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  • Friday, April 2, 2021

  • CUI

  • International Office

Dear IO Focal Persons,
The ERC Starting Grants are designed to support excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they are starting their own independent research team or programme. Principal Investigators must demonstrate the ground-breaking nature, ambition and feasibility of their scientific proposal.
Size of ERC Starting Grants
Starting Grants may be awarded up to a maximum of EUR 1 500 000 for a period of 5 years. The maximum size of the grants is reduced pro rata temporis for projects of a shorter duration. (This does not apply to ongoing projects).
Additional funding up to EUR 1 000 000.can be requested in the proposal to cover the following eligible costs when these are necessary to carry out the proposed work: (a) "start-up" costs for Principal Investigators moving to the EU or an Associated Country from elsewhere as a consequence of receiving the ERC grant and/or (b) the purchase of major equipment and/or (c) access to large facilities and/or (d) other major experimental and field work costs, excluding personnel costs.
Additional funding is not subject to pro rata temporis reduction for projects of shorter duration.
All funding requested is assessed during evaluation.
Profile of the ERC Starting Grant Principal Investigator
The Principal Investigators shall have been awarded their first PhD at least 2 and up to 7 years prior to 1 January 2021. Cut-off dates: PhD awarded from 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2018 (inclusive).
The eligibility period can be extended beyond 7 years in certain properly documented circumstances.
A competitive Starting Grant Principal Investigator must have already shown the potential for research independence and evidence of maturity, for example by having produced at least one important publication as main author or without the participation of their PhD supervisor. Applicant Principal Investigators should also be able to demonstrate a promising track record of early achievements appropriate to their research field and career stage, including significant publications (as main author) in major international peer-reviewed multidisciplinary scientific journals, or in the leading international peer-reviewed journals of their respective field. They may also demonstrate a record of invited presentations in well-established international conferences, granted patents, awards, prizes, etc.
For more information about the topic, eligibility and How to apply, please visit: Click here

  • Wednesday, March 10, 2021

  • CUI

  • International Office

Call for Proposals: 2021-2022 Strengthening Feminist Movements (Due Date: 2 April 2021, 12 midnight, Sri Lanka time)

Women’s Fund Asia (WFA) is pleased to announce a call for proposals for the 2021-2022 Strengthening Feminist Movements (SFM) to support women, girls, trans, and intersex rights activists, groups, and networks working on the local, subnational, and national levels.

The common threads that run through the grants under this programme are:

  • promoting feminist principles and a rights-based perspective in women, girls, trans, and intersex rights work in the region, the key components of which are decision making, agency, and voice;
  • strengthening the leadership of women, girls (ages 18-24), trans, and intersex people, especially second-line leadership; and
  • networking and collaborations among groups and activists working at local, subnational, and national levels.


WFA will prioritize supporting applications submitted by:

  • Those working towards strengthening movements to realise and sustain their rights
  • Those working in difficult contexts and/or have limited access to resources
  • Those using feminist, right-based, and intersectional approaches in their work
  • Those groups which are self-led; i.e., the leadership of the group is representative of the constituency which the group is working with

Funding Information

  • Organizational grants will range from USD 5,000 – USD 10,000.
  • For applicants who have not been supported by WFA previously, the maximum amount for an organizational grant is USD 7,000.
  • Individual grants will be up to USD 5,000.
  • Individuals and organizations can apply for a grant for either a period of 6 months or 12 months.

Eligibility Criteria

The call is open to women, girls (ages 18-24), trans, and intersex rights activists, groups, and networks working at the local, subnational, and national levels in the 17 Asian countries where they work:
  • South Asia: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Pakistan, Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka
  • East and Southeast Asia:Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam
  • Individuals and organizations are both eligible to apply for this grant.

For more information, please visit 

  • Friday, February 19, 2021

  • CUI

  • International Office

ACU Call for Proposal: Apply for an Early Career Conference Grant (Due Date: February 16, 2021)

For emerging academics, taking part in an international conference can have a profound impact on their teaching and research. Conferences are a chance to share research, learn about the latest developments in an area of work, and build valuable professional networks. Researchers find themselves better informed and better connected with new knowledge that can be shared and multiplied amongst colleagues and students.
25 Early Career Conference Grants are available for university staff at ACU member universities. The grants help to ensure that more emerging researchers – and the universities that employ them – can benefit from these valuable opportunities.
To reflect the current times, this year’s grants will solely fund participation in virtual (online) conferences.
Applicant eligibility
Applicants must:
  • Be employed by an ACU member university as a lecturer, post-doctoral researcher, professor, associate professor, or equivalent
  • Be within seven years of the start of their academic (research/teaching) career
  • Have previously never traveled for work purposes (including conferences) outside their region of employment since the start of their academic career. Please see this page for the definition of regions.
What is covered?
  • Conference registration fee: up to GBP 500
  • Data grant of GBP 50 if needed
  • Free access to virtual presentation training
  • Applicable conferences
Grants can be used for a virtual (online) conference of the applicant’s choice. Applicants can specify their conference of choice on the application form. The conference must take place between 1 June and 31 December 2021. High-quality conferences organized by universities or academic bodies of good standing will be prioritized for selection. Applicants should therefore carefully research their chosen conference before submitting an application.
For more information about eligibility and how to apply online, please visit:

  • Wednesday, December 9, 2020

  • CUI

  • International Office

The British Council is seeking proposals for the Developing Inclusive and Creative Economies (DICE) Digital R&D Fund to support the development and delivery of 20 co-designed ‘digital experiences’ that contribute to the DICE programme’s mission and ethos.

The Fund will also support the creation of a community of practice across the 20 partnerships to share learning from digital experiences.

Through encouraging new thinking, generosity and horizontal collaborations across disciplines, countries and continents, DICE:

  • Cultivates essential connections between artists, entrepreneurs, policymakers, intermediaries, investors, funders and researchers to develop inclusive economic initiatives and systems together.
  • Provides development and capacity-building of creative social entrepreneurs and enterprises.
  • Creates the space for the co-design of policy and community-led initiatives.
  • Strengthens intermediaries, including networks, hubs, incubators and accelerators.
  • Shares the important stories of creative social change-makers.
  • Explores the underlying processes and power-dynamics that define how they connect, collaborate and create.

Digital experiences should:

  • Be delivered between February and May 2021.
  • Be designed by, with and/or for groups that are often disadvantaged in the economy, including but not limited to youthwomen or people with disabilities.
  • Be tailored and produced for specific groups, such as creative social entrepreneurs, artists and policymakers.
  • Enable the DICE Digital Partners to enhance and improve their own digital confidence, capabilities and infrastructure.
  • Create a genuine connection and camaraderie between the participants.

Funding Information:

  • The value of each of these grants will range between £7,000 – £15,000.
  • Eligibility Criteria
  • Organisations that wish to apply must be based in a DICE country (Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan, South Africa and the UK) and must submit their application together with a partner organisation in another DICE country.
How to Apply

  • Applications must be made via the British Council Grant Management Portal between 1 and 15 December 2020.
  • Applicants must first register on the portal to access the application form — see the Grant Management Portal Applicant Guide, for step-by-step instructions on how to register.
  • Then, they must complete the application. Guidance on completing the application is provided in the DICE Digital R&D Fund – Step-by-step Applicants Guide.
  • Finally, they must complete a separate budget. The budget must be detailed on the DICE R&D Fund Budget and Activity Timeline Template.
  • The application must be received before 23:59 GMT on 15 December 2020.

For more information, please visit


  • Thursday, January 16, 2020

  • CUI

  • Muhammad Waqas Altaf

Urgent Proposals for Joint Projects

Click here for ANSO Collaborative Research Guideline 
Click here for Template Proposal of ANSO Research and Training
Click here for List of ANSO Members and Governing Board