Annual competition for methods-related projects – deadline approaching!

methods@manchester is an initiative supported by the Faculty of Humanities, University of Manchester. It aims to:

•        highlight the depth and breadth of methodological expertise in the humanities and social sciences at the University of Manchester

•        promote and facilitate methodological excellence, innovation and inter-disciplinarity

We run an annual competition for small grants to support methods-related activities. The competition is open to all staff in the Humanities Faculty, but applications from more junior members of staff will be particularly welcome (Joint applicants who are outside the Faculty or University but within the ESRC North West Doctoral Training Centre are particularly welcome). The scheme is not open to PhD students.

Applications are invited for activities that extend, develop or promote methods through: inter-disciplinarily; innovation; international collaboration; new technologies; or new course development. Applications that have the potential to develop into larger funding applications are particularly welcome.

There is funding for four to five awards, of up to £5000 each. The titles and aims of the successful applications from the previous year can be found at:

It is expected that these awards will stimulate further activity in the form of: grant applications, new collaborations, new courses/training activities. Examples might include: developing innovative digital tools for research; development of advanced courses, eg Structural equation modelling; seminars to develop international networks. The funds will NOT support attendance at conferences.

A sub-committee of the Management Board of methods@manchester will judge the applications and decide which to fund.

Timetable: applications should be submitted by Wednesday 21 December 2011. They should be sent to:

Decisions will be made by mid-February 2012. Funded projects can start as soon as they receive approval and should be completed by end March 2013.

The application should not exceed 3 A4 pages. It should contain the following information:

•        Names and affiliation of applicants; contact details of main applicant

•        Set out the key aim, ie how Manchester’s methodological standing/ expertise will be enhanced through the proposal         

•        Explain how this will be achieved

•        Provide a timetable

•        Explain what costs are needed – it is recommended that you talk with the Research Support office to obtain realistic costings (FEC costs are not supported)

•        Describe the expected outputs

•        Explain how outputs will be disseminated and the benefits that are expected

•        A short summary of the relevant experience of each applicant.

If you have further questions please email


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