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British Academy ECR Network

British Academy Early Career Researcher Network South West Hub Seed Funding Award  

The British Academy Early Career Researcher Network (BA ECRN) South West Hub, led by GW4 Alliance in partnership with the Universities of Bath, Bath Spa, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter, Gloucestershire, Plymouth and UWE, invites applications to a new seed funding award scheme for 2023-24. 

This Award follows on from the success of the 2022-23 Seed funding scheme which through funding of up to £3000 per project allowed 18 Early Career Researchers to develop their research, create new collaborative networks and to pursue fresh opportunities. 

Aims of the BA ECRN South West Hub Seed Funding Awards 

The aim of this scheme will be to create and support new cross-sector research partnerships and offer the funding to support ECR career development. These small awards (of up to £3K) will support the direct costs associated with activities that support new research, the development of new stakeholder relationships, broadening knowledge of a sector, future career options or accessing resources and facilities. Examples may include, but are not limited to:  

  • travel and subsistence costs related to research, cross-institutional collaboration or conference/event attendance;  
  • activity outside of academia with heritage, cultural and arts institutions, private and public sectors and industry 
  • charity, industry or public sector research engagement;  
  • public and widening participation engagement activities 

We cannot cover investigator or staff salaries, or overheads. 

This fund will not cover events, roundtables, meetings, training, or workshops for the Early Career Researcher Network. However, the British Academy does offer funding for these activities via their Development fund Scheme. 

These awards aim to be flexible and agile, responding to the needs of BA ECRN members and are an opportunity to develop new partnerships and explore innovative and more risky, novel concepts. We are happy to discuss project proposals with applicants – please get in touch ( 

Seed Funding Award Details and Eligibility 

Funds will be made available to successful applicants starting in October and must be fully spent by the end of February. You will be expected to provide a brief report on the award by March 2024 outlining how the funding was used and what was achieved. As this funding is aligned to financial years spend must be concluded in this timescale. 


Deadline for applications is midday 27 September 2023.  

To be eligible, you will: 

  • Be a member of the British Academy Early Career Researcher Network; 
  • Be associated with the South West Hub; 
  • Agree that all spend will be complete by end of February; 
  • Agree to provide a short report on the award by March. 

If you are not already a member please follow this link to sign up to the British Academy Early Career Researcher Network

Unfortunately, this fund will be unavailable to those who have previously successfully applied for a British Academy Seed funding award in the South West. 

University of Bath
University of Bristol
Cardiff University
University of Exeter