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The India-Oxford Initiative is an exciting new mechanism for the University to share, promote, and build on its diverse range of collaborations and partnerships with India. It is a hub for students, academics, and administrative staff across the university – as well as external stakeholders, donors and partners. The Initiative is run by the India-Oxford Strategy Board, a university wide body with representatives from all five divisions and key colleges with an interest in India.

In partnership with the University’s Internal Global Challenges Research Funds (GCRF) team, the initiative is soliciting proposals from researchers of the University, to facilitate the organisation of ODA (Overseas Development Assistance) relevant, India (or countries in the sub-continent focussed), multidisciplinary thematic workshops. The initiative’s aim is to fund workshops that will lay the foundation for future collaborative multi-disciplinary research funding applications to internal and external funding bodies.

Up to £1,500 each is available for the organisation of three ODA relevant, thematic workshops in Oxford. A successful proposal will be strictly ODA relevant, will be collaborative in nature, will be multidisciplinary, and will focus on the impact and benefits to the Indian sub-continent. Each application must be led by applicants from two different Divisions. These workshops are expected to ignite imagination, promote debate and discussion, and generate cross-cutting ideas for collaborative research in partnership with academics in the Indian subcontinent. Workshops are expected to be held on the morning of the 28th February 2020, to coincide with the official launch of IndOx at Oxford.

For successful applicants, the initiative will provide a venue for up to 20 participants at The Oxford Martin School. While the expectation is that successful applicants will be responsible for identifying and inviting workshop attendees, in order to ensure opportunities for participation by a wider multidisciplinary group, and to support evolution of new and emerging multi-disciplinary ideas and relationships, up to five places will need to be made available to participants to attend, based on an open invitation, after your application is funded.

Upon successful completion of the workshops at Oxford and subject to a report from the lead applicants, the initiative will make available, a total of £15,000 (approximately £5,000 for each workshop) to further develop identified ideas from the initial workshop. The expectation is that at least two separate research ideas will be identified for further development from each workshop, with the objective of proceeding to drafting collaborative research proposals. This money can be used for researchers’ travel to India or vice versa or for organising follow-up meetings or workshops.

India ODA workshops: Applications for organising workshops in the Indian subcontinent will be sought through a separate call in early 2020.

Eligibility: This is an internal call for Oxford University researchers.

How to apply: Applications are required to be submitted using IRAMS using the standard application form provided.

Deadline: Applications should be submitted on IRAMS by 10th December 2019