Deadlines for 2017/2018:


Deadline bids

Wed 19 April (noon)

Wed 4 October (noon)

 Wed 10 January (noon)

 Wednesday 18 April (noon)

Decisions notified by

End July 2017

End December 2017

 Early April 2018

 Early July 2018

Online applications for both schemes will be submitted automatically to the relevant department;  subject to departmental approval it will then be considered and ranked by the appropriate division(s) before being received by the John Fell Committee.

Please do not submit the applications directly to John Fell Fund Secretariat.

Applications for non-divisional and for cross-divisional projects

Applications received from units other than the four academic divisions (eg Continuing Education and GLAM), must be submitted to one or more of the academic divisions for comment on the academic case.   

Where an application originating from one particular division is considered to be ‘cross-divisional’, it may be considered by more than one division. For an application to be considered as ‘cross divisional’, two or more divisions must agree that the project is of strategic importance to their division. Projects which involve collaboration between co-applicants in different divisions would not normally be considered as ‘cross-divisional’, UNLESS the other division(s) involved has/have a major strategic interest in the application. If the department considers an application to be cross-divisional, they should contact the relevant divisional officers to discuss their application as soon as possible, and no later than two weeks before the relevant termly John Fell application deadline.  If insufficient notice is given, the division(s) may recommend that the application be deferred to a subsequent application round. A flowchart is available to assist departments and details of divisional officer contacts are given under FAQs, Advice.

Only main award applications (ie bids for sums over £7,500) may be considered 'cross-divisional' (not small awards for less than this).

By highlighting applications which have been agreed to be 'cross-divisional' the John Fell Committee aims to strengthen support for major interdisciplinary research initiatives at the University.  Examples include a project that seeks to foster a new culture of cross-divisional research collaboration in a given area, such as digitisation; the development of a research centre or network that aims to promote new collaborative research initiatives extending beyond a single division; or a project that has a strategic focus, for instance in terms of engagement outside the University, that will have an impact on a range of subject areas.

In all the above cases, the departmental approver should indicate on the approval tab of the online application which division(s) they would wish to review and rank the application.