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.

CoNavigator Kits

LIAS currently has two CoNavigator kits which are available to hire for workshops. This interactive collaboration and problem-solving tool focuses on group-specific themes to crystallise intended outcomes and overcome innate challenges of interdisciplinary collaborations in a democratic and systematic format. Please e-mail to inquire further.

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.

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


This Network has been collaborated in response to generating innovative approaches to understandings of mobility, migration, and citizenship. The Network will foster interdisciplinary collaborations across the three Colleges to develop real-world impact and lay foundations for long-term collaborative projects.

Lead: Manish Pareek

Previous Networks:

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

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:

  • Anthropocene
  • Heritage and Science
  • Human Bias
  • Relationships and sex education
  • Avoidable Deaths

Previous Tiger Teams cohorts:

  • Leicester ethnicity, ageing and diabetes
  • Vauxhall gardens & virtual reality
  • Lion Cubs
  • Scientific approaches to dress, material culture and identity
  • Mental Health and social media
  • Migration, healthcare and education
  • Urgent care for frail older people
  • 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 on interdisciplinary research, and to strengthen global partnerships.

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

  • Rutherford Fellowship Scheme
  • GCRF Fellowship Scheme
  • GCRF Training Award Fellowship Scheme
  • LIAS Fellowship Scheme
  • LIAS Alumni Pilot Scheme

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