Funded projects

The Institute has three dominant funding mechanisms: a fellowship programme (forthcoming), and pump-priming for new interdisciplinary networks and 'tiger teams'. Five networks are currently supported by LIAS. Each of these will:

  • Develop innovative solutions to some of the most pressing societal and global challenges.
  • Build on some of our well-established research strengths, through the development of interdisciplinary teams focusing on core challenges.

Leicester Prisons Research Network

Building on strong foundations as a tiger team, the Prisons Research Network aims to develop truly interdisciplinary methodologies of research, drawing together University expertise across the humanities, social and life sciences. The network will build collaborations within and beyond the academy, develop future research leaders, and produce world-leading research.

Artificial Intelligence Network

Responding to modern-day developments of AI applications in autonomous agents, robots and socio-economic decision making processes, the AI research network brings together expertise from technical, social, legal and business-related fields to develop interdisciplinary research.

Leicester Artificial Intelligence Network: Funding for Workshops

If you have an idea for a workshop or event on AI you’d like to hold in 2020, please email Phoebe Moore with a title, 100-150 word abstract and list of speakers/activities by 29 March. Events should be scheduled to happen from January 2020 onwards.


Phoebe will circulate expressions of interest to the management team (Julie, Alistair, Mohammad) and we will see whether/how/when it can happen! We would like to ask you to please try to make workshops as cross disciplinary as possible. The funding will not exceed around 1,000 so think about matched funding from your respective schools etc. if you’d like a larger event.


Deadline 29 March 2019

Contact Phoebe Moore

  • Management Group leads: Dr Yujie Chen, Dr Alistair McEwan, Dr Phoebe Moore, Prof Mohammadezra Mousavi

Identification Network

The Identification Network brings together molecular, mathematical, biomedical, imaging, anthropological and legal concepts and expertise to explore advances in identification of individuals, including living people of unknown identity and origin, historical figures, casualties of conflict or the victims of violent crime or natural disaster.

  • Network lead: Professor Rob Hillman


LeMID brings together researchers from all three Colleges and the NHS to facilitate multidisciplinary activities, which will lead to a step change in successful strategic funding. It will draw on research excellence from a range of departments including clinical microbiology, cardiovascular sciences, infection, immunity and inflammation, genetics, chemistry, mathematics, health sciences, social sciences, physics, engineering and business.

  • Network leads: Professor Marco Oggioni and Dr Julie Morrissey

Tiger Teams

As well as the two-year network programmes, the IAS supports ‘tiger teams' made up of interdisciplinary groups of researchers working on short-term, exciting, innovative projects. The newest cohort of Tiger Teams are focused on:

  • Scientific approaches to dress, material culture and identity
  • Mental Health and social media
  • Migration, healthcare and education
  • Urgent care for frail older people

Previous Tiger Teams cohorts:

  • Prisons
  • Cancer detection in diabetics
  • Earth system plastics
  • Harnessing digital technology in maternity care
  • Gender diversity and equality in higher education
  • Female pelvic floor health globally

Fellowship Scheme

If you know of a researcher who you would love to work with on an interdisciplinary project, follow the application guidelines.

The LIAS Visiting Fellowship scheme attracts leading researchers to Leicester, to carry out a 1-3 month programme of interdisciplinary research engagement. The LIAS Fellowships scheme offers Host groups or individuals a unique opportunity to collaborate with exceptional academics from around the globe. The University of Leicester welcomes interdisciplinary partnerships to produce unequivocally outstanding outcomes and outputs that overcome mitigated research successes in silo academia. LIAS Fellows transform the research landscape y offering specific insights to diverse research topics which are inextricably linked to a future community of diverse knowledge exchange. Principle Hosts benefit from collaborating with outstanding expertise and have the privilege of collaborating with their chosen academic.

Read more about the Visiting Fellows and find out about different funded opportunities.

Rutherford Fellowships

LIAS will be welcoming successful Rutherford Fellows this academic year, follow LIAS news for updates.

GCRF Fellowships

LIAS will be welcoming successful GCRF Fellows this academic year, follow LIAS news for updates.

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