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Research Network Funding

Funding to enable researchers to establish and develop international networks (up to 5,000 GBP).

Research Networks (RNs)

The ethos behind our Research Networks (RNs) is to provide some initial funding to enable researchers to develop networks across a range of institutions, which may perhaps lead to bigger projects and funding from other sources in the future. The networks should be inclusive rather than insular.

UACES Research Network activities include dedicated research meetings and workshops; participation in larger conferences such as the UACES Annual Conference or other relevant events; contributing to the UACES Newsletter and to pursuing other publishing and dissemination opportunities (journals, books, podcasting, blogging).


Successful networks will receive up to 5,000 GBP spread over a 3-year period.

We are also offering an additional £1000 of funding (spread over 3 years) which is specifically to support attendance at the UACES conferences 2022, 2023 and 2024. This can help to cover travel, accommodation and registration fees for members of the network who attend the UACES annual conference. It is not available for any other purpose and cannot be transferred to other parts of the network’s activities. Please note, this additional funding cannot be used to pay for tickets for the UACES conference dinner.

In 2021, we invite applications for two kinds of Research Networks:


UACES Research Networks

For 2021, applications are invited for two new Research Networks to run from 2022-2025 on any topic in contemporary European Studies. See more about the assessment criteria by downloading the application pack.


UACES-JMCT Research Network on Federalism and Europe

For 2021, applications are invited for one new Research Network to run from 2022-2025 on the topic of federalism, federal governance or regionalism in Europe, in line with the objects of the James Madison Charitable Trust (JMCT)), broadly conceived*. This RN will be generously supported by the JMCT.

*For example, it could include studying the new relationships formed within the UK between the home countries and the central government after Brexit.

The assessment criteria, finances, requirements and application process are the same for both kinds of RNs, but please state in your application if you would like to be considered for the UACES-JMCT RN. You can find out more about the application process and the criteria by downloading the application pack.

Erasmus + Programme

The Research Network Funding is available with the support of the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

Erasmus Plus

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