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Internal funding

We are lucky to have available an impressive range of schemes designed to provide you with financial support for your research, none of which, however, are intended  as a substitute for the more substantial amounts available from external sources.

Within the School we have: 

Personal Research Allowance

SALC will annually offer all eligible staff a research allocation, with the specific amount announced at the start of the academic year (£600 for the current year). This can be spent on a broad remit of activity.  

Eligible staff

  • Academic staff on permanent or fixed term lecturing contracts, for whom research is part of their contract.
  • Externally funded research fellows (not Simon and Hallsworth fellows; these fellowships have separate research expenses attached to them.)

Those not eligible for the basic allocation

  1. Teaching assistants (GTAs) and others who hold small contracts with the School/University, postgraduate students or recent research graduates
  2. Externally funded research staff on grants/projects (Research Assistants/Associates). RAs research expenses would be included in their project budgets.
  3. Teaching Fellows and lecturing staff for whom research is not part of their contract
  4. Honorary staff
  5. Emeritus staff
  6. Visiting fellows  

NB the Research Directorate reserves the right to make all final decisions on eligibility. Any appeals will be heard through the formal channels.  

New staff  

New (eligible) members of staff are entitled to a pro rata amount of the basic travel allowance depending on when in the year they were appointed (i.e. in semester two, one-half of the full basic allocation will be available).

The Research Office will have a list of all eligible staff in its possession at the start of the academic year. The names on these lists have all been checked with the relevant Research Coordinators. If you have any uncertainty as to whether or not you are eligible for the basic allocation please check with your Research Coordinator in the first instance prior to incurring any research related expenses for which you may later wish to claim.

Purposes of fund

  • Attendance at scholarly conferences or to carry out research visits to libraries, galleries, museums, archives or research sites
  • Support to complete a publication or requiring small amounts of teaching relief or research assistance to complete a project
  • Organisation of a conference at Manchester  (e.g. three colleagues may decide that they can use the combined amount to fund a small-scale conference/seminar/workshop)*
  • Support towards the costs of performances, installations, recording, etc. of research works
  • Specialist software or research equipment not otherwise available through University support

*Staff wishing to host a conference should contact the school’s Conference Administrator (based in the Martin Harris Centre) in the first instance. Once the code for your conference has been generated please contact Abigail Saffer in the Research Office via email with it indicating the amount of the basic allocation due to be transferred.

Procedure for claiming funds awarded  

  • Staff should complete the staff expenses form in the staff portal, and then send a printed copy of the form - together with original receipts - to the Research Office, for authorisation and onward transmission to Finance for payment.
  • All claims (reimbursement forms) must be received by the Research Office within 3 months of the activity taking place.
  • All monies allocated to an individual member of staff will have to be accounted for, and their expenditure will be monitored by the Research/Finance Offices. An annual report of expenditure on research travel will be produced and presented to the Research Committee.
  • It is not necessary to inform the Research Office of your intention to use your basic allocation. However, if you will not be using yours then please notify the Research Office at the earliest opportunity. Any staff who have not submitted a claim for their basic allocations by March of each academic year will be contacted asking if they intend to spend it.  
  • Finally,that the fund is only available for activity and expenses occurring up to Thursday, 31 July of each academic year. 

Research support fund

You can apply for up to 3K per year for pilot project funding leading to external grant applications, or for enhancing non academic research impact.

Call for bids

The research budget for the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures includes a sum of £30k for the academic year 2014-15 to foster and enhance external income generation and impact beyond the academy by individual staff engaged in research. Accordingly, the School Research Directorate would like to invite bids to the Research Support Fund for 2014-15.

Deadline

Wednesday 10th September 2013 for the current academic year (2014-15)

Criteria

This fund operates on a competitive basis. Preference will be given to projects that clearly and convincingly demonstrate how the funds applied for will enhance an existing externally funded project, or lay the ground for a new application for external research funding. Funds cannot be used to pay for the kinds of expenses covered by the Personal Research Allowance and unrelated to research income generation, nor for the running of seminars, or for group-led networking initiatives (see the SALC Research Networking Fund).

Eligible costs could include (but are not restricted to):

  1. pilot projects and feasibility studies designed to strengthen future bids to external funders (project development includes the development of IT systems/tools and associated equipment/software);
  2. activities which enhance the non-academic impact of existing research, whether externally funded or not (if the research to which the activities relate is externally funded then those activities should be distinct from anything planned under the ‘pathways to impact’ section of the original application);
  3. activities relating to externally funded projects that enable a PI to cover unanticipated additional expenses, or to extend a project outcome in a new, unforeseen direction;
  4. career-building conference visits undertaken by funded postdocs to give papers on topics not included within the project remit;
  5. funds to bridge postdoctoral research fellows doing externally supported research between one project and another

Eligibility

All research-active staff (that is those with research listed in their employment contract as an expectation), including postdoctoral researchers. Two or more individuals may combine forces and submit a joint application. However, in the case of projects involving collaboration with individuals from other Schools or institutions, we will expect to see evidence of matching funding.

Amount and number of awards

The maximum amount for which you (or your team) can apply is £3,000; the maximum for teaching relief as an element in a bid is £1,500.

Exceptions

In addition to paying for seminars, or for expenses incurred by a School strategy-led research team, the Fund cannot be used to cover:

  • school-sponsored study leave (departments should organise teaching and administration in such a way as to accommodate the absence of a colleague on study leave without additional resource).
  • running conferences (funds available via departmental seminar allocations)  
  • the purchase of material for the University Library, or books  
  • equipment (the School’s Equipment Fund administered via the School Office should be approached)

Examples of uses for funding

  • teaching relief – this needs to be justified, with an explanation specifically referencing why the project work needs to take place during term-time
  • travel and subsistence associated with the project (except conference travel)
  • specialist printed or recorded resources needed on site in addition to University Library provision, where justified
  • hourly paid research assistance

Form of application

Applications should take the form of a letter to the Research Support Manager and include:

  • a description of the project’s aims, objectives and outcomes (300-500 words) (Research Coordinators and professorial colleagues can be expected to advise on drafting).
  • a brief account of how the appropriate criteria are met
  • a clear statement of project costs (advice on costs and the overall drafting of applications is available via the School Research Support Manager)

An electronic copy should be emailed to salc.research@manchester.ac.uk and copied to the Research Co-ordinator of the relevant Division (in the case of formally constituted Research Centres/Institutes through the Director in consultation with relevant Research Co-ordinator(s))

Selection process

Applications are assessed by the School’s Research Committee.

Spending/Reporting

Spending should be completed by 31st July 2015 and a brief report (no more than a side of A4) should be submitted within one month of the award end date.

It should specify how projects have enhanced existing externally funded projects or prepared the ground for new bids, and explain how the RSF support has contributed to that process.

We may use selected reports as the basis for a section of the SALC Research web pages designed to publicise the benefits of the RSF

Research network fund

You can apply for up to 5K per year to cover expenses relating to the setting up or consolidation of a network of researchers in your field.

Call for bids

The research budget for the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures includes a sum of £20k for the academic year 2014-15 which is set aside for the purpose of raising the profile of research groupings (existing and putative) within the School.

With this in mind, the Research Directorate would now like to invite bids from groups of researchers (including, but not restricted to, current centres and institutes) for initiatives that will enhance national and international research networking capabilities. This may, for example, mean building and/or consolidating networks of international scholars in a particular research area (given that such networks are likely to be of future benefit in securing European and other international funding).

It could also mean establishing links with actual and potential research users (reflecting the importance of ‘impact’ and knowledge exchange to the School and the University). The establishment of bilateral links with one other significant research partner is as eligible as multi-partner networks, provided that the case for added value is made appropriately. Other possibilities will also be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Lead researchers within SALC groups interested in applying for these funds should submit an application for amounts up to 5K to the Research Support Manager in the SALC Research Support Office by Wednesday 10 September, 2014 by email to salc.research@manchester.ac.uk. These applications will be considered by the SALC Research Committee. They will be ranked on merit against criteria based on the extent to which they:

  • improve the chances of securing external funding for the group in question
  • enable a new grouping to establish itself;
  • Increase the academic and/or non-academic impact of the group’s research, and
  • Provide good value for money.

Applications should include

  • the name and contact details of the lead researcher(s)
  • a brief account of the work of the research grouping (in no more than 100 words)
  • a narrative explaining how the bid meets the criteria and the added value the proposed network would bring to the research grouping and the School (in no more than 500 words)
  • a detailed budget with costings for all activities; eligible items include, but are not limited to, travel, accommodation and living expenses; room hire and equipment; communication costs; dedicated part-time administrative support.

Funding decisions will be announced by 30 September 2014. All expenditure on successful bids should be completed, and a report on spending submitted, by 31 July 2015.

Also a brief report (no more than one side of A4) should be submitted within one month of the award end date.

It should describe progress towards establishing/extending the network in question, identify specific benefits and outcomes resulting from network activities, and outline plans for further network-related developments and initiatives.

Reporting

All expenditure on successful bids should be completed, and a report on spending submitted, by 31 July 2015. Also a brief report (no more than a side of A4) should be submitted within one month of the award end date.

It should describe progress towards establishing/extending the network in question, identify specific benefits and outcomes resulting from network activities, and outline plans for further network-related developments and initiatives.

 

There is also a divisional Research Seminar Budget held at the divisional level and designed to support your division in organising research seminars and paying for external speakers.

In addition, you are strongly encouraged to co-organise events with CIDRAL (Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Arts and Languages, directed by Jackie Stacey), which has quite a generous external speakers’ budget.

At the Faculty level, there is a Strategic Investment Research Fund (SIRF) which operates on a bi-annual basis (with deadlines normally in autumn and early spring). It has a research strand (which includes provision for early-career researchers and for impact enhancement), as well as social responsibility and PGR strands. It allows for applications of up to 30K (though typically awards are for between 10 and 15K) to prepare the ground for large, collaborative research bids.

At the University level, the University of Manchester Research Institute (UMRI) has for the past two years run an annual competition to support pump-priming projects designed to build major interdisciplinary research networks and other initiatives. It is able to make available to research groups up to 50K, though awards are generally lower than this.