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Restricted call: Leverhulme Research Centres 2018 (Cambridge's internal deadline: 1st October 2017; Leverhulme Trust deadline: 9th January 2018)

The aim of this call is to encourage new approaches that may establish or reshape a field of study and so transform our understanding of a significant contemporary topic. Applicants are therefore invited to be bold in compiling their bids. The Trust has a reputation for encouraging higher-risk research which is often therefore fundamental or curiosity-driven – so-called 'blue skies' – and pan-disciplinary.

Leverhulme Trust

This call expects that Centres will draw upon a range of disciplinary perspectives and expertise, perhaps bringing new disciplinary mixes to bear on a particular topic. 

The choice of research topic is left open, with the exclusion of studies of disease, illness and disabilities in humans and animals, or research that is intended to inform clinical practice or the development of medical applications. The Trust’s hope is that this new round will result in bids that fold the social sciences and humanities more authentically into the mix, as compared to the pattern of the first round, in which many proposals were encouragingly multi-disciplinary but framed primarily in physical and life science terms.

Leverhulme Research Centres should not duplicate existing activity at a comparable scale, whether in Research Council-funded or university research centres. The Trust wishes to support research activity where it can be confident that the work will have substantial added-value compared to smaller initiatives in the same area of research.

Each Centre, to be led by a named Director (providing intellectual and organisational leadership and ensuring delivery of the chosen research agenda), will be funded for up to £1m per annum over a period of between five and ten years to conduct innovative research of the highest intellectual and academic ambition.

More information can be found here. Anyone interested in submitting a bid should also refer to the following:

University Internal selection

This call will be managed according to the University’s restricted calls policy. Please contact us to request the application form to be submitted by 1st October 2017 or researchstrategy@admin.cam.ac.uk for any other queries about the internal selection process. 

 

 

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