Inter and Cross-disciplinary 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 also welcome applications from students and their supervisors for small amounts of funding (up to £2,000 per application) under the inter and cross-disciplinary small grants scheme (as well as the collaboration small grants scheme).

Inter and Cross-Disciplinarity

The ESRC seeks to encourage cross and inter-disciplinarity. Students and supervisors may, for example, wish to set up a short inter-disciplinary seminar series, a mini conference, or some sort of exchange arrangement to enable cross disciplinary work (perhaps involving a Doctoral Training Facility funded by another Research Council). The activity involved must be for postgraduate research students and there is a requirement that it is open to all ESRC funded students from across the Wales DTP institutions. Legitimate costs include travel & subsistence for DTP students, venue hire, refreshments, the brokering and advertising of opportunities, or specialist expertise.

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 cross- and inter-disciplinarity small grants according to the following criteria:

  • The proposed activity clearly enhances and/or promotes cross or inter-disciplinarity;
  • The proposed activity is innovative and will facilitate new opportunities, or enhance existing ones;
  • It is clear as to how the proposed activity will enhance the experience and development of postgraduate research students;
  • The proposal includes a detailed and realistic costing;
  • The proposal represents value for money

Application Process

Bids under the scheme (as well as the collaboration small grants scheme) should be made on the Wales DTP application form. You may bids 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.

Return completed application forms to

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.