Each year we run a funding call for seedcorn projects that give people with brilliant ideas a chance to work with others to experiment together.

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Future funding calls

We expect to announce our next funding call, for seedcorn funding, in September 2018 with a likely closing date of December. We'll pop more information here closer to the time. 

Ideas Exchange Fund: call now closed and applicants have been informed of the outcome. 

  • Have an idea but need some time from partners and some money to take it forward?
  • Are you needing support to develop a network?
  • Have you met some people at a Brigstow event and want to carry on the conversation? 
  • Do you need to develop and discuss ideas before you apply for research funding (from Brigstow's seedcorn fund, for example!)?

Brigstow is trialling an 'ideas exchange' fund to support emerging, interdisciplinary networks and partnerships that are co-designed and co-run with external partners. Up to £1000 is available per ideas exchange, and we expect to fund between 5 and 10. 

For more information see the Brigstow Ideas Exchange 2018 Guidelines (PDF, 101kB).

The 2017-18 projects are now listed on the Projects Page

Watch this space for information about the next funding call later in the year.

You can see the range of projects we’ve funded so far on the Projects page of the Brigstow Website.

We thought it might be helpful if we drew together some questions we’re often asked as people develop their ideas, along with some common points made by the Steering Group when assessing applications:

  • Does the project have the right expertise to answer the research question posed?  So if your project involves working with children, does the team have the right expertise, experience and permissions to do this?
  • The project should focus on creating new knowledge, rather than on impact, exchange of knowledge or support for an artist residency only.
  • When we refer to research, we’re looking for projects that that could add something new to the knowledge that already exists.
  • Teams should also discuss early on what knowledge or products (referred to as intellectual property) each person is bringing to the project, what intellectual property is being created during the project and also how each team member can use it after the project.
  • Co-produced research can take various forms but it all involves early discussions and agreement on what to research, who does what, who gets paid (and how much) and what the expectations are of the whole team. There are some reports and guides you might find helpful:
    • The Connected Communities programme produced a great report called Creating Living Knowledge that reflects on the various aspects of collaborative research.
    • The Connected Communities programme also produced some guides for University of Bristol and collaborators - see below. 

If you have any questions about these points or other issues about your application, please get in touch with us via

Connected Communities Guides

These are really useful guides for University of Bristol researchers and Professional Services staff involved in collaborative projects:

Seedcorn projects

Find out more about the projects Brigstow has funded so far.

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