Cabot Institute Innovation Fund

One of the key roles of the Cabot Institute is to support and nurture new research and initiatives through seedcorn funding. The approach is very flexible and includes funding for staff to participate in developing research consortia, funds to develop new collaborations both internally and externally, and funds for sandpits and workshops on topical interdisciplinary issues which have potential for further fundraising and larger scale project development. This approach has already yielded considerable success.

Cabot Institute Innovation Fund

Every year we hold an annual call for applications to our Innovation Fund. The 2021 call is now closed, the next call will open in May 2022. For reference, the 2021 guidance and application form can be found in the link below:

Innovation Fund 2021/22: guidance and application form (Office document, 357kB)

This fund is designed to pump prime innovative interdisciplinary research ideas, with a view to developing major future proposals, or to support impact or engagement-focussed activities.  Funds of around £25k are available to pump-prime new research activity, or to help deliver impact or engagement. Applications must:

  • Reflect Cabot’s interdisciplinary and engaged research approach, which brings together researchers from across disciplines and faculties, and involves non-academic partners. Cabot is supported by all faculties in the University of Bristol, and we welcome relevant applications from all areas of the university.
  • Reflect Cabot’s research focus on protecting our environment and identifying ways of living better with our changing planet.
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