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Developing Ideas

Providing a forum to explore emerging research concepts, partnerships and ‘blue sky’ topics, the Developing Research Ideas programme offers a number of mechanisms to scope and test out initiatives at the embryonic stage of development. Support is available to host meetings, networks and external collaborators to address exploratory, interdisciplinary research ideas. There are three calls per year for the Developing Ideas scheme with a deadline in each term. Further details and guidance are found in the Funding Guidelines document.

All applications to this scheme must now be uploaded through the Online Submission System.
"The workshop series has been extremely well-received and has helped boost capacity in a context where basic training opportunities are inadequate." - Research Network from 2014-2015
Selected recently awarded Developing Ideas Projects:

Poverty Research Network | Anne Gerristen, Julia McClure, Andrew Jones (Department of History) & Shirin Rai (Department of Politics & International Studies) awarded £1000

This newly-founded network brought together scholars who work on broad themes of poverty and social justice, with the aim to provide a forum for discussions and collaboration on different approaches to poverty research, and develop tangible connections between this broad research activity and contemporary issues and debates. Two events were held during the 2015-16 academic year, addressing how poverty is defined and scrutinised in an interdisciplinary context and the global concept of poverty.


Developing research questions on emotions within Caring Professions | Dr Sarah Cousins (Centre for Lifelong Learing) & Dr Stephanie Tierney (Royal College of Nursing Research Institute) in kind contribution

This speculative meeting established an interdisciplinary group of local academics and professionals who focus on emotional aspects of paid work that involves caring for others (e.g. children, patients, older people). The meeting addressed what the key research gaps in this area of emotions are that will underpin a funding application, which funding bodies are most likely to finance such research and what methodology should inform the proposed research questions.

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Deadline: Deadlines for 2017/18: MIDDAY on Monday 12 February 2018; MIDDAY on Monday 30 April 2018.

Funding Guidelines   

Application form  

Online Submission System

Funded Projects