AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Awards 2013 Highlights Design

Post Grad Research CourseThe Arts and Humanities Research Council’s annual call for Collaborative Doctoral Awards was released earlier this month. CDAs are funded PhDs supervised jointly by an HEI and non-academic organisation – for more detail on how the scheme works please see this previous post.

Applications can be submitted to any area within AHRC’s remit, but this year there is a special highlight on Design, and in particular the role of Design in Innovation in partnership with SMEs in the service industry.

The final deadline for applications: 3rd October 2013. However, potential applicants should be aware that each HEI is capped at a maximum of 3 applications per HEI (assuming that one is for the Design highlight). Therefore, Northumbria may need to have an internal selection if there are more than 3 potential proposals.

If you are interested, please send brief expressions of interest to me, following the outline below by 16th August at the latest.

Internal expressions of interest:

Expressions of interest should be sent to me (david.g.young@northumbria.ac.uk) by 16th August. They should be brief (no longer than 2 sides of A4) and should include the following information:

  • Name of PI and any other co-applicants who will be contributing to the proposal;
  • Proposed title of the project;
  • How many studentships (applicants can apply for up to four linked studentships within a single application – this counts as one proposal in terms of our HEI cap);
  • Proposed research questions;
  • Name of the partner organisation and a short statement about the collaboration: what is the nature of the relationship, what benefits will this partner bring to the research in terms of student training opportunities, access to resources, knowledge, and any wider social, economic or cultural benefits?;

We’re not looking for polished proposals at this stage. What’s important is to give a clear sense of what the proposed collaboration will achieve beyond a standard university-funded studentship. At the end of the day the purpose of an internal competition is to identify the 2-3 proposals which have the best chance of success on AHRC’s terms.

If we receive more than three applications across the University we’ll endeavour to review these and make a decision in the week following (i.e. w/b 19th August). The reason this is relatively soon is to give successful applicants the best chance to fully develop their proposals before the AHRC deadline of 3rd October.

Other options:

Some of you may already be aware of an alternative route available to secure a CDA, separate to the standard application route outlined above, which is through collaboration with one of the organisations holding a Collaborative Doctoral Partnership.

A CDP is essentially a block grant for CDAs awarded to a number of non-academic organisations which have been successful in hosting CDAs in the past. These organisations can then choose how to allocate their annual cohort of CDAs – and which HEIs they choose to work with – as they see fit. The actual processes by which CDA projects are established with CDP organisations vary, so AHRC have published a list of these organisations and contact details [PDF].

Note that any CDAs which are awarded through CDP collaboration would not count towards our cap of CDA submissions in the standard route. The CDP is an entirely separate pot of CDAs.

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