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Call for LIDC Interdisciplinary SEED Fund for 2015-16 Now Live

Applications are now being accepted for the LIDC Interdisciplinary SEED Fund 2015-6. 

What is the LIDC Interdisciplinary SEED Fund?

In 2013 LIDC launched its annual Fellowship Scheme that aims to support new collaborative research projects in international development between academics from at least two different Bloomsbury Colleges – LIDC members (Birkbeck, Institute of Education, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, SOAS 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 Fellowships are intended as seed funding to help collaborators across Colleges to develop new research areas.

Who can apply?

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 of the Bloomsbury Colleges (Birkbeck, Institute of Education, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, SOAS, Royal Veterinary College). Early career researchers are particularly encouraged to apply.

On what criteria will the applications be assessed? 

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.

What did previous recipients research?

The 2015 Seed Fund awardees:

1) Development of a Research Proposal on Zoonotic Rransmission 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).

How do I apply?

The application form can be downloaded from the LIDC Interdisciplinary SEED Fund web page. There, you can also find further information including FAQS and the terms and conditions of the application. 

What support is there for collaborating with other LIDC colleges?

LIDC members who plan to apply are encouraged to contact Gek Kwan-Lim, Programme Development, LIDC, for help with partnering within LIDC's Colleges.

What is the deadline for applications?

Applications will be accepted until midnight of 16 October 2015.

Related: 

Call for Bloomsbury Colleges PhD Studentships 2016

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