The British Academy – £200K – Applications Due: October 21, 2020

Wed, Oct 21, 2020, 12:15 pm
Request for Proposals
Life Sciences
Natural Sciences
Various Research Areas


The British Academy, the United Kingdom's national academy for the humanities and the social sciences, is inviting proposals from UK-based researchers in the humanities and social sciences wishing to develop and lead international interdisciplinary projects in collaboration with colleagues from the natural, engineering and/or medical sciences, with a focus on the interaction between technology, nature and humanity. This program is funded by the UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Fields of Research:

The intersection between technology, nature and humanity is key to many of the most pressing international challenges, from climate change and ecosystem disruption, to migration and sustainable population growth, to the role and understanding of new technologies in society. The British Academy welcomes proposals for projects which bring together new knowledge collaborations to address issues facing individuals, communities and societies, and lessons that can be learnt from such issues that have been faced in the past. Applications may consider how nature and technology are understood across different societies, and how this understanding is embedded in culture, historical practice, and social infrastructures.


  • The lead applicant must be a researcher from the humanities or social sciences, and be based at an eligible UK university or research institute
  • The lead applicant must be of postdoctoral or above status (or have equivalent research experience).
  • Projects must involve at least one co-applicant from the natural, engineering and/or medical sciences. 
  • Graduate students and postdocs are not eligible.
  • Collaboration between researchers in different institutions is encouraged, where appropriate, given the nature and aims of the programme, and applications may include co-applicants and other participants from overseas.

For more details about the programme and the eligibility requirements, please see the Scheme Notes.

Assistance with Application: The Corporate Engagement and Foundation Relations team is available to assist faculty with proposal development and submission.  We welcome the opportunity to work with you - please call me at x8-9944 if you would like assistance.


  • Awards of 24 months in duration and up to £200,000 are available.
  • Projects must begin in March / April 2021.


Due Dates:

The deadline for submissions and UK institutional approval is 12:15 p.m. on October 21, 2020.

Categories: Open Call RFPs