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How the fund works

How the fund works

Find out more about the Collaborate process and timeline.

Fun Palaces Feltham. Photo: Helen Murray

How the fund works

We selected the current Collaborate partnerships in several stages. 

To begin the process, we selected projects from cultural practitioners. We then invited academics to respond to projects they were interested in working on. This is how we began the matchmaking process, in which we connected cultural and academic partners to one another. 

Two rounds of Collaborate funding took place between 2021-2022 and 2022-2023. You can find a detailed breakdown of how the application process worked below.

Stage 1

Cultural sector applicants submitted an expression of interest. An assessment panel selected the strongest 10 proposals. 

Stage 2
Academic researchers submitted an expression of interest in response to one or more of the cultural sector proposals. The assessment panel identified the strongest academic applicants for potential matches with projects. 

Stage 3
A matchmaking process took place with our support. Successfully matched projects then worked with their academic partner to develop a research question, methodology and joint application for the fund. The assessment panel then awarded successful the applications. You can find out more about the successful projects from round two of Collaborate here. 

The research journey begins!

More about Collaborate

Musicians from the Manchester Camerata orchestra
Image: Manchester Camerata

Collaborate projects

Find out more about the projects that have been awarded funding from our Collaborate programme
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Days Like These exhibition. Image: The Lowry


Our Collaborate fund supports innovative new research partnerships between the cultural sector and academics.

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