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CPEST/CBR Research Grant Competition

Call for Projects

The Trustees of the Cambridge Political Economy Society Trust (CPEST) and the Centre for Business Research (CBR) invite proposals for projects within the field of political economy as defined by the aims of the Trust. These are (1) to advance the education of the public in political economy and related matters, and (2) to promote research in matters pertaining to political economy and to publish the useful results of such research.

The Trustees interpret research in political economy to include work of a theoretical, applied, interdisciplinary, history of thought or methodological nature, having a strong emphasis on realistic analysis, the development of critical perspectives, the provision and use of empirical evidence, and the construction of policy. The Trust therefore welcomes applications from heterodox economics as well as from other social science disciplines.

Projects will be housed in the CBR which will provide relevant administrative and IT support as well as accommodation for research staff.

Applications may be made by members of departmental or college academic staff in the University of Cambridge, by members of the Cambridge Political Economy Society, and members (including research associates) of the CBR.

The normal duration of projects will be between 2-3 years but project funding for a shorter or longer period may be made available under exceptional circumstances. Project-related costs covered by the funding may include those relating to salaries of research assistants and postdoctoral researchers, travel and subsistence, datasets, and dissemination activities. Funding is not normally available to cover the salary of the applicant, nor for equipment. Funding of up to £100,000 per annum may be made available. Applications for funding in excess of this annual amount may be considered on an exceptional basis.

How to apply

Applications must be made via the grant application form. Completed forms, together with a short CV (maximum two pages) for each named member (main applicant, co-investigator or researcher) of the project, should be sent to Jacqui Lagrue at trust@cpes.org.uk to arrive no later than 15th January 2015.

Notes for applicants and an application form are here


Successful applicants will be required to submit an annual report of progress made and a report on completion of the project, using a form which will be prescribed for this purpose.


15th January 2015: Deadline for applications

February 2015: Shortlisting

March 2015: Notification of funding award(s)

Anticipated project start: Autumn 2015 or earlier