Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Quick! There and Then before It's Been and Gone: News

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Quick! There and Then before It's Been and Gone: News

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The Economic and Social Research Council is piloting a new scheme to distribute funding quickly when unforeseen research opportunities arise, such as the 2011 riots.

"Urgency grants" worth up to Pounds 200,000 will be available where there is a "strong case for immediate research" into rare, unfolding events because the relevant data can only be collected there and then.

Examples cited by the ESRC include natural disasters, the riots that broke out across the UK in 2011, or the discovery of the last surviving speaker of a language with "rare socio-linguistic characteristics".

The grants will run for up to two years and fund access to data or facilities, allowing researchers to carry out data collection and essential initial analysis. However, neither studentships nor equipment will be funded.

Project outlines must be submitted within four weeks of the beginning of the event in question. If they are approved, full proposals must be submitted within a further four weeks and research must begin within one month of grant acceptance. …

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