Please ask us at email@example.com if you have any questions about the form and guidance
- Complete the form and collect the necessary documentation
- Email the form to firstname.lastname@example.org by the deadlines indicated.
The final round of awards will have a deadline of 15 November 2019.
The selection process
The Nahrein Network's team will assess all applications according to the following criteria:
- the quality, value and urgency of the proposed research;
- the qualifications and experience of the applicant(s) to manage and conduct this research;
- the feasibility of the proposed management plan, timetable and budget;
- the viability and suitability of the project's planned outputs, dissemination and publication strategies;
- the likely long-term sustainability and/or impact of the project;
- the degree to which the project meets the aims and addresses the themes of the Nahrein Network;
- the degree to which the project meets the requirements of the Global Challenges Research Fund in relation to Official Development Assistance compliance (pdf).
Proposals for large grants (with budgets over £30,000) will also be peer reviewed by one or more members of the Nahrein Network Grants Fund panel. Panel members are recruited from among the Network's partners and its Management Committee and Advisory Board.
We will normally tell you the result of your application within one month of the deadline. We will give feedback if your submissions is unsuccessful and may invite you to revise your proposal and reapply later, at our discretion.
Terms and conditions
If you are successful you must sign a formal agreement with the Nahrein Network to show that you agree with the terms and conditions of the funding. Your project must start within 6 months of our offer to you.
Each funded project will be assigned a liaison officer from the core Network team, who will offer mentoring and support. Each project leader will be required to provide a short progress report to the Network's Management Committee every 6 months, to ensure that peer support is in place, budgeting is on track, and that project outcomes, network development, and future sustainability are being achieved.
The Nahrein Network is committed to eliminating unlawful discrimination and promoting equality of opportunity and good relations across and between the defined equalities groups in all of their relevant functions.
Accordingly, no eligible funding applicant or external stakeholder should receive less favourable treatment on the grounds of: gender, marital status, sexual orientation, gender re-assignment, race, colour, nationality, ethnicity or national origins, religion or similar philosophical belief, spent criminal conviction, age or disability.
Equally, all proposals will be assessed on equal terms, regardless of the sex, age and/or ethnicity of the applicant. Proposals will therefore be assessed and graded on their merits, in accordance with the criteria and the aims and objectives set for each call for funding.