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Interdisciplinary Research Fund

18th May 2020

Submissions to the IDR Award 2019 are now closed.

Thank you to everyone who submitted their interdisciplinary research projects. Judging will take place on 27 January 2020 and a winner will be announced shortly after. Good Luck!

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Supporting researchers with IDR that makes an impact

Emerald is proud to offer a research grant for an interdisciplinary research project in the Social Sciences that has demonstrable real world impact.

Along with ‘impact’, ‘interdisciplinarity’ remains one of the most pressing concerns of the academy. We acknowledge that global problems cannot be solved by the work of a single discipline and require an interdisciplinary approach.

This grant aims to find an innovative research project that promotes action on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)/global challenges, through collaboration of disciplines, methodology and research. We invite submissions that are interdisciplinary in approach, develop the advancement of theory and have practical relevance to benefit society in support of the SDGs.

The Prize

We are pleased to offer a monetary grant of £10,000 – specifically to help with the dissemination of this research and to help it achieve real impact.

In addition, the winning research will be published, subject to open peer review, through our most appropriate publishing channel – for example, one of our Emerald Open Research Gateways or as an Emerald Point.

Our IDR judging panel

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Professor Alison Anderson

Associate Head of School (research)

Professor, School of law, Criminology and Government University of Plymouth

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Professor Susan Halford

Professor of Sociology, University of Bristol

President, British Sociological Association

Co-director, Bristol Digital Futures Institute

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Professor Tim Jay

Professor of Psychology of Education, Institute of Education, Sheffield Hallam University

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Professor Stuart Taberner

Dean for Interdisciplinary Research, University of Leeds

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Tony Roche

Publishing and Strategic Relations Director, Emerald Publishing

Submission Guidelines

  • We welcome nominations from IDR researchers across the globe
  • The project should:
    • be interdisciplinary in approach, methodology and output
    • have demonstrable potential for real world impact
    • demonstrate originality and innovation
    • demonstrate sound implications for theory and practice
    • address one of the grand challenges of our time – for instance, be linked to one of the UN SDGs
  • Any self-nominations must include a minimum one referee in support of the nomination. For short-listed applications, further contact may be made with the referee
  • Judges will consider factors such as how innovative the research project is, how it is meeting otherwise unmet needs and how the research links to delivering the UN SDGs
  • All nominations need to include:

    1. A covering letter

      • a short statement as to how your IDR project can deliver real impact (100 word limit)
      • and brief details on why your commitment to impact is outstanding (100 word limit)
    2. The outline of your IDR project (1000 word limit) should:
      • clearly display a statement of purpose and intent
      • clearly state the methodology/methodologies applied and explicitly describe the research process
      • state expected research outcomes, likely impact and potential application
      • specify the expected timescales of the research process
  • Nominations close at 11.59 GMT on Friday 20 December 2019

Nominate your IDR project

You may also be interested in our IDR resources page – which includes help, advice and information on working in an interdisciplinary way.

Nominations are now closed