Funding for a network

The main objective of networks is to create new interdisciplinary research communities, national and international, developing interaction between researchers and appropriate science, technology and industrial groups. The aims are to:

  • Exchange experimental techniques, models and scientific insights
  • Promote mobility between academia, universities and industry
  • Support forums for the discussion and exchange of ideas and to stimulate debate across disciplines
  • Facilitate interactions between researchers and stakeholders

Networks are expected to lead to new collaborative multidisciplinary research proposals and some may provide critical mass of analytical expertise.

EPSRC has produced a guide to Best Practice in Network Management. The information contained within the document is offered on an ‘advice only’ basis and will be of interest to investigators and co-ordinators that are either in the process of developing a network proposal, or are running an established Network activity.

Funders will provide different levels of funding for network activities and projects. Below there is a list with examples of network funding:

Worldwide Universities Network

The University of Bristol is a member of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN). This network is a global partnership of research intensive universities committed to working together to support research and education in areas of global significance.

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