The British Academy Sustainable Development Programme 2018

Application Deadline: Wednesday 30 May 2018 (5pm UK time)

The British Academy has launched the second round of its Sustainable Development Programme, which is supported by the UK Government’s £1.5billion Global Challenges Research Fund.

This programme funds excellent, policy-oriented UK research, aimed at addressing the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and advancing the UK’s Aid Strategy. It supports researchers in the humanities and the social sciences working to generate evidence on the challenges and opportunities faced in developing countries and respond to the Sustainable Development Goals. The Academy is particularly keen to encourage applications from the humanities in this round.

The first round of the British Academy’s Sustainable Development Programme funded excellent challenge-oriented research focused on sustainable governance, sustainable growth and sustainable human development and creativity broadly understood. To continue to address these needs, the second round of the Sustainable Development Programme will focus on:

  • supporting innovative research projects and collaborations;
  • building our understanding of human and cultural contexts and how this can help inform practices and policies aimed at contributing to sustainable development outcomes;
  • expanding the research base in countries and populations with high unmet need and low research capacity.

The British Academy envisages the second round of awards advancing and deepening our understanding of the relevance and importance of the historical context of development, culture(s) and heritage(s) in particular to addressing sustainable development. Tackling many of the world’s sustainable development challenges requires a consideration of local cultures, practices, histories and societal norms, and an understanding of how such norms are complex and contextually differentiated. It is often, however, the case that these considerations are not well or fully brought into sustainable development discussions that tend to ignore aesthetic, representational, and reflective practices. New approaches that cross sectoral and disciplinary boundaries will be vital in achieving a step change in this area.

Eligibility Requirements

The Sustainable Development Programme is open to researchers based at UK institutions. The main applicant must be based at an eligible UK university or research institute, and have at least three years postdoctoral (or equivalent) research experience. The applicant must either be in a permanent position at the institution or have a fixed-term position for the duration of the award. Co-applicants can be from overseas, and co-applicants from the Global South are encouraged, but they must also have at least three years of postdoctoral (or equivalent) research experience.

Value & Duration

Projects must be up to 27 months in duration, with a value of up to £300,000 each. Projects are expected to start in September 2018. The first instalment will be paid immediately on acceptance of the award, with subsequent instalments paid at regular intervals. Awards are funded on a 100% full economic costs basis inclusive of overhead.

Application Process

Applications must be submitted online using the British Academy’s online 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.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of  The British Academy Sustainable Development Programme 2018

Written by Olumide Owaduge


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