The SPA’s Grants Schemes

The Social Policy Association runs two Grants Schemes: a Standard Grants Scheme and a Postgraduate Grants. Full details of both Schemes are below.

The deadline for applications for the current round is Friday 7th April 2017.

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Standard Grants Scheme and Postgraduate Grants Scheme

The SPA invites applications from members of the Association for its Standard and Postgraduate Grants Schemes. Both Schemes are designed to help fund seminars and workshops dealing with research and/or learning and teaching which will benefit the UK social policy community, or involve dissemination of knowledge about UK social policy internationally, or work on international issues that would be of interest to UK social policy academics and practitioners. The focus should be on activities that will benefit a group or network rather than individuals.

The Executive Committee decided that from 2014 the previous ‘first-come, first served’ approach to applications for the Standard Grants Scheme and Postgraduate Grants Schemes will be replaced with a new bi-annual competitive application process. This will allow more applicants an opportunity to apply for funding at a time when demand and inquiries are increasing.

The Association will fund a total of four awards each year under both the Standard Grants Scheme and Postgraduate Grants Scheme. These awards will be issued in two tranches: in Spring and Autumn. The maximum payment for awards is £500 for postgraduates and early career researchers or £1,000 for larger awards..

The Association is now issuing a call for applications for the Standard Grants Scheme or the Postgraduate Grants Scheme to be submitted by 7th April 2017.

Eligibility and conditions: Recipients of awards will be expected to:

  • Publicise their seminar/workshop as widely as possible, including through SPA channels
  • Write a short report after the event for the SPA website
  • Use this as an opportunity to advertise the SPA to potential new SPA members (including marketing via other channels, distribution of SPA leaflets, use of SPA logo, etc.)
  • Make the seminar/workshop as inclusive as possible (attendance need not be limited to SPA members)
  • Raise the profile of the SPA to external agencies (government, independent sector, research centres, etc) in the UK and other countries as appropriate

Applicants must be members of the Social Policy Association.

Application procedure

Applications should take the form of a letter (maximum two sides A4) and contain an outline description of the aims, rationale and nature of the proposed event. Applications should clearly demonstrate how it meets each of the above criteria. Applications must include a provisional budget providing a breakdown of anticipated costs, indicating how the award will be spent, and specify whether additional funding from other sources is being sought or has already been secured. Applications should include as much detail as possible about plans to ensure that the award will benefit SPA members.

Applications to the Postgraduate Scheme require confirmation (signature and stamp) from a Departmental Postgraduate tutor or Head of Department that a host institution would be able to raise an account to hold funds transferred by the SPA (administered by the SPA Treasurer).

The SPA reserves the right to pay the award in more than one instalment if this is appropriate. It also reserves the right to reject applications from those who have failed to fulfil grant award conditions in the past.

Assessment procedure

The SPA Grants Officer will forward all eligible applications to the SPA Executive Committee, which is the body responsible for making the funding decision. Decisions will be taken at SPA Executive Committee meetings in April and September each year.

Please send your application or any enquiries to the SPA Grants Officer, Steve Iafrati via email.