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Web Science Institute

Research Collaboration Stimulus Fund

The Research Collaboration Stimulus Fund is funded from the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) and allocated to the University by HEFCE to stimulate interactions with business, government, industry and other users of University research.


The focus of the Fund is on facilitating research collaborations and engagement with non-academic partners.  The Fund aims to stimulate and pump-prime interdisciplinary research activity across Faculties that will ultimately lead to collaborations and the development of full research grant or contracts proposals with non-academic partners.  Projects arising will be externally-funded either directly, or the collaboration with the non-academic partner(s) will be leveraged through public funding sources, either national or international.  Successful projects will be awarded funding within the range of £5k to £15k.

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

Further information

If you would like further information regarding this fund, please contact Susan Davies,

Funded Projects

Our projects cover a wide range of topics, you can find out more about these below.

Principal InvestigatorProject Title
Dr Ramine Tinati Capacity building to enable longitudinal studies of online citizen participation systems
Dr Jane Pritchard Individual and Network Trust in Remote Monitoring Systems
Dr Silke Roth Smart Rural Areas - communities, communication and safe spaces in South Africa
Jason Sadler The Geospatial Observatory
Dr Thanassis Tiropanis Ethics and Law in Web Observatories

In addition to the projects above, the WSI also funded 5 smaller Pump Priming Projects:

Principal InvestigatorProject Title
Dr Su White The MOOC Observatory Dashboard: Management, analysis and visualisation of MOOC data
Dr Kieron O'Hara Anonymisation, Open Data and Data Protection
Dr Chris Phethean Analysing Dietary Patterns, Preferences and Knowledge using Social Media.
Professor Michelle Lowe Digital Reconfiguration in the Retail Sector
Dr Sha Liu Web Based Big Data Platform for Financial Sentiment Mining
Dr Sophie Stalla-Bourdillon Observing and Recommending from a Social Web with Biases
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