News: research and funding
On this page, we report on the latest news about research and funding in the world of socio-legal studies. This can include information from the major UK funders, launches of research projects or research centres, calls for collaboration, in fact, any aspect of academic research that is of interest to socio-legal scholars.
Items will usually be retained for a period of about three months, or until any significant dates have passed.
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Funding bodies and other related organisations
The Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS) is the voice of social sciences in the UK.
The Academy is composed of over 800 individual academicians and 44 learned societies. Academicians are distinguished scholars and practitioners from academia and the public and private sectors. Most of the learned societies (including the SLSA) in the social sciences in the United Kingdom are represented within the Academy.
Please visit the AcSS website for full details.
Research funding guide
The AHRC research funding guide version 1.2.
The AHRC welcomes applications to the UKRI open call for research and innovation ideas to address the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts. See website for details.
Researchers in residence
Researchers in Residence (RinR), funded by RCUK with support from the Wellcome Trust, brings together researchers, young people and teachers via exciting and innovative placements in secondary schools and colleges across the UK. The scheme is open to all PhD and post-doctoral researchers funded directly or indirectly by one of the seven UK Research Councils or the Wellcome Trust.
The British Academy's funding page is constantly updated.
The British Academy is accepting proposals for British Academy Conferences to be held in 2022.
The British Academy Conferences scheme, with generous support from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and the Wellcome Trust, presents an exceptional opportunity for UK-based scholars to run a pivotal event of lasting significance in their field, as a central part of the Academy’s events programme. Successful conferences will bring together scholars from around the world to present and discuss new research in the humanities and social sciences. Held either at the British Academy’s own premises in London, at other British venues, or online, these landmark events will offer students, scholars and specialists an opportunity to learn about the latest developments in their subject areas and to expand their academic networks. Awards for a new strand of British Academy / Wellcome Trust Conferences are available for events that foster discussion and debate on health and wellbeing-related themes.
Please see website for details. Closing date: 27 January 2021.
Under the Newton Fund, the British Academy's international partners in Brazil, China, Mexico, South Africa, Turkey and Vietnam have opened further opportunities for research funding for collaborations with the UK. Many of these schemes are directly aimed at researchers based in the UK. Applications for these schemes are submitted directly to the country partner. Please see website for details.
Social welfare portal
New graduate funding opportunities for under-represented groups, including new Black Academic Futures scholarships for DPhil in Socio-Legal Studies
The University of Oxford and its colleges are working hard to increase the number of promising postgraduate students from under-represented groups at Oxford. As part of our programme to transform our graduate population by creating more funding opportunities for under-represented groups, we’re proud to announce a major new PhD scholarship scheme: Black Academic Futures. Black Academic Futures will offer full scholarships for up to 10 UK Black and Mixed-Black students applying to start DPhil/PhD study in 2021–22.
Find out more about funding opportunities for under-represented groups and the university’s graduate access initiatives on the Graduate Access website.
Centre for Socio-Legal Studies wins grant to support lay users of virtual justice systems during Covid-19
The Centre for Socio-legal Studies has received a grant from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as part of UK Research and Innovation’s rapid response to Covid-19. See press release for full details.
The CCRC is inviting inviting new proposals for research projects at the CCRC. Such projects can be of any length and on any subject, provided that the research is of arguable benefit to the CCRC and to the wider criminal justice system. Please see announcement for full details. Closing date: 29 January 2021.
Combined data from across government and hundreds of UK public bodies will be used to improve healthcare, education, business growth and the fight against crime by making it available to world-leading research teams. The Administrative Data Research Partnership will maximise the potential of administrative data as a resource for high-quality innovative research in the UK. See website for further details.
Applications are invited for this new scheme. Awards will be from £100,000 to £300,000. Please see website for details. This is an open call with no closing date.
The Higher Education Academy (HEA) provides services to the higher education sector for individual learning and teaching professionals, senior managers in institutions and for subject and discipline groups. Please visit website for further information.
The Law and Society Association (LSA) has awarded the status of International Research Collaborative (IRC) to the network entitled Law, Reason and Emotion. Please see attachment for full details of this IRC and of the call.
Sentencing Guidelines and Information Committee of the Judicial Council in Ireland: Invitation to tender
The Sentencing Information and Guidelines Committee invites tenders to conduct research on methodologies for gathering, synthesising and analysing sentencing data that will assist the Committee in the discharge of its functions. See website for details. Closing date: 11 January 2021.
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation is an endowed charity that funds a large, UK-wide research and development programme. It seeks to understand the root causes of social problems, to identify ways of overcoming then and to show how social needs can be met in practice.
Please visit the website for more information.
The Law and Society Association was set up in the USA in 1964 to support its members in developing theoretical and empirical understandings of law. See the website for full details.
Law Society Request for Proposals: For the provision of research services to investigate the Law Society and its relationship to historic slavery and colonialism
For information on the Legal Education Research Network (LERN) please see website.
The latest Funding Bulletin is available including links to all currently open schemes.
The following schemes are currently open for applications:
- Emeritus Fellowships – closing date: 4 February 2021
- Research Project Grants – outline applications are welcome at any time.
View the latest court statistics: published quarterly.
National Centre for Research Methods
The National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) is a network of research groups, each conducting research and training in social science research methods. It is co-ordinated from a hub in the University of Southampton and nodes across UK universities. NCRM provides a focal point for research, training and capacity-building activities. These activities are aimed at promoting a step change in the quality and range of methodological skills and techniques used by the UK social science community, and providing support for, and dissemination of, methodological innovation and excellence within the UK.
The Nuffield Foundation is a charitable trust established in 1943 by William Morris, Lord Nuffield, the founder of Morris Motors. Lord Nuffield wanted to contribute to improvements in society, including the expansion of education and the alleviation of disadvantage. He called this the ‘advancement of social well-being’, and emphasised the importance of education, training and research in achieving that goal. Today, the foundation works to improve social well-being by funding research and innovation in education and social policy. the foundation is also increasing the proliferation and quality of research and professional skills – both in science and social sciences – through its capacity-building programmes.
Researchers are invited to register their interest in applying for this new research and policy collaboration from the British Academy and the Nuffield Foundation which will award over £500,000 in research funding to identify practical solutions to increase the cohesion and resilience of local communities in the UK. See website for details. Applications will open in spring 2021.
Applications are invited for the outline stage in the latest round of these grants for projects to inform the design and operation of social policy and practice across the Nuffield Foundation's three core domains of education, welfare and justice. Please see website for details. Closing date: March 2021.
The Nuffield Foundations has awarded £2 million for research that will help identify how to mitigate the social impacts of the pandemic, particularly for those who are worst affected. Its partner organisations, the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, the Ada Lovelace Institute, and the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory are also responding to the pandemic. See the webpage for the latest updates.
A new Research Cluster in Law, Justice and Society has been launched at Wolfson College, in collaboration with the Foundation for Law, Justice and Society (FLJS). The research cluster will join several other research clusters created under the guidance of college President, Professor Hermione Lee, which draw on the outstanding scholarly strengths and interests within the college to foster innovative approaches to interdisciplinary research.
Each year the Research Councils invest around £3 billion in research covering the full spectrum of academic disciplines from the medical and biological sciences to astronomy, physics, chemistry and engineering, social sciences, economics, environmental sciences and the arts and humanities.
The outcome of the EU referendum raises questions for UK researchers and international partners about the Research Councils’ international activities and collaborations. RCUK's statment can be found on the website.
Restorative Justice Council
The Restorative Justice Council is embarking on a research project to gain a better understanding of the access to and experiences of restorative justice for BAME (Black, Asian and minority ethnic) young people who have offended. In addition to a lack of research in relation to BAME young people and criminal justice, there is also a perception among some practitioners that there are problems in effectively engaging and delivering restorative interventions with this group. The aim of the research is to develop practical solutions for the restorative field and recommendations for change to future policy development.
The Sociolegal Model Making Project explores the risks and rewards of using design-based strategies, and model-making in particular, to enhance socio-legal research – that is, research that interprets law as a social phenomenon.
Please see website for details.
Operating across the whole of the UK with a combined budget of more than £6 billion, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) brings together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and Research England. Research England will work closely with its partner organisations in the devolved administrations.
UKRI is calling on postdoctoral researchers, research associates and other early career researchers to join its new Early Career Researcher Forum. The forum will give researchers a voice in UKRI’s strategy, policy development and decision making. The UKRI hopes to help build a community for early career researchers to benefit from peer interactions, learning, support and other opportunities. The forum is open to researchers who identify themselves as employed as early career researchers. See website for details. Closing date for applications: 29 January 2021.
Applications are invited for these grants for funding for urgent arts and humanities research priorities. Research must meet a development need or challenge and aim to support low or middle-income countries to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals. See website for details. Closing date: 31 January 2021.