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Collaborative Scheme for Early Career Researchers

The scheme provides researchers from across all faculties at King’s College London with the support and funding to establish a collaborative and innovative project with a cultural sector or technology industry partner in their area of research. The scheme is designed as a response to a question many PhD students and Early Career Researchers face: ‘How can I make my research have an impact beyond academia?’

Call for Applications Now Open 

The Cultural Institute at King’s is delighted to open the 2018/19 round of its scheme for Early Career Researchers. The scheme allows award recipients to develop collaborative projects with a cultural or creative industry partner in their area of research. Up to 8 projects will receive funding of £1,500 (plus a £500 prize for the best completed project) as well as the opportunity to:

  • shape their project idea with input and expertise from cultural partners;
  • receive support from Institute Associates in developing the joint application with the cultural partner; and
  • disseminate research findings through a novel medium and generate impact beyond academia.

We would like to invite PhD students and staff within five years of PhD award to submit a summary of their project idea by 15 April 2018. The Institute will suggest suitable partners to successful applicants who do not have an established contact with the cultural sector but we also encourage proposals by applicants who have already secured a cultural collaboration.

To be successful, proposals must:

  • be innovative, test new approaches and provoke further debate;
  • have potential for collaboration between art/culture and academia;
  • produce high quality and original outputs; and
  • have a clear vision for influencing wider policy, practice or production and informing research and learning at King’s.

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Projects in 2017

After a competative application process, in 2017 eight projects were supported from across the university and each was awarded £1,500 from the Cultural Institute to help them realise their project. These projects are:

Projects in 2016

In 2016, eight projects were supported from across the university and each was awarded £1,500 from the Cultural Institute to help them realise their project. These projects were:

A showcase was held in Febuaray 2017 to provide an opportunity for these eight 2016 award recipients to share the output of their collaborative projects. Read about the showcase and the projects  here

Projects in 2015

In 2015, fifteen projects were supported from across the university and each was awarded £1,000 from the Cultural Institute to help them realise their project. The projects were:

Projects in 2014

In 2014, thirty applications were submitted from across the College, which were reviewed by Katherine Bond, Director, Cultural Institute, and the Institute's Knowledge Exchange Associates.  Eight projects were supported, each receiving funds of £1,000. the projects took place between 1 August and 31 December 2014. You can read more about the projects below: 

  • Compassion for Voices Project led by Dr Charles Heriot-Maitland, Faculty of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience in collaboration with animator, Kate Anderson.

  • Hidden Toil at the V&A Project led by Dr Bronwen Everill, Department of History with Dr Lucy Delap, Department of History, and in collaboration with Jo Banham, V&A Museum.

  • Innovation Workshops for TV Executives Project led by Michal Ben-David, Department of Culture, Media & Creative Industries in collaboration with Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) Oslo, Keshet Broadcast Tel Aviv, and The European Drama Lab in association with Media Exchange and The Erich Pommer Institute, Berlin. 

  • Journey of Jeans Project led by Dr Andrew Brooks, Department of Geography, in collaboration with London College of Fashion and Here Today, Here Tomorrow.

  • Learning the Music Business Project led by Toby Bennett, Department of Music, in collaboration with UK Music.

  • Random Walks Project led by Barbara Bravi, Aleksandra Aloric and Silvia Bartolucci, in the Department of Mathematics, in collaboration with Sari Nusier, Department of Computer Science, Design Science and NETADIS. 

  • Translation Plays Project led by Sophie Stevens, Department of Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies in collaboration with Arcola Theatre. 

  • Voicing the Silence Project led by Dr Elsa Montgomery, Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery in collaboration with video production company, JMotion.

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