Collaboration Small Grants

We have specific funds from the ESRC to enable and promote collaborative opportunities with non-academic organisations, and also to facilitate inter and cross-disciplinary activities. We use these resources to support its ‘central’ initiatives (such as setting up and co-funding internships), but we also welcome applications from ESRC Wales DTP funded students and their supervisors for small amounts of funding (up to £2,000 per application) under the collaboration small grants scheme (as well as the inter and cross-disciplinary small grants scheme).


The ESRC is seeking ‘…a step change in the number and type of [non-academic] collaborative opportunities available to students’. Here ‘collaboration’ includes activities such as events for knowledge exchange, user engagement, forms of public engagement, or ongoing discussion of design, analysis or outcomes of research with relevant non-academic interests or audiences. Legitimate costs include travel & subsistence for DTP students, venue hire, refreshments, the brokering and advertising of opportunities, or securing specialist expertise. The ESRC are clear that this resource is not for visiting an organisation to gather data, the costs of which are covered by the RTSG or other specific schemes. Organisations may be public, private or third sector, though an activity might involve a mixture of these and/or may be focused on groups of people not associated with a specific organisation. However, all collaborative activity must involve substantive user engagement and knowledge exchange.

You can make an application for a small grant under this scheme if you are an ESRC Wales DTP funded student or you are supervising an ESRC Wales DTP funded student. You can apply as individuals or as a group, though there must be a clearly identified main applicant, who will be the person responsible if the application is successful.

Assessment Criteria

We will assess applications for collaboration small grants according to the following criteria:

  • The proposed activity is clearly collaborative in the sense outlined above;
  • The proposed activity is innovative and includes substantive engagement and/or knowledge exchange;
  • It is clear as to how the proposed activity will enhance the experience and development of a postgraduate research student or a group of such students;
  • The proposal includes a detailed and realistic costing;
  • The proposal represents value for money

Applications Process

Bids under the scheme (as well as the inter and cross-disciplinary small grants scheme) should be made on the Wales DTP application form. You may bid for any amount up to a maximum of £2,000 and can bid as an individual or as a group (though one applicant will be signalled as the main applicant and will be responsible for the small grant). In no more than 500 words, you should describe what activities are proposed, the anticipated timescales, how the activities will be organised and by whom, and how these will benefit the student(s) and enhance the PhD project(s) concerned. You must also provide a detailed costing. You should include details of any funding applied for or received from other sources. The value of any financial contribution towards costs will be taken into consideration when assessing applications.  We are unable to accept retrospective applications for an activity or event which has already taken place.

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Application deadline

The deadline for applications is 4pm on Friday 7 April 2017.

Selection Process

An assessment panel drawn from the Wales DTP Management Group will consider the applications. Successful applicants will be expected to provide a short end of funding award report on their activities and expenditure, and must agree to assist the DTP in producing an edited version of the report for publication on the DTP website. All expenditure must be auditable, so receipts will be required. If the costs are less than the Wales DTP contribution provided, a repayment will be required.

We will announce the outcomes at the end of May 2017 and monies must be used within 12 months.