HASS Faculty Research Fund for Early Career Researchers

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The next round of the FRF for early career researchers has opened. The fund is targeted at supporting specific research activities which are designed to enable early career researchers to undertake significant development of their research profile.  The deadline dates are as follows:

  • Applicant to submit their application form electronically to their  Director of Research  by 17:00 on Wednesday 7th November 2012
  • Directors of Research to submit completed forms and ranking electronically (max 3 per School) to Lorna.Taylor@ncl.ac.uk by 17:00 on Wednesday 14th November 2012
  • (Forms submitted after this deadline will without exception not be entered into the competition)
  • Applications will be considered by a sub-group of FRSG in November and then at the FRSG meeting on Wednesday 28th November 2012
  • The results will be communicated within two weeks of this meeting, by Wednesday 12th December 2012

Details are also on the Faculty’s internal research website at: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/hss/internal/research/frf/

Please contact Lorna.Taylor@ncl.ac.uk if you have any queries


3 thoughts on “HASS Faculty Research Fund for Early Career Researchers

    Michael Richardson said:
    22/10/2012 at 1:48 pm

    Can PhD students at the university apply to this fund? Many thanks, Michael


      Lorna Dargan responded:
      22/10/2012 at 1:59 pm

      Hi Michael. The guidelines state that “The Fund is open to all early career researchers (ECRs). An ECR is defined as someone who is normally within three years of their first academic appointment”. So it looks as though it’s something that you apply for during your first few academic jobs after your PhD.

      When you’re working as an RA, you don’t always have a lot of time to focus on your won research, as you’re very busy workign full-time on someone else’s! I guess this type of funding exists to give you a bit of space to focus on your own research profile, rather than that of your PI.I have met post-docs who have used this type of fund to fund them while they exclusively focus on writing papers, or who have undertaken some preliminary fieldwork on a project that they will then build into a research grant application. These kinds of activities come in very handy when you’re looking to make the jump from RA to fellow or lecturer.


    Michael Richardson said:
    22/10/2012 at 2:50 pm

    Thanks for your full response there Lorna, very helpful. I thought this would be the case – but just wanted to check as I am currently benefiting from some of the postgraduate TA benefits such as the CASAP programme. Maybe I’ll be in position to apply next year. Best wishes, Michael


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