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An Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge

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IDR Collaboration Fund

Interdisciplinary Collaboration Fund for Early Career Researchers 

CID recognises the added value that an interdisciplinary approach can bring to addressing research challenges. In the next decade, our greatest opportunities and challenges in reducing the burden of infectious diseases can only be taken on by next generation researchers working more closely together across disciplines than ever before. Building a community that values coming together is a core strategy for CID, and networking and capacity-building is high on our agenda. To achieve this, we are are pleased to be supported by the Isaac Newton Trust to offer a flexible networking/exchange funding support mechanism to Early Career Researchers who wish to explore new ideas, identify new collaborations, or reach new audiences. A key component of successful ‘Pathways to Impact’ in research grant applications is having appropriate and effective collaborations in place to facilitate impact. This Fund aims to help early career members to build and strengthen their networks within and beyond Cambridge, thus laying the groundwork for future interdisciplinary funding bids focused around Infectious Diseases.

Eligibility: Applications open to Early Career Researchers  - this includes PhD students, Post Doctoral Scientists, and researchers/clinical researchers establishing themselves within 10 years of completion of their PhD, wishing to conduct activities within Cambridge or travel away from Cambridge for a specific purpose matching the guidelines below.

Support available

  • Small Collaboration Awards: Multiple awards: $500-£2k.
  • Interdisciplinary Fellowship Award: Single award: £4-5 K. 

Small Collaboration Awards: To support earlier stage networking/exchange activities likely to lead to new interdisciplinary research collaborations/initiatives. Example activities include:

  • Convening a single or series of meet ups/workshops that are cross-disciplinary in nature/themed around a topic or goal.
  • Exchange or travel activities to determine potential new areas for collaborative research, such as spending time with researchers in relevant fields that are outside of the ECR’s usual research network e.g. participating in or hosting lab visits, workshops, travel to complete a short collaborative research project, travel to convene a side session at a conference outside of the ECR’s usual network.

Interdisciplinary Fellowship Awards: To support  later stage exchange / research activities  directly linked to a current research project, to build on/expand its scope and likely to lead to new interdisciplinary research collaborations/initiatives. Example activities include: 

  • Carrying out a collaborative interdisciplinary research project by visiting and working alongside another researcher/s or bringing in a researcher/s to assist in widening your project scope, convening an interdisciplinary themed workshop or series of meetings which aim to generate data to support an  interdisciplinary research paper and /or generate an interdisciplinary funding application for a defined upcoming opportunity. Developing large interdisciplinary grant applications, either in response to a specific call or in anticipation of significant funding in the topic area would be a desired tangible output.

All applications must  list the disciplines involved and give justification for how the project/activity would facilitate a genuine transfer of knowledge/techniques between disciplines.

Application Dates
• Applications open 10 Jan 2019 – closes 28 Feb 2019

Eligible Costs

Awards can be requested to meet 100% of directly incurred travel, accommodation, venue hire, catering, marketing/printing or materials and research related operating costs. No salary or capital items.

How to apply 
Applicants must complete and submit their application by filling in an application form here.

Applications should be submitted by 9pm 28 Feb 2019.

Assessment Criteria
A small Awards Committee of CID Steering Committee members will include the following criteria in their assessment of applications:

  • Quality: excellence of the plan to facilitate interdisciplinary activity and systematically form new connections
  • Link: with potential future funding calls: potential for activity to address areas likely to receive significant external funding support in the next few years
  • Value added: the benefits the activity will bring, potential to form a step-change
  • Breadth: links with other Departments and schools or external partners 
  • Matching Support: While not a requirement, demonstration of matching support will be a positive 
  • Leadership: the ability of the team to achieve the objectives of the proposal

The Awards Committee will ensure that the activities supported contribute to the overall objectives of CIDIRC, and are grounded in the applicant’s area of research and interdisciplinary in scope, as well as ensuring equal opportunities and gender equality.

Notification of funding decisions will be made by 10 March 2019 Funds must be spent by 30 Nov 2019.

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  • Attendance-only at conferences will not be eligible for funding.
  • Applicants must complete the relevant risk assessment and/or ethics forms through their department before travelling. 
  • Funds must be spent, and a short report and 2 to 6 photographs submitted together with hard copy receipts for travel costs incurred, by 1st December 2018.
  • Not more than one application should be submitted per applicant.
  • Financial support from the Isaac Newton Trust and Cambridge Infectious Diseases should be acknowledged in any outputs.