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The Research Networks programme offers funding of up to £1,500 per academic year, plus an in-kind contribution in the form of administrative assistance, a platform for virtual and hybrid sessions, and assistance with in-person or online events. The programme supports groups of Cambridge graduate students, Cambridge based academics (CTOs/UTOs) and postdoctoral researchers working together with a common interdisciplinary research interest.
Support to run your network is available for the academic year (October to June). Networks range in size from reading groups to full-scale symposia. Experimental forms of engagement are encouraged and we are keen to support exciting and new ideas, 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 Cambridge University faculty or department and they must have an interdisciplinary question at their core. Some Networks meet for several years and may go on to produce a new MPhil course, a publication, or successful grant applications.
Each Network is supported to meet fortnightly through the academic year at CRASSH to enable intellectual development and growth of collaborative skills. Above all, the intellectual work of a Network must provide a stimulating forum for a cutting edge question. Each seminar should include at least one hour for discussion.
- Financial support of up to £1,500 per academic year is offered for relevant activities (they can be used for speaker travel, hospitality, accommodation, filming and workshops or for a platform for virtual/hybrid events). Networks can run for an academic year or a minimum of one term.
- Funds for Networks are allocated for the academic year only. Networks funds cannot be carried over to the next academic year and any unspent sums below the maximum agreed, revert to the CRASSH Research Networks support fund.
- Administrative assistance for events, publicity and budget management.
- Assistant with in-person or online events for regular bi-weekly, two-hour sessions during term time.
- A page 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.
- Publicity via email, newsletter, social media, a video trailer, and the CRASSH blog.
- Audio/video recording of seminars and events. Recording online is free but any filming or editing costs will come out of the Network’s budget.
- It is CRASSH’s policy not to pay for honoraria or publications.
Activities may include seminars, reading or discussion groups, and short visits by guest speakers to Cambridge. Networks may also apply for one-day workshops, conferences, symposia or colloquia.
We like our events to be open, inclusive and held at the Alison Richard Building (when it is possible). We can accept exceptions to hold some sessions in a different venue.
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 must still be in place during the application process and by the time the Research Networks take place. Unfortunately, this does exclude Visiting Fellows (as the main convenor) who are based at the University for one academic year. However, Visiting Fellows or members from different universities can participate as co-convenors of the Network.
Your research must be interdisciplinary and applicants must be from at least two different faculties, departments or schools.
In all cases, support will not normally be given to Networks whose activities could be supported within a single Faculty.
Research Networks will be selected by a panel led by the Director of CRASSH, at least two invited members from other faculties or departments, and the Research Networks Programme Manager who will co-ordinate the selection process and inform the applicants of the result by the end of May.
How to apply
Only online applications will be accepted (portal to applications), please do not send applications by post or email.
Proposals should give an account of the interdisciplinary nature of the research project and its contribution to disciplinary development and innovative areas of research.
In addition, applicants should provide information about any previous activities, any plans for future activities, a preliminary budget outline, and evidence of an existing network/constituency across University departments. Providing preferred dates and times for seminars will be helpful.
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, for any other information please contact the Research Network Programme Manager.
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 submit their comments via the online system by the deadline.
Networks coming to the end of their funded period are welcome to re-apply by completing the application form and downloading and completing a Yearly Report 2021-22. Please include your report as part of the application on the online Application System as one document.
CRASSH COVID financial guidelines
- All visitors to CRASSH must have valid travel insurance in place.
- CRASSH is not able to fund costs relating to isolation, quarantine or testing relating to COVID.
- CRASSH cannot be held financially responsible for any travel delays related to COVID.
- A negative Lateral flow test may be required before coming to CRASSH’s offices.
These guidelines are subject to change in line with the UK Government’s guidelines or University of Cambridge provisions.
CRASSH has been a fantastic environment for this initiative and this year of study and conversation. It offered a relaxed interdisciplinary space that brought students and scholars in the humanities and social sciences together in a form difficult to achieve in any other setting.
– Archives of Disappeared: Discipline and Method Amidst Ruin (2019-2021)
Becoming a Research Network at CRASSH has really helped to boost our visibility within the University and beyond. We are particularly pleased that these participants came from across the social science, humanities and biological sciences, and included students at all levels of graduate study as well as post-doctoral researches, faculty members, and research participants themselves. We have had academics asking for information about the network.
– Critical Approaches to Vulnerability in Empirical Research (2019-2020)
Being able to run regular seminars was of great benefit to the development of our research. We were also able to build our network and base of contacts. A number of the outputs we have completed thus far are directly linked to the connections we made via the group.
– The Alchemical Landscape (2016-2019)
The ‘Things’ seminar series provides a stimulating and sociable meeting place for scholars interested in material culture, and interdisciplinary research inside and outside of Cambridge. The funding CRASSH provides offers us the opportunity to compensate for travel expenses of nearby scholars, thereby allowing us to bring cutting-edge ‘Things’ research to Cambridge.
– Imaginative Things: Curious Objects (2011 – 2018)
The CIPN Network has enriched and expanded our personal research projects in Cambridge. It has provided an excellent opportunity to become aware of diverse voices within the spectrum of performance and theatre and their applicability to human life in general. We hope that the Network continues being a space for intellectual curiosity and inquiry within the realm of Performance studies.
– Cambridge Interdisciplinary Performance Network (2013 – 2019)
In Focus: CRASSH Networks
Watch the Research Networks trailers to find out about some events, publications, media and collaborations that have arisen out of the programme.
Network Events and Media Collections
Networks produce a wide variety of events, from reading groups to seminars and from small workshops to full symposia. Many events are recorded and can be found in this media collection. A few highlights:
- Things: Material Cultures
- The Politics of Economics
- Decolonising the Curriculum in Theory and Practice
- Digital Art
- In Search of ‘Good Energy’ Policy
- Things: Early Modern Material Cultures
- Subaltern and Decolonial Citizenship
Some Research Networks give rise to books and publications. Here are a few Q&As with some of the authors:
- Why and how do we read? Ruth Jackson on Theologies of Reading
- Translation and Multimodality: Beyond Words: 5 Questions to the Editors
- The Bad Trip: 5 Questions to James Riley
A sample of blog posts by Research Networks: