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  • 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