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Department of Computer Science and Technology


Who is eligible to apply?

Funding is available for research projects across all disciplines. Applications from those working both inside and outside the University of Cambridge are welcome, including researchers working outside the UK. Project proposals must have a clear link to the development and practical application of data trusts, and we particularly encourage multidisciplinary proposals.

This funding is suitable for projects that can start immediately or in a very short timescale, with teams that can begin work and achieve successful outcomes within a year.

How can I apply?

To apply, please submit the application form by 10:00 am GMT on 29 January 2021.

Over what timescale should research be carried out?

Projects are expected to start as soon as possible and report within a year of commencing. Projects should be in a position to present their findings – or interim findings – by September 2021 at a project workshop.

How will my research proposal be evaluated?

Research proposals will be reviewed by a panel and evaluated on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Contribution of the research to addressing key issues in developing and implementing data trusts;
  • Strength of proposal in helping build a community of researchers and practitioners working on data trusts;
  • Deliverability within the proposed timescale.

We particularly encourage bids that bring together different perspectives or disciplines. For a sense of the issues within scope of the funding call, please visit and view our the Working Paper Data Trusts: from theory to practice.

What outputs are expected from my research?

Successful applicants will be required to produce a working paper, with executive summary, to be hosted on the Data Trusts Initiative website, which will be presented at a project workshop and reviewed by the project advisory board.

We expect that funding recipients will be able to publish their final research paper as they see fit, though we ask that they coordinate with the Initiative’s team to help maximise its reach. 

What size of award is available?

Funding awards of up to £15,000 are available, depending on the quality and relevance of the research proposal.