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Research Collaboration Stimulus Fund for 2014/15

Published: 9 July 2014
Research Collaboration

The Web Science Institute has been granted a £100,000 Research Collaboration Stimulus Fund for 2014/15. This is funded from the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) allocated to the University by HEFCE to stimulate interactions with business, government, industry and other users of University research.

The Research Collaboration Stimulus Fund will pump prime small research projects that fulfil the following criteria:

  • Lead to the development of new research grant applications involving significant collaboration with external stakeholders.
  • Involve collaboration between disciplines, and applications that are cross-Faculty will be strongly favoured.
  • Knowledge of and commitment to Web Science.

Applications may be made from any Faculty at the University of Southampton.
The grants may support the costs of staff time, equipment (up to £3k) and consumables; individual grants are expected to be less than £15k, although applications for larger grants will be considered in exceptional circumstances. Proposals (i.e. with appropriate costs) must be approved by the Principal Investigator’s Faculty.
A case for support should be one A4 page long and include the title of the project, names of investigators, a short case for support, breakdown of requested resources, expected start date, and explanation of how collaboration with stakeholders will be achieved. Applications should be 12pt font and 2cm page margins. Please submit applications electronically in PDF format to Susan Davies by 5pm on Friday 15 August 2014.
Successful applicants will be required to:

  • Produce a one page midterm report by 1st April 2015 (to include a review of the budget spent to date and a 3 page outline for a large scale grant proposal).
  • Spend all allocated funds by 31 July 2015.
  • Produce a final report by 30 September 2015 (to include an impact review of the project and a mature collaborative grant proposal, with a projection for submission).

An awards panel comprising all of the Web Science Institute Directors will rank proposals and make final funding decisions accordingly. Grants will be announced within two weeks of the closing date. Funding will be available from 1 September 2014

Professor Dame Wendy Hall and Professor Susan Halford
Web Science Institute Directors

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