Thursday, 24 March 2011

JISC Grant Call 03/11: Digging into Data Challenge

Deadline for applications is *16^th June 2011*.

The Digging into Data Challenge is sponsored by funders in the UK, Netherlands, USA and Canada. The Challenge is targeted to the humanities and social sciences and aims to address the following four goals

- to promote the development and deployment of innovative research techniques in large-scale data analysis that focus on applications for the humanities and social sciences;

- to foster interdisciplinary collaboration among researchers in the humanities, social sciences, computer sciences, library, archive, information sciences, and other fields, around questions of text and dataanalysis;

- to promote international collaboration among both researchers and funders;

- to ensure efficient access to and sharing of the materials for research by working with data repositories that hold large digital collections.

Projects have to be international -- you need to have teams from at least two of the four different countries funding the call. Funding is for 6-24 months, and you need to complete projects by 31^st January 2014. For the UK part of the project, funding of up to £100,000 is available (more if you involve more than one UK institution).

You can view examples of funded projects at

Further information: JISC, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), along with five international funding bodies, invite institutions to submit proposals for the Digging into Data Challenge. There is a UK specific addendum which can be found at and should be read in conjunction with the main request for proposals available on the Digging into Data Challenge web site at

The deadline for receipt of final proposals in response to this call will be *23:59 (Greenwich Mean Time) on 16 June 2011*. Late proposals will *NOT* be accepted. Details of how to submit are in the main proposal.

Funding for eligible institutions in the UK is available for projects starting from January 2012 and lasting between 6 and 24 months. All projects must be completed by 31 January 2014.

*Eligibility *

Proposals may be submitted by HE institutions funded via HEFCE, SFC, HEFCW and DEL Northern Ireland, and by FE institutions funded via SFC, DCELLS Wales and DEL Northern Ireland. FE institutions in England that teach HE to more than 400 FTEs are also eligible to bid provided proposals demonstrate how the work supports the HE in FE agenda.

Other organisations eligible to apply for ESRC and AHRC funds are also permitted to act as lead institutions for Digging into Data proposals and details are below.

In addition to Higher Education Institutions funded by the four Higher Education Funding Councils, ESRC has recognised a number of organisations as Independent Research Organisations (IROs). See link below for the organisations and their eligibility to access directive or responsive modefunding:

A list of Independent Research Organisations recognised by the AHRC, and therefore eligible to act as lead institutions, can be found on the AHRC website: urces/data-services/NDS/.

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