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Research Networks

The Research Networks 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 2019-20 is now closed.
The deadline to submit application was 25 April 2019 4.00pm GMT

The next competition for 2020-21 will be open until December 2019.

Current Research Networks 2018-19

  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 2019-2020 is now closed.
Deadline was: Thursday 25 April 2019 4.00pm GMT

The Research Networks are the engine room of CRASSH’s intellectual project. We are looking to support exciting, new ideas that need detailed exploration. Networks must come from more than one faculty or department; they must have an interdisciplinary question at their core. Some groups meet for several years, and may lead to e.g. a new MPhil course 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 groups host formal papers; others combine reading groups and discussions. But every group 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 group must provide a stimulating forum for a cutting edge question.

CRASSH package offers administrative support, funding and a venue to groups for one academic year.
Financial support of up to £1500 per academic year is offered for relevant activities (can be used for speaker travel, hospitality and accommodation). Administrative assistance with events, publicity, website, budgets and a 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.

Activities may include seminars, reading/discussion groups, short visits by guest speakers to Cambridge. Networks may also apply for one-day workshops 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.

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. 

In all cases support will not normally be given to groups 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 will available here in December 2019.  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. CRASSH is keen to support wide-ranging activities and to encourage new collaborative initiatives that reach across disciplinary boundaries, including those between the sciences and the humanities.

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 Group's Faculty Advisor in the event that the proposal is successful. 

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

Re-applying Networks
Groups coming to the end of their funded period are welcome to re-apply by completing the application form and submitting it, along with their Yearly Report 2018-19 (which can be found here). Please include your report as part of the application when you upload onto Online Application System (as one document).

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