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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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 project showcase

24 October 10 am - 6 pm

Find out more about the projects from the 2017 seedcorn funding competition and speak to project teams about their work.

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