Seedcorn Funding

Interdisciplinary Research (IDR) is an important component of the research landscape in the UK and internationally. A number of recent studies have been conducted into IDR and there is an established recognition that it has an essential role in addressing the complex problems posed by global social challenges. It brings increased rigour to the understanding of the disciplines, and is a strong and valuable basis for developing the University’s research capacity, as well as the most innovative forms of its research-informed teaching.

To support IDR at Keele, we are delighted to announce that the Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise will provide seedcorn funding for research workshops focused on developing collaborative interdisciplinary research projects.

Funding is to be awarded through an open bidding process and researcher groups are invited to put forward their proposals for consideration. Full guidance and application details are available in the sections below.

We look forward to receiving your applications by Midday on Friday March 9th 2018.

Application Guidance

Background

Interdisciplinary research is an important component of the research landscape in the UK and internationally. A number of recent studies have been conducted and there is a growing interest in and funding for Interdisciplinary Research (IDR) ; IDR has an essential role in addressing the complex problems posed by global social challenges and brings increased rigour to the understanding of the disciplines, a strong and valuable basis for developing the University’s research capacity, as well as the most innovative forms of its research-informed teaching.

It is widely recognised that IDR requires more time and resources; there may be more initial groundwork, planning and team building required to foster successful collaborations. Collaborators need space to develop their work and there must be flexibility and leeway to support projects which may evolve. Institutional disciplinary focused structures can also be a barrier to interdisciplinarity and can limit innovative ID approaches. Cross-cutting funding mechanisms are needed to underpin IDR and seedcorn funding is the small investment needed to foster the development of more ambitious projects.

 

Seedcorn Funding

Development of interdisciplinary research collaborations is a key priority for Keele. In order to identify, nurture and support interdisciplinary research activities at Keele, the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research and Enterprise and the Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences will provide a third round of seedcorn funding. Funding is available for research workshops where the activities will underpin a grant proposal, or application, that will support a collaborative interdisciplinary research project , or applications which are focused on developing an IDR proposal that will lead to a substantial IDR grant application/s or which have more ambitious plans that will follow from, for example, an innovative pilot network.

The following themes have been identified as offering external funding opportunities linked to interdisciplinary research:

• Health and ageing
• Mental health
• Prospering from the energy revolution
• Global public health

In addition, we welcome proposals linked to development of the University’s strategic research priorities: global health, sustainable futures and social inclusion.

The Interdisciplinary Research Workshops Guidance document can be downloaded here: Guidance 2017-18.

View the seedcorn funded IDR workshops for 2017-8 here.

Download the report on the Global Health Research Workshop led by Lisa Dikomitis here: ID Global Health Workshop - Report

Download the Workshop handbook here: ID Global Health Workshop - Handbook

How to Apply

Researcher groups are invited to put forward their proposals for consideration using the Research Workshop Application Form. This should be accompanied by a separate word document, the Research Workshop Proposal (See Section2) outlining the proposed activity, the collaborators, internal and external, and the intended or potential interdisciplinary outcomes. Please include details of the recent research activity of the proposed participants; either a webpage link, or a list of 5 most recent publications, and how the individual’s research profiles will be strengthened through their involvement in the workshop.

 

The ID Research Workshop Application Form can be downloaded here: ID Research Workshop Application Form 2017-18

 

Applications will be considered by a panel including representation from the following, the PVC R&E, the Director of ILAS, the three Faculty Associate Deans for Research and Research Development Managers. Anyone considering applying for workshop funding should feel free to discuss their plans with the Associate Dean/s for Research, or the Research Development Manager/s.

Schedule

- Opening date January 22nd 2018
- Closing date March 9th 2018

The outcomes of the process will be shared in the week beginning March 23rd 2018.

It is expected that workshops will take place in May /June/July and that all funding claims will be made before the end of the financial year July 2018.

Completed applications should be sent through to Ms Jo Flynn, the ILAS manager e.j.flynn@keele.ac.uk to be received by Midday on Friday March 9th 2018.