RES COVID Academic Support fund

The RES has created a fund to support members who have been particularly affected by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on UK universities and academic departments, and to support innovations in teaching economics that have arisen from online/blended learning delivery during 2020.

Applications should be made for each stream (using one form) by the head of department/school, or equivalent unit. The head of department/school/unit should ensure that whatever competitive process is employed within the unit is conducted objectively and with due regard to the Society’s commitment to ED&I, and will be asked to detail this as part of the application process.

Funding will be allocated in two rounds. Round One is now open, closing on 15 February 2021 at 5pm, and will consider proposals for funding for the current academic year (2020-21).  Round Two will consider proposals for the 2021-2022 academic year and will open in April 2021.

A RES special panel including RES officers, Council members, PhD and ECR representatives will consider applications and make funding decisions for both rounds.

Information below updated 1 February 2021.

What COVID funds can I apply for?

The fund’s objectives are to support members who have been particularly affected by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on UK universities and academic departments, and to support innovations in teaching economics that have arisen from online/blended learning delivery during 2020.

The Society particularly welcomes proposals for funding/support of:

Stream 1 - Late-stage PhD students who require additional time to complete their research following the pandemic;

Stream 2 - Early career economists seeking funding for research activities (eg. data purchases, RA assistance);

Stream 3 - Development and dissemination of innovative economics teaching methods in universities arising from the lockdown.

The Society will consider funding requests for multiple PhD students or early career economists within the department/school. The Society will also consider funding requests from heads of department/school for research activities of other academics (e.g. from non-ECR assistant professors, associate professors and professors), but these proposals will be assigned a lower priority than those above.

Funding examples under stream 1 and 2 include costs related to completing research e.g. data purchase and research assistants, and living costs incurred from an extension. Under stream 3, funding expenditure could include licences, equipment and research & technical assistance that result in the development of open resources to support teaching and assessment. 

How much can I apply for under the COVID Academic Support Fund?

Awards will be made of up to £10,000 each per PhD student or early career economist. Awards of up to £20,000 each will be made for innovative teaching methods. The total amount awarded to any one institution will be capped at £50,000. 

Eligibility criteria

Stream 1 - PhD students and Stream 2 - Early career economists

  1. PhD students should be studying at a UK university and intend to enter the job market within the next two years.
  2. Early career economists should be in the first two years of their career following their first academic appointment.
  3. The constraint on the individual’s capacity to conduct research should have been the impact of the pandemic, rather than any other issues.
  4. PhD students and early career economists need to be RES members in order to receive the funds but do not need to be members for their application to be considered.

Stream 3 - Innovative economics teaching methods

  1. Beneficiaries should be individuals or teams from a UK university currently engaged in UG or PGT teaching in online or blended format in any area of economics.
  2. Beneficiaries should be able to commit to develop, evaluate and disseminate the proposed innovation in teaching or assessment over the period of the grant.

What’s required for a COVID Academic Support fund application?

Applications should be made for each category by the head of department/school/unit. You will need to be a RES member to submit an application. If you are not, a staff colleague who is a member may submit on your behalf. Please ensure the application meets the fund's objectives, eligibility criteria and conditions set out in the application form.PhD students and early career economists need to be RES members in order to receive the funds but do not need to be members for their application to be considered.

Download the form and complete all relevant sections, providing as much detail as possible to justify the proposed amounts and setting out details of any other funding. When the application round opens in mid-January, upload the form via the submit button (on the right) ensuring that any Word documents have been converted to a PDF.

Those receiving funding will be asked to provide a report at the end of the funding period detailing the impact/outcome of the funding. Those receiving funding during the academic year 2021/2022 will additionally be asked to provide an interim progress report.

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