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ISRF Flexible Grants for Small Groups (FG8)


The Independent Social Research Foundation wishes to support independent-minded researchers to explore and present original research ideas which take new approaches, and suggest new solutions, to real world social problems. Such work would be unlikely to be funded by existing funding bodies.


The Foundation intends to award on a competitive basis, to candidates of sufficient merit, a small number of grants providing flexible support (for instance: relief from teaching and/or administration,

research and travel expenses, fieldwork and practical work) for a period of (up to) one year for the activities of a small research group.


The awards are intended as enabling one or more short periods of face-to-face joint group work such as workshops, working-in-pairs, or short academic visits over a period of up to one year, and must be taken up (i.e. commence) no later than end of December 2022.


The amount of an award depends on the nature of the work proposed and individual circumstances – the ISRF expects applications for grants up to a maximum of €5,850 (or GBP equivalent).


†† PLEASE NOTE: Applicants with based in the UK must apply in GBP (£), up to the limit of £5,000. All other applicants must apply in EUR (€), up to the limit of €5,850. These amounts are fixed as of 2nd August 2021, and will not be adjusted in the event of GBP/EUR currency fluctuations.


Scholars from within Europe are eligible to apply as Principal Investigator(s) to lead a small group of 2-10 scholars (which may include graduate students). Principal applicants should hold a PhD and

will normally have a permanent appointment at an institution of higher education and research. Applications may be made by those whose sole or principal post is part-time equivalent. Independent scholars with an academic affiliation may also apply.


Applicants should consult the Criteria as set out in the Further Particulars (see link below) and show that they meet them. Applicants should follow the Application procedure and should present their Proposal in the format specified there.


To Apply:


Closing date for applications is5pm (BST) on 8th October 2021.