Call for Pilot Project Funding

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:

  1. 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.”
  2. Personal propensity profile for risk: how, why and when do we trust IT utilities?
  3. Integrated infrastructure: how can IT act as the facilitator of better IT?
  4. Libraries of the Future: maker spaces, knowledge production and information transformation
  5. Social inclusion: helping people to help and better understand other people
  6. Social cohesion and governance: what are the roles of IT utilities in monitoring food, weather, transport and even the executive?
  7. Emerging economies: what lessons of innovation in the use of IT utilities can be found?


Criteria include the following:

  1. Individual projects can request up to £40,000 total funding (total spend up to £50,000 as per FEC 80% funding)
  2. Projects are expected to last for a maximum of 6 months.
  3. 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.
  4. Projects must also involve and engage with real users
  5. 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