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Seed-Corn Funding Opportunities

IDSAI Research Awards and IDSAI Impact Research Awards

The IDSAI issue calls twice annually for funding for seed-corn projects.  The awards provide fully-funded time of a postdoctoral researcher to support early-phase development of ideas for innovative, interdisciplinary data science and AI research. For more information please select one of the buttons below. The Autumn 2022 call for applications is open now.

IDSAI Research Awards

Expressions of Interest are invited now for interdisciplinary research projects.  The deadline for Expressions of Interest is 09:00 Monday 5th December 2022.

 

Round 6 of the IDSAI Research Awards is now open for applications. Academic members of staff may apply for up to 6 months (0.5fte) of an IDSAI Research Fellow.
This call requires two PIs, preferably from different disciplines, who should both be based at Exeter, although collaborators from other Universities are also welcome in addition.  Two IDSAI Research Awards are available in this round.
 
Round 1 of the IDSAI Impact Research Awards is now open for applications.  As above, academic members of staff may apply for 3 months full time or 6 months 0.5FTE of an IDSAI Research Fellow.
 
Applications that include external organisations as stakeholders or collaborators are particularly invited.  For the IDSAI mpact Research Awards, it is important to consider knowledge exchange aims, and potentially to include an external collaborator to support this aim.
 
Deadline for expressions of interest is 5 December 2022, 09:00 - the process of awarding successful applications will complete in early January 2023 with projects starting in January 2023 or April 2023. Please submit your EoI to: IDSAI@exeter.ac.uk


An information webinar was held on Monday 14 November.  If you missed the webinar but would like to see the recording, please contact IDSAI@exeter.ac.uk

Aim

IDSAI Research Awards aim to support early-phase development of ideas for innovative, interdisciplinary data science and AI research across Exeter.

It is expected that by the end of an IDSAI Research Award the recipients will have generated new pilot data to underpin future applications for funding or which will provide the foundations for research publication(s).

This is the sixth call for IDSAI Research Awards.

Scope

Applications for IDSAI Research Awards are invited from academic members of staff in all Exeter Faculties and Departments.

Research awards will support pilot research projects in interdisciplinary data science and/or artificial intelligence aligned to the aims of the IDSAI. We are therefore seeking applications to utilise data science/AI approaches to address research challenges in any area of the sciences, arts and humanities. Please note that applications where the majority of the work is considered to be routine data analysis will not be supported.

To ensure that projects are interdisciplinary, applications should be led by two PIs from different disciplines. Typically, this would include one PI from a data science discipline; however, effective project teams may be composed differently.  Please get in touch if you are not sure whether your project team meets this requirement.

We encourage applicants to consider developing a proposal that includes additional external collaborators where these individuals bring skills or resources not available within Exeter, or to provide opportunities for developing new collaborations with external organisations.

IDSAI Research Awards provide researcher resource to kick-start new projects. Through working with an IDSAI Research Fellow, we hope to see transfer of skills and knowledge exchange within the applicant team which will enable promising projects to be taken forward after the end of the award. 

Projects will preferably represent potential for novel data science/AI, as well as innovation in the area of application.

Funding available

Applications for IDSAI Research Awards may request the following:

  • Fully-funded time of an IDSAI Research Fellow up to 0.5 FTE, for a maximum of 6 months.

Applicants are able to suggest projects of differing duration and resourcing as long as this limit is not exceeded.

  •  Up to £500 for associated research costs, including (but not limited to) HPC time/credits, travel and subsistence costs associated with visits to project partners, minor computing hardware/software. (Please note that Research Fellows have their own equipment sufficient for most data science research needs).

How to Apply

Applications are invited via a two-step process of an expression of interest (EoI) followed by a full application.  Please note that project teams and ideas can continue to evolve between the EoI and full application stage and that the EoI will help the IDSAI to support project teams in developing their ideas.

Expression of interests

Please send the following completed documentation to idsai@exeter.ac.uk by 5pm on the expression of interest closing date.

  • Summary of project(max 2 side of A4, at least 11pt font with 2 cm margins), with details under each of the following headings:
    • Draft project aims and potential for innovative, interdisciplinary data science/AI research
    • Brief outline of potential research methodology
    • Data science/AI skills needed to complete the project (to enable us to match you with an appropriate IDSAI Research Fellow)
    • Collaborators and what they will contribute (if appropriate) - particularly important for the IDSAI Impact Research Awards
    • The availability and readiness of the data required for the project
    • Expected outputs
    • Resources required

Following the deadline for expressions of interest, a meeting will be scheduled between applicants and the IDSAI Research Fellow team to discuss the scope of their project in more detail and in particular the availability and nature of data to be utilised in the project.  This step is not part of the selection process but is meant as an informal way to help applicants strengthen their applications.

Full Application submission

Applicants wishing to submit a full application after this scoping meeting, should send the following completed documentation to idsai@exeter.ac.uk by 5pm on the application closing date.

  • Case for support(max 3 sides of A4, at least 11pt font with 2 cm margins), with details under each of the following headings:
    • Project aims and potential for innovative, interdisciplinary data science/AI research
    • Outline research methodology
    • Data science/AI skills needed to complete the project (to enable us to match you with an appropriate IDSAI Research Fellow)
    • Collaborators and what they will contribute (if appropriate)
    • Expected outputs
    • Potential for academic and/or societal impact
    • Plans for future funding
    • Resources requested – please state the proposed duration and %FTE of researcher time required. Please justify any additional research costs up to a maximum of £500.
    • You may use up to 1 extra side of A4 (in addition to the 3 sides - case for support) for references if required.
    • Data annexe – max 1 side of A4, detailing the availability and nature of data to be utilised in the project. Please detail any pre-work needed to make the dataset suitable for use in the project and how this will be resourced.

Assessment

Applications will be assessed by members of the IDSAI Management Group, with input from the IDSAI Research Fellows, based on their fit to the following selection criteria:

  • Quality, novelty, ambition and timeliness
  • Interdisciplinarity and alignment to the aims of IDSAI
  • Appropriateness of the proposed research methodology
  • Potential for academic impact and knowledge exchange

Projects awarded funding will be required to:

  • Attend a kick-off meeting where a project plan, start and end dates will be agreed.
  • Attend a mid-project review meeting
  • Write a final report at the end of the award and present the outcomes of their project to the IDSAI Management Group.
  • Present their work at IDSAI events if requested

The IDSAI retains the right to review project progress at any time and to halt or stop any projects as necessary.

Call timetable

Call for applications issued

2nd November 2022

 

Information webinar – open to all

14th November 2022

Expressions of interest submission deadline

5th December 2022, 09:00

Project scoping discussions with Research Fellows

Weeks commencing 5th December 2022

Deadline for full applications

19th December 2022, 17.00

Sift panel meets

Week beginning 2nd January 2023

Decisions communicated

By 11th January 2023

Projects start

From mid January 2023 or April 2023

 

IDSAI Impact Research Awards

Expressions of Interest call for the next round of project awards is open now.  The deadline for EOIs is 09:00 on 5th December 2022.

New Impact IDSAI Research Awards
 
These projects are aimed at supporting collaboration between Exeter researchers and external organisations through undertaking a new data science research project that either includes a non-University based external collaborator or which is aligned with the objectives of an external organisation or sector so that the outputs could contribute towards knowledge exchange activities.
 
Applications should include at least 2 academic members of staff, ideally from different disciplines.  They should demonstrate how the project will include an external organisation and/or support knowledge exchange activities.  Project applications can apply for a fully-funded PDRA time (up to 6 months at 0.5FTE or 3 months at 1FTE; the duration will be determined by Research Fellow availability).
 
Two Impact IDSAI Research Awards are available in this round.

Deadline for expressions of interest is 5 December 2022, 09:00 - the process of awarding succesful applications will complete in January 2023 with projects stating in January 2023 or April 2023. 

Please submit your EoI to: IDSAI@exeter.ac.uk

Please see the criteria details for the IDSAI Research Awards.