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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Research Strategy Committee


Research Strategy Committee

The Research Strategy Committee (RSC) is a standing committee of the MMLL Faculty Board which deals with all aspects of research in the Faculty.  One of its main functions is to assist with and coordinate applications for research funding. The majority of research grant applications from the Faculty must be submitted through the Research Operations Office (ROO) of the University. 

All applications must be submitted to the RSC accompanied by a Faculty-level cover sheet

All applications must meet both internal and external deadlines for submission, or risk not being approved. The deadlines are as follows:

  • External funder deadline (where relevant) - see relevant funder webpages.
  • Internal ROO deadline: at least 5 working days before the funder deadline.
  • Internal RSC (MMLL) deadline: between 5-working days (see below) before ROO deadline.

The Faculty's Research Administrator and the relevant Director of Section should be contacted about any potential research grant applications at the earliest opportunity for support with the application and costings.

Applications under £50k must be forwarded to the RSC (via the Research Administrator), with approval of the relevant Director of Section, for information.

Applications between £50k and £1m require formal approval by the Chair of RSC in consultation with relevant members of the committee. Applicants must contact the Research Administrator at least six weeks before the funding body's submission deadline. The full application must be submitted to the RSC at least five days before the ROO deadline.

Applications of £1m and over require formal approval by the full RSC. Applicants must contact the Research Administrator at least six weeks before the funding body's submission deadline. The full application must be submitted to the RSC at least seven days before the ROO deadline.

The principal funding bodies for which notification to Research Services and Faculty approval are required are given in the links below, where the terms of their various schemes can be viewed.

Further details of the types of funding available can be found on the research section of the School of Arts and Humanities website

Information about ethics in research can be found on the University's research site. Note that the Faculty also expects its staff to comply with its own Ethics Approval Procedures.

Any queries on grant funding should be addressed to the Research Grants Administrator.


Committee Members 2019/20

  • Dr Rodrigo Cacho, Director of Research (Chair)
  • Professor Robert Gordon, Co-Chair of the Faculty Board (ex officio, also represents the Italian Section)
  • Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic: Dr Richard Dance
  • French: Dr Ian James
  • German: Professor Andrew Webber
  • Slavonic Studies: Professor Emma Widdis
  • Spanish and Portuguese: Dr Ioanna Sitaridou
  • Theoretical and Applied Linguistics - Professor Ian Roberts
  • Professor Nick Hammond, Chair of the REF UoA Committee
  • Rachel Plunkett, Faculty Manager (Secretary)
  • Research Administrator, Dr Anna Frohnwieser (in attendance)

News and Research Opportunities

Updated Call for Applications - British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships

22 July 2020

The Faculty welcomes applications for British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships.

Cambridge University article features research of Dr Rebecca Reich

29 April 2019

Fantastic piece showcasing Dr Rebecca Reich's recent publication, 'State of Madness: Psychiatry, Literature and Dissent after Stalin'.

CFP Cambridge French Graduate conference 25-26 April 2019

10 January 2019

'Retards/Delays’ French Graduate Conference University of Cambridge 25th-26th April 2019 Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Prof. Achille Mbembe, Dr Adeline Desbois-Ientile, Dr Claire White. The ‘temporal turn’ of the last decade has witnessed the return of the concept of delay at the centre of literary and artistic production...

MEITS presented research at the House of Commons

6 December 2018

MEITS was part of a parliamentary event to present the research of the four OWRI projects at the House of Commons on Wednesday 28 November.

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