The current financial position of the University means that the Research Development Fund and Humanities Research Fund have been temporarily paused during the period 01 August 2020 – 31 July 2021.
However, to support researchers to access funding for ‘business critical’ spend during this period, an institutional Research Support Fund has been established.
This will grant internal awards up to a maximum of £5,000 in the following areas:
- Seed-corn funding to support new projects leading to external grant applications to prestigious research funders
- Open Access costs*
- Publishing costs including image copyright
- Membership of research consortia and networks
*Applicants whose research is supported by UK Research Councils or COAF Partners should apply to the Library's Open Access grant scheme. If you are not eligible for this scheme then you should apply to the IRSF. Please indicate in your application if you have applied to the Library’s Open Access grant scheme.
Please visit our funding page for details of application deadlines
University of Warwick is pleased to be involved in a major new research institute funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) which will focus on how to make the UK economy more productive. The new £32m Productivity Institute is being hosted by the Alliance Manchester Business School at Manchester University for five years, starting from 1st September 2020.
The University of Manchester will partner with eight other institutions across the country to help policy and business leaders across the UK understand how to improve productivity and living standards as the economy begins to recover from the impact of Covid-19.
The Productivity Insights Network was established in January 2018 and is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. As a multi-disciplinary network of social science researchers engaged with public, private, and third sector partners, our aim is to change the tone of the productivity debate in theory and practice. This project reveals an account of how how productivity is perceived in a Covid-19 era and the role digital technologies have to play as a catalyst for driving productivity. This report was prepared by by Clive Reynolds (Strategic Capability Ltd) Colin Siddle (Ryton Management Consultants Ltd)
Where do creative ideas come from? Are we having too many meetings and not enough conversations? Even as some workplaces reopen, we are still a long way ‘business as usual’. Around 60% of us would prefer to continue working from home. Many employers are downsizing or even closing their offices. And rather than meeting face to face, platforms like Zoom, Teams or Slack have become the new normal. Dr Chris Bilton explores the limits of digital culture and how we can make space for chance encounters and keep creativity alive.
What are the wider consequences of the crisis for innovation in UK firms? Will these positive collaborations inspire broader innovation in the economy or will the financial pressures on firms have a more negative effect? How will this affect smaller and larger firms? Professor Stephen Roper examines some of the ways in which the pandemic is affecting innovation and organisations' spending on research and development.