Research and Knowledge Exchange Fund (RAKE) First Call for applications 2016


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Research and Knowledge Exchange Fund (RAKE)

First Call for applications 2016

First call: Addressing Sustainability in Entrepreneurship

The Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) Research and Knowledge Exchange (RAKE) fund is an initiative kindly supported by; the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC); British Academy of Management (BAM) and administered through ISBE.  This initiative aims to encourage and support research activities from academics, third sector organisations, consultants and practitioners with the ambition of drawing together and generating an entrepreneurial community of practice to facilitate knowledge exchange and transfer.

Collaborative bids are invited which draw together any combination of third sector organisations, academic researchers, consultants and practitioners. The Principal Investigator must be employed within a UK institution but may be partnered with an international team – indeed this is encouraged. Research teams which demonstrate capacity building through collaborations between experienced and early career academics will be favourably considered; applications which demonstrate ‘in-kind’ contributions from partner organisations are welcomed as are those jointly funded from other sources.  Applications presented as pilot studies, with the aim of generating future funding from other sources, are encouraged. As such, we wish to promote engagement with all who have an interest or stake in generating further insight and understanding into contemporary entrepreneurial activities, behaviours and practices. Dissemination of impact from the project is a critical issue and should be clearly articulated. Where possible, project dissemination should include academia, policy makers and the small business community.

Addressing Sustainability in Entrepreneurship

Shepherd and Patzelt (2011) suggest entrepreneurship should be considered a solution to, rather than a cause of, environmental degradation and social inequality. This has given rise to the emergence of “sustainable entrepreneurship” as a subfield of entrepreneurial activity. Sustainable entrepreneurship focuses on the preservation of nature, life support, and community in the pursuit of perceived opportunities to bring into existence future products/services and processes with economic as well as non-economic gains to individuals, the economy, and society (Parrish 2010). Proposals that explore ways in which Sustainable entrepreneurship can be developed and encouraged within small and medium sized community are welcomed. Innovative applications will be encouraged. Potential submissions might consider (but are not limited to):

  • Assessing the value of Sustainable entrepreneurship.
  • Business start-up and sustainable entrepreneurship.
  • Development and growth and sustainable entrepreneurship.
  • Finance/Resourcing sustainable entrepreneurship.
  • Innovation and sustainable entrepreneurship.
  • Novel projects highlighting innovative examples of sustainable entrepreneurship.
  • Policy support required to support sustainable entrepreneurship.
  • Sustainable entrepreneurship in different cultural and national contexts.
  • The conflict between environmental and economic sustainability.

All proposals must clearly demonstrate and describe relevance to the notion of sustainable entrepreneurship related to the context of the bid. Applications should clearly establish the relevance and likely of their proposal to the focus of the bid, identify the data collection and dissemination process.

For this round of funding, we envisage awarding up to four grants of around £5,000.  These will not support full economic costing given ISBE’s position as a registered charity. Applications for smaller, seed corn funds would not be discounted however; we will not consider bids which:

  1. Exceed  £5,000
  2. Exceed 1200 words in total (including references/notes/tables/appendices)
  3. Appear to be funding postgraduate students course of study
  4. Are skewed towards funding conference attendance and travel.

Successful grant holders will be required to fulfil the following conditions:

  • To be in membership of ISBE or BAM for the duration of the award
  • To present their work at the 2017 ISBE conference following receipt of their award.
  • To complete a final project report within 12 months of confirmation of the award.
  • To complete the entire research project within 12 months of confirmation of the award.
  • Make findings available on the ESRC’s website.
  • To recognise the ISBE RAKE fund in any presentations or publications arising from an award.
  • To report to the RAKE fund management board on request to discuss research progress.

Please note Failure to meet any of the above conditions will results in non-payment of the RAKE grant.

The call for RAKE funding applications is now closed.

Notifications of awards given at the ISBE conference in October 2016. We suggest the earliest starting date for research projects should be 1st November 2016 or by specific arrangement with ISBE.

Applicants may contact the following ISBE board members and staff for informal discussions regarding their bids and/or the aims of RAKE:

Professor Paul Jones VP: Research ISBE: RAKE Fund Manager.


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