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Research Networks

The Research Networks are the engine room of CRASSH’s intellectual project. This programme supports groups of Cambridge graduate students, Cambridge based academics (CTOs/UTOs) and postdoctoral researchers working together with a common interdisciplinary research interest, bringing together early-career researchers, established academics and guest speakers on particular research topics for a year of collaborative work. Groups range in size from reading groups to full-scale symposia. Experimental forms of engagement are encouraged. Since its inception in 2006, the programme has hosted 61 groups. 

The annual competition for the next academic year 2020-21 is now open.
Deadline to submit application: 23 April 2020 by 4.00pm GMT

Current Research Networks 2019-20

  1. Archives of the Disappeared: Discipline and Method Amidst Ruin
  2. Auralities
  3. Byzantine Worlds
  4. Critical Approaches to "Vulnerability" in Emprerical Research (CAVER)
  5. Health, Medicine and Agency
  6. Risk and Renewal in the Pacific
  7. The 'Re' Interdisciplinary Network
  8. Solidarity Across Difference: Theory and Practice
  9. Writing Dance Workshop

To see the previous years please  click here.

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The annual support funding competition for the next academic year 2020-21 is now open.
Deadline: Thursday 23 April 2020 by 4.00pm GMT

The Research Networks are the engine room of CRASSH’s intellectual project. CRASSH is keen to support exciting, new ideas that need detailed exploration, wide-ranging activities and to encourage new collaborative initiatives that reach across disciplinary boundaries, including those between the sciences and the humanities.

Networks must come from more than one faculty or department; they must have an interdisciplinary question at their core. Some networks meet for several years, and may lead to e.g. a new MPhil course, publish a book or successful grant applications. The form of meeting can be of any type and we positively encourage experimental combinations. Some groups have been very small – a dozen people; others have grown to be major seminars. Some networks host formal papers; others combine reading groups and discussions. But every group/network must have at least an hour each session for genuine discussion. Each Network is supported administratively and financially to meet fortnightly through the academic year at CRASSH to enable incremental intellectual development and growth of collaborative skills. Above all, the intellectual work of the network must provide a stimulating forum for a cutting edge question.

CRASSH package includes funding, in-kind contribution in the form of administrative support, and a venue for one academic year.

  • Financial support of up to £1,500 per academic year is offered for relevant activities (can be used for speaker travel, hospitality and accommodation).
  • Administrative assistance with events, publicity, website, budgets.
  • Free venue (a regular bi-weekly, two-hours slot in one of the seminars rooms in the Alison Richard Building during term time for their sessions) see facilites.
  • We allocate funds for networks only during the academic year (from October 2020 to June 2021).

Activities may include seminars, reading/discussion groups, short visits by guest speakers to Cambridge. Networks may also apply for one-day workshops, conference, symposia or colloquia. A webpage on the CRASSH website is created for each Network, which includes a brief summary of the group, convenor information and the events programme for the academic year.

We like the events to be open, inclusive and hold at the Alison Richard Building. However we can accept exceptions to hold one or two sessions in a different venue.

Research Networks:  Lead applicants should be Cambridge graduate students, Cambridge CTOs/UTOs and/or postdoctoral researchers from at least two different disciplines. Each group should also be supported by at least two Faculty advisors from two different disciplines. 

Your connection to the University of Cambridge will still be in place during the application process and  by the time the research networks takes place. Unfortunately, this does exclude Visiting Fellows (as main convenor) who are based at the University for one academic year. However Visiting Fellows can participate as co-convenors of the network.

In all cases support will not normally be given to networks whose activities could be supported within a single Faculty. Details of activities funded so far and links to previous groups/networks may be found here. Research Networks will be selected by a panel led by the Director and Deputy-Director of CRASSH. The Research Networks Programme Manager will co-ordinate the selection process and inform the applicants of the result by the end of  May.

How to Apply
Portal to the online application is available here.  Please do not sent the applications by post or email. Only online applications will be accepted.
Proposals should give an account of the interdisciplinary nature of the research project and its contribution to disciplinary development. In addition, applicants should provide information about previous activities (if any), plans for future activities with a preliminary budget outline, and evidence of an existing network/constituency across University departments.

Interested applicants should discuss their plans with relevant teaching and/or research faculty in the areas involved, and are also invited to discuss proposals with the Director, Professor Steven Connor, or the Deputy Director, Dr Jan-Melissa Schramm. Proposals should be accompanied by two letters of support from referees, at least one of whom should be from Cambridge, and one of whom may also serve as the Network's Faculty Advisor in the event that the proposal is successful.

Referees must be submit their comments via the online system by the deadline.

If you have any other questions about the competition, eligibility or process please email Esther Lamb, Research Networks Programme Manager.

Re-applying Networks
Networks coming to the end of their funded period are welcome to re-apply by completing the application form and submitting it, along with their early Yearly Report 2019-20 (format of the report can be found here). Please include your report as part of the application as one document, when you upload onto Online Application System.

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