The University of Bath has been awarded a Policy Support Fund from Research England. This is similar to the previous Quality-Related Strategic Priority Fund (QR SPF) funding that we have received for the past two years.

We hope to build on the strengths of the projects that have already benefitted from the QR SPF fund while exploring new partnerships and projects.

A key aim of the Policy Support Fund is to support universities to link effectively with policy research priorities and opportunities, from the local to the international. The funding supports universities in undertaking research with local, regional, national and international structures (including parliament, central government, devolved administrations, local government, health and education bodies, the justice system and other regulatory organisations).

Types of activity

Allocations may be used to build on activity already underway, and to build capacity for future activity. Relevant research activity which might be funded includes:

  • research in partnership with policymakers to better understand local, regional, national and international challenges
  • facilitation of knowledge exchange between the University and policymakers
  • improving dialogue with policymakers and the means to better equip early career researchers to do this
  • supporting evidence-based policymaking through partnerships and exchange of people
  • activity and training to better equip academics, including postgraduate researchers and early career researchers, to communicate effectively with policymakers
  • partnerships and collaborations aimed at supporting evidence-based policy making
  • the exchange of people, e.g. staff secondments, contributing towards professional doctorates in policy, joint PhDs, etc

Priority areas

Our priority areas as per the University Strategy are:

  • focus around our three primary institutional research themes for collaborative working across disciplines: Sustainability; Health and Wellbeing; and Digital
  • support our pillars of:
    • fostering an outstanding and inclusive relationships
    • driving high impact research
    • enhancing strategic partnerships

Funding and application limitations

  • total funding available for all projects is £200,000 with projects expected to be in the region of £30-40K
  • each PI will be limited to make a maximum of one application but you are welcome to apply on additional projects as a Co-I
  • applications from ECR’s are encouraged
  • all applicants will be expected to submit a short report detailing completed activities and outcomes promptly after the project end date to inform the University’s report to Research England

Apply to the Policy Support Fund 2021-22.

Timescales

  • full costing approved by central finance prior to submission - contact Emma Hoar: adselh@bath.ac.uk
  • midday Monday 13 December 2021 - applications must be submitted to Julie Morton: jam234@bath.ac.uk
  • 14 December 2021 - panel meeting to consider applications
  • 17 December 2021 - applicants notified of decisions
  • projects should start as soon as possible in 2022
  • funding must be spent by end of July 2022

Review Procedure

A panel consisting of the following members will review applications:

  • Interim Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research)
  • Dr Peter Allen, POLIS
  • Director of Research and Innovation Services (RIS)
  • Head of Knowledge Exchange
  • Business Partnerships and Knowledge Exchange Manager

Assessment Criteria

The following criteria will be used to assess all applications:

Engagement with policy makers

  • activity aimed at improving the dialogue between universities and policymakers
  • activity and training to better equip academics, including postgraduate researchers and early career researchers, to communicate effectively with policymakers

Collaboration commitment

  • partnerships and collaborations aimed at supporting evidence-based policy making

Skills, people pipeline-related

  • the exchange of people, e.g. staff secondments, contributing towards professional doctorates in policy, joint PhDs etc

Timely and cost-effective deliverable

  • it is pertinent that the project team is able to deliver on time and any staff are already in post
  • the amount of funding requested is realistic and time-relevant for achieving the proposed outcome before 31 July 2021

ED&I considerations

  • ED&I considerations have been taken into account when developing the proposed project

Further information