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The JISC invites institutions to submit funding proposals for projects to help institutions and the HE sector as a whole develop their digital infrastructure.

JISC Grant Funding 01/12: Digital Infrastructure Programme

JISC invites institutions to submit funding proposals for projects to help institutions and the HE sector as a whole develop their digital infrastructure, in particular those parts of the infrastructure concerned with research data management, research tools, research vocabularies relevant to specific disciplines, research information management, information and library infrastructure, and access and identity management.

 Programme  Description  Funds and Timescale
Managing Research Data: Innovative Data Publication        Projects to design and implement innovative technical models and organisational partnerships to encourage and enable publication of research data. Total funding of up to £320,000 for 2-4 projects of between £80,000 and £150,000 per project.
Jun 2012 – Jul 2013.
Managing Research Data: Scoping a Service to Collate and Summarise Journal Research Data Policies  Feasibility study (augmented with the development of a pilot demonstrator and the analysis of a range of possible business models) for a potential service to provide knowledge of - and a ready source of information covering - the journal policy landscape for research data.     Total funding of up to £90,000 for one project June-Nov 2012
Managing Research Data: Research Data Management Training Materials

 Projects to design, pilot and test training materials for research data management adapted for the needs of:

  • Discipline-focussed post-graduate courses.
  • Discipline liaison librarians.
    • Research support roles, including dedicated data managers.
Total funding of up to £300,000 for 5-8 projects of between £30,000 and £60,000 each.  June 2012-May 2013
Managing Research Data: Training Materials Support and Synthesis Role     A support project for the above activity, to assist projects in following best practice, ensure reusability, engage stakeholders and synthesis outcomes.      Total funding of up to £80,000 for one project.  June 2012-July 2013.
Research Tools: Emerging Research Tools         Emergent and novel hardware and software tools and techniques, particularly projects which will identify future trends and disruptive technologies.     Total funding of up to £400,000 for 3-5 projects of between £75,000 and £160,000 each.  June 2012-March 2013    
Research Tools - Facilitating Research Communications     Advanced tools facilitating communications during the research process, for example within research communities, between research peers, engagement with wider audiences such as the general public.     Total funding of up to £200,000 for up to 3 projects of up to £100,000 each.  June 2012-March 2013
Research Tools - Projects to Develop Sustainable and Open Vocabularies for Research and Information Management     Projects to build upon existing vocabularies that support academic disciplines, to develop exemplars demonstrating the support of the semantics of a discipline.     Total funding of up to £300,000 for up to 5 projects of up to £70,000 each.  June 2012-Jan 2013
Research Tools - Synthesis Project Focused on Sustainable and Open Vocabularies for Research and Information Management     A project to synthesise lessons from the enhancement of research vocabularies, and ensure that those lessons and best practice are made available to guide others in similar endeavours.     Total funding of up to £50,000 for one project.  June 2012-March 2013
Research Information Management - Rapid Innovation Projects to lower the barriers to the adoption of CERIF in the sector, thereby allowing institutions to streamline and lower the cost of managing their research activities.     Total funding of up to £240,000 for up to 8 projects of up to £30,000 each.  June -November 2012.
Library Systems (Information and Library Infrastructure) - Synthesis and Scoping Project A project to provide a new vision for the future of library systems and a 'roadmap' for the delivery of that vision.     Funding of up to £85,000 for one project.  June - December 2012
Library Systems (Information and Library Infrastructure) - Pathfinder Projects Pathfinder projects to investigate a broad range of potential new models and approaches to library systems and services.     Total funding of up to £250,000 for up to 10 projects of £20,000-£40,000 each.  June-December 2012
Access and Identity Management - Future Directions     Projects which look at new and emerging technologies, solutions and trends in Access and Identity management. Total funding of up to £250,000 for 5-10 projects between £20,000 and £50,000 each.
Access and Identity Management - Raptor Evaluation Projects to evaluate Raptor. Total funding of up to £50,000 is available for 3-5 projects at £10,000-£20,000 each
Access and Identity Management Identity Management Toolkit Case Studies. Total funding of up to £75,000 is available for 2-3 projects at £25,000-£50,000 each.

The deadline for receipt of proposals in response to this call is 12:00 noon UK time on 16 March 2012.

Eligibility

Proposals may be submitted by HE institutions funded via HEFCE, SFC, HEFCW and DEL Northern Ireland, and by FE institutions funded via BIS, SFC, DFES Wales and DEL Northern Ireland.

With regard to bids from Scottish institutions, SFC has applied a significant budget cut to JISC in 2011-12 AY.  Following consultation with Scottish institutions, SFC has requested that the impact of this budget cut falls on the number of innovation projects JISC is able to fund at Scottish institutions, rather than to cut or increase charges for national services, such as JANET, JISC Collections and JISC Advance. Whilst Scottish institutions therefore remain eligible to bid for project funding in response to this call, depending on the quality of the submissions, JISC may need to limit the number of projects awarded to Scottish institutions.

Proposals may be from single institutions or consortia unless indicated otherwise in the relevant call. Partnership arrangements may be developed outside the sector (for example with research council sites, publishers, commercial suppliers), but the lead partner must meet the criteria outlined above. Funds can only be allocated through the lead partner.

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