The Nahrein Network


Research Grant Awards

The Research Grants Scheme has re-opened to applications. This final round of funding will offer funding of up to £30,000 for successful projects. Deadline 23:59 15 November 2019

The awards

These awards support interdisciplinary research on themes relating to one or more of the Nahrein Network's five aims. The final call, with deadline 15 November 2019, has now opened. 

During the final round we will offer only one type of funding:

  • Small grants of up to £30,000 (FEC) for projects led by Iraqi, Lebanese or Turkish researchers, or collaborations between them and UK researchers. 

Please note that all funded projects must end by December 2020.

Who can apply?

We invite applications from postdoctoral researchers (or equivalent) who are employed by, or have an official connection with:

  • EITHER a Iraqi, Lebanese, Turkish or UK 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 must be led by an Iraqi, Lebanese or Turkish researcher and do not need UK collaborators. 

The applications deadline is 23:59 on 15 November 2019. 

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 Nahrein Network grants do not fund archaeological fieldwork or architectural projects, in Mosul or elsewhere.

How to apply

Download the new

  • Please read the guidance carefully, paying particular attention to eligibility rules and budgeting
  • Please ask us at nahrein@ucl.ac.uk if you have any questions about the form and guidance
  • Complete the form and collect the necessary documentation
  • Email the form to nahrein@ucl.ac.uk by before 23:59 on 15 November 2019.

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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).

We will normally tell you the result of your application within one month of the deadline. We will give feedback if your submission 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.

Equal opportunities 

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 reassignment, 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.