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This project aims to increase interdisciplinary capacity and shape future funding priorities in the area of neurodiversity and autism research. The activities will act as a catalyst within longer-term, larger-scale plans to build towards substantial funding bids.

Primary participants

Principal Investigator:

Professor Debbie Riby, Department of Psychology, deborah.riby@durham.ac.uk

 

This project will enable:

  1. to begin working together as interdisciplinary team to develop core thematic priorities
  2. the possibility of future thematically-driven major project IAS funding bids
  3. interdisciplinary largescale external research proposals

 

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This project is expected to last three months, during Michaelmas term, to establish priorities for further development through 2022/23 and into future bids for major projects and an ESRC Centre / Leverhulme Centre / Leverhulme CDT bid (to be decided during development project and beyond).

As a short term development project it will included three core events (one per month in Michaelmas Term)
that is part of a longer term plan for advancing interdisciplinary research in this area within Durham.

Each event will be led by/organised by a different sub-group from the list of participants and will include lead academics from at least two departments, plus at least one PGR student.

  1. Event 1 October 2022: Research discussion, research showcase and guest external speaker.
  2. Event 2 November 2022: Sandpit-style interactive event to shape themes.
  3. Event 3 December 2022: Research discussion, pulling together priorities, and guest external
    keynote speaker.

The activities will act as a catalyst within longer-term, larger-scale plans to build towards substantial funding bids that bring together academic researchers, nonacademic partners, and experts by experience in the area of neurodiversity and specifically highlighting autism / the autistic community.

This project will enable

  1. to begin working together as an interdisciplinary team to develop core thematic priorities for future
    dicussions/bids;
  2. the possibility of future thematically-driven major project IAS funding bids;
  3. interdisciplinary largescale external research proposals.

With regards to #3 funding targets such as a ESRC Centre, Leverhulme Centre or Leverhulme CDT bid (building on the PIs profile as DTP Director) have been identified. 

The current project is part of the gradual ‘building-up’ exercise to develop, refine, and strengthen the competitive position for such schemes.