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Final opportunity to apply for research fund worth over £400,000

Academic staff have until 4pm on Thursday 18 October to apply for a Research and Innovation fund worth over £400,000 to support individuals and projects that identify with the University’s five interdisciplinary themes.

The University has made a commitment to investing in interdisciplinary research and innovation, focused around the five thematic areas of Democratic Citizenship, Future and Emerging Technologies, Health and Wellbeing, Security and Risk and Sustainability and the Environment.

There will be two Themes Research and Innovation Funding (TRIF) schemes running in parallel:

TRIF challenge led project awards

Support collaborative, cross-disciplinary and cross-faculty projects with a particular emphasis on a trajectory towards capturing external funding. Projects could run from 3-4 months to a maximum of 18 months. Typically, these will be led by early-mid career academics with Readers and Professors as co-investigators.

TRIF Strategic Fellows

Support individual academics, typically at the earlier stages of their academic career, to develop their own capacity, skills and networks for interdisciplinary working over an 18 month period. The awardees will be required to participate in a range of cohort based activities as well as their own planned work supported through the award.

Who can apply?

Academic staff are eligible to apply, although technical and contract staff may be involved in projects. The balance of awards across the two schemes will depend on the quality of applications received. Teaching buy-out will not be an eligible cost, so it is important that your applications have the support of your line manager, and that the planned work can be accommodated within your agreed workload.

For collaborative projects with partners (non-academic/academic) outside of the University  it is expected that those partners will make a contribution to the project commensurate with their role, the relative benefits and the University award value.

Key dates

  • Expressions of Interest : 4pm on Thursday 18 October 2018
  • Full call: 4pm on Thursday 22nd November 2018
  • Fellowship interviews (December – tbc)
  • Earliest project start – 1 January 2019
  • Depending on demand in this first round of calls, there may be a second round of funding with a deadline of 31st January, with projects starting in March.

For further information follow the link to the TRIF webpage and the EOI form.


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