Bridging the Gap
The Wolfson Research Institute has an additional £10,000, derived from EPSRC, to disseminate project awards within the EPSRC ‘Bridging the Gap' initiative. The objectives and scope of the call are detailed below, together with details of how to apply through the Wolfson Research Institute's small grant scheme.
The principle objectives of the call are to:
- Initiate new, long-term collaborations between researchers across the EPSRC remit and beyond
- Stimulate innovative approaches to collaboration between disciplines
- Increase the cross-fertilisation of ideas and the take up of advances across the boundaries between disciplines
- Enable Research Organisation to encourage and embed multi-disciplinary research between departments and alleviate barriers to collaboration
Scope of the Call
BTG proposals should look to build an exciting programme of activities that address the opportunities at disciplinary interfaces. This year EPSRC would like to encourage applications that bridge the gaps between engineering and physical sciences (EPS) and other non-EPS research areas. In particular, we would welcome proposals that include interfacing with the social sciences and/or arts and humanities. The main focus of the proposal must be on novel challenges for EPS researchers, but the proposal can look to bridge gaps between EPS and non-EPS disciplines.
Although we are not excluding proposals that seek to bridge the gaps between EPS disciplines, e.g. mathematics and chemistry, preference will be given to proposals which include outreach to scientific areas beyond EPSRC's remit. All proposals must bridge at least two traditional disciplinary areas. Examples of potential combinations might therefore include: mathematics, engineering and social sciences; engineering and the arts. It is not an essential requirement in this call that proposals must bridge the remits of at least two EPSRC programme remits, as in previous BTG rounds.
How to apply
Applications can be made for awards of up to £5,000 to the Wolfson Research Institute. To be eligible for an award, the foundation of the proposal must fit within the EPSRC portfolio even as the proposal itself crosses disciplinary boundaries. For information on the EPSRC portfolio, please follow this link.
To apply, please send a maximum 2000 word proposal to Mark Booth. The scope of activities within the this scheme is being kept deliberately wide. Proposals may fit within, or cross between, any of the WRI small grant initiatives. For more information on the WRI Small Grant scheme view here.
Please submit your application as a single document using the template below.
- Names and departments of PI, co-applicants and collaborators
- Aims and Objectives
- An overview of how the proposal fits with the BTG call and the EPSERC portfolio
- Description of activities
- Budget (itemised and justified)
- Expected Outputs
Please note the following:-
- Matched funding (financial or in kind) is not required for this scheme
- All funds allocated to the project must be spent by the end of the 2011/12 financial year
- Outputs arising from projects undertaken with this funding must acknowledge both EPSRC and the WRI
- Deadline for receipt of applications is close of business Wednesday 14th December.
- Applications will be assessed by the WRI Directorate at the small grants review meeting on Monday 19th December
- The lead applicant (PI) should be a WRI Fellow but co-applicants may be added from outside the Fellowship
- Honorary Fellows may be included as collaborators or co-applicants
- Collaborators or co-applicants from outside the University cannot receive funding for time spent on the project. They may receive expenses (e.g. travel to meeting, consumables)
- Funding can be used for purposes such as replacement teaching, consultancy, hiring researchers (including a student to assist with a project, such as over a vacation), travel, equipment purchase or consultancy support.