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1 Dr Lorna Colquhoun Head of Research Development Interdisciplinary Research and the Changing Funding Environment 2 April 2009

2 2001-08 Comparative RAE Performance OverallRussell Group 200115 th 12 th 2008 GPA 12th9th 33% (16 / 48) of UOAs were in top 5 on GPA

3 Research Income 07/08, £91m

4 Research Income (£k) Income by sponsor type 2004/052005/062006/072007/08 RC24,54929,41132,43439,949 UK Govt11,85912,86514,31014,740 UK charity18,18520,69821,01421,477 Industry6,2666,2434,7924,959 EU4,1194,7476,0546,186 Overseas1,7281,9242,4863,203 66,70675,88881,09190,515 Change6%14%7%12%

5 Big issues – Impact of Research Measurement of impact as a key indicator increasingly popular (economic, political, social, etc.) Publications, citations Novel compounds, devices, patents, licences, spin- outs Consultancy, policy development, press coverage, conferences, training, outreach to communities, benefits to society These are important measures of activity But how do we capture, analyse, record and report them?

6 Interdisciplinary and large research grants in practice Challenges To stay ahead of the game Be distinctive and retain high quality Be capable of responding quickly – in or out? Play to strengths and opportunities Support (and reward?) those that lead this

7 What is Interdisciplinary Research? Interdisciplinary research is a mode of research that integrates information data techniques, tools, perspectives, concepts and / or theories from 2 or more disciplines to advance fundamental understanding or solve problems beyond the scope of a single discipline Problems of great societal importance

8 inter – multi – cross Quantitative vs qualitative Closed vs open Objective vs subjective Tradition – transition – transformation Interdisciplinary research is a powerful tool

9 Drivers Complexity Desire Need Power Money

10 Cross Research Council initiatives – there is money out there Cross-Council Funding Agreement – August 2006 Leverhulme Trust- special weight given to originality of projects; significance; ability to judge and take appropriate risk; removal of barriers between traditional disciplines

11 11 DIGITAL ECONOMY EPSRC lead AHRC ESRC MRC ENERGY EPSRC lead BBSRC ESRC NERC STFC NANOSCIENCE THROUGH ENGINEERING TO APPLICATION EPSRC lead BBSRC ESRC NERC STFC MRC RESPONDING TO GLOBAL CHALLENGES GLOBAL UNCERTAINTIES: security for all in a changing world EPSRC BBSRC ESRC lead NERC STFC MRC AHRC LIVING WITH ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE EPSRC BBSRC ESRC NERC lead STFC MRC AHRC AGEING: LIFE LONG HEALTH & WELLBEING EPSRC BBSRC ESRC NERC STFC MRC lead AHRC

12 Barriers What do you think? Your experiences....

13 Disciplinary Knowledge depth/ innate knowledge Language Timescales Funding Review of apps Institutional Recruitment Reward (promotion) Departmental structures Overhead distribution Evaluation Publication credit RAE/REF

14 Impediments to IDR

15 What makes it work (from developing your proposal to delivery) Common language Cross cultural competence Common goals No bolt ons Iterative (shift in view) Leadership Developing your question together

16 Initial Stages: Building Bridges Common problem(s) to solve Leadership Environment that encourages faculty/researcher collaboration Establishing a team philosophy Seed/glue money Seminars to foster bridges between students, postdoctoral scholars, and PIs Workshops to foster bridges between investigators Frequent meetings among team members Think of the end at the beginning

17 Supporting the Project Good Research/project management Support project initiation and team building Seamless and flexible funding Willingness to take risks Recognize potential for high impact Involvement of funding organization

18 Facilities Physical co-location of researchers Shared instrumentation Enhance chance meetings between researchers, such as on-site cafeterias

19 Organization/ Administration Matrix organization Rewards for academic leaders who foster IDR Tenure/promotion policies for interdisciplinary work Utilize experts with breadth and IDR experience for assessment Professional recognition of successful practitioners of IDR

20 Research themes Major initiatives: Underwritten £ Research themes: Facilitators Termination process for themes Water Risk: BRISK Climate change 20072008 2009 Making Interdisciplinary Research Work - UoB

21 Institute for Advanced studies programme for interdisciplinary workshops Support for Research Themes Research Programme on IDR – Nexus www.bris.ac.uk/ias

22 Making Interdisciplinary Research Work - UoB The Worldwide Universities Network (WUN): supporting innovation in research, and education on a global scale, through interdisciplinary collaboration, faculty and student exchange and eLearning IAS/WUN INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH WORKSHOP COMPETITION www.wun.ac.uk & www.bris.ac.uk/wun

23 Overview of Research Development Funding opportunities Support for bids Strategic development

24 Support for bids Training Advice on sources of funding & fEC Assistance with co-ordination of complex/multi- disciplinary proposals Advice on non-subject specific content of proposals Liaison with funders Liaison with other University Support Services Letters of support Mock interview panels

25 Strategic development Institutional/Faculty visits http://www.bris.ac.uk/research/support/development/events/ Statistics External policy Intelligence http://www.bris.ac.uk/research/support/development/intellig ence/safe/ Major & Institutional bids http://www.bris.ac.uk/research/support/development/majorb ids/safe/ Capacity building

26 RED Research Development Lorna Colquhoun - Head of Research Development Tom Bowker - RDM EU Support Lindsey Gaunt - RDM FMD + FMVS Simon Gray - RDM Science & Engineering Jude Hill – RDM Social Sciences & Law Isobel Howe - WUN Development Manager Helen Jordan - RDM EU Katie Powell - Research Development Associate (Med Vet Sci) Kathleen Sedgley - Research Development Officer Kerry Vernon - RDM Arts http://www.bris.ac.uk/research/support/development/

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