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Graduate and Faculty Research Groups

The Graduate/Faculty Research Groups programme supports groups of Cambridge graduate students and 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 56 groups. 

The annual competition for the academic year 2018-19 is now closed (deadline was 26 April 2018)
Next competition to apply for funding (2019-20 ) will be open in January 2019

Current Groups 2017-18

  1. In Search of a 'Good' Energy Policy
  2. Cambridge Conversations in Translation
  3. Performance Network (CIPN)
  4. Imaginative Things: Curious Objects 1400-2000
  5. The Alchemical Landscape
  6. Ageing and the City
  7. Digital Art
  8. Open Intellectual Property Models of Emerging Technologies
  9. Power and Vision: The Camera as Political Technology
  10. The Politics of Economics
  11. Theologies of Reading

To see the previous groups, click here.

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Apply for Funding

The annual competition to apply for funding for the academic year 2018-19 is now closed.

The Graduate and Faculty Research Groups are the engine room of CRASSH’s intellectual project. We are looking to support exciting, new ideas that need detailed exploration. Groups 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 group 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. Groups may also apply for one-day workshops or colloquia. A webpage on the CRASSH website is created for each group, which includes a brief summary of the group, convenor information and the events programme for the academic year.

Graduate Research Groups:  Lead applicants should be Cambridge graduate students from at least two different faculties/disciplines. Each group should also be supported by at least two Faculty advisors from two different disciplines. 

Faculty Research Groups:  Applicants should be Cambridge CTOs/UTOs and/or postdoctoral researchers from at least two different disciplines.

In both 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 may be found here. Research groups will be selected by a panel led by the Director and Deputy-Director of CRASSH. The Graduate/Faculty 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 can be found here in January 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 Simon Goldhill, 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 Groups
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 2017-18 (form can be found here). Please include your report as part of the application when you upload onto Online Application System (as one document).

For more information please contact: grad/