Each year we run funding calls for seedcorn projects and ideas exchanges.

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Future funding calls

  • Ideas Exchange Call: Spring 2019
  • Seedcorn Funding Call: September 2018

Ideas Exchange Fund 2018: call now closed and applicants have been informed of the outcome. 

Have a look at the successful projects on the projects page of the website

We're planning another call in spring 2019, but it's always worth contacting us before then if you have an exciting idea that falls into one of the points below: 

  • 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!)?

The ideas exchanges support emerging, interdisciplinary networks and partnerships that are co-designed and co-run with external partners. Up to £1000 is available per ideas exchange. 

You might also want to look at the Brigstow Ideas Exchange 2018 Guidelines (PDF, 101kB) for more information. 

Seedcorn funding: next call will be announced in September 2018, with a closing date in November 2018

The seedcorn funding is to provide support that gives people with brilliant ideas a chance to work with others to experiment with those. We're looking for projects that are interdisciplinary and co-produced, involving researchers from across disciplines and faculties, and involving non-academic partners. 

Watch this space for information about September's call. In the meantime, you might want to look at last year's guidance and application form. 

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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