The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites proposals for the 2020 BRIDGE seed fund in collaboration with the University of Birmingham.
In March 2014, the University of Birmingham (UoB) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Illinois) formed the BiRmingham-lllinois Partnership for Discovery, EnGagement and Education, known as BRIDGE. This partnership created a framework for continued collaboration and investment to grow a strategic partnership between the two institutions.
The BRIDGE partnership recognizes the breadth and depth of faculty connections that have flourished over the last five years. Engagement currently spans over 75 established faculty-to-faculty links in key academic disciplines.
The BRIDGE framework aims to deepen these existing collaborations and develop wider faculty networks to: build cognate research areas; expand educational exchange opportunities; and strengthen strategic aspirations for institutional engagement. To this end, the institutions have established a joint BRIDGE Seed Fund to which permanent full-time faculty members at each institution are encouraged to apply.
There are no restrictions on the forms of activity undertaken with BRIDGE funding, provided they meet the criteria outlined in the application guidelines. The fund is available to support planning visits, workshops and exchanges with the partner institution for the purpose of developing the strategic partnership. The fund may also support meetings in third party locations where there is potential to develop and/or showcase collaboration.
The application deadline is March 6, 2020. Applications may be submitted via this online form.
Additional information about BRIDGE, the seed fund, and more may be found on the BRIDGE website.