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University Collaboration Budget


1. What’s the purpose of this budget?

The budget will fund collaborative projects between the University and Cambridge University Press (Academic); initiatives that will help us to further achieve our joint priorities together.

2. Who's eligible to apply?

- University staff. This includes people who are part of the academic University, e.g. academic departments, research centres, libraries, Public Engagement and Festival team, Office of Scholarly Communication, Research Strategy Office, etc. It includes anyone who is on a University payroll and who owns a University staff card. It excludes people who are solely on college payrolls;

- Cambridge University Press staff in its Academic division. This includes any Academic staff who is on the Cambridge University Press payroll and who owns a Cambridge University Press staff card.

You should discuss the time commitments required for your initiative with your manager before you apply for funding.

We welcome applications even if you have not yet established exactly who you will collaborate with at the University or at Cambridge University Press. However, applications involving an established collaboration are particularly encouraged.

3. What should initiatives aim to achieve?

Initiatives should help achieve one or more of the following aims that both the University and Cambridge University Press (Academic) hold:

- Scholarly communication or better dissemination of research to a wider academic community. For example, this could involve developing new tools, services or insights regarding Open Research;

- Research excellence or integrity;

- Teaching excellence;

- Cambridge University or Cambridge University Press’ local or global presence;

- Diversity, inclusion and challenging elitism.

4. What type of initiatives will the budget fund? 

Projects proposed would need to involve direct collaboration between the University and Cambridge University Press (Academic). Applicants could apply to:

- Host a workshop, conference, or other event;

- Pay a stipend for a short-term research project into an issue of shared interest between the University and Cambridge University Press (Academic);

- Create promotional/communications materials or media (e.g. filming a YouTube video at the Festival of Ideas or Science Festival);

- Support a group’s activities within a specified timeframe;

- Support a small project which prototypes activities, tools or services;

- Support a small project, or create outputs, focused on public engagement.

The budget will not support the following activities:

- Initiatives that do not involve direct collaboration between the University and Cambridge University Press (Academic);

- Initiatives that do not help to achieve any of the aims in section 3;

- Direct publishing (e.g. to cover article or book processing charges);

- Indirect publishing (e.g. funding the infrastructure of a publishing initiative, for example funding Open Journal Systems software);

- Marketing to the University (e.g. activities where the primary motivation is to advertise Press products or services to members of the University).

Funding is not intended to cover applicants' salaries or to backfill staffing.

5. Funding amount

We will consider applications for both small scale projects (below £5,000) and large scale projects (between £5,000 - £10,000). Applicants should specify how much funding they are applying for in their application.

6. Judging

Applications will be judged by the Cambridge Advantage Academic Board at Cambridge University Press, according to the criteria below.

Judges will be asked to declare any conflicts of interest relating to the applications we receive. Winners will be decided by consensus and no single judge will be solely responsible for shortlisting an application.

7. Judging criteria

When assessing application forms, judges will consider:

- Is the applicant eligible to apply?

- Will their initiative involve direct collaboration between the University and Cambridge University Press (Academic)?

- Will their initiative achieve one or more of the budget’s aims outlined in section 3?

- Is their plan feasible and realistic?

- Will their initiative be cost-effective?

- Do they demonstrate a sound plan to evaluate the success of their initiative?

- Will the funding help to kick-start an initiative that will have long term-benefits after the funding has been spent?

8. Timeline of 'Round 1' 2019 applications

Application forms will become available and applications will open on: 10th June 2019

Applications close: 2nd September 2019. Applicants that submit after this date will be asked to resubmit during the next round of applications (summer 2020).

Winners announced and funding awarded: September 2019

'Round 1' winners have been given an extension to complete their initiatives beyond the 2019/20 academic year. Winners should provide us with regular updates as to the progress of their initiatives and how their funding is being used. Winners will report on the outcomes of their initiatives: 19th March 2021

9. Announcement - The winners of the 'Round 1' 2019 University Collaboration Budget are as follows:

‘Cambridge Data Champions Programme bimonthly forums’. Data Champions are volunteers across different departments of the University and Cambridge University Press, who advise the research community on proper handling of research data. The funding will support their bimonthly forums, which will facilitate networking, discussion of key issues, problem solving as a collective, training, and knowledge development.

‘Conference: What is the future of patient led science and how can publishers best support it’. Funding will support a one-day conference to showcase how to create, peer review, publish and disseminate patient-led co-produced healthcare research. This initiative will involve collaboration between the University’s Patient Led Research Hub and Cambridge University Press.

‘Events: Gandhi at 150’. The University’s Centre of South Asian Studies will host a major academic event on 7 November to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Gandhi and the 110th anniversary of Gandhi visiting Cambridge. Cambridge University Press India will host a parallel event in Delhi later this year. Funding will be used to support, film and disseminate these events. The initiative is the result of collaboration between the University's Centre of South Asian Studies, the Cambridge Strategic Partnerships Office, and Cambridge University Press.

'LEGIT: (online) Learning: an Ethics, Governance and Integrity Toolkit’. Funding will help the University of Cambridge Research Strategy Office to create a suite of modular training courses for researchers that promotes good research practice. Cambridge University Press will help develop the online tools and contribute to training content on publishing ethics best practice.

'Developing open materials for teaching scientific computing in Julia’. Funding will be used to develop free online teaching resources for learning scientific computing, for undergraduate and graduate students. The Cambridge Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics will collaborate with Cambridge University Press to develop these resources.

‘Showcasing innovation and excellence in teaching and learning at Cambridge’. Funding will be used to showcase, communicate and evaluate the range of educational enhancement initiatives at the University. These activities will be led by the Cambridge Centre for Teaching and Learning, the Education Quality and Policy Office and Cambridge University Press, which will enhance their current collaborative partnerships with each other.

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