Published: 10 January 2019

Building Research Communities competition

The Doctoral College is pleased to announce that applications are now open for the ‘Building Research Communities’ competition. 

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Proposals are welcomed from postgraduate researchers (PGRs), early career researchers (ECRs), supervisors, PGR directors, academic and professional services staff. 

You are invited to bid for amounts of up to £3K to support innovative and creative proposals to strengthen the research environment and sense of community for PGRs and ECRs.

An objective of the University’s research strategy is to improve our research culture and infrastructure. As PGRs and ECRs are the foundation of a vibrant research environment, this competition seeks to encourage activities that will develop sustainable and lively cultures that will help our PGRs and ECRs to flourish.


Proposals must be no longer than 500 words and can be submitted via the Building Research Communities competition page.

Proposals will be judged by a panel of representatives from the Doctoral College against the following three criteria:

  • Coherence: Does the proposal include a clear description of activities and/or events that will help to strengthen the research environment for PGRs and/or ECRs? Is a rough estimate of the costs for planned activities included?
  • Community: Does the proposal facilitate interactions across different groups of researchers and/or different disciplinary boundaries?
  • Future orientation: How will the proposal support future research culture strengthening activity?


The deadline for submission of proposals is Friday 8 February 2019 (23:59). Successful applicants will be notified during the week commencing 11 February 2019.

Any funds awarded must be spent within the financial year (by 31 July 2019).

For any queries, please contact

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