Call for proposals for ITaaU Network Plus pilot studies
Closing date for applications: 15th May 2014
Applicants are invited to apply for short‐term pilot research study funding from the “IT as a Utility Network+”, set up as a priority challenge area by the RCUK Digital Economy Theme (DE). These pilot studies will be no longer than 6 months in duration and are intended to test new ideas or create novel linkages between research areas.
The priority areas for applications are as follows:
- Playable Cities – Bristol’s Watershed defines a playable city as “a city where people, hospitality and openness are key, enabling its residents and visitors to reconfigure and rewrite its services, places and stories. It is a place where serendipity is rife and there is permission to be playful in public.”
- Personal propensity profile for risk: how, why and when do we trust IT utilities?
- Integrated infrastructure: how can IT act as the facilitator of better IT?
- Libraries of the Future: maker spaces, knowledge production and information transformation
- Social inclusion: helping people to help and better understand other people
- Social cohesion and governance: what are the roles of IT utilities in monitoring food, weather, transport and even the executive?
- Emerging economies: what lessons of innovation in the use of IT utilities can be found?
Criteria include the following:
- Individual projects can request up to £40,000 total funding (total spend up to £50,000 as per FEC 80% funding)
- Projects are expected to last for a maximum of 6 months.
- Projects must be interdisciplinary in nature, and should preferably involve more than one institution or organisation. Interdepartmental collaboration is the minimum acceptable level of interdisciplinarity; industry involvement is strongly encouraged.
- Projects must also involve and engage with real users
- Projects must be able to demonstrate reasonable prospects of continuation funding to enable sustainable development.
Further details are available from the following links:
ITaaU call 3 form – please use this form to apply for funding
ITaaU – Call 3 – Guidance – further information on the call