Collaborative Innovation Grants scheme. Deadline Tuesday 30 November 2021

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Methods NW is pleased to announce its 7th call for proposals for funding under its Collaborative Innovation Grants scheme. Deadline Tuesday 30 November 2021.

With support from the ESRC’s expanded North West Social Science DTP, ‘Methods North West’ aims to become a regional hub for research methods innovation, celebrating the collective strength, depth and breadth of methodological expertise across the participating Universities of Manchester, Liverpool, Lancaster, and Keele. 

Applications are invited from staff and postgraduate researchers from across the four contributing institutions for up to £2000 to cover all or part of the costs of projects, events, initiatives and symposia that will support cutting-edge developments in research methods across the North West. Projects must include participants from at least two of those institutions and should be genuinely collaborative and persuasively innovative. Whilst the project can be led by staff or students it should be meaningfully inclusive of PGR students.

Innovation in research methods has become particularly important since the start of the pandemic. Researchers are developing new research methods and refining, re-inventing or finding novel ways to apply them. For this reason we are are particualrly interested in supporting projects that seek to address new challenges to conducting research or of researching the pandemic itself.

Alternatively, funded projects may focus on contemporary research problems, questions or challenges and bring to bear participants’ expertise in a variety of research methods to develop innovative ways to address them. This might include, for example, work on decolonising research methods to break free from the intellectual legacies of colonialism, work on connecting with people and the issues they face across diverse life circumstances as well as ways of harnessing the proliferation of digital data and digital analytical tools to reshape methodological possibilities.

More broadly still then, we welcome proposals connected to all aspects of qualitative, quantitative, digital/computational, investigative, creative/arts and interdisciplinary methods, to adjusting methods to the realities and challenges of research after COVID-19, sessions on writing methods for publication and sessions dealing with new methodological developments in all of the NWSSDTP’s disciplinary areas.

To apply please complete the online application form with reference to the guidance notes. Enquiries should be directed to with ‘Collaborative Innovation Grants’ in the subject line. Deadline for applications is 5pm on Tuesday 30 November 2021

Application Form:

Guidance Notes:

If you wish to discuss any ideas you may have please contact SALCs Associate Director for Postgraduate Research:



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