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Dr Lorna Colquhoun Head of Research Development. Interdisciplinary Research and the Changing Funding Environment 2 April 2009. 2001-08 Comparative RAE Performance. 33% (16 / 48) of UOAs were in top 5 on GPA. Research Income 07/08, £91m. Research Income (£k). Big issues – Impact of Research.

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Dr lorna colquhoun head of research development

Dr Lorna ColquhounHead of Research Development

Interdisciplinary Research and the Changing Funding Environment

2 April 2009


2001 08 comparative rae performance
2001-08 Comparative RAE Performance

  • 33% (16 / 48) of UOAs were in top 5 on GPA




Big issues impact of research
Big issues – Impact of Research

  • “Measurement” of impact as a key indicator increasingly popular (economic, political, social, etc.)

    • Publications, citations

    • Novel compounds, devices, patents, licences, spin-outs

    • Consultancy, policy development, press coverage, conferences, training, outreach to communities, benefits to society

  • These are important measures of activity

  • But how do we capture, analyse, record and report them?


Interdisciplinary and large research grants in practice
Interdisciplinary and large research grants in practice

  • Challenges

    • To stay ahead of the game

    • Be distinctive and retain high quality

    • Be capable of responding quickly – in or out?

    • Play to strengths and opportunities

    • Support (and reward?) those that lead this


What is interdisciplinary research
What is Interdisciplinary Research?

  • Interdisciplinary research is a mode of research that integrates information data techniques, tools, perspectives, concepts and / or theories from 2 or more disciplines to advance fundamental understanding or solve problems beyond the scope of a single discipline

  • Problems of great societal importance


Interdisciplinary research is a powerful tool
Interdisciplinary research is a powerful tool

  • inter – multi – cross

  • Quantitative vs qualitative

  • Closed vs open

  • Objective vs subjective

  • Tradition – transition – transformation


  • Drivers
    Drivers

    • Complexity

    • Desire

    • Need

    • Power

    • Money


    Money
    Money

    • Cross Research Council initiatives – there is money out there

      • Cross-Council Funding Agreement – August 2006

    • Leverhulme Trust- special weight given to

      • originality of projects;

      • significance;

      • ability to judge and take appropriate risk;

      • removal of barriers between traditional disciplines


    Dr lorna colquhoun head of research development

    • RESPONDING TO GLOBAL CHALLENGES

    • ENERGY

    • EPSRC lead

    • BBSRC

    • ESRC

    • NERC

    • STFC

    • NANOSCIENCE THROUGH ENGINEERING TO APPLICATION

    • EPSRC lead

    • BBSRC

    • ESRC

    • NERC

    • STFC

    • MRC

    • GLOBAL UNCERTAINTIES:

    • security for all in a changing world

    • EPSRC

    • BBSRC

    • ESRC lead

    • NERC

    • STFC

    • MRC

    • AHRC

    • AGEING: LIFE LONG HEALTH & WELLBEING

    • EPSRC

    • BBSRC

    • ESRC

    • NERC

    • STFC

    • MRC lead

    • AHRC

    • DIGITAL

    • ECONOMY

    • EPSRC lead

    • AHRC

    • ESRC

    • MRC


    Barriers
    Barriers

    • What do you think? Your experiences....


    Dr lorna colquhoun head of research development

    • Disciplinary

    • Knowledge depth/ innate knowledge

    • Language

    • Timescales

    • Funding

    • Review of apps

    • Institutional

    • Recruitment

    • Reward (promotion)

    • Departmental structures

    • Overhead distribution

    • Evaluation

    • Publication credit

    • RAE/REF



    What makes it work from developing your proposal to delivery
    What makes it work (from developing your proposal to delivery)

    • Common language

      • “Cross cultural competence”

    • Common goals

    • No bolt ons

    • Iterative (shift in view)

    • Leadership

    • Developing your question together


    Initial stages building bridges
    Initial Stages: Building Bridges delivery)

    • Common problem(s) to solve

    • Leadership

    • Environment that encourages faculty/researcher collaboration

    • Establishing a team philosophy

    • Seed/glue money

    • Seminars to foster bridges between students, postdoctoral scholars, and PIs

    • Workshops to foster bridges between investigators

    • Frequent meetings among team members

    • Think of the end at the beginning


    Supporting the project
    Supporting the Project delivery)

    • Good Research/project management

    • Support project initiation and team building

    • Seamless and flexible funding

    • Willingness to take risks

    • Recognize potential for high impact

    • Involvement of funding organization


    Facilities
    Facilities delivery)

    • Physical co-location of researchers

    • Shared instrumentation

    • Enhance chance meetings between researchers, such as on-site cafeterias


    Organization administration
    Organization/ Administration delivery)

    • Matrix organization

    • Rewards for academic leaders who foster IDR

    • Tenure/promotion policies for interdisciplinary work

    • Utilize experts with breadth and IDR experience for assessment

    • Professional recognition of successful practitioners of IDR


    Dr lorna colquhoun head of research development

    Making Interdisciplinary Research Work - UoB delivery)

    • Water

    • Risk:BRISK

    • Climate change

    • Major initiatives: Underwritten £

    • Research themes: Facilitators

    • Research themes

    • Termination process for themes

    • 2007

    • 2008

    • 2009


    Making interdisciplinary research work uob
    Making Interdisciplinary Research Work - UoB delivery)

    • Institute for Advanced studies

    • programme for interdisciplinary workshops

    • Support for Research Themes

    • Research Programme on IDR – Nexus

    www.bris.ac.uk/ias


    Making interdisciplinary research work uob1
    Making Interdisciplinary Research Work - UoB delivery)

    • The Worldwide Universities Network (WUN): supporting innovation in research, and education on a global scale, through interdisciplinary collaboration, faculty and student exchange and eLearning

    • IAS/WUN INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH WORKSHOP COMPETITION

    • www.wun.ac.uk & www.bris.ac.uk/wun


    Overview of research development
    Overview of Research Development delivery)

    Funding

    opportunities

    Strategic

    development

    Support

    for bids


    Support for bids
    Support for bids delivery)

    • Training

    • Advice on sources of funding & fEC

    • Assistance with co-ordination of complex/multi-disciplinary proposals

    • Advice on non-subject specific content of proposals

    • Liaison with funders

    • Liaison with other University Support Services

    • Letters of support

    • Mock interview panels


    Strategic development
    Strategic development delivery)

    • Institutional/Faculty visits

      • http://www.bris.ac.uk/research/support/development/events/

    • Statistics

    • External policy

    • Intelligence

      • http://www.bris.ac.uk/research/support/development/intelligence/safe/

    • Major & Institutional bids

      • http://www.bris.ac.uk/research/support/development/majorbids/safe/

    • Capacity building


    Red research development
    RED Research Development delivery)

    • Lorna Colquhoun - Head of Research Development

    • Tom Bowker - RDM EU Support

    • Lindsey Gaunt - RDM FMD + FMVS

    • Simon Gray - RDM Science & Engineering

    • Jude Hill – RDM Social Sciences & Law

    • Isobel Howe - WUN Development Manager

    • Helen Jordan - RDM EU

    • Katie Powell - Research Development Associate (Med Vet Sci)

    • Kathleen Sedgley - Research Development Officer

    • Kerry Vernon - RDM Arts

    • http://www.bris.ac.uk/research/support/development/


    Dr lorna colquhoun head of research development

    End delivery)