Discipline Bridges

Discipline Bridges Leicester

logo The aim of the Discipline Bridges scheme is to use ISSF funds to encourage academics and researchers to explore their existing projects from a new angle. ISSF funds could be used to buy out project or teaching time, for example, and discipline bridges outside Leicester could request travel and accommodation. Other costs could be considered through negotiation.

We will be flexible about the definition of cross-disciplinary work; this could include bridges between a mathematician and neuroscientist, a historian and an epidemiologist, or a group of structural biologists and a poet.

It is essential that applications for this scheme describe what will be achieved by the Discipline Bridge, and what measurable outcome or output will result. Examples could include a grant application, paper, seminar, conference proposal, or public engagement event.

Who can apply? This scheme is open to research staff including post-doctoral research associates and academic staff. Applicants can be individuals, or groups, and likewise proposals can be made to bridge with a group or an individual.

Scale of awards: Typically, Discipline Bridge awards will cover a period of one to twelve weeks, and over a range of £500 to £10,000.

How to apply: Applications for up to £500 can be made at any time. We have a live call open at the moment for applications >£500, closing date 1 May 2018. Applicants should fill in the appropriate application form and supply a CV and email these to Anna Harding aijh1@le.ac.uk. We will also require a video summary (up to a strict maximum of 4 minutes duration, and submitted via the UoL FileDrop service) of the proposed project and how it will benefit the applicant.

Videos can use many different presentational strategies, formats, props or devices and there is no fixed format. However:

1)     Videos longer than 4 minutes in total will not be considered

2)     All videos should explain the proposed project in terms that are broadly accessible to informed non-experts

3)     All videos should clearly explain how the proposed project is ‘discipline-bridging’

4)     All videos should specify who will be involved; what they will do; and what the concrete or measurable outcome or output will be

5)     Where relevant, videos should summarise how ethical issues will be addressed (e.g. which ethics body will be consulted)

Examples of the application films from previously funded projects

Dr Nicola Mackintosh, Department of Health Sciences, Dr Andrew Willis, East Midlands Centre for BME Health, and Michaela Butter, Attenborough Arts Centre, University of Leicester: "Diversity, ethnicity and voice: enabling women to speak up about safety concerns in pregnancy and the postnatal period"

Dr Elizabeth Jones, School of Arts, and Professor Martha Clokie, Dept. of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation; "Virus Fear: Cultural Resistance to Biophage Therapy"

Dr Deirdre Harrington, Professor Melanie Davies both Diabetes Research Centre (DRC) and both on behalf of the PRE-STARt research team at Leicester Diabetes Centre and Dr Michelle O’Reilly, School of Media, Communication and Sociology, University of Leicester, Greenwood Institute of Child Health and Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust

"Exploration of the impact of societal factors in behaviour change in a family-based type 2 diabetes prevention programmes"


Dr Manbinder Sidhu, Department of Health Sciences, Professor Kamlesh Khunti, Leicester Diabetes/BME Centre, Dr Andrew Willis, Leicester Diabetes Centre/BME Centre, Dr Manish Pareek, Department of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation, Dr Nicola Mackintosh, Department of Health Sciences and Ms Polly Wright, Health, Education and the Humanities with Art at the Heart [HEARTH] centre, Birmingham; "Leicester through the life course: using arts-based methods to explore recruitment and engagement with multi-generational communities"

To give you inspiration, here are some video abstracts from Cell Press:





And videos in Medical Humanities from the Wellcome Trust:




There are many videos of ‘Pecha Kucha’ presentations which (with 20 slides, timed at 20 seconds per slide) are longer than the maximum permitted for this application but may nevertheless provide tips. See for example:




There are also a great many videos of presentations at “3 Minute Thesis” competitions, from universities around the world; these too might supply strategies, tips and models. Some examples are:




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