British Council: Inviting applications for ‘Small-Scale Research Project Scheme – South Asia’ to provide funding (up to £5,000) for early career researchers in the UK and countries in South Asia to work collaboratively on a joint research project.

Funding brief: The British Council Small-Scale Research Project Scheme provides funding (up to £5,000) for early career researchers in the UK and countries in South Asia to work collaboratively on a joint research project.

A partnership must be formed between a UK university/research institute and a university/research institute in one of the following South Asian countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka.

An early career researcher from each university/research institute must be appointed to carry out the research project. The early career researchers should be at the beginning of their research careers and to have been awarded their PhD not more than 10 years prior to applying for the grant. Allowances can be made for career breaks or other extenuating circumstances. Final year PhD students are also eligible to apply. A senior researcher from each university/research institute must be appointed to be responsible for the oversight of the research project.

The scheme aims to provide early career researchers with the opportunity to gain skills and experience in conducting research internationally. It also aims to prepare researchers to form consortiums and apply for grants provided by funding agencies and international institutions.

The theme of the collaborative research project should be related to one of the South Asia science priority areas:
● Water e.g. water resource management, water health and sanitation, water cooperation and diplomacy in South Asia.
● Mental Health e.g. child developmental disabilities, mental health and resilience
● Global Health e.g. South Asia global health, migration and health, refugees

These priorty areas are related to our South Asia Science Initiatives:
● Water Initiative South Asia (WISA):WISA is a five-year project (2018-2023) promoting science and research partnerships between the countries in South Asia and the UK. The initiative brings together key experts including researchers, scientists, decision makers and analysts, as well as senior managers of corporations and research institutions to review and investigate key aspects of water science in South Asia.

The main themes of WISA are:
Health, water quality and sanitation
Water resource management
Transboundary water cooperation

● Mental Health Initiative for South Asia (MHISA): The Mental Health Initiative for South Asia focuses on improving mental health in the UK and South Asia. The purpose of the scheme is to identify areas for collaboration and facilitate communication and partnerships for research on mental health between universities and research institutes in the UK and South Asia.

The main themes of the Mental Health Initiative are:
Mental health resilience
Child mental health
Mental health skills sharing

● Global Health Initiative for South Asia: The Global Health Initiative aims to strengthen research capacities and facilitate collaboration between global health scientists and practitioners.

The main objectives of the initiative are to develop a knowledge exchange and learning platform on migration and health rights and facilitate new collaborations to address evidence gaps for responsive and coherent migration and health policies.

Donor Name: British Council
Funding name: Small-Scale Research Project Scheme – South Asia

Deadline: The deadline for submission of a completed application is 23:59 UK time on 31st, July, 2019.

Funding details link: Click to view

Funding limit: The maximum grant value available from the British Council is £5,000. They encourage researchers to secure additional funding from other sources for the research project. Any additional funding should be included on the budget form

Project start date: Not Found

Project duration: The duration of the research project should be between 6 and 12 months.

Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility:
● A partnership must be formed between a UK university/research institute and a university/research institute in one of the following South Asian countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka. The UK university/research institute, also known as the Lead Institution, will receive and manage the funding for the research project.
● An early career researcher from each university/research institute must be appointed to carry out the research project. The early career researchers should be at the beginning of their research careers and to have been awarded their PhD not more than 10 years prior to applying for the grant. Allowances can be made for career breaks or other extenuating circumstances. Final year PhD students are also eligible to apply.
● A senior researcher from each university/research institute must be appointed to be responsible for the oversight and progress of the research project. The British Council Child Protection Policy applies for research projects involving children.

Eligible Country: The context of the research should be in the South Asia region i.e. Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka.

Submission mail: Not found

Other important link:
● Apply: Click to view
● Guideline: Click to view
● Proposal Form (Budget) Click to view
● About: Click to view

How to apply: Interested applicant may apply through the website (Click to view).

● Applications must be in English. There are strict character limits for certain sections which cannot be exceeded. All costs should be stated in GBP.

● Documents required for submission
– Recent CV of the senior researcher based at a UK university/research institute.
– Recent CV of the early career researcher based at a UK university/research institute.
– Recent CV of the senior researcher based at a university/research institute in one of the following South Asian countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka.
– Recent CV of the early career researcher based at a university/research institute in one of the following South Asian countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka.
– A detailed project budget. The budget template is available here: www.britishcouncil.org/education/science/south-asia-programmes/small-scale-research-project-scheme
– Letters of support from a UK university/research institute and South Asian university/research institute in English, on headed paper, signed by the Head of Department or other person with appropriate delegated authority, expressing specific commitment to the proposed project. The form should include any financial or in-kind contribution from the university.

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