Funded projects

The Institute has three dominant funding mechanisms: a fellowship programme (forthcoming), and pump-priming for new interdisciplinary networks and 'tiger teams'. Three 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.

  • Network lead: Dr Kate Gooch

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

Heritage Protection Network

The Heritage Protection Network will showcase and grow research focused on cultural heritage and its protection, particularly within communities and in fragile situations such as conflict and post-conflict environments. The network is not just about heritage; it is about a broad conception of heritage protection, and is especially interested in fragile contexts and the social situatedness of heritage.

  • Network lead: Deirdre O’Sullivan

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.

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