Get up to £200,000 in the British Academy Knowledge Frontiers: International Interdisciplinary Research Program 2022

Are you a researcher at post doctoral level based at an eligible  UK research firm?

Then apply for the British Academy Frontiers: International Interdisciplinary Research Program

2022 and get up to £200,000 for the duration of the program.

Application Deadline: September 29 2021


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  • Awards of 24 months in duration and up to £200,000 are available.
  • Funding can be used to support the time of the Principal Investigator and Co-applicants; postdoctoral (or equivalent) research assistance; travel, fieldwork and related expenses; and networking costs. Awards are offered on a 100 percent full economic costing basis.


  • The lead applicant must be a researcher from the humanities or social sciences, and be based at an eligible UK university or research institute. 
  • The lead applicant must be of postdoctoral or above status (or have equivalent research experience).
  • Projects must involve at least one co-applicant from the natural, engineering and / or medical sciences. Collaboration between researchers in different institutions is encouraged, where appropriate, given the nature and aims of the programme, and applications may include co-applicants and other participants from overseas.

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Application Instructions

  • Applications must be submitted online using the British Academy’s Grant Management System (GMS), Flexi-Grant®.

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About the British Academy Knowledge Frontiers: International Interdisciplinary Research Program

This programme provides UK-based researchers at any career stage, and active in any discipline within the social sciences and the humanities, with an opportunity to develop and lead international interdisciplinary research projects in collaboration with colleagues from the natural, engineering and / or medical sciences.


The British Academy is inviting proposals for projects which focus on the question, “what is a good city?”

The “good city” evokes the good life; however, urban citizens often live with ill health, pollution, poor living conditions, fear, anxiety, isolation, crime and helplessness.

How can urban life maintain and repair human wellbeing and mental health rather than the opposite? What anticipatory intelligence, social inclusion, political process and health provision should the good city have? What social, political, economic, and cultural values are embedded in urban policy making? The Academy encourages applications that address questions such as these.

The Academy is not prescriptive in how cities are explored and in fact, encourages broad and innovative interpretations of the question, “What is a good city?” and how this question relates to international questions and challenges.

Applicants are encouraged to bring together different communities of expertise, for example academic, professional, business, lay, or community. Projects could bring together different forms of collaboration, between lived experience, modelling and data science.

The purpose of each project will be to develop new international research ideas. Projects will also need to demonstrate an innovative and interdisciplinary partnership between researchers in the social sciences or the humanities on the one hand, and counterparts in the natural, engineering and / or medical sciences on the other.

The Academy is looking to fund applications that break new ground in the collaborations – international and interdisciplinary – they support, and the research they aim to undertake. The Academy particularly encourages applications led by scholars in the humanities.

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Key Dates and Order of Program

  • Projects must begin in March / April 2022.
  • Earliest start date: 1 Mar 2022
  • Scheme opens date: 8 Jul 2021
  • Deadline date: 29 Sep 2021 – 17:00 BST
  • Duration of award: 24 months
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