Collaboration Fund – How To Apply


The objective of the Fund is to support and encourage emerging research collaborations across the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York.  In particular, we are looking for projects which add value by working together and have the potential to lead to larger more strategic research initiatives. The White Rose Executive Board regularly reviews the Fund’s progress and has recognised the value  of supporting emerging collaborations by funding two calls per year. Applications are encouraged from staff in areas where there are no existing collaborations between the White Rose Universities. However, this does not exclude existing areas of collaboration between the universities where support might lead to enhanced activity and significant funding opportunities. Applications are particularly encouraged from projects which include Early Career Researchers.

Here are the projects we have already funded

You can read more about the collaboration fund including some case studies and a snapshot of facts and figures in our White Rose Collaboration Fund Outcomes report published in 2018.

If you would like a presentation on the Collaboration Fund in your Department or Research Group, please contact Claire Pickerden

Application Criteria

The eligibility criteria are set out below:

  • Each project must have a value between £8-11k NEW applications up to a maximum of £15k will be accepted where the project activity demands this higher level of expenditure.
  • Each application must include a minimum of two members of staff (post doctoral researchers are eligible) per institution, with a lead member of academic staff identified at each University. The partners need to identify an agreed lead academic/University as having overall responsibility for the project.
  • Applications must include participants from all three Universities.
  • All applications must be either in an area of demonstrable funding opportunity which applicants should evidence in their submission (e.g. by reference to the strategic priorities of research funders and any upcoming calls), or should be in an emerging area of research which applicants can demonstrate will be strategically important in the near future.
  • Collaboration Fund projects should use the funding within a 12 month period following award.
  • Costs eligible for inclusion in the project are those directly incurred on project activities. No payment will be made for academic staff time or indirect costs
  • Applicants will be required to demonstrate how working collaboratively across the three Universities will add significant value and why the proposed project is timely.
  • The project proposals should include information on how the success of the project will be measured and what will be the short, medium and long term outputs.

 Project Support and Reporting

  • Successful projects will be allocated a Collaboration Development Manager from the White Rose team who will assist the project in achieving its goals and help with efforts to secure further funding.
  • The collaboration will be given a project page on the White Rose website which is used to highlight the activity and outputs being undertaken. This provides an external face to the project which will aid both in the dissemination of project achievements but also demonstrate successful collaboration for potential future funders.
  • The project lead will be asked to provide a final Project and Expenditure report at 12 months, the project end.

Application Process:

The Spring Round 2020 is now open.

Closing date for applications is: 1200 on Tuesday 30 June 2020

White Rose Collaboration Fund Application Form

White Rose Collaboration Fund Guidance and FAQs