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University Collaboration Budget

APPLICATIONS OPEN 10 JUNE - 2 SEPTEMBER 2019

1. What’s the purpose of this budget?

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


2. Who's eligible to apply?

- Cambridge 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 Cambridge University payroll and who owns a Cambridge 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 Cambridge University or the 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 Cambridge 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 Cambridge 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 Cambridge 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 Cambridge 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 Cambridge 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 Cambridge 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

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

Initiatives will be carried out: October 2019 - June 2020. During this time, 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: June 2020

If you have any questions about the University Collaboration Budget please contact ucb@cambridge.org