Bridging the Gap

Bridging the Gap: Available Funds

Current Calls

Travel Awards: Open Call

The Bridging the Gap program is inviting applications to its Travel Awards. These awards, for up to £1500, are designed to enable staff to visit and establish links with other academic or industrial parties both within the UK and overseas. Applications can come from any member of academic staff (including Research Fellows), we particularly invite applications from early career researchers. Details can be found here. We are now operating an open call scheme - applications will be accepted any time. Note however that any travel has to be finished by the end of January 2011. Note that we have extended the scope for applications - collaborations will have to involve an aspect of mathematics/computing, but are not limited to optimization and data mining.

Previous Calls

Travel call five. The fifth call for travel grants is now closed. No grants have been awarded.

Travel call four. BTG has awarded two travel grants in the fourth call, the results are available here.

Travel call three. BTG has awarded two travel grants in the third call, the results are available here.

Fellowship call one. BTG has awarded two fellowships in the first call. Details of the awards are here.

Travel call two. BTG has awarded four travel grants in the second call, the results are available here.

Travel call one. BTG has awarded four travel grants in the first call, the results are available here

Funds available from BTG

As part of the BTG project, we are offering a small range of funds. These funds are strictly for the support of creation of multi-disciplinary grant proposals. In order to promote the activities of the BTG project, information about the awards made will be published on this web site.

Details listed on this page, in particular dates of calls and the application procedure, are subject to change as the project progresses. Anyone interested in applying is encouraged to contact the Program Operations Manager at btg-manager@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Discipline Bridging Fellowships

Time is a significant barrier for many academics to develop interdisciplinary research opportunities. Providing sufficient time to enable even relatively senior academics to buy-out their time from teaching and administrative duties (e.g. up to 3 months/1 semester) would be of significant benefit to those interested in pursuing activities in another discipline. Discipline Bridging Fellowships will enable academic staff to spend time in another discipline within the University initiating and pursuing collaborative research. The expected outcomes of fellowship include interdisciplinary grant proposals and longer lasting interdisciplinary relationship between the academics. The fellows would be expected to provide feedback/experience to future Knowledge Workshops.

We are planning to issue 2 calls for Bridging Fellowships, with 2 Fellowships awarded for each call.

  • Call 1 in January 2009 (deadline end of February 2009, announced by end of March 2009, completed by March 2010)
  • Call 2 in January 2010 (deadline end of February 2010, announced by end of March 2010, completed by February 2011)

Grant Development Awards

For projects developed during the research retreats and industrial retreats, pump-priming funding of up to GBP 5000 per project will be awarded. There will be some flexibility in the use of funds, but typically this might be used for reciprocal short visits/secondments, or preliminary proof-of-idea projects within the University.

These grants are only available to participants of research retreats and industrial retreats.

Travel Awards

To promote the programme and the University's reputation in interdisciplinary research, a number of small (up to GBP 1500) travel grants will be provided to enable staff to visit and establish links with other academic or industrial parties both within the UK and overseas. Awards may also be considered for incoming visits where it can be shown that such a visit would lead to the establishment of a substantive collaboration or facilitate delivery of a new interdisciplinary, cross-institutional proposal. Applications to the travel awards will be evaluated by the Management Committee. Early career researchers are particularly encouraged to apply.

We are planning to issue 5 calls for travel awards over the course of the project, with two awards granted for each call.

  • Call 1 in June 2008 (deadline end of July 2008, announced by end of August 2008, for travel before end of March 2009)
  • Call 2 in November 2008 (deadline end of December 2008, announced by end of January 2009, for travel before end of September 2009)
  • Call 3 in June 2009 (deadline end of July 2009, announced by end of August 2009, for travel before end of March 2010)
  • Call 4 in November 2009 (deadline end of December 2009, announced by end of January 2010, for travel before end of September 2010)
  • Call 5 in June 2010 (deadline end of July 2010, announced by end of August 2010, for travel before end of February 2011)

Funding of workshops, away days, other events

If you are planning work on a multi-disciplinary grant application that might fit into the BTG framework, and you think a workshop or away day would help 'bridge the gap', please contact us and we may be able to help, both in terms of funding and organization.