Research and knowledge exchange

Annual Thematic Programme

Sussex Research is launching a new programme on a trial basis to run in 2017. The Annual Thematic Programme will enable researchers to develop an interdisciplinary team around a thematic area of research in order to apply for a large scale research grant.


Annual Thematic Programme

Two thematic programmes will be funded in the first year, with a light touch application and review process. This is a pilot study before the scheme is potentially extended. Successful applicants will be awarded up to £10,000 to be used flexibly for workshops, visitors, networking events and administrative support throughout the year. 

The intention is that the 'teams' built through each annual programme can be readily re-activated for specific funding calls long after the annual programme ends. The funding will facilitate cross-school, interdisciplinary discussion within Sussex, and the design of competitive funding bids in collaboration with researchers from other institutions by bringing collaborators to Sussex and facilitating visits from Sussex researchers to key collaborators.

The condition of the funding is that a large scale research bid is submitted within 12 months of the end of the funding.  Within this first round programmes orientated towards the Global Challenges Research Fund are particularly encouraged.  We would expect the external grant application ensuing from the programme to be for a 3-5 year period with a Sussex value of at least £1M, although the application may vary in scale according to the thematic area. Applicants should provide evidence which gives the panel confidence that an external application of this scale has a realistic chance of success.

We particularly encourage Research Centres to use this opportunity to target external funding. 

Potential applicants should hold preliminary discussions with Debbie Foy-Everett x3812 before submitting their proposal.

The deadline for applications is 12.00pm Friday 10th February 2017 and we expect programmes to start in March 2017. This scheme is now closed for applications.

The application form is available here: Sussex Research Annual Thematic Programme application form.

Scheme contacts

If you would like to discuss your application please contact either:

Alan Lester, Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor (Interdisciplinary Research)

Debbie Foy-Everett, Sussex Research Initiatives Manager