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LIDC Interdisciplinary Seed Fund

The LIDC Interdisciplinary Fund (formerly known as the LIDC Fellowships Scheme) aims to support new collaborative research projects in international development between academics from at least two different LIDC member Colleges (Birkbeck, Institute of Education, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, SOAS, City, University of London, Queen Mary, University of London and Royal Veterinary College).

Grants of up to £6,000 per project are available to support innovative ideas for international development research that are inter-sectoral (e.g. between education and health, agriculture and environment, etc.) and/ or interdisciplinary (e.g. between political science and anthropology, economics and epidemiology, etc.). The programme is intended as seed funding to help collaborators across Colleges to develop new research areas, and runs on an annual basis.

Applications are now open for 2017/18


Applications must be submitted by at least two individuals representing at least two different LIDC Colleges. The funds will be transferred to one institution which will subsequently partition the money accordingly. Both applicants must be academic members of staff from one LIDC member college (Birkbeck, Institute of Education, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, SOAS, Royal Veterinary College, City, University of London and Queen Mary, University of London). Early career researchers are particularly encouraged to apply. 

Selection criteria

Applications will be considered on the basis of academic quality, relevance to LIDC’s work, and potential impact on future inter-sectoral and interdisciplinary research in international development across LIDC Colleges.  Proposals may be on any area within the broader international development sphere, new ideas for cross-College collaboration are very welcome.

Selection process

Eligible applications will be assessed on a competitive basis by a Selection Committee consisting of members of the Bloomsbury Research Committee.

Find out more

Download the Terms and Conditions
Download the FAQs

Download the application form

What projects were funded in the past?

The 2016/17 Seed Fund awardees are:

1) Identifying peri-domestic Ebola virus reservoirs and vectors in the post-epidemic environment of Sierra Leone

  • Sebastian Funk (LSHTM), Richard Kock (RVC)

2) Development of a rapid drug resistance diagnosis tool for Mycobacteria tuberculosis using whole genome sequencing

  • Susana Campino (LSHTM), Nigel Martin (BBK)

3) Migration, precarity and agency: Nepali women construction workers in India

  • Feyzi Ismail (SOAS), Kalpana Wilson (Birkbeck)

The 2015/16 Seed Fund awardees:

1) Learning from Nepali children in the face of natural disaster: A study of resilience

  • Julie Dockrell (UCL-IOE), Michael Hutt (SOAS)

2) Public private interactions (PPIs) and social development in Africa, Asia and Latin America 

  • Elaine Unterhalter( UCL-IOE ), Marie Lall (UCL-IOE), Jasmine Gideon (BBK), Elisa van Waeyenberge (SOAS), Matteo Rizzo (SOAS), Sarah Hawkes (UCL)

3) Rapid sequencing of Plasmodium falciparum malaria in a high transmission region of Western Kenya: implications for disease surveillance and control

  • Taane Clark (LSHTM) Nigel Martin (BBK)

The 2014/15 Seed Fund awardees:

1) Development of a research proposal on zoonotic transmission of antimicrobial resistant bacteria

  • Mishal Khan (LSHTM) & Ana Mateus (RVC)

2) Towards the development of an interdisciplinary research programme investigating the impacts of changing food systems on nutrition and health outcomes

  • Barbara Haesler (RVC), Rosemary Green (LSHTM), Suneetha Kadiyala (LSHTM), Bhavani Shankar(SOAS) & Karen Lock (LSHTM)

3) Livestock production and zoonotic risk: Estimating the prevalence of porcine cysticercosis among swine in Cambodia

  • Ana Mateus (RVC) & James Rudge (LSHTM)

LIDC Fellowships in 2014:

1) An exploration of educational and health response to the Syrian refugee crisis in Jordan and Turkey

  • Dr. Tejendra Pherali, Senior Lecturer in Education and International Development, Institute of Education
  • Dr. Karl Blanchet, Lecturer in Health Systems Research, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

2) Pit Latrines and the Urban Metabolism (PLUM)

  • Prof. Peter Mollinga, Professor of Development Studies, SOAS, University of London
  • Dr. Jeroen Ensink, Lecturer in Public Health Engineering, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

See working paper here.

3) A systematic review of the impact of social protection on food and nutrition security

  • Dr. Helen Walls, Research Fellow, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine/ Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research in Agriculture and Health
  • Dr. Deborah Johnston, Reader, SOAS, University of London

LIDC Fellowships in 2013:

1) ‘Development of assessment tools for impact evaluation of malaria control on early cognitive development and educational outcomes for children in Mali and Senegal, Sub-Saharan Africa’

  • Dr. Yvonne Griffiths, Lecturer in Psychology and Special Education, Institute of Education
  • Dr. Sian Clarke, Senior Lecturer in Malaria Research and Control, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Listen to a podcast interview with the team

2) ‘Mapping the social context of transitions to injecting drug use and HIV risk in Kenya’

  • Dr. Andy Guise, Research Assistant, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
  • Dr. Phil Clark, Lecturer in Comparative and International Politics, SOAS
  • Dr. Paul Turnbull, Senior Research Fellow and Co-Director of the Institute for Criminal Policy Research, Birkbeck

Read a blog post by Andy Guise about the project
Listen to a podcast interview with the team

 3) ‘Does land use change influence macaque behaviour and interactions with humans: implications for infectious disease transmission’

  • Dr. Kimberly Fornace, Research Fellow, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
  • Dr. Julian Drewe, Lecturer in Veterinary Epidemiology, Royal Veterinary College
  • Dr. Martha Betson, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in One Health, Royal Veterinary College

Read more about this project
Listen to a podcast interview with the team