Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Internal Funding for Research

The Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research & Innovation is currently consulting staff on the draft Research and Innovation Strategy. In supporting the aims of the Strategy he has four internal funding schemes to help academics develop networks, prepare large and complex grant applications, engage the public with their research and meet the costs of gold Open Access publishing.
An overview of the schemes is given below, with links for more information. If you have any questions about these schemes don't hesitate to get in touch.

EU Partnership Fund
Kent, as the UK’s European university, is strongly supportive of the development of collaborations with European partners. The partnership can be purely academic, or a collaboration with enterprise, government or charities.
There is no upper limit to funding that can be requested. Grants from the Fund will cover the cost of travel and subsistence for the first two years of the partnership. The application process is straightforward, and bids can be submitted at any time. More detailshere.
Large & Complex Grants Fund
Putting together large, collaborative projects for prestigious schemes can be very time consuming and expensive. The Large and Complex Grants Fund (LCGF) is intended to offset some of the costs, whether it be the time spent by applicants, travel and subsistence costs to meet collaborators, or funding for pilot projects. The scheme is intended to be flexible and straightforward and, as with the EU Partnership Fund, there is no upper limit to the funding that can be requested. More details here.
Public Engagement with Research Fund
The University is committed to embedding public engagement with research across the institution, and to encourage the development of high quality, innovative and effective activities with high impact. Funding is available for communicating research activity and outcomes; listening to public views and concerns;  and involving the public as researchers.
There will be two deadlines for the Fund, which will be announced once the new Impact and Engagement Officer starts in mid-December. In the meantime details of last year's competition are available here.
Article Processing Charge (APC) Fund
The University supports the principles and objectives of Open Access and Open Science. Its preference is for Green Open Access as a way of achieving a wider and more feasible form of access to its research outputs, but supports Gold Open Access where appropriate. For this, there is a limited fund that will offset the article processing charges incurred. It is open to both staff and postgraduate students who fit the following criteria:
  • their work is funded by Research Councils UK (RCUK)
  • their research is highly rated by your School (equivalent to 3* or 4* in the Research Excellence Framework. This will need to be confirmed by your School DoR or equivalent)
  • they are publishing in the Royal Society of Chemistry Journals, for which the University has a limited number of APC vouchers. It also has institutional accounts with IEEE and Wiley, for which it receives reduced rates on APCs.
To apply for the APC Fund, please complete this online form. For more on OA, go to the Research Services webpage.
 Faculty Research Funds
In addition, each Faculty has a small fund to support research, as follows:

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