The M2D feasibility fund comprises of four funding schemes from which eligible network members can bid for funds. We will operate a continuous open call for applications throughout the lifetime of the network, but projects will be assessed by the Expert Panel at regular meetings, occurring at three monthly intervals. The network will support high impact proposals which encourage multidisciplinary researcher engagement and a high level of end user involvement, under one or more of the Network themes.
Next Expert Panel Meeting: 12th July 2017
Applications received by the 26th June 2017 will be reviewed at this meeting.
The fund can support EPSRC fundable members of the network. The four funding schemes are:
The pilot project scheme will fund innovative projects expected to lead to a grant application. These should have investigators from at least two disciplines and engagement with decision makers. We will only fund PI salaries in exceptional circumstances. Funding limit: £25k. Maximum duration: 6 months.
The early career researcher scheme will fund early career researchers to work up an idea that could lead to a first grant or fellowship application. Funding limit: £10k. Maximum duration: 3 months.
The embedded research scheme will fund network members to spend a short period working in a different discipline or with a non-academic partner. Funding limit: £10k. Maximum duration: 3 months.
The workshops, sandpits and short courses scheme. Proposals for workshops and sandpits will need to demonstrate that they are addressing current topics of relevance that might lead to grant proposals. Short courses will need to demonstrate a need from end users / decision makers. Each will be for up to three days in length, for up to 50 participants and with a budget of less than £20k. For workshops we would expect 50% of the participants to be early career and we will encourage non-academic involvement. All workshops and courses will be required to have a certain number of places that are open to all. Funding limit: £20k. Maximum duration: 3 days.
We strongly encourage the submission of proposals that seek to:
- bring together researchers from different disciplines covered by the network.
- make the work of the network more accessible to end users and stakeholders.
- identify the current challenges of researchers and end users, which then could be addressed in follow-up studies.
- analyse or generate new data or model output.
- undertake initial research on a topic relevant to the network.
- do the ground work to develop a full research proposal, which then would be submitted to EPSRC, ESRC, NERC and AHRC at a later stage.