NEMODE is one of four RCUK-funded networks within the Digital Economy theme: “NEMODE’s research domain is multi-disciplinary; it includes for example, considerations of the latest technological developments through computer science, operations research and data analytics, marketing, social anthropology, behavioural psychology and operations management.”
Part of its remit is to fund small research grants and placements activity. To this end they have an open (i.e. no deadline) call for small scale research projects of no more than 3 months duration and £3K FEC. NEMODE has identified a number of sub-themes which it is interested in funding through this call, including:
The concept of value in the digital economy
Intellectual property issues in the digital economy
Privacy, consent, security and trust in the digital economy
The expected outputs of a 3 month grant would be, for example, a case study with associated literature review or a technical report, as appropriate to the topic selected. Applications are a maximum of 2 pages, written to two simple headings given in the guidance notes [PDF].
Although there are no formal deadlines, there are a number of review dates throughout the year when applications will be considered. These are: 1st Feb, 1st June, 1st Sept, 1st Dec.
In addition to the 3K small grants outlined above, NEMODE also has a “call for interest” in digital currency inspired by David Wolman’s BBC piece on the end of cash. They are currently seeking informal expressions of interest via email. See their calls page to find out more.
Small grants support humanities and social science research projects between £500 and £10,000. Funding is available for:
initial stage project planning and development, e.g. pilot studies
direct costs of research, e.g. library and archive visits or data collection
advancement of research through workshops and conferences
visits by or to partner scholars
Collaborative or individual projects are equally welcome, and projects may involve a group of international scholars as long as the lead applicant is based in the UK. Note that grants are not intended solely to support conference organisation, except where the conference is to disseminate research carried out as part of the grant. Projects should plan to start between 1st September 2013 and 31st March 2014. Applications should be made online via the British Academy eGap website. Please contact us for help and support with the bid.
If you’re not able to put a bid into this round, or the start dates don’t suit your project, please note that there will be another call in September this year with a deadline in November.
The Technology Strategy Board has unveiled a new Innovation Voucher scheme which provides funding for businesses to work with an external expert for the first time, to help them gain new knowledge in order to innovate, develop and grow. Businesses can work with a range of expert suppliers including universities.
The vouchers, which should help businesses develop ideas and improve performance, can support all types of innovation – for example, ideas for new or improved products, processes and services, using design to improve ideas or managing intellectual property.
Innovation vouchers are available to SMEs and should be applicable to one of the priority sectors: Agrifood, Built Environment and Space. They can provide up to £5,000 to pay for the expertise (up to £8k for Space).
The scheme opens on the 24th September when further information, including full guidance for applicants, will be available from the TSB website. Please see below the Innovation Vouchers flyer.
If you would like to provide expertise under the scheme, get in touch with Research and Business Services, who can help identify and approach suitable businesses for the scheme.