The Consortium for Research, Excellence, Support and Training (CREST), a research network of small and specialist universities, is seeking participants from charities, businesses, community organisations, and other non-academic organisations for the first CREST Match Event in November 2017.
The CREST match event is designed to bring together a group of participants from different disciplines and sectors to think, develop and work collaboratively to approach challenges in new and innovative ways. The event will provide the opportunity for participants to engage in two days of partnership building, rigorous thinking and project development away from the distractions of the everyday working environment. We actively encourage applications from experts in their own area of specialism and individuals keen to work with others to develop solutions to wider challenges.
Why should I take part?
- Meet and work alongside academics with a broad range of research interests
- Expand your network of community, business, and public sector partners and explore common interests
- Have the opportunity to think big and explore many different possible collaborations with the help of mentors
- Develop ideas with new collaborators and pitch for initial funding to forge viable projects
- Be in the running for a share of £12k to fund project activity in 2018.
Sounds good. Are you looking for projects or expertise on particular themes?
The overall theme is societal or industrial challenges within communities and how they can be addressed at a UK wide level. We have drawn inspiration from the 10 Pillars of the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy and anticipate the associated funding to be a source of ongoing resource for projects. The theme is deliberately broad to give applicants the chance to put forward more specific topics that they wish to explore; we will consider synergies between applicants’ expertise and areas of interest during selection.
We are particularly interested in how to apply and generate knowledge within communities to lead to broader UK change and how local challenges can be addressed through academic, nonprofit and businesses working together. Our aim is to inspire the sharing of ideas between individuals who work in different sectors and disciplines and between researchers and practitioners. Participants are not expected to have a predefined project but rather a willingness to share their expertise and engage with others they have not met before to develop something new. We are working with the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement to create a stimulating event for all participants with real, tangible outcomes.
I'm interested. Where is it and when?
The event will take place in Loughborough on 9th and 10th November. It is crucial that you are able to attend both days in full. Places for community organisations are free of charge.
The closing date for applications has been extended to 4th October 2017.