New opportunity for EUniWell researchers to connect and collaborate
In September 2022, EUniWell will launch a new initiative: the Well-Being Research Incubator.
This is based on a tried and tested model used at the University of Birmingham to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration between researchers, and uses the same methodology to support networking and joint research projects across EUniWell partner institutions.
The Well-Being Research Incubator will give researchers access to an established, well-connected European Alliance bringing together the nine EUniWell universities (including our new member Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv), as well as wide-ranging partners from the public, private and third sectors. Researchers will be invited to put forward proposals to run online collaborative workshops, enabling them to:
- make connections and build a network of peers;
- learn about research activity taking place across Europe;
- and identify common interests, synergies and potential for collaboration.
From February 2023, workshop participants will be able to submit project ideas to a follow-on funding scheme to support collaborative research projects. This seed funding scheme will offer grants of between €10,000 and €25,000 for small-scale projects which test out and scope ideas for larger-scale well-being research projects in the future.
Sue Gilligan is Research Development Manager at the University of Birmingham‘s Institute for Global Innovation and Institute of Advanced Studies. She coordinates the scheme that inspired the Well-Being Research Incubator and explained to us the benefits of collaboration for researchers and institutions: “Our workshops bring together expertise from across the breadth of our University to address major cross-cutting ideas that are important, relevant and timely. Through our research fund, interdisciplinary ideas generated through these workshops can be put into practice, and many of the funded projects stimulate tangible research outputs, as well as further applications for grant income, and long-term research collaborations.“
We believe that collaboration supported through the Incubator will help improve the quality and reach of research across our partner universities. Researchers will be better informed by parallel developments in other countries, and will have access to a targeted international audience with which to share their work. We hope that in the long run it will also lead to the development of transferable approaches to well-being which can be implemented in our partner countries and beyond.
We’ll be sharing more information about this initiative and how to apply in the coming months, but if you’d like to find out more and / or receive updates directly to your inbox, please contact Jo Hawley-Woodall on s.hawley-woodall[at]bham.ac.uk.
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