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Institute of Advanced Study

IAS Support for Research Networks

From October to March the IAS hosts international Fellows and a range of activities linked to the annual themes that emerge from the annual scoping meetings.  However, between April and September the IAS also offers financial and in-kind support for projects of the highest calibre within and between disciplines (that require support beyond departmental or faculty level) and not necessarily linked to the annual theme.  These might be grant applications, collaborative networks, writing projects, dissemination ventures, and other similar activities that will help to develop new capacity at Durham at the cutting-edge of a new or underexplored field of research, or to help support existing research excellence at Durham. 

During this period (April-September) the IAS can offer colleagues access to meeting and seminar space within Cosin's Hall on Palace Green, part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which offers an ideal venue for national and international meetings and workshops.  Office space (including access to PCs connected to the Durham network) can also be offered to visiting academics who are being invited to Durham to engage with a specific inter- or multi-disciplinary research project, publication, or grant application.  This facility could be particularly suitable for events where colleagues are bringing together a group of individuals over a period of a week or more and would like to be able to offer them a base to work from whilst they are in Durham.

The IAS can provide some funding to support these meetings (for example, refreshments and/or lunch, or to host a drinks reception in Cosin's Hall to launch the event, if appropriate) and whilst the IAS cannot provide accommodation, Event Durham provides an excellent service, which includes sourcing and securing accommodation and help with organising travel.  

To discuss the opportunities available at the IAS during the April-September period colleagues should contact Linda Crowe in the first instance.  To apply for IAS support colleagues do not need to complete a proforma but to write a proposal of no more than two pages outlining (1) the nature of the venture (2) the intended outcomes and benefits (3) the departments or colleagues involved, and (4) the practicalities of the proposal (e.g. the kind of space required, the participants, when the space is required and for how long).  All proposals should be counter-signed by the PI's Head of Department to confirm that the proposal is consistent with the department's research strategy.

In terms of outcomes, the IAS is looking to support proposals that demonstrate that they will build medium/long-term and world class, inter- and intra- disciplinary research at Durham.  The proposals can be exploratory - the IAS is very much about facilitating developmental, innovative and experimental thinking - but they can also be about developing research excellence at Durham.    

There is no deadline for proposals and they do not need to be linked to the Institute's annual theme.  Colleagues wishing to make use of the Institute during this period should submit their proposals by email to Linda Crowe.