Update December 2013:
There are no funds remaining from the Fell Fund to enable further calls. The PVC (Research) will discuss with the Research Committee in Hilary Term 2014 an invitation from Princeton’s Council of International Teaching and Research to ‘scale up’ the links between Oxford and Princeton. This site will be updated when further information is available.
In the 2012 round, 6 of 14 proposals submitted were funded.
- Call for proposals for funding to commence September 2012 (Application Process and Guidelines)
- Administration of projects awarded funding
- Programme background
Call for proposals for funding to commence September 2012 (Application Process and Guidelines)
Heads of the Academic Divisions, ASUC and Continuing Education at Oxford are invited to:
- solicit from their departments/faculties new proposals for collaborative research projects with Princeton (closing date: 12 noon, 9 December 2011), and to then
- provide the Pro Vice Chancellor (Research) a list in rank order (with brief evaluative comments) of those proposals recommended for funding (recommendations are due 20 January 2012).
Princeton senior officers will concurrently advertise the Program at Princeton with the same closing date (12 noon, 9 December 2011).
The exact same proposal should be submitted by the PIs at each institution.
The grant review committees at Oxford and Princeton will liaise to jointly determine which projects will be funded.
Researchers at Oxford should submit their proposals by 12 noon, 9 December 2011 to the contact point within their Division (or equivalent):
Secretary, Academic Services and University Collections
|Continuing Education||Professor Jonathan Michie
Director of Continuing Education
|Humanities Division||Dr Andrew Fairweather-Tall
Assistant Registrar (Research), Humanities Division
|Social Sciences Division||Ms Kerry Vernon
Assistant Registrar (Research), Social Sciences Division
|Medical Sciences Division||Mrs Samantha Hatzis
Administrative Officer, Medical Sciences Office
|MPLS Division||Dr Keri Dexter
Assistant Registrar (Research), Mathematical, Physical & Life Sciences Division
The Oxford-Princeton Application Form 2011/12 (101kb) may be downloaded here.
The Guidelines (41kb) may be downloaded here.
Administration of projects awarded funding
Each university will provide its own lead investigator with funds that can be spent on travel, workshops, facilities use and other expenses related to meetings or the preparation of external funding proposals, as specified at the time of the proposal.
At Oxford, the funding will be allocated and managed in accord with the procedures established for the John Fell OUP Research Fund.
The Oxford/Princeton Partnership supports academic research collaborations (including graduate student participation) and undergraduate student exchanges between Oxford and Princeton.
The Memorandum of Understanding, signed by Oxford and Princeton in 2001, expressed the hope that the Partnership would assist in
- Developing new research agendas as a result of smoothing the often difficult logistics of international research collaborations
- Increasing interactions amongst graduate students and faculty in appropriate fields, enhancing the education of students in both universities
- Facilitating access to research facilities at both institutions and within the wider academic communities of the EU and the US
- Developing research projects supported by external funding
- Identifying, in the long term, areas where investments in upgraded or new facilities would benefit faculty members of both universities
In the period 2001-2008, 49 research projects were funded by Oxford and Princeton under this Programme. These have involved staff and students from each academic division at Oxford and many departments at Princeton.
In 2008-9 Oxford and Princeton evaluated the achievements of the research grant scheme to date and agreed that it was delivering important benefits.
Oxford's evaluation found, for instance, that visits and workshops have been the most popular forms of project collaboration; postdoctoral researchers and graduate students contributed to 63% of funded projects; 57% of all projects involved significant collaboration by staff other than the lead applicants at each institution; within two years of commencement, 57% of projects had generated joint publications, and 40% led to proposals for external research grants.
The Princeton Council for International Teaching and Research subsequently resolved to support, in the first instance, two further funding rounds (for funding commencing 2010/11), an offer matched by the John Fell OUP Fund Committee at Oxford.
In the 2010 round a record total of 21 eligible applications were received, 11 were considered by the central committees, and seven projects were funded.
In the 2011 round, 3 of the 17 proposals submitted were funded.
The Oxford Grants Committee plans to apply to the John Fell Fund for a further block of funding to enable future calls (in 2013). The Committee is working with Princeton's Council of International Teaching and Research to evaluate the grants program and make the case for continued funding.