Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies


Fourth round of the International Research Partnerships and Networks Fund launched

A fourth round of the International Research Partnerships and Networks Fund has been launched by Sussex Research and the International Office today.

The scheme, open only to Research Centres, is intended to enable centres to enhance the quality of their research and markedly raise their global profile through international partnerships.

The scheme will allow Research Centres to develop a new partnership or network or enhance an existing collaboration by deepening the relationship through new activities or adding new international institutions of strategic importance. A significant research aim must be identified which requires international collaboration with one or several overseas institutions.

The fourth round is open to all Research Programmes, University Research Centres, Regional Research Centres and Research Centres listed on the Research Centres webpage.

The deadline for round 4 is 12pm on Monday 22 May 2017.

How to apply

Further details about the scheme and how to apply can be found on the Sussex Research website.

Success stories

Seven awards have been made in previous rounds. Details of all the funded projects are available on the IRPNF awards webpage.

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By: Carly Brownbridge
Last updated: Monday, 6 February 2017


25 March 2011



Dr Sharon Smith

Dr Sharon Smith, who was employed by the University in 2008-09 as a postdoctoral researcher, died on 13 March following a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. Sharon was part of the Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies.

Sharon was an ordained Buddhist in Triratna (formerly Western) Buddhist Order UK, where she was named Vijayatara.

Her research report on LGBTQI Buddhisms in the UK - for the 'Queer Spiritual Spaces' project - was exemplary. It was complex and interpretive in understanding socio-cultural differences and intersectionality, showing a profound depth and range of historical and textual knowledges.

Sharon was a commensurate professional and produced work to the highest academic standard; her writing was detailed and managed to convey an immense expertise together with insight and grace.

Sharon was a very special colleague, who had a peaceful and warm presence, an unusual patience and gentle humour. She was supportive and generous, honourable and kind.

We were very fortunate to have her as part of the team, and to have her wonderful company.

Professor Sally Munt Director, Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies