Academic staff will be able to apply for a Research and Innovation fund worth over £400,000 over two years to support individuals and projects that identify with the University’s five interdisciplinary themes.

The University has made a commitment to investing in interdisciplinary research and innovation, focused around the five thematic areas of Democratic Citizenship, Future and Emerging Technologies, Health and Wellbeing, Security and Risk and Sustainability and the Environment.

During its first year in the 2017/18 academic year, the themes supported a number of projects and held a range of events that brought together researchers and stakeholders. A summary of the 2017-18 activities can be found here.

For 2018-19, the Themes Research and Innovation Fund (TRIF) is divided into two strands. A scheme to support individuals (the TRIF Strategic Fellowships) and a fund for projects (the TRIF challenge led project awards). Applicants for each scheme need to identify clearly how their work is aligned with one of the themes’ focus areas and how their proposed programme of work can be considered interdisciplinary.


Academic staff who are interested in applying for the fund will need to complete an expression of interest form by 4.00pm on 18 October 2018. These will be judged by the Theme Directors against high level criteria and then Research and Innovation (RIS) will work with Associate Deans to identify applicants that have support from faculty and Heads of Department.

Successful stage one applicants will then be invited to submit full applications on 22 November before selected candidates are invited to interview.

Download the Information pack and book onto workshops via the Themes Research and Innovation Fund web page