Funding and Grant Opportunities

Transversal programme study visits and vocational training specialists and decision-makers

Transversal programme study visits for education and vocational training specialists and decision-makers

The European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training invites applications for its study visits programme. Visits enable those responsible for the development of education and vocational training policies to explore related issues with peers in other European countries. Themes for this programme are:

  • encouraging cooperation between the worlds of education, training and work;
  • supporting initial and continuous training of teachers, trainers and education and training institution managers;
  • promoting acquisition of key competencies throughout the education and training system;
  • promoting social inclusion and gender equality in education and training, including integration of migrants;
  • developing strategies for lifelong learning and mobility.

Study visits will last from three up to five days and the average budget for a for five-day study visit is €1,355. This amount may vary depending on travel expenditure, the duration of the study visit and the cost of living in the country visited.

Deadline: 15/10/13


Small grant awards

The Society for Educational Studies invites applications for its small grants. These aim to stimulate research in education, particularly by those who are starting their research careers and are no more than five years postdoctoral. Applicants must be affiliated with a British university, college or school, and be or become members of the society. Up to four grants worth up to £10,000 for one year are available.

Deadline: 15/09/13


The role of VET in reducing early leaving from education and training

The European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training invites proposals on the role of vocational education and training in reducing early leaving from education and training. The aim of the framework contract is to understand the phenomenon of dropout and early leaving from VET in Europe and to analyse the role of VET in reducing early leaving from education and training. The contract includes the following work assignments:

  • understanding the phenomenon of dropping out and early leaving from VET and investigating the relationship between VET and early leaving from education and training;
  • analysing policies and measures to tackle early leaving from education and training through VET;
  • identifying good practices and tools to support policy-making at national and EU levels.

Deadline: 04/06/2013
Grant: £10,000


ESRC Research grants

If you have an excellent idea for a research project, the best way to seek funding for it is through the research grants open call. Awards ranging from £200,000 to £2 million (100 per cent full Economic Cost (fEC)) can be made to eligible institutions to enable individuals or research teams to undertake anything from a standard research project through to a large-scale survey and other infrastructure or methodological development.

There is considerable flexibility when it comes to subject area, too. As long as you always make sure that your suggested topic falls within ESRC’s remit, you are free to concentrate on any research area.

Deadline: Open call
From £200,000 to £2 million



Leverhulme – International Networks

These collaborations enable a Principal Investigator based in the UK to lead a research project where its successful completion is dependant on the participation of relevant overseas institutions. A significant research theme must be identified at the outset which requires for its successful treatment international collaboration between one or more UK universities, and two or more overseas institutions (up to a maximum of seven institutions in total). Networks should be newly constituted collaborations. Applicants should provide an explicit statement as to why a network is the most appropriate format for addressing the chosen research theme. Full justification should be given for the involvement of all participants, with each participant bringing specific – and stated – expertise which can directly contribute to the success of the project. Details of the proposed methodology for the research project should be provided at the outset, as well as a clear indication of the anticipated outcomes (publications, websites), and of the dissemination strategy to be adopted.
Deadline: Open call
up to £125,000



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