Before you apply
Find out more about how to apply to Collaborate, how the fund works and the key stages of your project.
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Before you apply
So you’re interested in developing a research collaboration and want to explore the next steps to apply to Collaborate?
If you’re a cultural sector applicant you can attend an event on 5 October or morning or afternoon on 12 October to find out more about how to apply and how to develop your proposal. We’ll answer your questions live at these sessions.
You’ll also want to read our detailed guidance for cultural sector applicants and for academic applicants below. Our FAQs cover any other questions you might have.
If you are planning to apply and want to find out what research is already out there on your topic read our ‘How to… find existing research’ resource.
Cultural sector applicants submit an expression of interest between 18 October and 24 November 2021. An assessment panel selects the strongest 10 proposals.
Academic researchers submit an expression of interest between 6 December 2021 and 6 January 2022 in response to one or more of the cultural sector proposals. The assessment panel identify the strongest academic applicants and potential matches with projects.
A matchmaking process will take place with our support. Once projects have matched successfully they will work with their academic partner to develop a research question, methodology and joint application to Collaborate in May 2022. The assessment panel will award successful applications – we expect there to be a minimum of five in each round.
Your research journey begins!