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Call for Small Projects, Major Projects and Research Developments

The Institute of Advanced Study is an incubator of novel, ground-breaking, interdisciplinary research. This year we are inviting submissions for funding of projects which should be genuinely interdisciplinary, innovative and ambitious. They should ideally have both short- and longer-term objectives. In relation to longer-term objectives, we encourage projects that have the potential to build towards programmatic research of the scale and ambition suited to applications for Leverhulme Centres, Wellcome Collaborative Awards, ERC Synergy grants, or similar. All projects must involve at least two departments and ideally involve collaboration across faculty boundaries. We offer funding at a scale to suit the needs of the project and invite proposals under the three schemes outlined below:

MAJOR PROJECTS (to run in academic year 2023/24)

These will be ambitious projects working across at least two disciplines and ideally across faculty boundaries. Successful projects will be supported with:

  • 2 Durham Academic PIs awarded Christopherson-Knott Fellowships to buy out their time for 1 term to work on the project
  • A minimum of 2 high quality external fellows to visit Durham for a period of 1 term to work on the project
  • Research support of up to £3.5k for activities during the project
  • Potential for additional financial support in the lead up to and after the project
  • Access to the facilities and resources of the IAS 

SMALL PROJECTS (to run in the academic year 2023/24)

These will be projects with ambition and potential, but which need a smaller investment of time and resources to produce significant outcomes. Projects should involve academics across at least two disciplines and ideally across faculty boundaries. Successful projects will be supported with:

Travel costs and accommodation costs to bring 1 high quality external visiting scholar to Durham for a period of up to two weeks to work on the project

  • Research support of up to £3.5k for activities during the project
  • Access to the facilities and resources of the IAS
  • Office space for visiting scholars during their time in Durham, if outside of term time

Successful projects can encourage Fellowship applications once the Fellowship scheme opens in Spring 2022.  

DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS (to run in the academic year 2022/23)

The IAS is keen to support high quality, early stage projects which have the potential to develop into major projects in the future. Projects should involve academics across at least two disciplines and ideally across faculty boundaries and be at a stage where small scale investment can develop it into a larger scale project with significant potential. Successful projects will be supported with:

  • Up to £1.5k to support activities to develop the project (such as workshop costs or travel for visitors to Durham or to visit other institutions)
  • Access to the facilities and resources of the IAS
  • Office space for visiting scholars during their time in Durham, if outside of term time 

Full details of the application processes are noted below.

Anyone considering applying is encouraged to discuss the process and their projects with the directors of the IAS. Please contact ias.manager@durham.ac.uk for more information.

The IAS will continue to run its Open Fellowship scheme alongside these projects, with the call being announced in Spring 2022.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

 

MAJOR AND SMALL PROJECTS

The IAS invites colleagues from across the university to apply for project funding and to nominate world-leading collaborators to come to Durham as IAS fellows or visiting scholars.

An initial brief project outline should be submitted to Linda Crowe by midday Wednesday 12th January 2022 using the pro forma attached below.

If the volume of outline applications is very high, the IAS will make an initial selection. All selected applicants (PIs and Co-Is) will be invited to the IAS week commencing 17th January to briefly present their project and ideas to the IAS Directorate. This affords the opportunity for discussion, suggestions and recommendations, guidance and support to each project proposal as they go forward to a full application.

Each proposal will be assigned an IAS Director who will facilitate application development ahead of the full project application. The date for full project application is midday Thursday 24th March 2022 using the application pro forma noted below.

Applications will be selected based on the following criteria (these are equally weighted):

Novelty and ambition: to what extent does the project open new perspectives and create new inter-disciplinary synergies?

Rigour: to what extent does the project employ appropriate and state-of-the-art concepts and methods, and/or develop promising new ones?

Clarity and quality of objectives: how clear and realistic are the intended outcomes; what impact will there be on Durham University’s research capacity and international competitiveness; how well does it fit with University and Department research strategies?

Quality of the proposed research team: track record relative to career stage, including notable publications, awards, prizes and other esteem indicators, complementarity and suitability to the project objectives of team members’ expertise, evidence of interest in interdisciplinary perspectives; in the case of the PIs, evidence of intellectual leadership/leadership potential

Decisions will be relayed to all applicants by Monday 11th April 2022.

DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

The IAS invites colleagues from across the university to apply for small scale funding to develop ambitious ideas into full scale projects.

A development project proposal should be submitted to Linda Crowe by Wednesday 19th January 2022 using the pro forma attached below.

Applications will be selected based on the following criteria (these are equally weighted):

Novelty and ambition: to what extent does the project have the potential to open new perspectives and create new inter-disciplinary synergies?

Clarity and quality of objectives: how clear and realistic are the intended outcomes; what impact will there be on Durham University’s research capacity and international competitiveness; how well does it fit with University and Department research strategies?

Quality of the proposed research team: track record relative to career stage, including notable publications, awards, prizes and other esteem indicators, complementarity and suitability to the project objectives of team members’ expertise, evidence of interest in interdisciplinary perspectives; in the case of the PIs, evidence of intellectual leadership/leadership potential

Decisions will be relayed to all applicants by Monday 7th February 2022.

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FORMS AND SUBMISSION DEADLINES

 

Form Title Submission deadline
202324 Small and Major Project Outline Proposal Proforma         midday 12 January 2022
202324 Development Project Proposal Proforma midday 19 January 2022
202324 Major Project Proposal Proforma  midday 24 March 2022
202324 Fellowship Nomination Proforma midday 24 March 2022
202324 Fellowship Further Particulars Information only 
202324 Small Project Proposal Proforma midday 24 March 2022