Research and Knowledge Exchange Fund (RAKE) Call for applications 2017, Addressing Practice in Entrepreneurship


The Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship Studies Network SIG Research and Knowledge Exchange Fund (RAKE) Call for applications 2017

Addressing Practice in Entrepreneurship’

Deadline for Applications Friday 19 May 2017

Download the application form here.

The Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) and Entrepreneurship Studies Network (ESN) Research and Knowledge Exchange (RAKE) fund.  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 Practice in Entrepreneurship

What do entrepreneurs actually do, and how do they do it? And how can entrepreneurship research become better at developing appropriate concepts and vocabularies to explain practice? This call seeks applications which unite, exhibit and bring to the fore, the principal social practice argument in entrepreneurship studies. Entrepreneurship practices are habitual, socially situated and organized human activities for which entrepreneurship practitioners use specific skills and tools (Bourdieu, 1990; Schatzki, 2001:2). Following the suggestions of the promising application of practice theory as an area for entrepreneurship research (Steyaert, 2007; Johannisson, 2011; Watson, 2013), a contemporary practice understanding of entrepreneurship is in the making.

We invite applications which clarify and emphasize, the question of how individual

entrepreneurship practices relate to (the) ‘organizing context’ and capture those mechanisms by which collective support for entrepreneurship may be mobilized (Johannisson, 2011). By integrating practice theories into entrepreneurship studies applications may also bring the influential ‘who’ and ‘what’ questions (Gartner, 1987) into long standing questions of ‘how’, ‘where’ and ‘why’ questions in entrepreneurship.

Proposals that explore these issues, and can be applied to develop our understanding of entrepreneurship and/or small and medium sized businesses are welcomed. Innovative applications will be encouraged. Potential submissions might consider (but are not limited to):

  • What is the nature of entrepreneurship practices and how do they come about?
  • How do entrepreneurship practices evolve over time?
  • What (f)actors influence the (re)configuration of entrepreneurship practices?
  • How do entrepreneurship practices relate to entrepreneurial behaviour and skills?
  • How and why do practices relate to entrepreneurship practitioners’ functioning and performativity?
  • How and why do entrepreneurship practitioners (individual and/or collective) enact decision-making, timing, work strategies and behaviors in, and across, practices?
  • How and why do specific contexts influence the shaping and enacting of entrepreneurship practices?
  • Applications which employ novel theoretical and/or methodological approaches to study entrepreneurship through a practice perspective.

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

For this round of funding, we are awarding one grant of £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 for the duration of the award
  • ▪  To present their work at the 2018 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
  • ▪  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

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

For further enquiries about the call please contact:

Theme related enquiries: Richard Tunstall (, Karen Verdujn (, Steffen Korsgaard (

Financial bid requirements enquiries: Lynn O’Byrne (

Download the application form here.


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