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Opportunity for interdisciplinary researchers

19 Sep 2014

Proposals can now be submitted to University of Manchester Research Institute (UMRI) Pump Priming Programme

The University of Manchester Research Institute (UMRI) has been created to take forward the Manchester Strategic Vision 2020 goal of establishing the University as a major centre for interdisciplinary research. UMRI has two principal aims:

  1. To foster interdisciplinary research by ensuring that the necessary structures, resources (including funding) and incentives are in place; and
  2. To provide a governance framework for research institutes and other interdisciplinary structures in the University to assist in maximising their performance.

UMRI will oversee all research institutes and take leading responsibility for nurturing the emergence of new cross-cutting themes and networks.

The first two calls for proposals under the Pump Priming Programme provided support for 37 initiatives.

Funding available

This call for pump-priming proposals is to provide support for activities that lead to an increase in successful interdisciplinary research. Preliminary data work will not be funded under this call.

Applications should be between £10,000 - £50,000 and should aim to support and pump-prime new interdisciplinary research programmes which seek to release synergies between existing clusters of excellence. Applications at or near the maximum amount will only be funded exceptionally.

Proposals should be up to six months in duration and funds should be expended by 31 July 2015.


This call is open to researchers in all disciplines who are eligible to apply for external research grants.

Submitting an application

Applicants are invited to submit a two page outline consisting of:

  • The title of the proposed project
  • A short description of the proposed project
  • Details of the interdisciplinary aspects of the project, to include details of project partners
  • Details of the likely outcomes and/or outputs from the project
  • A breakdown of the costs of the project
  • The longer-term goals of the project. What future funding sources will you approach?

Assessment process

Applications should be submitted by email to The closing date for applications is 17 October 2014.

Applications will be assessed under the auspices of the Research Strategy Group, chaired by the Vice-President for Research and Innovation. Successful applicants will be notified in November.