Spark, Connect and Connect+ are internal funding schemes open to academic staff undertaking research at Stirling. The schemes are competitive and will be evaluated against;
- potential to secure further external funding
- fit to the University priorities and strategic objectives, and
- (if appropriate) ODA eligibility*.
So what are the different schemes all about?
Spark supports the pump priming of research projects where some initial funding will provide the spark for a larger application to an external funding body.
Your spark proposal must explicitly state where external funding will be applied for, including a commitment to submit on a certain date. Internal spark awards have a maximum award value of up to £10,000 direct costs and the subsequent external application must be above a value of £250K fEC (full economic cost) (if your external application will be in collaboration with other partners the value to Stirling must be £250K fEC).
We would particularly welcome spark applications where there is a partnership from a country(s) that is on the DACs list and those proposals that explore ways to promote the economic development, health and social welfare of these countries. There may be additional funding available for projects that meet these criteria.
Applications for SPARK will be twice a year in November and March.
Connect and Connect+
The Connect scheme is intended to support the discussion and exchange of ideas on a specified thematic area, issue or problem. By facilitating interactions between researchers and stakeholders to build connections and initiate potential collaborations. Applications are invited to support travel either to or from the University of Stirling. The maximum value of the awards is £5000 of direct costs.
The Connect + scheme is intended to support a meeting or workshop (or series of) to consolidate relationships and collaborations to stimulate ideas and work on funding applications. Proposals should explore new ideas, be multi-institutional and can include creative or innovative approaches. The maximum value of the awards is £10,000 of direct costs.
Applications will be particularly welcomed where there is a partnership from a country(s) that is on the DACs list and the proposals are exploring ways to promote the economic development, health and social welfare of these countries. Additional funding has been made available for projects that meet these criteria.
The University of Stirling is supporting a number of Scotland wide initiatives to develop research partnerships and projects to promote the economic development, health and social welfare of the countries on the DACs list. Networking and engagement events as well as a Crucible activities will be supported financially and we will encourage applications to all of these activities as and when they arise.
The application form for all of the schemes is available here
We have a limit on the funds available so it is unlikely that we will be able to fund all applications that meet the criteria.
* read our post on ODA Compliance