Sphere Programme funding
During the 2019-20 academic year there will be a number of application opportunities to fund projects which deliver change through EDI activity. Two funding streams are available through the programme.
Apply for Sphere funding
Funding stream one
A £250-£2,000 fund which may cover requests like:
- specific events which allow participants to explore particular issues relating to EDI in more depth
- initiatives which change the way that we normally do things in our work or study, such as a new intervention to support students
- training activities or a seminar
- purchase of external resources for use in teaching or training
Funding stream two
The second stream of funding is focussed on producing new empirical research on Diversity and Inclusion. These projects will be for £2000-£5000 and can be used to pilot specific research ideas and/or to develop new research initiatives.
These projects should be seen as seed corn funding for follow-up research bids. This funding stream is aligned to the University’s new Diversity and Inclusion Research Hub, which focuses on investigating contemporary issues of equality and diversity to bring about sustainable, long-term sociocultural change to our societies.
Criteria for applications
Applications should be aligned to at least one of the University’s four EDI themes:
- Demonstrable equality in experience for all of our staff and students
- Strengthen our diversity and improve inclusion across student and staff communities
- Excellence and ambition in delivery of embedded Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
- The University, Nottingham, and our Global Community
In addition, projects may align to the Sphere challenges identified by Faculties and Professional Services. The 2019-20 University-wide Sphere challenges are:
- Neurodiversity in our student and staff population
- Innovation in flexible working
Research projects with impact outside of the University will also be considered if there is evidence of broader value to the global community.
Click the button below to apply in the current funding window, and for more information about the review process.
Completed forms should be emailed to Daniel Shaw by Wednesday 27 November.