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Call for Development Projects

The IAS remains keen to support research conversations, workshops, and network building, which have the potential to develop into major projects in the future.  We therefore invite colleagues to apply for small scale funding to help the early stage development of ambitious interdisciplinary projects.

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

A development project proposal (see below) should be submitted to the IAS Manager, Linda Crowe ( by midday Friday 15 July 2022 using the proforma.

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 from Monday 25 July 2022.

Anyone considering applying and who wishes to discuss their proposal with the IAS, are encouraged to contact any member of the IAS: Professor Alexander Easton (Director); Professor Nayanika Mookherjee (Co-Director, Anthropology); Professor Patrick Zuk (Co-Director, Modern Languages and Cultures), or the IAS Manager, Linda Crowe


202223 Development Project Proposal Proforma