Next call for REF/Research Impact Development Fund

Posted by rmt22 at Mar 22, 2017 10:09 AM |
Researchers are invited to apply for the 2017/18 University of Leicester REF/Research Impact Development Fund to support activities which enhance the reach and significance of impact.

The fund welcomes applications that strengthen the integration of research impact into the academic and research culture of the University or reach out to the public or specific stakeholder groups. The call closes at 5pm on Monday, May 8.

The fund also supports 'threshold criteria' for REF impact case studies, such as the securing of underpinning publications and evidence, and provides seed-funding for research activities with the potential for significant, demonstrable impact in the short, medium and longer term.

In previous years, the fund has been used to support a wide variety of activities. For example:

  • An award to Dr Chris Bayliss (Genetics) enabled the data analysis from a vaccination-challenge experiment with Campylobacter jejuni, which is responsible for a high proportion of foodborne gastroenteritis in Europe. The work funded led to publication of proof-in-principle for the utility of the 28-locus CJ11168 PV assay, which has the potential to impact on interventions such as vaccination and phage therapy.
  • An award to Dr Dawn Watkins (Law) enabled her to travel to two meetings of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Children in the House of Lords, and make contact with the Secretary of a newly-formed APPG for Public Legal Education (PLE). The award activities also cemented her relationship with the Galleries of Justice museum (GOJ) in Nottingham and its education provider, the National Centre for Citizenship and the Law (NCCL).
  • An award to Professor Andy Abbott (Chemistry) to support collaborative research with a French natural products company on new methods for the extraction of natural plant extracts has led to the collection of sufficient data to file a patent.
  • An award to Dr Martin Sterry and Prof David Mattingly (Archaeology and Ancient History) led to the creation of a bi-lingual pop-up exhibition of 12 panels detailing the archaeological heritage of the Wadi Draa, Morocco, which is under grave threat from the effects of industrial agriculture and a burgeoning population. The exhibition was displayed in Zagora and Ouarzazate and is currently touring the Wadi Draa.

Funded projects are monitored and outcomes are reported to the University’s central Research Strategy, Policy and Performance Committee. Funds are generally awarded in the form of grants on a sliding scale from £1,000 to £10,000.

Funds must be spent between 1 August, 2017 and 30 June, 2018 and all academic and research-related staff are eligible to apply for grants.

Further information on criteria and applications forms are available on the RED website.

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