Bridging the Gap

Bridging the Gap: Fellowships

Application for BTG Projects

The award

The Bridging the Gap (BTG) program ( is inviting applications for project funding. These funds can be used in a variety of ways, but should always be used to help prepare, write and submit one or more substantial cross-disciplinary grant applications.

This call is open to all academics (teaching and research staff) at the University of Birmingham. Independent researchers can also apply if the resulting application would aim for research located at the University of Birmingham.


BTG's aim is to facilitate activities that lead to collaborative multi-disciplinary grant applications with an element of computer science and/or mathematics. All applications for BTG funds should satisfy the Management Board that the project will lead to activities towards this aim.

Potential grant sponsors can include any research council, charity, or government organization; work in preparation of commercially funded research may also be funded. The research is not limited to EPSRC’s remit – however it should clearly link to at least one of the three subject areas.

Expected outcome

Successful applicants will be asked to report on the results of the award. Depending on the type and size of the project, we would expect the proposal to specify outputs ranging from exploration and position papers (e.g. if you apply for funding for a workshop) via joint papers that set the base for a later grant application, (e.g. if you apply for travel funding) to one or more substantial grant applications (if you apply for projects involving staff costs).

Important points

Please keep in mind the goals of the BTG project.

  • The fund is there to enable collaboration, not to reward it.
  • The fund is specifically to help Birmingham University staff. You are of course free to work with partners from other organizations, but if in any area there is expertise available in Birmingham, we would expect you to talk to those colleagues first. For example, for any projects involving computational methods, the proposal will be expected to show involvement of CS/Engineering/Mathematics at Birmingham. We also expect a substantial share of any work and funding applied for to be located at Birmingham.
  • The proposal being prepared needs to be clearly cross-disciplinary, preferably with a Computer Science/Mathematics element.
  • We cannot fund projects past 31st March 2011, we prefer projects to finish and have outputs for us to report on or before 28th February 2011.
  • You can use the funds to hire staff, but we can not pay overheads on staff costs.

Application process

The application has to include letters of support from the Head of School (or equivalent). If it involves hiring staff, it will also need the approval from the Head of College, confirming that you can hire staff on a cost-only (no overheads) base. It also needs to include the CV of the applicant. If you have already identified partners that would be involved in the planned grant proposal, please also include (informal) letters of support from these partners. Electronic documents are preferred.

In order to improve the quality of applications, we encourage the applicants to contact BTG with your project idea before submitting your application.

Selection criteria

The Management Committee will decide on the applications based on

  • breadth of involvement of UoB academics and researchers.
  • fit to BTG's aims
  • fit with BTG's subject areas
  • likelihood of major grant proposal submissions,
  • impact if successful
  • value for money
  • feasibility
  • likelihood of finishing in time

Documents, Deadlines and Contacts

The application form is available in doc and in openOffice format. There is no deadline to this call, applications are accepted until the end of the project, or until we have used up our remaining funding. Projects must be finished by 31st march 2011.

Applications should be submitted electronically to:

Laura Fenney

Centre Administrator, CERCIA, School of Computer Science

Any queries should be forwarded to:

Dr Thorsten Schnier

Program Operations Manager

More information about BTG and its aims and objectives:

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