Seed Corn Small Grant Funding Competition

October 2012 – Call for Applications


cities@manchester is holding a Seed Corn Small Grant Funding Competition to support urban research activities at the University of Manchester. cities@manchester is a Faculty of Humanities initiative to profile and develop urban research activities by highlighting the breadth and depth of urban expertise in the Faculty and to facilitate and promote excellence, innovation and inter-disciplinary cities research.

Essential Criteria

Applications for funding will be assessed on the following criteria:

  1. The proposed activity must be i) related to cities / urban issues and ii) inter-disciplinary.
  2. Proposals can be for the following types of activity: i) Collaborative pilot research; ii) Preparatory work for inter-disciplinary funding bids; iii) Promotional/public engagement activities
  3. The panel will favour proposals with clear, specific outcomes such as:
  • For pilot research applications it should lead to publications, i.e. books or journal articles
  • A research bid for external funding – in particular we encourage proposals which will lead to bids for EU Framework funding
  • Promotional and public engagement activities that raise the profile of urban research at the University, e.g. production of video or media content, or publicly engaging events

Further Details

  1. Priority will be given to applications which engage researchers from more than one school in the Faculty of Humanities, and involve collaboration between research centre/non-research centre staff
  2. A maximum of £6k can be awarded per application; awarded funds must be spent by 31 July 2013
  3. The award must be held and led by a University of Manchester member of staff, but can be used to fund collaborations with other institutions

MICRA/cities award

Alongside this competition we are jointly funding a research project (up to £6,000) with the Manchester Interdisciplinary Collaboration for Research on Ageing (MICRA). Applications for this award must fall within the category ‘Ageing and Cities’. Further details of this can be found on the MICRA website:

Application process

1.       Applicantions consisting of no more than three A4 pages should address the following points:

a)       Names and affiliation of application team, with contact details for the lead applicant

b)       Short summary of the relevant experience of each person involved (less than 1 page in total)

c)       The type of research/activity to be undertaken, its aims, and how these will be achieved

d)       How the activity fits with the essential criteria above

e)       How the activity fits with the aims of cities@manchester as listed in the ‘overview’ above

f)        A timetable and budget – your school research office will be able to help with costings

g)       Expected outputs from the research / activity

2.       Applications (and queries) should be e-mailed to:

3.       The deadline for applications is 17 December 2012

4.       The cities@manchester panel will meet end of January 2012 to make the decision, which will be final.

5.       MICRA/cities award: the ‘Ageing and Cities’ award is being handled by MICRA. For their application process, see:

Terms and Conditions

Seedcorn funds can be used to fund both direct and indirect costs; monies will be transferred to a nominated University of Manchester account code, and it is the responsibility of the research team to manage expenditure. Publicity related to the research must include reference to cities@manchester (and, if applicable MICRA). Successful applicants are required to submit a one-page summary of outcomes, a one page financial statement and a blog entry to cities@manchester by 31 July 2013. It is not necessary to provide a full costing via a business research manager for this proposal.