Two kinds of research grants of up to £5,000 are available to researchers at UK-based universities in areas that align with BAICE’s aims to:
- promote research, policy and development in all aspects of international and comparative education; and
- encourage the growth and development of international and comparative studies in education.
For both grants we encourage applications that involve junior and early career researchers (including doctoral students) in the proposed activities.
The purpose of Seedcorn grants are to provide funding for pilot research projects and scoping work. This may be achieved through a combination of activities including
- literature review
- mapping exercises
- analysis of secondary data sources
- travel and subsistence to meet domestic and international partners
The fund will support initial project planning and development, the direct costs of research, workshops and seminars that enable the advancement of research, and visits by or to partner scholars. Funds may also be requested for maximising the impact of a defined research project that is completed or close to completion.
We especially welcome proposals for collaborative, interdisciplinary research development activities aimed at developing research ideas and methodologies with the potential to attract significant external funding from either UK or international research funds.
To apply for seedcorn funding, please download and complete the seedcorn specific application.
Building Research Capacity and Networks
The aim of the Building Research Capacity and Networks grants is to provide funding for the inception and development of innovative collaborations and new priority research areas aligned with the aims of BAICE.
Grants awarded from this fund will support strategic research capacity and collaborative networks, which involve a wider range of activities than seminars. Examples of project activities that may be funded include:
- a combination of meetings and conferences;
- short-term training and capacity-building opportunities (e.g. sandpit events, workshops, summer institutes, master classes or visiting scholar programmes);
- scoping studies to synthesise existing academic work and other evidence;
- methodological development;and
- dissemination activities to encourage growth and development of the comparative and international education field at large.
Applications that only involve a series of seminars or conferences, whether held in the UK or elsewhere, will not be considered (for an alternative funding opportunity see: BAICE Thematic Forum).
All proposals must demonstrate that proposed networks and activities are grounded in the research context and the main literature in the area;and explain how the networks and activities will have the potential to advance knowledge and practice.
We especially welcome proposals to establish research clusters that expand an existing research area or provide the foundations for a viable new research area in the field of international and comparative education.
We encourage both the formation of new groups and the continuation of existing groups that include individuals from two or more institutions within and/or outside the UK.
To apply for research capacity and network funding, please download and complete the specific research network application.