Graduate School

Interdisciplinary funding

Three researchers

The Graduate School and The University of Nottingham Interdisciplinary Centre for Analytical Science (UNICAS) have launched a new inter-disciplinary networking and funding initiative.

Research postgraduates and research staff (R&T 4A-R/4-R/5-R) are invited to apply for up to £5,000 pump-prime funding for novel interdisciplinary research project(s) identified at a series of sandpit events.

The research projects should offer new and innovative bridges between different disciplines founded on the utilisation of research equipment, instrumentation and facilities.

The sandpit events and funding scheme is open to all faculties.

What is a ‘sandpit’?

A research sandpit is a facilitated event where participants from different discipline areas share ideas and identify novel joint research projects.

Sandpit event programme

  • Networking lunch
  • Introduction and presentations from two previous UNICAS fund holders
  • All participants to present a one minute introduction on their research
  • Break out session to explore different collaborative ideas


Who is this sandpit event aimed at?

Late stage postgraduate doctoral research students (full time year 3 & 4 or part time equivalent), postdoctoral and early career researcher staff (R&T 4A-R/4-R/5-R) in all faculties, who are interested in:

  • expanding their own academic networks
  • exploring the ‘sandpit’ process for generating and/or supporting research ideas, leading to at least one academic publication
  • developing new and innovative bridges between different disciplines founded on the utilisation of research equipment, instrumentation and facilities


Pump prime funding

Attendees of the sandpit event will be eligible to bid for pump-prime funding for any research projects generated during the sandpit discussions. A total of £5,000 has been allocated for support of any identified projects. Funding can be applied for through the competitive peer review application process and must be used for research activities in accordance with the funding guidelines issued to sandpit participants.

Only sandpit event attendees may apply for funding. Application forms and guidance notes will be disseminated to all attendees at the sandpit event.


UNICAS sandpit events for research-only staff and academics

If you are a member of research-only staff or an academic and wish to network with other colleagues to develop an interdisciplinary project then you may wish to attend the UNICAS sandpits, which are themed around the University's Research Priority Areas.

Further details are available on the UNICAS website


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