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School of the Humanities and Social Sciences


Collaborative research grants in 2022

How to apply

Proposals may be submitted through the online application form. Any queries can be directed to:

Each proposal may be submitted by either the Cambridge or Sciences Po partner, but must have partners from both institutions in all cases. The application form requires applicants to:

  1. provide a project description which includes the intellectual rationale, objectives, plan of activities and outline budget in no more than 1,000 words (excluding budget).
  2. include CVs for the main applicants from both institutions (limit of 2 pages per CV).
  3. For projects in which a visit is foreseen, agreement letter of support on behalf of the Director of the concerned research unit or relevant Head of Department/Faculty is required.

The deadline for applications is 17.00 UK time on 4 April 2022.


Selection process and criteria

A committee comprising Sciences Po and Cambridge members will jointly determine which projects will be funded.

Interested researchers are invited to discuss their ideas with either Chris Bickerton (UCAM) Christopher Bickerton,, or Colin Hay (Sciences Po)

Case studies of previous successful CamPo projects can be found here. CamPo projects should be aligned with the following criteria for success:

  1. a range of academic publications and public policy contributions stemming from the various research collaboration efforts;
  2. successful follow-on applications for large scale research funding that includes Cambridge and Sciences Po as leading members of a wider consortium or as co-investigators;
  3. a sustainable Anglo-French collaborative relationship in their specific area

All other things being equal, the Managers expect that at least 25% of funded activity will be targeted to develop cooperation in European political economy and public policy; and at least 25% in history and international relations, with the intention of developing CamPo as a research hub for these areas of enquiry.


Funding available

£15k is available for projects that can be completed by December 2022.

Eligible costs include:

  • Accommodation and travel
  • Direct costs of conferences, workshops and seminars for Cambridge and Sciences Po colleagues
  • Direct costs of research projects (including research assistance)

Ineligible costs:

  • Salaries of tenured staff, other stipends and indirect costs
  • Accommodation and travel for external delegates to conferences, workshops, seminars.

Applicants are welcome to pledge match-funding of their own in order to maximise scale, and/or to seek additional support through external funding.

All expenditure must be processed by Friday 2 December 2022.



For Cambridge applicants

Applications are invited from researchers active in the arts, humanities and social sciences who hold a contract of employment with either the University or the Colleges (i.e. CTO, JRF and postdocs are eligible, but not visiting or affiliated researchers).  Emeritus staff are not eligible to apply.

Awards may only be held via a Faculty or Department. Staff applying from a College or other independent institution will be asked to indicate in their application which Faculty or Department they are affiliated to.

For Sciences Po applicants

Applications are invited from the permanent faculty staff of Sciences Po, i.e. researchers from the CNRS or the FNSP, university professors and readers, and FNSP assistant, associate or full professors for all supported activities. Postdocs are also eligible. Emeritus staff are not eligible to apply.



As a condition of the award, each awardee will be asked to provide a brief report (up to 1 side of A4) on the outcomes of the project and the extent to which the specific aims/outputs have been achieved, along with a statement of expenditure. Reports are due within thirty days of the end-date proposed in the original application. A report template will be provided in the email confirming the award.

Any queries relating to the scheme or the application process should be referred to