Internal university funding

More information about the various internal university funding schemes can be found on the University's Research Support pages. A small number of schemes are detailed below:

John Fell Fund

The John Fell Fund is a University scheme which provides small grants to help to generate and develop research opportunities. It is open to all subject areas and can be used to cover the costs of a variety of activities. Grants from the John Fell Fund are often used to carry out preliminary studies and concept tests that will lead to applications for other major research grants and they are also used to trial and support new interdisciplinary working practices. There is one deadline per university term (typically Oct, Jan, and Apr).

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Small Award Scheme: awards up to £7,500.

Main Award Scheme: awards over £7,500 (no upper limit).

Applications to both awards must demonstrate how the proposed projects will lead to future activities, collaborations or funding applications.  

Heritage Seed Fund

The Heritage Seed Fund is a new internal grant scheme to support research, knowledge exchange and public engagement with research projects with UK and/or international heritage organisations.

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Workshops: awards up to £1,000 to support researchers who would like to develop a collaborative relationship with partner(s) in the UK and/or international heritage sector.

Projects: awards up to £3,000 per application to enable researchers to develop and deliver projects.

There is an additional fund to support conversations (up to £200 per application) which is available to enable researchers to travel for exploratory meetings with potential partners in the UK and/or international heritage sector.

KE Seed Fund

This fund provides support for early-stage innovative knowledge exchange ideas. It can also add onto existing projects, to build or develop new KE around current activities, and support documenting case studies.

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Public Engagement with Research Seed Fund

This small grants scheme provides funds for researchers to develop, deliver and evaluate Public Engagement with Research projects and activities. 

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IT Innovation Challenges

The IT Innovation Challenges scheme supports innovative ideas that can be developed into digital projects and bring benefit to the University or enhance the staff or student experience. There are calls throughout the year so keep checking the website to find out more information. For example, in Hilary Term 2019 GLAM Labs called for staff or student projects which would add value to the user experience of GLAM’s collections, buildings, resources or programmes through digital means (£8-15K per project). 

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