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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Research Projects

Each year, the IAS supports four high-quality collaborative projects that address major challenges. Projects are interdisciplinary, innovative and ambitious. They vary in scope and aims, but generally have both short- and longer-term objectives. Projects run initially for one term (Michaelmas or Epiphany), yielding immediate outcomes and providing a platform for their longer-term development. In relation to longer-term objectives, we encourage projects that have the potential to build towards programmatic research of the scale and ambition suited to applications for Leverhulme Centres, Wellcome Collaborative Awards, ERC Synergy grants, or similar. All projects involve at least two departments as well as external fellows. The project support system runs alongside an international Fellowship programme to bring the very best researchers to Durham to work with colleagues: fellowships may be associated with specific projects (See fellowship nomination process), as well as non-project fellowships which are available each year. Cosin’s Hall provides a hub for project teams, including seminar, informal and social space for intensive interaction over the course of the project term. Interdisciplinary conversations between as well as within project teams are also encouraged and facilitated by the IAS, as novel and productive ideas often emerge serendipitously from such interactions. Full details about the support and resource provided, and the application and fellowship nomination process for the current round are available here.

The IAS supports continuing development of projects beyond their allocated term and allocates a small amount of resource to help support and sustain follow-on activity from a particular project during the course of the following year. In particular, project leaders are encouraged to use this resource to secure a sustained programme of research. Project leaders wishing to apply for 'post-project' funding should email with details including: the amount required, and the expected outcome(s). This should be received by mid-September of the new academic year following the projects initial allocated term.