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Funding available for ECRs

Deadline: Tuesday 28th February 2023 at 12pm EST/ 5pm UK

Are you an Early Career Researcher* (ECR) working at the intersection of the Arts, Humanities, and Health? Do you have an idea for an event or small project where you need funding to get it off the ground?

We are offering three £800 grants for ECRs based in the UK and three CAD$ 1,000 grants for those based in Canada to support you to get your ideas off the ground. The funding forms part of a grant awarded to University College London and the University of Toronto. The aim of the scheme is to support the ECR career development of those working at the intersection of the arts, humanities and health across three strands:

  1. CAPACITY. Support with skills development to enable ECRs to deliver timely research.

  2. CONNECT. Bring together ECRs to connect over shared research priorities, engage in reflective dialogues, and build networks.

  3. COLLABORATE. Facilitate collaboration to address cross-cutting research gaps.

Your idea may meet one or more of these aims.

Ideas of what we might fund include, but are not limited to:

  • A networking or social event to bring ECRs together who have shared research interests

  • A training or knowledge-exchange event to share innovative methods or interdisciplinary ways of working

  • A ‘sandpit’ event to gather ECRs together to formulate ideas for a future research project

  • Time for you and other ECRs to write a funding application together to apply for funding (e.g., research funding, development money)

  • A writing retreat for you and other ECRs to support you to collaborate on journal articles or other publications

Budgeted costs might include: travel stipends for participants, honoraria for speakers or admin support, graphic recording of the event, accessibility costs such as ASL translation, booking space, and providing hospitality (food and non-alcoholic beverages). You must clearly justify how the money will be spent and how it aligns with the aims of the EC3R fund in your application. The money will be transferred directly to you, as the lead application, and must be managed by you. If there are any ethical implications of your idea (e.g. you require institutional ethical approvals to carry out the activity), you should also state clearly how you will address these. You can include collaborators in your application, but the lead applicant must be an Early Career Researcher.

Following your project, you will be asked to provide a short financial report of your spend which includes feedback on how the funds supported your project, in addition to writing a blog for our website.

Important: if you are an applicant from the UK, all the money for your activity must be spent by 31 July 2023. If you are an applicant from Canada, all the money for your activity must be spent by 31 December 2023. (It may be possible for your activities to take place after these dates, as long as all money has been spent and reported to us.)

How to apply

There are two ways to apply. You can either complete the questions below through Microsoft Forms OR answer the questions through a video entry (maximum 5 minutes). If you are applying by video, please send your application via email to Dr Katey Warran. If your video is a large file, please use Dropbox, WeTransfer etc.

The questions you need to answer to apply are as follows:

1. Name(s), email address(es), institutional affiliation (if relevant), location (UK or Canada)

2. Title of your project

3. A summary of what you would like to do (maximum 500 words). Please be sure to tell us how your project meets the aims of this funding and connects with the Arts, Humanities and Health.

4. Why you would like this funding (50 words)

5. Timeline of your project

6. Associated costs, including justifying each item

You can access the application form by clicking here.


The deadline to apply is Tuesday 28th February 2023. We will aim to get back to you with a decision on whether you have been successful by Friday 17th March.

*We define an early career researcher as: a postgraduate student, a researcher within 8 years of receiving your PhD or an early-career professional working in research or evaluation (this includes artists and healthcare staff).

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