Funding Opportunities

Brigstow award funding to enable the co-production and co-design of new interdisciplinary research projects. Our two funding schemes are; Ideas Exchange funding and Seedcorn funding.

What are we looking for in a Brigstow project?

  • Novelty: The project should address a gap in existing knowledge.
  • Exploratory: Funds are available to undertake early-stage, explorative research pilot projects. 
  • Co-produced: We expect all projects to draw on a range of disciplines in the university (interdisciplinarity) and expertise from a diverse range of partners from beyond the university. Projects should be collaborative at all stages of the research process – so co-created, co-designed and co-led with the intention to benefit every team member.
  • Radically interdisciplinary: brings together people with different knowledge, expertise, skills and ideas. 
  • Creative: creative processes and critical making are valued as part of the research process so should be included as part of your approach. 
  • Equitable: We encourage project teams to aspire to equity amongst team members throughout the research process, from inception through to delivery.

Ideas exchange funding

Ideas Exchange funding is designed to support emerging, interdisciplinary networks and partnerships that are co-designed and co-run with people within and outside of Academia. Ideas exchanges give new partnerships the time and resources to connect with others and explore the idea’s potential together to identify shared research interests and plan the next steps.

How much funding can I apply for? Up to £2000
What can funding be spend on? Funding can be used to: buy in expertise; hardware costs; consumables or travel.
What is the deadline? There is no deadline for this funding. 
Who is eligible? Everyone is eligible to take part in Ideas Exchanges. However you will need at least one University of Bristol academic as part of the project team.

Seedcorn funding

Seedcorn funding is an annual opportunity for mixed teams of researchers to carry out curiosity-driven, playful, exploratory and equitable projects to take the first steps in developing and pursuing new research. Funds are available to initiate and develop partnerships to undertake early-stage, exploratory research pilots that engage with creative thinking and making.

How much funding can I apply for? Up to £15000
What can funding be spend on? Funding can be used to: buy in expertise; hardware costs; consumables or travel.
What is the deadline? This call is currently closed. There will be a new call in Autumn 2024.
Who is eligible? Everyone is eligible to take part in Seedcorn funding. However you will need at least one University of Bristol academic as part of the project team.

Community Fellowships - From the Personal to the Planetary: Interaction, Activism and Futures

The Brigstow Institute and Cabot Institute for the Environment’s new Personal to the Planetary (P2P) Community Fellowships will bring together eight talented environmental actors, drawn from researchers, community groups, the voluntary sector, individuals or artists from a variety of professions and disciplines for a deep and sustained engagement around the climate emergency, and discussions about how voices usually absent from these debates can be brought to the fore. 

What is the deadline? 10:00am, 19th February 2024 
How much funding is available per fellowship? £5,000 per fellowship (VAT inclusive) 
How many fellowships will be awarded? a total of eight P2P Community Fellowships positions (4 x University of Bristol academic fellowships, 4 x fellowships for those beyond the university) 

If you have an idea for a project that does not fit into our current calls email Brigstow Institute: hello-brigstow@bristol.ac.uk.

Are you unfamiliar with managing a research project?

The Brigstow team provide individually tailored support throughout the process of funding to:

  • help develop research ideas
  • find partners
  • navigate the university systems
  • help with administration
  • share your work
  • look for further funding
  • and much more...
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